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CONVERSATION: please input

This is one of the messages we received yesterday.  I thought it would be nice to have everyone’s input. Please post responses to join the conversation.


One thing i really like about art is you can do anything you want to.  You know how people say you can make anything happen and do anything you want? well, i like to think that’s true and art has been proving that to me.  I guess my advice would be to always put energy into something, you have so much power but it only works if you are doing something.  It doesn’t matter what, just do something.  It  makhe most sense to do things you are interested in and excited about.  My things are gardening, building community, and biking stuff.  That is a big lesson to learn and a lot of people say it but not many people live it.  The cool thing about that advice is that it means different things as you grow up.  You probably understand it now, but your definition of what excites you will always change, and that’s ok. you can learn a lot of cool things that way.

other things that make you a good artist are listening to your parents and eating your vegetables. now, go to bed!

5 Responses to “CONVERSATION: please input”

  • Jessica Says:

    My advice is to learn all you can and dream big! Experience as much as possible so you really know what you want in life and pursue that.

    Like Mike said, put as much energy as possible into your goals because they will not automatically accomplish themselves. You can only go as far as you put forth energy to go. Ambition helps. Along those lines, be confident in what you do.

    Since Dean is only seven, I would just encourage him to keep doing what he loves to do and give him all the support you can. I cannot stress enough how important support is. (I almost went to med school because many told me art would get me nowhere. But now I live at a museum!)

  • Marvin Says:

    “It’s wonderful what we can do if we are always doing.”
    – - George Washington – -

  • Heather Says:

    Hey Dean! I’m an art teacher but that doesn’t mean I know or can say if you will be an artist or not. I hope you have great encouraging art teachers but even if you don’t (i didn’t) be confident in yourself and what you want and like. Dr. Suess’ art teacher told him that he couldn’t draw and would never be an artist. See! She didn’t know what he could do! My other piece of advice is not to worry if someone else has done the kind of art that you want to do. Whatever you do will be your own with your own twist to it. So when someone says you are a “copycat” just tell them that you are making art in the school of (whatever kind of art it is that you want to do – like Impressionism). To Dean’s mom – take him to museums and to galleries. When he finds a kind of art he likes, encourage him to look at it and learn about the artists and any special process or technique that is required to make it. Let him “copy” work because that will help him get a sense of the style and then he will develop his own style. It is so great to see young people in love with making art!!!

  • Hi, Dean.

    Keep making art, go to galleries and museums, ask questions, and most importantly…be yourself, trust your instincts, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. That often is when the best art happens. Art is all around us and is a great way of communicating!

    I oversee classes for youth at Herron School of Art and Design, where Mike just graduated and Jessica still attends. Mike actually taught kids at Herron’s Community Learning Programs. (Mike, if you are reading this, two of your former students from art camp asked about you. I told them to visit you.)

    Anyway…for mom…here is a link to an article about encouraging your child in the arts.

    Contact me at Herron if you’d like….Susan at

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