Do you enjoy painting, chalking, drawing cartoons, or creating digital artwork but are unsure what careers these interests can lead to? If so, you’re not alone! It’s a common myth that art is only a hobby. In reality, there are many career opportunities that people with creative skills can pursue, including painting, graphic art, set design, animation, and illustration. This activity will help you learn more about careers in art and how to set yourself up for success on the path to those careers!
Do you enjoy painting, chalking, drawing cartoons, or creating digital artwork, but are unsure what careers these interests can lead to? If so, you’re not alone! It’s a common myth that art is only a hobby. In reality, there are many career opportunities that people with creative skills can pursue, including painting, graphic art, set design, animation, and illustration.
Professional artwork can be found everywhere. Consider the murals that you might see on buildings in your community, the animations on the video games you play, the pages of your favorite comic books, and even the billboard advertisements posted on streets and highways. This activity will allow you to explore artwork from different cultures, recreate a piece of artwork, and hear from an Oklahoma-based graphic artist.
Devices with access to the Internet (computer, smartphone, tablet, etc.)
Camera phone (optional)
Something to color, paint, chalk, or draw with
Assorted items from home (optional)
What to Do
Start with Activity #1: Virtual Art Tour on this page or in the attached activity booklet (page 4).
Move to Activity #2: Art Creation (page 13).
Finish with Activity #3: Career Talk and complete the 3-2-1 writing reflection (page 15).
Check out more careers from the Art, A/V Technology, and Communications cluster in the Extend section (page 16).
Activity #1: Virtual Art Tour
First, let’s take a virtual tour to view art from around the country and the world. There are eight different art options provided for you to explore below or on pages 5-12 of the attached activity booklet. Click the link below each picture to see more images from that art category.
Take your time and note the pieces that you connect with the most and why. What message do you think the artists wanted to send with their work?
Use the table below to keep track of the websites for your favorite artwork (also located on page 4 of the activity booklet). You can copy and paste or write down each website and take notes about the artwork that you find interesting. You can also list the websites on a separate piece of paper and take notes there if you prefer.
After viewing artwork from at least three of the websites, select one piece that you would like to recreate before moving on to Activity #2.
Activity #2: Art Creation
For this second activity, you will use the artwork that you selected from Activity #1 to help you create your own masterpiece. Before you start creating, examine the chart below to learn more about the different types of art that you have viewed.
To create your own art piece, select one of the four options included below. Be creative and don’t forget to give your art piece a title!
Option 1: Paint using watercolors on paper or canvas.
Option 2: Use chalk on dark paper or a sidewalk near your home with permission from a parent or guardian.
Option 3: Draw on paper using markers, crayons, stencil pencils, etc.
Option 4: Use items from around your home to recreate a portrait and take a selfie or photo.
Below is one example of how others have used different materials from their home as props for their portrait photo. To see other examples, click HERE or go to https://tinyurl.com/artrecreations.
Don’t keep all this fun to yourself! Invite your family to participate with you and create a family exhibit.
Do you want to take more virtual art tours but you’re not sure where to find them online? The Guardian, an online newspaper has compiled a list of 10 virtual museum and art gallery tours that you can check out by clicking HERE or going to https://tinyurl.com/guardiantours.
Want to learn more about other careers in the arts? Check out My Next Move to see additional information about what people in these careers do and the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed. Click HERE or go to https://tinyurl.com/mnm-arts. Visual art is just one component of the Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications career cluster. You can find out more about the other career fields by clicking HERE or going to https://tinyurl.com/mnm-careers.
If you’re interested in design careers, check out AIGA’s website by clicking HERE or going to https://tinyurl.com/gd-aiga.
Don’t stop at exploring just careers in the arts. GEAR UP at the K20 Center Center has a full playlist of career talks from numerous fields online. To check out more career talks, click HERE or go to https://tinyurl.com/k20careerexpo.
Activity #3: Career Talk
Now that you’ve had the opportunity to take a virtual art tour and recreate your own masterpiece, it’s time to hear from a professional artist. Calli Morris is an award-winning graphic designer and illustrator based in Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in visual communication.
Click HERE or go to https://tinyurl.com/cmcareertalk2 to learn more about Calli’s development as an artist and how she turned her childhood passion into a full-time career.
After viewing Calli’s career talk, reflect on the video by completing a 3-2-1 writing activity.
All of the sources that were linked throughout the activity are listed below. Providing a list of resources allows us to give credit for the work someone else made.
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