Fabulous Careers in Art & Design

How to conduct an interview

Ms. Dayton


Making Fiends Cartoons

Amy Winfrey worked on Making Fiends for four years before Nikelodeon signed a contract with her to broadcast a TV version.

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Listen to an interview with cartoonist Charles Schulz on BBC

Peanuts creator Charles Schulz talks about inspiration.

Read an interview with Amy Winfrey of Making Fiends

Find out how Amy got started doing flash cartoons!


Prepare to interview someone working in some aspect of art and design to find out first hand what their field is really like. You will post your audio interview on your art blog with your career report.

You have two options. The best option is to do a live interview with an arts professional. Ask your friends and relatives if there is an architect or designer or other arts professional in their group of friends and relatives. When you locate someone, ask for an interview. Use GarageBand to record the interview.

The second best option is to find an inteview on the internet of a well known person in the field you are investigating. For example, I have provided a link to an Amy Winfrey interview that tells how Amy got started and where she got her training. You can pick the most important interview segments and ask a friend to read the artist part. This will be a reenactment of the original interview. In this case, you must be sure to site your references. Your reenactment will be recorded on your MacBook and edited in GarageBand.


The following procedures are necessary to complete the task, regardless of the option chosen.

1. Select a person to interview

2. Make a list of questions based on the research you have done about that person's career. These questions are a guidline. You may add to them.

  • a. Include their name and job description.
  • b. Ask what a typical day on the job is like and what they like about their job.
  • c. Ask what education is needed for the job and what their opinion is of the best school to attend for their career.
  • d. Ask how they got started.
  • e. Ask what a starting salary would be and what the earnings potential is for the long term.
  • f. Record your questions in writing on your blog, but not the answers. The audio file will answer the questions.

3. Practice your questions with a friend who will stand in for your artist.

  • a. If you don't have a live interview scheduled, find an internet interview to edit and reenact with a friend.
  • b. Use the same list above as a guide. Look for these same questions in the internet interview.

4. Practice practice practice your interview skills. If you have access to recording technology, like a laptop, cellphone or other digital recorder, record the practice interview with the tool you have. If you do not have a recorder, practice outloud with a friend who will act or read the other part.

Remember, you will include the list of questions you asked in your published blog report.

5. You will use GarageBand or on Windows, Audacity to record and edit your interview. You may pair up to accomplish this task. See links below.

Site Resources for the assignment

Blog for art
Art Reverb

Audacity for Windows OS- free digital audio

Careers in Art & Design
Visual Arts Career Guide
197 art careers
http://www.thefutureschannel.com/ Careers in Art & Design Videos


April 9/10- Career Reports finished.
April 18/19- Audio Interview finished and uploaded to blog.
April 25/26- Comments due on blogs


Your work will be evaluated on these criteria:

Blog & Interview Careers











Discussion of 3 Arts related careers


Missing more than one criteria. Descriptions do not inform or engage the reader. All but one criteria completed. Sketchy description of careers. All criteria completed to the minimum required. At least one informative discussion on chosen topic. Informative and engaging discussion on 3 chosen careers. Includes all critieria specified as well as information needed to make an informed decision about choosing this field for college study.





No attention to design of blog report. Little attention to white space and paragraph breaks. Text runs on in big blocks. Difficult to read. Readable layout. Uses white space effectively.

Exemplary design treatment using the tools available. Well thought out placement of text and pictures and media file.



6 Traits of Writing


No identifiable voice. Minimal investment in writing. Poor mechanics.Emerging voice, writing mechanics- sentence flow and grammar errorsCompetent voice -writing contains only small errors.Exemplary voice and writing mechanics


Interview using Audacity


Interview is hard to hear. Poorly thought out questions. Interview is audible but quite short, with little usable information. Interview is audible but questions are not well thought out. Several don't add to our understanding. Excellent series of questions. Interview is audible and informative


Comment on 3 classmate blogs


2 or less comments, no reflection on content of reports 2 comments with little engagement in reflection. Met the minimum requirement. Thoughtful comments for 3 or more reports


You have successfully conducted a professional interview. In addition, you have used an audio recorder and editor to create an internet version of your interview, an MP3 file, for your art blog for anyone to hear.

Will you be more likely from now on to interview alumni and professionals about their experiences?

Do you see the value in asking others about their experiences?

Credits & References

Careers in Art Webquest was my inspiration.

I used the BBC website for the Charles Schulz interview, Cold Hard Flash site for the Making Fiends image and PBS Art 21 blog for the image of architect Maya Lin.

I used The WebQuest Page and the Design Patterns page and Dreamweaver to help with this project. I uploaded the site with Transmit to my server space.

We all benefit by being generous with our work. Permission is hereby granted for other educators to copy this WebQuest, update or otherwise modify it, and post it elsewhere provided that the original author's name is retained along with a link back to the original URL of this WebQuest. On the line after the original author's name, you may add Modified by (your name) on (date). If you do modify it, please let me know and provide the new URL.

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