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Artist statement


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Artist statement

  1. 1. Around 500 words discussing your: *style, purpose, approach, objectives *subjects, inspiration, themes, obstacles *how you hope to continue your work/education
  2. 2. Some schools have a specific question to answer Some ask for an ARTIST’S STATEMENT or STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
  3. 3. PARSONS’ Essay topic: In a brief written composition (500 words maximum), explain what you make, how you make it, and why you make it? Where do you expect your creative abilities and academic study to take you after you finish your education at Parsons? Most specific questions are like this and realistically they ARE a kind of ARTIST’S STATEMENTS
  4. 4. IDEAS for: specific application essay questions artist’s statement OR significant experience for Common AP
  5. 5. Structure with three paragraphs Keep your sentences authentic, and direct
  6. 6. First paragraph - INTRO WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO Begin with a simple statement of introduction. Briefly explain what you want to major in. Support that statement with your objectives, goals, and aspirations. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE- say that you are not sure and that you want to explore
  7. 7. Second paragraph - BODY GIVE MORE INSIGHT INTO WHO YOU ARE Keep it simple, but informative and tell the truth.
  8. 8. Possible ideas for the BODY: -why you want to pursue the concentration you have selected -how you make decisions and get ideas for your work -how and why you select materials, techniques, themes -What aspect of art/design do you have the strongest desire to learn more about?
  9. 9. Third paragraph CONCLUSION FUTURE THINKING and ASPIRATIONS What you plan to do with your major? How your current work relates to your future plans? What you want to continue to learn? What do you want to learn at college that you have no experience with? Discuss how college can help you gain more: experience, knowledge, and skills
  10. 10. You could tailor the third paragraph for each school you are applying to. RESEARCH IS KEY - KNOWING THE SCHOOL IS CRUCIAL
  11. 11. In what ways can this school help you learn more/ gain more experience, What resources are available at that school that you find appealing? Refer to: specific courses, programs, aspects of the location of the school resources in the community
  12. 12. What ways would you contribute to their school specifically? Be creative but also show that you have RESEARCHED the school.
  13. 13. Of course when referring to a specific school BE SURE you are writing the correct name of the school.
  14. 14. CLOSING STATEMENT IDEAS What expectations do you have for your college experience? What role do you hope to play in society after you have your degree? What ways do you hope to grow from your experience in college? How you would grow from a specific school’s program.
  15. 15. Be brave: say nice things about yourself but try not to seem arrogant.
  16. 16. Use first person. Refer to yourself with the pronouns "I, me, my."
  17. 17. Be specific, avoid being vague, cliché’, or too rhetorical. And of course, USE SPELL CHECK
  18. 18. -Write about an artist or designer or any creative person that you aspire to be like or -Talk about a specific piece or series of work that you put serious thought into. Describe the process Don’t feel like you have enough to write about yourself?
  19. 19. HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY Being honest can help you write about something that might not be easy to put in words. Also your art might be something that is very personal to you, but being honest might make you stand out.
  20. 20. Other topics to include: -Your education (some of your art classes in or out of school) -Any art experience you have -If you have won any awards -Any way you have exhibited your work -Any community art involvement BUT keep somewhat current.
  21. 21. Create credibility by highlighting your achievements, not providing a full resume or your whole life’s story.
  22. 22. WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Specific artists or designers A teacher A class but also EXPLAIN what about that artist, teacher, or class Influenced you and or your work
  23. 23. Have there been people or issues that have been barriers for you In your pursuit to studying art? Then briefly describe how you reacted to those obstacles.
  24. 24. Think about how you would describe your work to someone who didn't know you. What you are aiming to achieve in your work? How does your work connect to your outlook on life? How has your life experience influenced your work?
  25. 25. If there are other things that inspire you beside art, what is it and how does it inspire you? ie, music, poetry, outdoors, travel, science, history, technology? BUT If you can't explain it briefly, avoid adding the reference.
  26. 26. IMPORTANT------------THIS IS NOT YOUR LIFE STORY! Tell the story about what led up to your art ONLY if it's short, compelling, and really really relevant.
  27. 27. Read your statement out loud. Listen to the way the words flow. Notice places where you'd like the sound or rhythm to be different. Take note of sentences that seem too long and then shorten them.
  28. 28. It can often be difficult to explain something visual in words – As with anything in life, drawing, basketball, playing an instrument, PRACTICE makes it easier. You're unlikely to produce a polished artist's statement the first time you try, so be prepared to rework it several times.
  29. 29. Show your art and your artist’s statement to friends, friends' friends, an art teacher, and maybe even a stranger or two. If you have to explain yourself, do a rewrite and eliminate the confusion. You might want to ask your Parents, but do keep in mind that even if your parents have an artistic background their ideas might differ from yours.
  30. 30. Find someone who writes or edits, or ask an English teacher to read it and ask for their feedback. Many times, a little rearranging is all that's necessary to make your statement a clean clear read. Another set of eyes can see things your spell check passed by.
  31. 31. PORTFOLIO Be sure to read the instructions from the admissions website for each school Most want digital photos of 15 pieces loaded to Some request that 6-8 pieces are DRAWING FROM OBSERVATION Some allow other work like videos of installations or performance pieces Some just want to see your best work 10-20 pieces For some schools and some majors they will be specific about what they want RISD, PARSONS, COOPER UNION, ART CENTER, FIT (some majors), are some of the schools who will have specific requests for portfolio requirements. BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS
  32. 32. start looking atstart looking at school websitesschool websites to learn what they offerto learn what they offer and what interests you.and what interests you. Start building your portfolioStart building your portfolio start drafting your essaystart drafting your essay
  33. 33. "You may delay, but time will not." ~Benjamin Franklin