Reflecting Through Artist Statements

May 4, 2024 No Comments

As we near the end of the year, my budding young artists are putting the finishing touches on their exhibit pieces for our annual school-wide art show. Students are encouraged to reflect on their artwork through written artist statements. The artist statement is a crucial part of the accompanying artwork because it provides a window into the thinking behind the creation. By putting their thoughts and feelings into words, students can gain a deeper understanding of their own creations.

Often, students will start by visually describing their artwork (I made a horse, my sky is blue, the grass is green). However, the statement should go beyond what the viewer can already see and instead tell them something that they wouldn’t know just by looking at the artwork.

Here are some prompts that I give my students to help them dig deeper into their individual artistic process and potential meaning behind their artwork

  • What is your artwork about?
  • Why did you choose this subject or theme?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • What do you want viewers to think about when they look at your artwork?
  • What does your artwork mean to you?
  • What did you learn while creating this artwork?
  • What were some challenges that you faced?
  • Were you inspired by another artist or artwork?  If so, who or what?

Of course, it is always wonderful when students can remember and successfully incorporate the art vocabulary that they have learned into their artist statements. I encourage that as students are writing and also review this list of descriptive art words beforehand:

The Diabetic Ballerina
Mixed Media – 4th Gr.

This is a ballerina performing on stage. When she told her parents that she wanted to be a ballerina, they were worried and thought that she might fail because she is diabetic. However, she knows that she can dance and will hit a victory by dancing.
Beautiful Map
Mixed Media – 1st Gr.

My idea came from my imagination. I used different lines, shapes and colors. I am proud of my artwork because I like the colors that I chose. My artwork is about a map of hearts.
The Crashing Ocean
Tempera Paint – 1st Gr.

My idea came from a picture of a famous painting that was hanging in the art room. I am proud of my artwork because I didn’t need to look at the picture that much while I was creating it. My artwork is about the ocean’s waves.
The Day of the Dead
Colored Pencils, 2nd Gr.

My artwork is about The Day of the Dead. My idea came from my imagination. I am proud of my artwork because it respects the Mexican culture.

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Lisa Blanchette

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Welcome to my blog! I’ve been an art teacher for over 20 years and have worked with a variety of age levels. I am passionate about art, teaching and learning. I’m excited to share lessons, resources, tips and tricks that I currently use in my elementary choice-based art room. Read More