Artistic expression can be used in many ways. From conveying a singular thought or emotion to building a life-long career, artists have an extensive tool. BEAU students have been getting a dose of all areas of the field through BEAU’s latest events. BEAU’s Art Battle and Art Auction are giving students a strong foundation for their future endeavors.
An art battle is any kind of event where everyone competing makes art at a live event. Our art battle consisted of five teams of individuals and groups. They were given a large sheet of paper, paint and brushes, markers, pencil and eraser and pastels. They had an hour and 10 minutes to complete a piece of artwork on a theme. We chose the theme by spinning a wheel with nouns and adjectives on it.
We wanted to show that there are different types of artists and different ways and times to make art. This particular way was team-oriented, energetic, competitive and fast. And that was a good contrast to art made for classes which is usually made individually, laborious, technical and detail-oriented.
Like the Art Battle, the Art Auction gave students an appreciation for different reasons to make artwork. Participants were asked to make artwork using a 4 x 6 inch piece of paper that they would donate to a fundraiser supporting a student group. It gave everyone an even playing field to start with the same sized paper; the only difference is the unique individual styles, decisions, and techniques of the artists. The auction format allows students to value their work and also see what their audience likes.
The students could use this as a jumping off point, and gain some experience in selling artwork, but also in collecting artwork. It is true that we all need each other as professionals, to promote competition, but also to really encourage each other. The moral of this story is rather than making and selling artwork only as ‘sink or swim,’ consider practicing a ‘rising tide lifts all boats’ mentality.
Content Contributed by Graphic Design Program Chair Erin Coleman-Cruz