Canva Challenge – Kristen Elliott

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Digital Portfolio Artist Statements

This year we will be creating digital portfolios through Seesaw. A digital portfolio will follow the students throughout their years with me and show their growth as artists. This will also build on their writing and speaking skills, as we will write and present artist statements for their artwork. So this assignment will actually be an ongoing assignment that will be repeated over and over again throughout the year.

I created an example poster that I would like to have copies of to hang in my classroom to remind the students some of the questions that should be addressed in their artist statement. For their first portfolio project, we will actually take photographs of their finished artwork and then the students will use Canva to create their own poster like my example answering the questions under the 5 headings using proper grammar, spelling, sentence structure…

After that first portfolio entry using the poster we will have other portfolio entries, some using this Canva method, some with audio recordings of the child’s artist statement, as well as some video recordings. I would like to have an audio/video recording area set up in my closet so that it will be private and allow the students to be able to express themselves without worrying about how they sound or look…almost like a photo booth! I think it would be a fun way for the kids to get excited about talking about their artwork!


(7.1, 8.1) Perception. The student develops and organizes ideas from the environment. The student is expected to:

(B) compare and contrast the use of art elements and principles, using vocabulary accurately.

(7.2, 8.2) Creative expression/performance. The student expresses ideas through original artworks, using a variety of media with appropriate skill. The student is expected to:

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 11.20.22 AM(A) create artworks based on direct observations, personal experience, and imagination;
(B) incorporate design into artworks for use in everyday life; and
(C) produce drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, fiber art, photographic imagery, and electronic media-generated art, using a variety of art materials and tools in traditional and experimental ways.

(7.3, 8.3) Historical/cultural heritage. The student demonstrates an understanding of art history and culture as records of human achievement. The student is expected to:

(A) analyze ways that international, historical, and political issues influence artworks;
(B) analyze selected artworks to determine cultural contexts

(7.4, 8.4) Response/evaluation. The student makes informed judgments about personal artworks and the artworks of others. The student is expected to:
(A) analyze and compare relationships, such as function and meaning, in personal artworks

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