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Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  245 ratings  ·  19 reviews
With contributions from: Kamrooz Aram and Lane Arthur, Colleen Asper, Julie Ault, John Baldessari, Judith Barry, Jay Batlle, Martin Beck, James Benning, Andrew Berardini, Mary Walling Blackburn, Jesse Bransford, Thomas Brauer, Jackie Brookner, Peter Brown, Graham Campbell, Nathan Carter, Antoine Catala, Anna Craycroft, Sean Downey, Angela Dufresne, Brad Farwell, Ira Fay, R ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published 2012 by Paper Monument
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Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, non-fiction
A fun read with moments of utter brilliance.
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a pleasant enough little book that often serves as nothing so much as a reminder of how little art schools have to offer, despite themselves.

Whether rebelling against universities run like corporations, rehashing sex debates from the 1960s, or refusing to answer the book's simple request - provide the best art lesson you've been offered, or offered yourself - the hundred or so teachers featured in Draw It with Your Eyes Closed meet so many stereotypes adults associate with college studen
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-we-love
Emma Komlos-Hrobsky (Editorial Assistant, Tin House Magazine): The book I’ve looked for excuses to talk about all year (2012) is Draw it With Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment edited by Dwight Garner. The book compiles personal accounts of memorable art school tasks, particularly stories of battle raged with intrinsically impossible assignments and the attendant humiliation/pain/suffering/revelation they caused. (My favorite features performance art with a grilled cheese sandwich a ...more
AraLucia Ashburne
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-visual-world
A wide variety of artists offer their favorite MFA art assignments; clever, intriguing, inspiring and sometimes humorous. This book offers creative and innovative opportunities with both depth and breadth: some doable, some impossible (just to see where they will take you). It was an absolute delight as a read and as an experience and one I will go back to over and over for many years to come. If I could only take a single book to a desert island this would be it.
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
As an art educator (not studio professor), I enjoyed several bits of this book. It reaches, often, towards the unnameable, difficult-to-recreate aesthetic experiences that motivate us to make art in the first place. Much of it feels like it's meant to be photocopied and hung in art departments - in a good way. I would recommend it either before or after watching Art School Confidential.
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: text-books
worth a look, for artists or most other humans. Excellent for looking at art, better for problem solving. I would say to skip any that are overly-- precious or self-important.
And get to work.
There are deadlines.
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating. I no longer regret not going to art school, and the variety of voices was great. It was very thought-provoking.
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: design
A serious manual on why you should avoid art school.
Ellie Botoman
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it

i’m definitely not the target audience here, and i’m sure i would’ve gotten more out of this book if i was a working artist or an art school student. i’d highly recommend if you’re looking for new approaches to art-making since the plethora of voices in this book give you so many directions, funny anecdotes, and literal assignments to work with. only reason i’m not rating this higher is two-fold: certain longer essays included that felt redundant/didn’t add to the book’s overall conversati
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall not a terrible book to read. It had some entries that were fun/brilliant/informative but many of them were long winded stories (some good and some bad). I did end up bookmarking a large number of the pages though. Worth picking up if you can find it for a good price.
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
There is no way to say this and not sound obnoxous: I am among other things a conceptual artist and one of my preferred mediums is the art assignment. I would say "fake" art assignment, since I don't teach art, but they're not fake; sometimes people do them, sometimes with the blessing of cultural institutions. However, nobody's required to and the point isn't whether they get done. They are to teaching what Diana Vreeland's "Why Don't You" column is to fashion advice.

In that spirit, I like this
Adam Peterson
Oct 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'd say skip it all together if you're seeking enlightenment or improvement from this book. Much of what this book offers is insight towards bewildering curricula and a few thought experiments regarding art's value, a question answered much better by many others. There are a few gems here and there, and because of them the book is rewarding, but ask and I'll save you the time digging for them.

The book reminds me of another book, This Explains Everything and its pages of beautiful explanations. D
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About 90 artists/teachers reflect on and/or share about the most successful or unsuccessful art assignments given or received. There were some humorous anecdotal stories sprinkled throughout some straightforward assignment explanations. Also, general art theory talk about teaching and learning art. I will use some of the assignments for my own inspiration, and while most of the assignments are either inappropriate or too advanced for a younger audience there were still some gems that I can adapt ...more
Elisa R.
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. So much variety in response, and even outside of art assignments, my favorites including radical critique methods, the intimate questionnaire of Paul Thek, and the important refusal of assignments in entirety. Definitely recommend to both students and teachers, **especially** art students in their first year.
Ryan Hill
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
The book has the look of a 70's newsprint manual on conceptualism. But its actually a compendium of a variety of practices and sensibilities. Historically interesting, but not completely useful for my classroom teaching.
Nicole Geary
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-school
Thoroughly enjoyed it - I read this book in no particular order, mostly by picking it up and going to random selections and then reading until I was satiated.
May 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fun :D
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, education
Great art tips and assignments from various art instructors for every age.
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