A: But as artists we are familiarized with the feeling of artworks not being ‘good, or perfect’; how do you think you teach your students that imperfection is ok?
CG: Although many people are looking for perfection in their art, many people also carry positive feelings towards imperfections and their positive side effects. Artmania is proud to teach students of all ages a multitude of artistic practices and we are constantly aware of the societal pressures put on children to do well or be perfect at everything they do.
I teach comics often, where students learn to create their own comic book stories in a multitude of ways like short comics, flip books, claymation, etc. This can be challenging for them when they can’t think of an idea, they can often feel stuck because they don’t want to make the wrong choice. Learning to develop their ideas is the most important aspect of doing artistic work. You have to learn to plan, try, fail, plan, try, and possibly succeed after that, but often artists can do 2-5 practice works to get them ready for their finale.