A couple of years ago I gave a talk at a Meetup for coders and artists. During the day I work as a software engineer, while I work on my art in my free time, so I was excited to speak at an event that involved the merging of my two interests.
Over the years, as I’ve learned more about technology and marketing, I’ve made adjustments to my artist website. Take a look at my talk to learn more:
It’s important for artists to know how to talk about their artwork so they can promote it to the public. Giving talks helps others understand your process, technique, and the underlying meaning behind your work. If you have to give an artist talk, but are a little stuck on how to get started, here are some ideas to help you out:
Take some time to brainstorm possible topics to cover. What sets your work apart from other artists? How does your artwork fit in with what’s currently available on the market? What projects are you most proud of? Or what projects or series are you hoping to complete in the future?
2. Write a rough draft of your talk
I generally like to create an outline first of what I want to talk about, and then I expand on the details later. I like to use the following format:
Brief overview of my background and studies
How I got started with being an artist
Who are my influences
A walkthrough of my process and technique
More details on the subject matter I cover
A look at the meaning behind some of my work
My plans for future projects or series to work on
3. Expand on the topics in your rough draft
Think about the narrative you can write for each topic. What stories can you tell? Sharing anecdotes can help make your talk more engaging for listeners.
4. Rehearse your talk
I usually like to over-rehearse my talks, just to know for sure that I know everything I want to say by heart, and so I won’t stumble over my words. I’d recommend practicing in front of a mirror, as well as practicing while staring across the room, so you can have a couple of different ways of experiencing the artist talk delivery process.
5. Brainstorm other topics when talking to individuals after the talk
Think about talking points about your work that you don’t cover in your talk, that you can use when chatting with people in the crowd.
So there you have it – a few ideas to help get you started. And feel free to let me know if you have any questions. I’m always looking to improve on the resources I’m writing.