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Advice for Artists with Kids – Draftsmen S1E23

November 4, 20192 Comments

How can you be a good parent and a successful artist? Is it even possible? We try to find answers to those questions and the ways you can incorporate art into your life while raising a child. We go through 3 voicemail questions including our opinion on painting before learning how to draw. Is Stan a mutant child of Chernobyl?

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Referenced Artists/Works:

N.C. Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth

The Wyeths: A Father and His Family documentary

Norman Rockwell

Robert Watts

Beatrix Potter

Lewis Carroll

Dr. Seuss

Maurice Sendak

Shel Silverstein

Glenn Vilppu

Jimmy Fallon children’s books

P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

Little Nemo in Slumberland

Eddie O’Connor – Psychology of Performance

Robert Henri – The Art Spirit

Claude Monet

Georges Seurat

Vincent van Gogh

Chernobyl HBO mini-series

Paper Moon

The Florida Project

What’s Up, Doc

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  1. Emma says:

    Really enjoyed listening to the podcast today. One single mother who made it as a writer springs to mind: J.K. Rowling… J.R.R. Tolkien had children too and wrote for them.

    It is possible to combine the arts with children. You have to be flexible. Determined. And drink coffee! Perhaps redefining “success” might be helpful too – if you can make a living doing what you’re interested in (even if you may have to supplement your income with teaching/other work), can that be successful enough for you?

    Best wishes,
    Emma

  2. Anupama says:

    Hello,
    I really enjoy the podcast. Thank you.
    I have a young child and am trying to teach myself drawing fundamentals and watercolour. It’s not easy. These are a few things that help…sometimes:)
    a) allocate a number of hours for the month (with a rough weekly schedule) with 2-3 things only in focus and be flexible about the daily time spent in practice. Focus on the task vs the hours.
    b) Kids neither care much about art nor understand why it is so important for you. They need your time. Don’t fight it or resent it. Separate alone time for yourself and make that time purposeful.
    c) Please don’t loose out on sleep.
    d) Get them into the habit of leaving you alone (this one takes time) while you are working. It helps if it’s the same space where they see you sit and work.

    Regards,
    Anupama

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