Strategy # 3 - Intellectual Standards
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For today the purpose of strategy #3 is to develop a heightened awareness of any intellectual standards we might have about what we create. The Critical Thinking Community has noted that there are 8 intellectual standards: clarity, precision, accuracy, relevance, depth, breath, logicalness, & significance. Each one of these standards should be analyzed one at a time. And for the purpose of this post, I suggest that you only choose one and incorporate the others later on during the week.
But in any case- the standard you choose for today should be one that reflects your intellectual standard of your art work at this moment. For example if you chose clarity , then pay close attention to when you speak or write, whether you are clear about what you are trying to say.
State what you are saying with explicit and precise words -I have a dictionary with me at all times- but I'm still working on becoming a better writer and speaker everyday.
Elaborate when necessary on topics that may seem unclear to others who may not understand or know your art style- Not everyone is going to know the techniques that you use, so explain a few simple details to allow others to know and appreciate the skills it takes to create such artwork.
Give examples of what you mean form personal experiences- people connect to personal stories. Include them anytime you get a chance.
Use analogies, metaphors, pictures, or diagrams to illustrate what you mean- as a artist, I know that a picture is worth a 1000 words. Use images of your work to illustrate techniques, style and/or expression.
This strategy becomes handy when you are writing your artist statement Try your best to use Strategy #3 to create better artist statements.
Tomorrow's Post:Video on my personal take on Strategy #3 - Internalize Intellectual Standards.
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