Directions for Using the 11 x 17 inch Artist Statement Template using Microsoft Word
1. You may find it helpful to print these directions so you can refer to them while you are working on
2. Save this document with a working file name so that this original template file will be available
should you need it later.
3. Insert the text for the artist statement by typing or cutting and pasting the text into the right column
slot where it says “Insert artist statement text here” and delete this placeholder text. Save your
4. Insert the identifying information for the artist statement in the left column below the sample photo
where it prompts you—Name, Grade, School, District. This information can be customized to
reflect important information such as teacher name, program name, artwork title, etc. It can also
be changed to Name, Position, School, District for administrators and teachers. Save the file.
5. There are two ways to replace the sample photo with your digital photo. If you have the image
saved to your computer or cd as a jpg file--Click on sample picture in the left column to highlight it
and then insert your student picture by choosing the “Picture” option on the Insert menu. This will
allow you to browse your computer or cd to find the photo jpg file. If you have the photo in another
Word document, open the document and then cut or copy the photo from that document and click
on the sample photo below to highlight it. Then use the Paste command to replace the highlighted
photo with your photo. Save the file.
6. If the photo you inserted is larger or smaller than the sample photo, you can change the size. By
double clicking on the image or by choosing “Picture” from the Format menu, you will gain access
to the “Format Picture” dialog box. By clicking on the Picture folder you can access the cropping
options. By clicking on Size folder you can access the resizing options. Save the file.
7. To create a red border such as in the original sample, choose “Borders and Shading” from the
Format menu. On the left of the dialog box, change the setting to “Box.” In the center of the box
choose a solid line for style. From the Color menu choose red or black and for the width choose “6
pt.” Click OK in the bottom right corner. Your choices will be applied to the photo. Save the file.
8. Delete these directions and any other extraneous material from this artist statement. Save the file.
9. Print on a 11x17 printer!
10. If you are taking this to a copy store to print, they might want it in PDF format. To save the
document as a PDF file, choose Print from the File menu and in the Print dialog box choose
Options or PDF and then choose “Save as a PDF.” It will prompt you to give the file a name. If
you have an older version of Word, this capability may not exist.
11. Questions? Contact Art IS Education Coordinator, Violet Juno at email@example.com or call
her at 510-282-4697.
* Insert Text here. Use the Arial font (or
another san serif font such as Helvetica)
in size 18 point size.