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Artist Statement

Created on May 16, 2019 by paintpeace

An end of year reflection for each student, based on their portfolio (folder) of artwork made in class. This resource is a graphic organizer, based on the standard “Five Paragraph Essay”, to help students organize their ideas and begin writing their Artist Statement.

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5 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. Reflect on a year of work.
2. Introduce yourself and your goals in art class.
3. Understand how to use the “Art Critique” format.
4. Conclude your statement noting connections that run throughout your work.
5. Write a personal artist statement. If word processing, learn how to photograph, upload, crop and size your photo

1. Student folder or portfolio of their artwork.
2. Pen or pencil to fill in Graphic Organizer (see downloadable file, “Artist Statement”)
3. Cell phone/camera
4. Computer

5. Optional- materials to complete unfinished projects.

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1. Explain what is an Artist Statement.
2. Show examples of artist statements.
3. Model reviewing artwork and selecting 3 pieces.
4. As a class, read sections aloud and explain, answer questions, etc.
5. Optional- to present to class

A short video on what is an artist statement.

Initially there was a lot of pushback, “we have to write?” But then, they started, and got into it. I had them read pieces to someone sitting next to them too.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[9-12 Proficient] Students conceive and create works of visual art that demonstrate an understanding of how the communication of their ideas relates to the media, techniques, and processes they use

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students evaluate the effectiveness of artworks in terms of organizational structures and functions

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[9-12 Proficient] Students reflect analytically on various interpretations as a means for understanding and evaluating works of visual art

English/Language Arts