This research is a qualitative study that examines the visual diaries created to track the artistic creation processes of students in the Department of Art Education, specifically those participating in the main art studio course. The study group consisted of 6 voluntary students (5 female, 1 male) enrolled in the third year of the Department of Art Education at a medium-sized university during the spring semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. The participants were selected through purposive sampling, focusing on students taking the main art studio course to produce original art pieces. The data for the research were obtained from visual journals created by the students during the online art studio sessions in the pandemic period, student opinions about the artistic creation process, and the final artistic products that emerged from the process. Descriptive analysis, a qualitative data analysis method, was employed to analyze the visual diaries produced during the artistic creation process. The findings of the art-based research reveal that students consistently maintained visual diaries throughout their artistic creation processes, uploading them weekly to the campus system. At the end of the process, students expressed that keeping visual journals contributed to a more conscious and systematic progression of their original artistic works. They emphasized the importance of visual diaries in generating unique and creative products. Furthermore, they underscored the continued relevance of visual diaries as a valuable tool in their future artistic creation processes. Despite the challenges posed by the transition to remote learning during the pandemic, the students successfully completed their artistic creation processes efficiently.
Keywords: Art Education, visual diary, artistic creation