Fixing Artist Bullet Points
Before you insert anything into your PowerPoint presentation, you need to fix Artist Bullet Points.
- Remember, you were asked to write in Bullet Points, not complete sentences.
- Max 40 Words per Slide
- Max 5 Bullet Points per Slide
- Max 12 Words per Bullet Point
- If you cannot read Mr. Machtay’s handwriting, please ask.
- “HUH?” or a series of “???” either means that Mr. M does not understand what you’re trying to say (unfinished or unclear sentence), or you’ve made a statement that’s wildly untrue (e.g., “Artist born in 2047”).
- If you refer to a name or an art movement/style, you need to be able to explain the person/art style when you present.
- Make sure you can define any word used in your PowerPoint.
- “Nice” or “Good”? NO! You’re in high school. Don’t rely on these weak, very generalized descriptive words. If an artwork is good, be specific, do your best to explain why (colors, shapes, use of space, composition).
- “It says a lot about him…” What does it say? “He was a great artist.” What made this person great? or unique?
- Big Words, maybe in a box — If Mr. M wrote something like Mid-Century Modern on your paper, it’s because you need to include that topic.
- Your Own Words Please! If you are quoting an art critic or a book, the words should go in quotation marks. Otherwise, put it into your own words.
- Buildings or Monuments or Outdoor Sculptures — you need to include locations.
- THE TOP REASON STUDENTS GOT LOW GRADES — You were asked to present the most important facts about your artist. If you wrote about Alexander Calder and never used the word “Mobiles”; if you wrote about Frida Kahlo and did not mention her accident and frequent hospitalizations; if you wrote about Frank Lloyd Wright and didn’t mention “Prairie Style” or “Open Floor Plan” — this does not show much effort in finding “The Most Important Facts” about your artist.