You Are an Artist

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A few years ago curator Sarah Urist Green left her office in the basement of an art museum to travel and visit a diverse range of artists, asking them to share prompts that relate to their own ways of working. The result is You Are an Artist, a journey of creation through which you'll invent imaginary friends, sort books, declare a cause, construct a landscape, find your band, and become someone else (or at least try). Your challenge is to filter these assignments through the lens of your own experience and make art that reflects the world as you see it.

You don't have to know how to draw well, stretch a canvas, or mix a paint colour that perfectly matches that of a mountain stream. This book is for anyone who wants to make art, regardless of experience level. The only materials you'll need are what you already have on hand or can source for free.

You Are an Artist brings together more than 50 assignments gathered from some of the most innovative creators working today, including Sonya Clark, Michelle Grabner, The Guerrilla Girls, Fritz Haeg, Pablo Helguera, Nina Katchadourian, Toyin Ojih Odutola, J. Morgan Puett, Dread Scott, Alec Soth, Gillian Wearing, and many others.

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  • Elizabeth

    I'm really excited to read this! I recently discovered The Art Assignment channel on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/theartas... ) and all of the videos have been very thought-provoking and well...

  • Robin Bonne

    I listened to this as an audiobook, but it seems like it would have been better in print form. For example, getting verbal directions on how to make a rug isn’t as easy as seeing the directions....

  • Julia

    I really enjoyed reading about different artists and different types of art that I would definitely never have heard about. This is a very approachable book for non-artists (although, according to the...

  • Erica

    FTC disclosure: I would like to thank Penguin Press UK for providing me with an advance reader copy via access to the galley for free through the NetGalley program.This was such a fantastic book! I’...

  • Duckpondwithoutducks

    This art book includes 50+ accessible art assignments for the reader to complete. Along the way, the reader learns about various art concepts and about many contemporary artists. It also reinforces th...

  • Mary

    Ok, I borrowed this book from the library. Now I must go and buy myself a copy to treasure. You not only get wonderful prompts for creativity but also a good dose of art history. Assignments vary........

  • Allison Janicki

    I read this all the way through first—now I’m excited to go back through and do some projects....

  • Rea Scott

    Thank you, Sarah, for making art and art making simultaneously infinite and attainable. ...

  • Victoria

    In You Are an Artist, over fifty artists from around the world share their creative techniques, and give you brilliantly imaginative exercises to inspire you to make your own art.I feel like, as I am ...

  • Sesana

    A combination (recent) art history and art course. Each chapter features one current artist, briefly discussing their art, how its created, and the thought process behind it, before challenging the re...