An artist demonstration is a powerful selling tool that helps to pull observers in your art. Here is a sample outline for an artist demonstration:
Topics to discuss:
- What is your favorite medium and why?
- What was the first medium you used?
- What is the present medium you are using?
- What is your main inspiration or subject matter?
- At what age you first realized that your were interested in art?
- What schools or classes have you attended or graduated from?
- Where do you do your art? (In your home, studio, at a job, or on the job when you wish your were home in your studio)
- What awards have you won?
- Have you been in any publications?
- Do you create your art for yourself?
- Do you give your art as gifts or is it for sale?
- What was your favorite work of art you have produced so far? Do you still have it? A picture? Why is it your favorite?
- How much time you usually spend on a project?
- When you are finished with your piece, how do you display it for viewing?
- Any other noteworthy bit of information is always good and personalizes your presentation
Demo hints (describe in detail or do an actual demonstration):
- A list of supplies you need.
- Will you start with a photo or from real life?
- Do you do a preliminary drawing or rough in?
- Do you wear protective clothing?
- Is there any kind of pretreatment of canvas such as gesso or under painting?
- How many layers do you generally need to accomplish your finished project?
- Do you use a fixative or varnish?
- Do you use chemicals that should be used only in ventilated areas?
- Are there aspects of your medium that are hazardous to your health?
Be sure to ask your audience if they have any questions when you are finished!