Artist Statements

IMPORTANT TIP: Artist statements are written in the first person (not third person). Who/What/Where/Why/How Approach: 1. Who are you? Where are you from?  Where did you receive training (if any)? 2.  What do you do? What is this work about? What do you conceptually focus on?  This is the idea, theme, message, or concept for your piece. […]

Presentation Tips

It’s important to create presentations that are both slick and charming—the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. Here, 10 tips for making an effective slide deck. The big picture… Think about your slides last. Building your slides should be […]

Banality/Cliche Checklist

Cliche, trite, banality, unoriginality, predictability, dullness, ordinariness, triviality, staleness, vapidity, commonplace Anything that is lacking in freshness or effectiveness because of constant use or excessive repetition hearts, eyes, peace signs, crosses, puppies, cats, dragons, snipers, vaginas, penises, anime, rainbows, stars, paintbrushes and other art supplies, cigarettes, hands, mermaids, lips, views in rear-view mirrors, swirling hair, […]

Documenting Your Work

It is important to be able take good photos of your work. It is also important to know how to maintain a blog/website (as professionals in your field, networking is integral to your success). Thus, we will practice these skills by maintaining a class blog of all our homework photos. When you are taking photos […]

Links & Articles

Sources, Influences, and Styles presentation Everything is a Remix BLOGS You Thought We Wouldn’t Notice – A blog with great examples of people who may or may not have stolen work Who Wore It Better – Comparing very similar artists WEBSITES Fair Use Calculator Styles & Periods INFLUENCES Art:21 Flash Points: What Influences Art? Music and Art […]

Craft Checklist

BACKGROUND Impeccable craft is imperative to the success of a work of art or design. A piece may have the greatest concept in the world, but poor craft can quickly undermine any and all successes had by the finished piece. Because of this, craft will be an integral part of all assignments (up to 25% […]


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Sketchbook Guidelines

Our sketchbooks will be the basis of every project in this class.  The sketchbook should include thumbnail sketches, full page sketches, printed images, words, thoughts, ideas, and any other information that will assist you in developing strong drawings technically, formally, and conceptually. (staples damage the other pages). All entries (drawings, notes related to class, assignments, […]

Life Model Code of Conduct

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Making Posters

The posters you make to advertise your exhibition can be any size/color, however 8.5″x11″, and be black and white (using a photocopier to make them) is the least expensive.  When you are designing your poster, remember to include the following information: – Who (your name, the artist or in the case of a group show, […]

Press Releases

Different from an invitation, a press release contains background information about the artist, the work, and the show. It is targeted to members of the press who may want to check out, write about, or even review your show. That having said, you can also send your press release to clients, gallerists, curators, or anyone […]

Elements & Principles of Design

Link to online presentation. ELEMENTS: Line – The way we treat our lines establishes a particular/dominant mood/emotion. Shape – Flat, 2D aspects of form, as opposed to volume (think silhouette) Value/Tone – Relative lightness or darkness Texture – Can be actual or implied Space – Positive space is the figure/object you’re drawing; Negative space is […]

Flickr Account

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Good Discussion Q's

Good discussion questions are not answered by “yes” or “no.” Instead they lead to higher order thinking (analysis, synthesis, comparison, evaluation) about the work and the issues it raises. Good discussion questions call for more than simply recalling facts or guessing what the teacher already wants to know, but are open-ended, leading to a variety […]

Writing Tips

This is a list of problems I usually come across when grading written work (and that lower your grade), along with some advice about how to solve them. Please read this before handing in your written work, so that you can write better and I can give you a good grade.  1. Communicate using Standard […]

Privilege Resources

Privilege presentation The Invisible Knapsack “How to Talk to Someone about Privilege…”

Resume Writing

When we have our exhibition, everyone will be expected to provide a resume for the exhibition binder. It is ok if you have never written a resume for an exhibition before – it is very easy. Here are the steps: Your Name should be the biggest text on the page and it goes at the top. […]


Adapted from this site Remember that brainstorming is a trick to generate as many ideas as possible. We’re going for QUANTITY rather than quality at this point. No judging your ideas or those of others. Get every single idea out, no matter how silly, absurd, or stupid you might normally think it is. “What if?” The class will […]