Project by Elizabeth Johnson
- Select a favorite work of art that you have created in class this semester
(it must still be available for digital photographs!! If you
have taken it home, you will need to bring it back to school for one day only,
so we can get some pics on it, ok?).
Please choose a work that you think best meets the following criteria:
- excellent craftsmanship
- good use of elements & principles of art
- represents you as an artist
- Create an artist's statement. This means that you will need to sit
down and think about what you personally wanted to achieve in this class as
well as what kind of message you were trying to communicate to the viewer(s)
of your work. Not sure what to write about or what kind of information you
should include? Take a look at the attached examples of artist's statements
that I just randomly pulled off of the Internet. As you write, consider that
you are now going to be writing to a WORLD WIDE AUDIENCE. Anyone who has access
to a computer could now see an example of your work from anywhere in the world.
Not only does an artist's statement say something about their work (meaning
processes/techniques/craftsmanship), but it also should give the viewer many
compelling insights about the artist who created the work
(meaning emotions/feelings/inspirations/ideas, etc.,).
How long should my artist's statement be?
It should be about one and a half hand written pages long (single-spaced) or one page
single-spaced using a computer or typewriter.
What do I do after I write the first draft?
You will need to type our your statement using Microsoft Word and save it to a 3
1/2" floppy computer disk. You will probably have to do several revisions of
the first draft, just to hammer out all of the rough spots and fine-tune it.
You MUST use the computer in the art room to put your statement onto a floppy
disk. (Don't worry I will provide you with the disk.) You may NOT bring in a
disk from home to put into my computer due to the possibility of passing viruses.
You will get ONE and ONLY one class period to type out your artists statement.
That is plenty of time for you to get the work done. I will have a sign-up sheet
near my desk so that you can reserve the computer for that day.
This handout contains an overview and a check-list of what information must
be included in your artist's statement.
_____ An introductory paragraph that is interesting and makes
the reader want to find out more about you in the paragraphs that follow
_____ Contains information about your selected piece on the web-site
_____ Title of the work? (What is the work called?)
_____ Medium? (Material it is made out of)
_____ Dimensions of the work? (in inches)
_____ Explanation of why the artist chose to represent this piece
_____ Contains information on your vision and ideas
_____ Explanation of where you got your inspiration or ideas from in creating the work
_____ An explanation of how you incorporated these ideas into your finished work
_____ Use of appropriate and correct terminology pertaining to the work chosen
_____ Explanation of each of the elements and principles of art that pertain to your work
_____ Artist states what kind of message they were trying to communicate
to the viewer (mood, feeling, emotions, etc.)
_____ Explanation of why the artist enjoyed working on this piece the most
_____ Degree of craftsmanship
_____ Amount of time spent working on the piece
_____ Explanation of what makes this a successful work of art
_____ Why this work best represents the artist
_____ A good ending paragraph that neatly brings the ideas above to a satisfying