Students of art education are required to identify themselves as artists, researchers and teachers all at the same time. As an established paradigm in art education, artistic research plays a key role in the identification of students as researchers; but, how can students actually prepare themselves to carry out their own artistic research and reflect upon it? In 2018, a group of art education students at the University of Applied Arts Vienna worked on an artistic research project that intended to strengthen their identities as artists, researchers and teachers. Within a course of didactics, the students established a dialogue on art, art education and artistic research with a group of experienced art educators at Viennese secondary schools. By collecting, mapping and analyzing their responses, the students dealt with these topics using artistic research methods. This article introduces the project and the work of three students, including their own reflections on the process.