Get Help with Your Artist Statement
an e-book and artist statement consulting package from Alyson B. Stanfield and ArtBizCoach.com . . .
Your artist statement
should compel people to quit reading and return immediately to your
artwork. Does it?
Does the thought of writing about your art strike fear in your soul? Do
you tremble at the thought of talking to someone about your art? Do you
have a new body of work that you have yet to articulate? Or do you just
want to be able to do these things better than you have in the past? Stop
putting off your statement. Clear, meaningful language can help you
connect with viewers and sell your work.
Your statement is an
opportunity to define yourself before someone else does it for you. It is a chance to assert, with facts and with clarity, the current direction of your
This is a 20-day journaling journey for writing your artist statement.
- Artists who want to articulate a body of work.
- Artists who want to learn to
journal about their artwork while making it.
- Artists who are
preparing for an upcoming presentation or gallery talk about their work.
I want to help you talk, write, and think more clearly about your work so that you can make it meaningful to
gallery dealers, curators, arts writers, and collectors, as well as to people who may not know anything about art.
Your statement is for a greater purpose than just words
on a piece of paper. You will develop a method of putting your thoughts together
in language you can use again and again throughout your career:
RELEASES . CONVERSATION . LABEL TEXT . GRANT APPLICATIONS .
WEB SITE TEXT . AND MUCH MORE
thought that I would just be coming up with an artist statement
but what I have found out by answering the questions you have
assigned is that I now know so much more about what I really
like about my paintings. I have had to actually write down my
ideas and look at the words. This has brought so many things
into focus that had just been meandering around in my thought. I
have found more purpose and direction in my work. Thanks.—Artist, Littleton, CO
You have two options: 1) Purchase the e-book by itself, or 2) Purchase the e-book with my consulting for your statement.
The e-book includes twenty days of journaling exercises, which are broken down into the following categories:
Week 1: Big-picture Stuff
Your place in the
Week 2: Your Personal Approach to Your
Evolution of your art
and how it has changed.
The physical aspects
of artmaking: technique and medium.
Week 3: Responses to Your Art
- What are people really
saying about your work and what can you write/say to guide them to a
Week 4: Putting it All
- Weeks 1-3 are all
about getting things out from deep inside you. Now comes the hard
part of deciding what the critical aspects of your work are.
- How to pick an opening
- Why it's important to
spend time away from your writing and thoughts.
- Numerous examples for
editing your thoughts.
- Four general rules for
a good artist statement.
- Five things to
review when editing your statement.
All assignments are
written assignments because your goal is a written artists statement.
You have to be willing to write and devoted to getting better at
The e-book exercises are three-weeks long in order to help you develop
a rhythm and daily working habits.
When you have completed all of the exercises, you
1. Have a new, written artist statement.
2. Be able to better articulate your work to anyone, anywhere at the drop of a hat.
3. Feel good that, through self-discipline and devotion to bettering your career, you have a genuine sense of accomplishment.
Your [artist statement information] is very well put together. I look forward to seeing the new
assignment every day. The emphasis on core thinking and trying to get down
to basics has been very good for me. . . . Whatever I write now, your
guidelines will be there to help organize my thinking and make
improvements in the future.—Marilyn Hudson, Hayward, CA
WHO SHOULD SIGN UP?
This book and consulting package is for any artist who is ready to put together a better presentation—both on paper and in person. You must have a desire to create some self-discipline in your career. You must commit to doing the exercises so that you will have a usable product at the end.
BONUS: Two free audio files are included. These MP3 recordings are from past teleclasses. The topics are "Beyond the Artist Statement: Uses for Your Statement" and "Conversations about Your Art."
How e-Books Work
E-books are electronic documents. I deliver my e-books as Adobe PDF files. However, this one is also available as a Microsoft Word file in case you want to journal at your computer.
Once you have paid for your e-book, you will be taken to a page that has the download link for your book. You will also be sent instructions to your inbox immediately. If you don't get them within two hours, please email Shari Cornish.
You will need to have Adobe Acrobat
Reader in order to read your copy.
Best deal: The e-book, bonus audio files, and my editing help. You do the exercises, come up with the statement, and send it to me within 60 days for my assistance. You also get email support while you're doing the exercises if you need it.
E-book only: The e-book and bonus audio files alone. You go through them, do the exercises and come up with the your statement on your own.