International School of Florence
Having trouble writing? Begin by brainstorming:
1. Take five minutes and think about why you do what you do.
2. Make a list of words and phrases that communicate your feelings about your work and your values. Include words you like, words that make you feel good, words that communicate your values or fascinations. Be loose. Be happy. Be real.
3. Answer these questions as simply as you can. Let them be raw and uncut for now.
What is your favorite tool? Why?
What is your favorite material? Why?
What do you like best about what you do?
What do you mean when you say that a piece has turned out really well?
What patterns emerge in your work? Is there a pattern in the way you select materials? In the way you use color, texture or light?
What do you do differently from the way you were taught? Why?
What is your favorite color? List three qualities of the color. Consider that these qualities apply to your work.
4. Look at your word list. Add new words suggested by your answers to the questions above.
5. Choose two key words from your word list. They can be related or entirely different. Look them up in a dictionary. Read all the definitions listed for your words. Copy the definitions, thinking about what notions they have in common. Look your words up in a Thesaurus. Read the entries related to your words. Are there any new words that should be added to your word list?
6. Write five sentences that tell the truth about your connection to your work. If you are stuck, start by filling in the blanks below.
When I work with__________ I am reminded that___________.
I begin a piece by______________.
I know a piece is done when__________________.
When my work is going well, I am filled with a sense of _____________.
When people see my work, I'd like them to ________________.
Ask yourself questions about your work:
Why you have created the work and what is its history?
Your overall vision-- what are you trying to say in the work?
How does your current work relate to your previous work?
What influences your work?
What is your inspiration for your images?
How does this work fit into a series or larger body of work?
Create a list of words and phrases that describe your chosen themes, your artistic values, creation process, and influences (i.e. experiences, dreams). Draw from your answers from the previous step.
Edit down your list of words and begin creating sentences using those words.
Tips and layout a my personal suggestions and altered from http://www.mollygordon.com/resources/marketingresources/artstatemt/
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