Live art making is an awesome exercise for both artists and art viewers. For the artist they are forced to consider their process and for the viewer they learn that artists aren't magically blessed with their skills but instead work hard and put alot of time and effort into learning how to make art.

Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself before making art live.

  1. Choose your subject well: You'll want something you are familiar with and feel comfortable sharing with the audience who'll be watching you create.
  2. Have a back up project in mind: You want to make the most of the time you have to fill. Sometimes you just lose any drive to make a piece. Don't force it, instead be ready with another idea.
  3. Prepare supplies: Obviously, you need to make sure you have everything you need for the projects you have planned.
  4. Be prepared to talk to people: Unless you're working in a fishbowl like I did in the above picture you'll want to decide ahead of time what you want to share with the public about your concept and technique.
  5. Have extra marketing materials: Of course people will want to see more of your work so get your cards and website ready.
  6. Know your own boundaries: People may ask what kind of work you have for sale or what kind of commissions you'll accept or if you'd be interested exhibiting or teaching. In some cases you may already have this prepared and public on your website but for others you may be taking it case by case. If the later; get their information, research, and contact them another day. You don't want to undersell yourself.
  7. Have extra supplies or a handout for the viewer: You'll likely inspire others to make art too. If you can, have some simple supplies handy and/or a handout that will spark their inspiration well after their encounter with you.
  8. Have an efficient clean up strategy. While it's honest to show the time spent cleaning after making art, there's typically a schedule for the venue that you need to respect.