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Required Length & Format 3 – 5 pages; if you write only 3 pages, they MUST be 3 full pages. 10 points will be lost for short papers. I will not accept papers that are two pages or less.
Typed, double-spaced in the body. Do not double-space the header on page 1.
One-inch margins, Times New Roman; size 12
Your name goes on the first page. Subsequent pages have your last name and page number. Do not make a coversheet. Submit as a PDF in your Blackboard course shell using the provided link.
Choosing Your Work by visiting one of the following public art spaces (due to the current circumstances we will only use online sources): Header – This should be single spaced!
Section #60 (online)
Title of your work in italics
Date of creation Dimensions (approximate, give your best estimation)
Medium(s) I. Description
In the first part of your paper, write a brief introduction to the work you chose. You will be repeating the information listed above in the header, but in narrative style with a conversational tone.
What is the subject matter and style? Who is the artist?
Date of the work? Location of the work?
Technique or medium?
Make sure you put the title of the work of art in italics when you use it in the paper and refer to the artist with their last name.
Key and Relevant Information This is can be broken into smaller paragraphs. It can be in any order. Include specific details about the work. A. Description of the orientation. Is this work horizontal or vertical? B. Description of the style (representational, non-objective, or abstract).
C. Description of two dominant elements of art that you will analyze.
D. Description of symmetrical or asymmetrical balance. E. Description of the scale (small-scale, life-size, larger-than-life).
F. Description of the focal point(s) and/or area(s) of emphasis.
G. Identify the media, medium(s), or process.
II: Elements and Principles
This is the second and most important part of your paper. It will be the longest part of your paper. It should be broken into several paragraphs. In this part of your paper, you expand on the descriptions you wrote in the description. ONLY those terms that best apply to the work of art you have chosen are the DOMINANT ELEMENTS. They are the two elements that are “doing” the most work in the composition. There may be other elements you would like to tie to the dominant ones, but do not include information about elements that are not important to the composition. Be specific and accurate in your explanation of the elements and principles. EXPLAIN the dominant visual elements using details from the work. CONNECT the DOMINANT ELEMENTS to the principles of design from your description. Example: Pablo Picasso, Girl Before a Mirror
Style: Abstract (simplified and distorted)
Dominant elements: Color, shape
Scale: almost life-size
Focal point/ area of emphasis: her face, stomach, her reflection’s stomach
In Part II, you could write your first paragraph about how color and repeated, distorted shapes make the woman’s figure abstracted. Your next paragraph might be about how the oval shape of the mirror on the right balances the woman’s body on the left. You then observe that the size of the work makes the woman’s figure nearly life-size and that a viewer observes her as she looks at herself in the mirror. Then, you might describe how the pattern of diamonds and dots in the background make the woman’s body stand out. You could also write about how color is used to split her face into two halves, making it a focal point. Next, you might observe that the lines of her arm bring your eye over to the dark reflection in the mirror. Line is not one of your dominant elements, but it’s fine to add this because it is relevant. This is a simple outline of your paragraphs. Your paper needs to have more discussion and description of each of these ideas.
You are connecting the dominant elements you chose to the principles of balance, scale/proportion, emphasis/focal point. The principle of contrast is related to emphasis. Unity (repetition) and variety (difference) can also be discussed. Explain what the elements and principles are DOING. For example, if you discuss contrast, explain how it is created through value (see Judith Decapitating Holofernes or Obey). Color can create emphasis by becoming the focal point. Unity can be achieved through repeated shapes and lines and scale can be used to create emphasis (Great Wave).
Part III: Media and Processes
In class, you completed a Media Analysis that asked you to think about the materials or the techniques used to create a work of art and how those materials or techniques communicate meaning in the artwork. In this section, make note of the media, medium(s), or processes used to create the work you selected and how these materials and techniques shape your understanding. How does the way it was made, or what it is made of, affect the way it looks or the way you feel about it?
Part IV: Opinions and Conclusion
This is the last paragraph of your paper. In this section, discuss how and why the key elements and principles of art used by the artist create meaning. Support your personal interpretation of the work’s meaning with specific details from the work of art.
Your conclusions are based on analysis and observation. Every opinion should be supported with a specific detail from the work.
You should allow time to view the work you plan to write about and take notes. Multiple visits are recommended. There is no substitute for spending time with the actual, physical work of art.
Always italicize or underline the title of the work of art. If the title is long, use it in full the first time you mention it, but shorten it every time after that.
Use the present tense when you describe the work of art.
Be specific and accurate. Don’t use “picture” if you can more specifically say, for example, “drawing.” Don’t call a photograph and painting, for example.
Any information from another source, whether it is the textbook, a wall panel, a museum catalog, a dictionary of art, or the Internet must be documented. Failure to do so is considered plagiarism and violates the academic integrity standards of the college. For further information, refer to the websites listed below: Allow time to proofread your paper and read it out loud to see if it makes sense.
The Visual Analysis should be formatting using MLA style.
A successful Visual Analysis should include a work cited page, with a least two sources; the textbook and any works of art mentioned in the visual analysis. The work cited page does not count toward the 3 pages minimum.
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