Chapter 1 begins by defining an artist, or defining it through the eyes of other artists. Beuys believed that everyone is an artist. That training was basically irrelevant and that the intent is highly valued. Arendt broke it down into three sections, art is labor, work and action. She believed that the most important thing is to think about what you are doing.
Chapter 2 speaks about aesthetic education. Haynes emphasizes the importance of educating oneself and becoming a citizen of the world, being aware of all. She grew up finding out that the sources for learning are everywhere, they are in nature, in literature, in music and in art. She believes that an artist needs these 5 essential things.
1. To be able to write, articulate.
2. To be knowledgeable in the traditions of other cultures.
3. To master a technical skill, and understand a wide range of materials.
4. To understand cultural theory, history and environmental concerns.
5. To be able question and think about the audience
Chapter 3 travels through Haynes educational background. Through these experiences she writes about the importance of extending your education when becoming an artist. The role of education in her life had an extremely significant impact on her work. Ignorance and closing yourself off from the rest of the world Haynes states, does not enhance the work, it only hinders it.