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Lesson Plans

signing artwork

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Sat, 26 Apr 1997 20:32:16 -0400 (EDT)

Recently I had a parent who was upset because I "allowed" her daughter to
sign her artwork incorrectly (too near an image on lower right side). This
was new to me and I've taught high school art for 20+ years. At the time, I
really didn't know how to respond. It still bothers me.
I have always asked my students to develop a signature - telling them it
could be initials, a logo like Whistler's butterfly, or some variation of
their name. I stress that this should be small and not distract from their
work. Usually it is in the lower right. Sometimes I suggest they sign in
the body of the work but still in the vicinity of the lower right. When we
do printmaking, students are instructed to sign and number their prints in
the proper order under the actual print. Am I missing something?
I have thought about other painters who sign in the body of the image and
would like to develop a lesson on the ways artists sign their works. Can
anyone suggest works that use unique signatures or signings within the work?
Perhaps if I have more concrete examples to present my students, I won't
need to defend how they sign their work. Thanks so much.