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Relief Sculpture #7-Artist Statements

Years ago (way back in the 1970s) we only had to make art in high school.  We didn’t write about it, or critique it, or talk about it using the language of art.  My suspicion is that we missed an important element of art education.  We did not learn to understand either our own art-making process or the art of others.  I had to wait for university for those insights.  For my fellow art students who did not continue on to an art degree in college, the idea that we (all of us) can understand something about art may seem baffling.  I have heard hundreds of people tell me when they hear I am an artist that they don’t know anything about art but they know what they like.  The students in my sculpture class will know WHY they like an artwork and why they may not.  They will be able to see things like line, color, texture, movement, and pattern, and be able to explain how those elements and principles of art are combined.

Our sculpture students have completed their artist statements for the relief sculptures.  They first worked on a rough draft, using a graphic organizer as a guide.  After that, they brought in their rough drafts and traded with another student for peer review and feedback.  Then students completed a final artist statement.  I am always amazed to read what the art students write.  Not only is it fascinating that they are so insightful about their own artmaking but it really helps to gauge the effectiveness of the lesson.  The art piece os only one part of what students should get from an art class.  they should learn to problem-solve, work together, learn to be self-motivating, think critically about the artistic process and the end product, and learn to use the language of art.  Here are a few artist statements:

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~ by anitawesto on January 16, 2013.

sculpture, teaching