Sharon Louden - Artist

Objectives: Sharon Louden is a not only a sculptor and painter, she is also a writer, a speaker, and an educator. To her, sharing ones truth is the human right of expression. In this activity, you will share your own truth, tell your own story in through both a visual artwork and an artist’s’ statement.

Tools/Resources: MN Original video clip, pencil, paper, art paper, colored pencils, markers, glue, scissors, magazines.


  1. Watch the segment and discuss:

    a. In her episode, Sharon Louden states, “…everything I do are things I feel grateful for”; what does she mean?

    b. How does her statement connect with the human right of expression?

    c. Sharon Louden later says that an artist is a “cultural producer” who can “start something from nothing with nothing” – What does she mean by this?

  2. Brainstorm:

    a. Think of your truth – how would you tell your story, or a part of your story? Think of a part of who you are, a memory that is important to you, or an event that was significant to you…how could you express that through visual art?

  3. Once you have your idea, memory, or story, choose to use either pencil, colored, pencil, or mixed media/collage to create a visual artwork that expresses and shares your story
  4. Write a short accompanying artist statement explaining your visual artwork and the motivation behind it.
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