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Artist Unknown
Season №: 2
Episode №: 38b
Airdate: September 21, 2001
Running time: 11 minutes
Sister episode(s): "Sailor Mouth"
Writer(s): Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Mark O'Hare
Storyboard Artist(s): Carson Kugler
William Reiss
Erik Wiese
Storyboard: Walt Dohrn
Paul Tibbitt
Animation: Sean Dempsey
Creative: Derek Drymon
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Previous: "Sailor Mouth"
Next: "Jellyfish Hunter"
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"Artist Unknown" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season two. In this episode, SpongeBob joins Squidward's art class.



Squidward is teaching an art class at the Bikini Bottom Recreation Center, and cannot wait to see his new students. He opens the doors and then greets a whole crowd of people, who are actually looking for the cooking class. They go to the cooking class, revealing Squidward's one actual student: SpongeBob SquarePants.

SpongeBob's incredible artistic powers overwhelm Squidward. He starts off by teaching him how to draw a circle, making a poorly-drawn circle on the blackboard. SpongeBob produces a perfect circle, and Squidward is shocked. He tells SpongeBob to show him his process, and SpongeBob effortlessly draws a realistic human head, which he erases the features of, leaving a perfect circle. Squidward frustratedly takes SpongeBob's paper and crumples it up, and then SpongeBob makes an origami sculpture of himself and Squidward playing leap-frog. Squidward takes it and tears it up, and SpongeBob makes another picture of him and Squidward playing leap-frog from the bits of paper, this time with Squidward on top.

Squidward then tries to teach SpongeBob how to make marble statues. With a single stroke of the hammer, SpongeBob produces Michelangelo's David from a raw block of marble. Squidward is amazed, and out of jealousy, scoffs at SpongeBob's masterpiece and refuses to acknowledge his talent. SpongeBob, unquestioning of his teacher's judgment, is ashamed of himself, and throws himself out of class, falling into a dumpster and being hauled away to the city dump.

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Immediately after he leaves, an art collector named Monty P. Moneybags comes in, saying that he is looking for art to buy for his new museum. Squidward shows his own work to him, but he hates them all. However, when he sees SpongeBob's masterpiece, he says that he will make Squidward famous for the statue (Which SpongeBob made). He trips over while transporting it, knocking off its head. Monty tells Squidward that he should easily be able to make another one, and that he will come back tomorrow to get it. Squidward, desperate for SpongeBob to make him another masterpiece, goes to the dump and convinces a depressed SpongeBob that he deserves another chance.

However, upon returning to art class, SpongeBob now follows Squidward's artistic "style," and fails to create anything of decent quality. When he tries to create another marble statue, it simply collapses into a pile of rubble. Squidward goes insane with frustration, and begins smashing pillars of marble and creates a mess. SpongeBob concludes that his artistic "triumph" was too much for Squidward to handle, and crashes through the wall, going back to the dump.

As Squidward storms out, Monty P. Moneybags comes in and upon seeing what Squidward has produced, says "Who's responsible for this?" Squidward tells him that the mess is the janitor's responsibility and angrily leaves. However, unknown to Squidward, he made an even more beautiful rendition of David while throwing his fit, and Monty P. Moneybags says to the janitor "You, sir, are the greatest artist who ever lived!" as the episode ends.


Deleted Scene

This episode was originally going to be named "Squidward's Cooking Class," but since Squidward dreamed of teaching art, the title was changed. Hence, the fish appear thinking it is cooking class in the actual episode, but then leave realizing it is Squidward's art class.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card]
  String Fashion - Wilfred William Burns [opening]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Dude, you're teaching art at the rec center."]
  String Fashion - Wilfred William Burns ["Time to let the class in."]
  Tales from the Swamp (a) - Ron Goodwin ["Wait! This is Cooking!"]
  Heavenly Voices (b) - David Farnon ["You are the teacher to my pupil?"]
  Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen [starting from circle one]
  With Tongue in Cheek - Trevor Duncan [marble sculptures]
  Romeo & Juliet Overture - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Fiachra Trench ["It's beautiful!"]
  Comic Walk - Sidney Torch ["I mean... this isn't a sculpture!"]
  Hawaiian Cocktail - Richard Myhill ["Oh, it's so obvious!"]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr ["The world-famous art collector?"]
  Gay Dog - Frank Chacksfield [Squidward's art]
  The King's Codpiece - Paddy Kingsland [Monty praises SpongeBob's sculpture]
  Take a Bow 1 - David Lindup [Squidward imagines himself famous]
  The King's Codpiece - Paddy Kingsland [Squidward takes credit for the sculpture]
  Glissando (i) - Skaila Kanga, Richard Myhill [sculpture sheds tear]
  Hawaiian Link (b) - Richard Myhill ["My fame! My fortune! My hair!"]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Monty leaves]
  Dramatic Impact 2 - Ivor Slaney ["I got to find SpongeBob!"]
  Drowsy Reef - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob in the dump]
  String Fashion - Wilfred William Burns [SpongeBob failing to repeat what he did earlier]
  Facing the Challenge - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob visualizing his concept]
  The Land is Ours - Gregor F. Narholz ["With this tool, I shall give birth to art!"]
  Unknown Hawaiian Sting (a) - Jeremy Wakefield ["There, now it's art."]
  Twelfth Street Rag - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Squidward throws a fit]
  Vibe Q Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What the...?"]
  Announcing the Top - Gregor F. Narholz [ending]



  • The background of the title card of this episode is the marble stone constantly used throughout this episode.
  • This episode and Sailor Mouth, were the first to air after the 9/11 attacks.
  • When "License to Milkshake" premiered, it was paired up with this episode.
  • On the June 8, 2014 airing of this episode, when the episode started, the TV-Y7 rating turned into TV-Y.
  • SpongeBob's method of drawing a circle is the opposite of how one would naturally draw the detailed head and face (as SpongeBob used as his starting point for the circle).
  • This is the first time Squidward has been a teacher. The second time will be in "Professor Squidward" as he will be a music professor.
  • This is the second episode SpongeBob repeats "really" in a conversation. The first was in "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III."
  • In the Hebrew version, Squidward is mistakenly called "Mr. Terpentine" throughout the episode, instead of "Mr. Tentacles."
  • In the Brazilian dubbing, during the sculpture inspection the "perfect censorship" quote was changed to "visão perfeita" (perfect vision).
  • This is Nat Peterson's 25th episode appearance.

Cultural references

  • SpongeBob's "dump" song is in the tune of the finale to the William Tell Overture.
  • The name is similar to Occupation Unknown or Author Unknown.
  • One of the paintings on the classroom wall is a parody of the American Gothic.
  • The marble statues done by SpongeBob and Squidward parody Michelangelo's David.


  • When SpongeBob says "I did it, Squidward!" on his second attempt to draw a circle, the circle appears out of nowhere.
  • When SpongeBob is knocked out the window into the trash bin, there is glass on in the floor inside. It should be outside the building with since that is the direction in which SpongeBob went through the window.
  • When Squidward teared up the rule book, there some pieces on the floor, but in one minute, they disappear. Also, when SpongeBob uses these pieces to make something, some pieces that are red disappear, but when he is done making it, they reappear.
  • The window that SpongeBob went through goes from being broken to fixed in between shots.

External links

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