If you're an art student or taking studio classes, this is for you. When you get a project assignment, think it out clearly and approach it like a homework assignment. Come to class with several thoughts or ideas already sketched out, ready to present to the instructor. This way, you'll be able to discuss and refine your ideas while the rest of the class is still wondering how to approach the problem.
Next, pick up or purchase your project materials so that you can start work as soon as possible. The secret of creating a successful project is to work at an even and steady pace during the time allotted. This way you'll be able to relax as you work and still have enough time to polish your piece with some nice finishing touches.
Waiting until the last minute to get busy makes for sloppy and unprofessional results. The art world is very competitive and a good portfolio is a ticket to success. A quick safety note: for those of you working in studios with equipment and machinery such as jewelry, ceramics, or woodworking -- the machinery never gets tired -- you do! Remember what they say, 'Accidents happen when you least expect them!'By Bernie Maas