Homework Rules

Reading Responses

Write a multi-paragraph response to each article.

Technical Requirements:
  • Each essay must be no less than two paragraphs of four sentences each.
  • The first paragraph should summarize the primary points of the article. This might require you to write a longer paragraph.
  • The second paragraph should include any insights or thoughts you had in response to the content of the writing. DO NOT comment on your feelings about how it was written, but the material covered.
  • All documents should be turned into the homework folder for this course before class begins.

Project 1: Teach us something!


Write and present a 15 minute instructional presentation on the topic selected in class. This project will be graded on your investment in research to expand your understanding of the topic as well as your ability to clearly inform, engage and instruct the audience.

Creative Form:
There are many different ways to teach people in a classroom. You should consider additional relevant teaching approaches: Project Requirements: Examples of similar presentations Help with research:

Project 2: The Artist Statement


Write a statement which summarizes the main coherent theme of your body of work. This will be done in three parts.

In class, we will work on an elevator pitch for your work. By the end of class you should have a rough draft of the primary content that your artist statement will contain.

Find examples of 3 good artist statements. Read each carefully and write about your findings. What things did you find that stood out as well-done? What things were poorly-done? How did you find this artist? How would you categorize their importance in the art world? Try to find mid-career artists who are prominent in their field.

You MUST print off these 3 artist statements. You will write a 1-2 page assessment of their statements and staple this to the front of the collected artist statments.

Using the information given in class and through the readings, expand your elevator pitch into a descriptive artist statement.

Project 3: 3 Paths

Research and present on specific post-collegiate goals, including freelance work, graduate school and industry. Begin by contacting professors and using your contacts to find interesting places to research. Find three good potential places to research which you feel would match your strengths. You will need to dig through their websites to gather all the following information.

PART A: RESEARCH and FIND THREE "POTENTIALS" on the web. (Due Sept 20)

You must submit ALL of the required information to get credit! EMAIL ME this information with the URLs by September 20th so that I can put all of the resources on our class website.

Start here:
Grad School Research 2004

Job and Industry Research 2004

PART B: For your written assignment, CHOOSE ONE of the researched POTENTIALS from our class list and create a Research Package with the following information: (DUE OCTOBER 9)

*Graduate school candidates: Include your essay if they require it.

Bring in a FOLDER or ENVELOPE containing all of these items on October 9th to be graded. They will not be sent, but I will be examining them for completeness and professionalism

Project 4: Cover Letter

Using the information covered in class, write a cover letter for graduate school or industry which relates your strengths, summarizes your personal accomplishments and particularly notes your creative goals.

Project 5: Explain Yourself!

Create a 15 minute presentation which defines and explains your work. This is not the same thing as a gallery exhibition of your art, but instead becomes a teaching moment to define the primary theory behind your mindset.

Technical requirements:

Creative Form:

There are many different ways to teach people in a classroom. You should consider additional relevant teaching approaches:
  • Bring in a demonstration
  • Use videos and interactive media you create
  • Relate personal experiences in the form of a related and captivating story
  • Request the audience to participate in some way
  • Or see examples [HERE]

Part One:

Create an elevator pitch for your artist presentation. This elevator pitch should follow the format discussed in the MIT elevator pitch series. It should be brief, but not too short. It should include the narrative you will use to fuel your presentation, along with a description of the work. It also should explain how your work is important and why we should care about listening to your presentation. This will be further refined in class during our in class exercises.

Part Two:

Create a 15 minute presentation on your work. This is NOT like a BFA show presentation of your work, but instead tells us some form of narrative -- not a life story -- which directs your work.

Help with research:

Project 6: CV/Resume

After having determined which of the three paths you want to focus on, write a resume customized for that field.

Final Packet

Professional Packet
The final professional packet is not the final body of artwork. This packet is your presentation for a job, gallery, graduate school, etc. It includes the needed items for an application. Your packet MUST include:
OPTIONAL packet items (these are counted as extra credit):

Technical requirements:
Your professional packet should be turned in person to the professor in a 9 x 12 envelope which MUST contain all the elements listed above. The entire set of documents should also be digitally uploaded to the correct folder on our class homework folder. The packet will be graded on its completeness, neatness, and professionalism. You must assume that I am an HR representative who views tons of professional presentation packets. How will yours stand out in a positive way? How can you balance your originality without overwhelming someone who is looking at hundreds of packets? How do you best represent yourself and your work?

Final Presentation of your Artwork

Final Artwork Presentations
1) Prepare and present a final body of your artwork. This can be work towards your BFA exhibition, but think of it as a cohesive body that goes beyond the show and defines you as an artist. Your presentation should be professionally prepared, rehearsed, and last 10 minutes. You should be ready to speak intelligently about your artwork. Work must be ready prior to start of class - prints hung, videos cued, or files downloaded. This is not your professional packet.

2) Turn in an artist statement that SPECIFICALLY addresses this body of work. You will need to edit the general statement that you have been working on to fit this work, or create something totally new. Think of this as the statement that could be published with the work. Of course, this statement must be laser printed on good paper.