Mrs. Gravitz's room two chose to interview Mr. Dominique Reboul
Interview with Dominique Reboul
Mrs. Gravitz's Class
Question: What makes your art unique or different from everyone else's work?
Answer: Art is a language. This is the way I see the world. For me, art is about taking a risk and making something. When there is hundreds of the same thing, it looses its meaning. This is not art. When it comes to art, everything has to do with practice. With art, you can't always please everybody. You have to please yourself. Sometimes art is a work of nature with a person adding on to it. It took me about a month to find a log that I wanted to work with. Before I start any project, I think about what I want to do. If I do not like the art I have pictured in my head, I won't do it. One time I built a glass oven and tried to melt and twist the glass. Art can be about taking things in nature and working with it to create your own masterpiece. Art is what you make of it.
Question: What did you like about the fourth grade?Answer: I went to school in France. Also, I got to go to the mountains, and I got to see snow. In fourth grade, I liked to study and read. I liked art and drawing so much!
Question: Did you always want to be an artist?
Answer: Yes, when I was fourteen, I was publishing cartoons. When I was nineteen, I built an oven to melt glass in. I always was experimenting.
Question: What kind of art do you like to do the most?
Answer: I like sculpture a lot. I made giant puppets for First Night. You can see some of what I do at the Solstice parades. I even helped Mrs. Gravitz's class years ago make a life size elephant! I do shows with my art.
Question: What's important for us kids to learn about art?Answer: The more you do something the more you know what you want to do. You can draw anyway you want. Just experiment with what you like to do. You just do art, and if it makes you happy, then you can't stop.
Question: What is the best and the worst part about being an artist?
Answer: I have a chance to be anything I want. I don't think there is a bad part. I never do the same thing twice.
Question: Do you ever get discouraged being an artist?
Answer: When I was fifteen years old, I saw a painting by Picasso. I was very discouraged then. I didn't see how I could do something that beautiful.
Question: Did you go to a special school to be an artist?
Answer: I went to school in France. There were a lot of student in the class. This was an art school. I studied eight hours a day. I was there for two years.
Question: What did your parents thing about your wanting to be an artist?
Answer: I was lucky. My parents were artists. My mother's favorite thing was to visit museums.
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