In these times of uncertainty and with the possibility of more time on our hands, we need to stay engaged in positive, productive endeavors. Sharing our art is one way to keep our spirits up, our talents honed, and our art moving forward. We all can help each other by coming together and having a dialog about our common interests, processes and projects. I look forward to art-chatting with you. —Jim Richards

Art Chat

Artists in Action is pleased to offer a new program for engaging our artist community. Art Chat is a video conference for artists to share ideas about their artistic techniques and individual progress as well as providing a forum for receiving and giving constructive feedback if desired.

Beginning in July, Art Chat sessions will be held twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesday. Next session: Tuesday, July 14 @ 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome.

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Platform:Zoom teleconferencing will be used to hold the Art Chat sessions. See Zoom info below.
Schedule:2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month (3rd is AiA monthly meeting). Sessions begin at 6:00 pm and run 1 to 1-1/2 hours depending on number of presenters.
Hosts:Jim Richards will host with Glenda Goodrich (GG) as co-host.
Membership:AiA membership is not required to attend; however, as a benefit of membership, members will be first to present and will receive priority as time permits.
Enrollment:Enrolling here is necessary the first time you join then each time you have new artwork images or materials to present that week. Those attending as ‘observers’ do not need to re-enroll. Once enrolled you’ll receive Art Chat-related email. Attend as many sessions as you like. Unsubscribe any time.
Artwork:When enrolling, include photos of your artwork or materials for discussion. (Optional)
Notifications:Prior to the session, participants will receive an email from Artists in Action with the meeting link, meeting ID and other instructions for joining.
Environment:When you join, you will be placed in a waiting room until the host starts the meeting. Select your audio connection. Participants may be muted upon entry. Video will be enabled, but you may choose to disable it on your end.

Rules of Engagement

Artists may choose to share their art, projects, process or other artistic topics and indicate whether or not a critique by others in attendance is desired. Those who offer critiques should be constructive, kind and discerning with the intention of helping and providing sparks of inspiration for improve­ment. If you have feedback you may raise your hand in the ‘Participants’ window. This will allow the host to call on you and unmute if needed. Audio/video and screen sharing may also be turned over to you. If the feedback is brief, you may type it in the ‘Chat’ window and a host will address it.

When it’s your turn to present, introduce yourself and share what you expect out of the interaction:

  • Critique: Show an art piece or project and request a critique/feedback
  • Show-n-Tell: Show an art piece or project to an audience without a critique
  • Other Share: Share a technique or something you find useful or interesting
  • Observe: Join without presenting; contributions to discussion optional

Our artistic journey, like all of life, is a constant learning experience. You may want to consider the art/design topics below for critique. Or, ask about whatever you feel will help you grow as an artist.

Quality of Presentation • Subject Matter • Medium • Theme • Voice • Stylistic Aspects • Palette • Presentation • Consistency • Technical Application


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About Zoom

Zoom is an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat and webinars across mobile devices, desktops and telephones. You can install the Zoom app on any smart device or computer. Or, you may simply join via a web browser by clicking the link we provide.

Joining the conference using your camera-equipped computer with the Zoom app installed is the best, easiest way to enjoy a full-size visual experience. Simply click the link we provide. For those who do not have a computer, smart phone or tablet, calling in via the telephone is also an option. You will still be able to listen in and contribute to the discussion.

Zoom Help Center
Visit support.zoom.us to get familiar with the Zoom interface if you have not used it before. Go to zoom.us/test to experience a small zoom meeting (just you) and test your settings. Doing this ahead of time is a good idea to get comfortable with the environment and avoid difficulties or frustration at the start of the teleconference. After browsing the Help Center, contact Jim Richards or Glenda Goodrich if you need assistance.

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