Documenting Your Work
Here are a few tips on documenting your work and process for a portfolio:
Instructions for a Student Weebly Portfolio:
Upload images of finished works in a designated area/page. If you wish to keep a kind of journal or works in progress, that is great, but do that on a separate page so that you have all your best works in one place that is easily accessible without lots of scrolling through images and text.
Documenting Your Work
It’s important for artists to learn how to document their art. Among other things, records of your work will serve as a reflective tool, show you how much you’ve grown, and ensure you can effectively share your work with others. One way to document your work is through photographs. Another is through writing. We are going to do both by following the steps below.
Step 1: Take good photos of your art.
Here are some guide lines to follow when photographing your work:
Step 2: Once you have good photos of your work, open a new note in Notability or whatever you are comfortable working in. Title the note with the title of the project. Keep this file, adding to it as you go and save it in a safe place. This is so that if there is some kind of digital disaster, you do not have to recreate your entire portfolio, only upload by copy/paste again.
Step 3: Insert at least three images of your work into the note.
Step 4: Below the images, write an artist statement about the work. An artist statement is a usually brief writing by the creator of the work that explains or reflects on the art. It is another way for the artist to document the artwork. It helps the artist communicate their ideas about the work. Use at least 6 full sentences (to make a full paragraph). You may look up examples below for ideas. As you write your own, you might think about answering some of these questions (You don’t necessarily have to answer all or any of them):
You can keep these notes on your iPad/computer and then upload the text and images to your Weebly Portfolio
Be sure to check back here from time to time to see updates.
How Artists Spend Their Free Time:
How do artists look at art?
Describe, Analyze, Reflect, Connect
Your teacher always tells you to look at artists, but what do you do after you hit “enter” on the Google search bar? The follow questions guide you through a formally accepted protocol for talking about artwork called “DARC”. The more you think in these terms, the more you’ll get out of your research
Recommended Pre-College and Summer Art Programs
Recommended Summer Pre-College Art and Architecture Programs
• The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD (world art
up to 20th century)
• The American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
• The Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD (contemporary
(historic and modern American art)
• National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC art)
• National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
• Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD
• The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College, Annapolis, • Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC MD
(East Asian Ceramics and Art)
• Rodin Museum, Philadelphia, PA
• Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA • The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
• The Wexler Gallery , Philadelphia, PA (crafts)
Not art museums, but good places to find inspiring things to draw:
How to Write an Artist's Statement
An artist statement is a usually brief writing by the creator of the work that explains or reflects on the art. It is another way for the artist to communicate his or her ideas about the work.
Directions: Write your own artist statement about this project in the space below. Use at least 6 full sentences (to make a full paragraph). Think about answering some of these questions:
What do you want your audience to know about your work?
What effect do you want the work to have on your audience?
What are some specific choices you made in the work and why?
What are some important ideas or feelings your work communicates?
What does the work mean to you?
Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland
Drawing to See by Nathan Goldstein
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
The Zen of Seeing by Frederick Franck
The Hand : How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture by Frank R. Wilson
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
To Myself by Odilon Redon
Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, Michelangelo, and major artist (may be abridged)
The Lives of the Artists by Giorgio Vasari
Dairies of Paul Klee
The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura
The Sense of Beauty by George Santayana
Concerning the Spirituality in Art by Wassily Kandinsky
The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Lust for Life by Irving Stone
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King
Painters on Painting edited by Eric Protter
Composition by Arthur Wesley Dow
Summer Portfolio Building Goals
1. Bookmark these links and visit them often:
provides references specific to our study and ideas for making art over the summer.
all you need to know about what to expect from AP Drawing and how your work will be evaluated.
2. Maintain a sketchbook
What does this mean?
You should always carry your sketchbook with you and draw in your sketchbook a minimum
of three times a week. Make studies, ideas, notes, doodles, experiments.
Any medium and technique.
It’s visual thinking. This is not to be evaluated for quality of drawing or craftsmanship,
but for it’s energy, creativity and dedication to practice that you have put into the pages.
You should love your sketchbook and it should show it!
3. 8-12 complets Works
What does this mean?
A complete “work” is art that you have intentionally set out to make with a plan.
You are inspired, you sketch ideas, you consider big questions of media/technique/
composition/elements and principles.
There is no minimum or maximum size, only that the work looks planned and thought-out.
4. Document your work, processes, art adventures, things that inspire you on your
“Summer AP Drawing” Weebly page. Send your instructor/your classmates/your family/friends the link. Before the end of exams!
5. Read one book by and artist about art, and write a short paragraph about your thoughts on the
book and how it did or didn’t influence/ inspire you. See Recommended Reading above. Don't know what to write. See my blog on this webpage.