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#MetKids: Sebastian Interviews a Copyist

Join Sebastian, age 8, and learn what a copyist does, as he interviews artist Jessica Artman in The Charles Engelhard Court at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Producer and Director: Masha Turchinsky
Camera and Editor: Marina Zarya
Post-production: Lisa Rifkind and Emily Sutter
Production Assistant: Aliza Sena

Featured artwork: Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (American, 1880–1980). The Vine, 1921; revised 1923: this cast 1924. Bronze. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1927 (27.66)

Music: Django Reinhardt, "Latché Swing," performed by Hungaria
Licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 France License

Special thanks to Jessica Artman

Established in 1872, just two years after The Metropolitan Museum of Art's founding, the Copyist Program provides artists the opportunity to utilize the Met's collection as a primary source of inspiration. The program celebrates intensive technical study, problem solving, and dialogue with artists and artworks of the past. It builds on a long-standing tradition of working from close observation of a masterpiece. Learn more about the Education Department's Copyist Program.

Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies

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© 2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Sebastian: My name's Sebastian and I'm eight years old. I'm visiting from Miami, Florida. I'm here to ask this artist some questions. Out of all the sculptures and paintings, why did you pick this particular one?

Jessica: So this one I chose because I liked the gesture. It means I like her movement, right? So, all these other ones are kind of standing still and they're quiet. Whereas this one, she's dancing, right? So she's got this forward motion and is just full of energy.

Sebastian: So, what kind of artwork do you like to do the most?

Jessica: Definitely drawing and painting. So, classical representation.

Sebastian: What are you making this out of, and why are you doing it small?

Jessica: Well, this is oil-based clay, which doesn't dry, which helps me work on it over a long period of time. And I'm doing it this small for a couple of practical reasons: it's easier to carry, and also it's mostly just a study. You know, if I wanted to do this sculpture in five days at that size I really wouldn't get very far. It would be really hard.

Sebastian: And why did you become interested in art?

Jessica: I think that it's just recognizing that it's something that you have to do. So, for myself, I have to draw and paint, otherwise I'm just not happy.

Sebastian: I like to draw and paint myself, too.

Jessica: What do you like to draw?

Sebastian: Well, I like to draw abstract and I do some projects for school. It's a lot about history and stuff like that. 

Jessica: That's cool.

Sebastian: And creativity. I'm Sebastian reporting from the Metro . . . ah, I can't say it! I'm Sebastian reporting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.