"Artist Unknown" is the second segment of the 38th episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Squidward is teaching an art class at the Bikini Bottom Rec Center, and can't wait to see his new students. He opens the doors and 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 prowess 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 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.
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 judgement, is ashamed of himself, and throws himself out of class, falling into a dumpster and being hauled away to the city dump. 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 actually 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 goes 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, unbeknownst 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.
- When Monty P. Moneybags comments "perfect censorship", he breaks the fourth wall.
- This is the first time Squidward has been a teacher. The second time, he is a music professor as seen in Professor Squidward.
- Squidward's last name is revealed.
- SpongeBobs "dump" song is in the tune of the finale to the William Tell Overture.
- 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 episode was originally going to be named "Squidward's Cooking Class", but since Squidward dreamt of teaching art, it never happened. Hence, the one fish said "Oh, isn't this cooking? Sorry."
- In the Hebrew version, Squidward is mistakenly called "Mr. Terpentine" throughout the episode, instead of "Mr. Tentacles".
- The background of the title card of this episode is the marble stone constantly used throughout this episode.
- In the Brazilian dubbing, during the sculpture inspection the "perfect censorship" quote was changed to "visão perfeita" (perfect vision).
- 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's done making it, they reappear.
- The window SpongeBob went through goes from being broken to fixed in between shots.
- When Squidward is screaming SpongeBob has one green eye and one blue eye.
Home video releases
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The Seascape Capers
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete 2nd Season
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes