Fabulous Careers in Art & Design
How to conduct an interview
Amy Winfrey worked on Making Fiends for four years before Nikelodeon signed a contract with her to broadcast a TV version.
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
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.
3. Practice your questions with a friend who will stand in for your artist.
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
Audacity for Windows OS- free digital audio
Careers in Art & Design
April 9/10- Career Reports finished.
Your work will be evaluated on these criteria:
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.
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