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ART 101: Art Paper
You are writing an art criticism and interpretation paper. You will choose one artwork to write about. You can choose an actual artwork (an artwork that you see in a gallery, museum, or outdoors) or an image of an artwork (an image from our textbook or from a web page). It is preferable to view an actual artwork, but if you are not able to do that you can write about a published image. The artwork can be in any medium (any material; for example: painting, outdoor sculpture, tattoo, or furniture).
You cannot write about an artwork from Chapters 4 - 8 or an artwork that we analyze in class.
You will receive a zero as a grade if do this.
This paper is about your analysis and interpretation.
Note: This is not a research paper. This paper is about your analysis and response to the artwork. The only place where you should include research is in the 4th paragraph.
The Art Paper is worth 15% of your final grade. Refer to the Art Paper Rubric in the Content Section for a complete outline of points.
Write in complete sentences.
Use correct grammar.
Your paper should be 2 ½ pages in length (this includes the header).
Use Times New Roman font size 12, double-space and have 1 inch margins on all sides.
Title of artwork should always be italicized or in quotes. Refer to the artist using his/her last name of full name.
Include a picture of your artwork with your paper if possible. The image can be on the last page (do not count this in the length of your paper).
Your paper should be saved in Microsoft Word or as a rich text file (.rtf). I do not have access to Microsoft Works.
About Plagiarism: If you copy any text from a source and do not cite the reference, you are plagiarizing someone else’s thoughts. You will get zero on your paper if I discover that you are copying someone else’s work. This includes quoting from the textbook or from web pages.
Refer to this page for information about citing research in MLA (and how your first page should look):
HYPERLINK "http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/" http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/
Where to Submit
Submit papers in the Art Paper folder in the Dropbox in D2L.
The due date is on the Calendar. No papers will be accepted after the deadline for late work.
How to Write the Paper
Your paper should contain five paragraphs, each one on a particular topic. You do not need an introduction or conclusion. Follow the outline below.
Paragraph One: Description
Describe the artwork. Describe the subject matter. What do you see?
Be very specific in your description. You should be able to read your description aloud to another person, and they should be able to picture the image.
Do not respond to the artwork in this paragraph. No emotional statements.
Objectively describe what you see.
Paragraph Two: Analysis of Visual Elements
Name and describe at least two visual elements that stand out to you in this artwork.
Example: if you discuss the element of color, name all of the colors that you see and describe where they are located. The visual elements are line, shape/mass, light, color, texture, space, time/motion. Refer to chapters 4 - 7 in your textbook and to the Guidelines of Analyzing the Visual Elements document that is located in the Content area of D2L.
Paragraph Three: Analysis of Principles of Design
How do the visual elements work together in the composition? Name and describe the two most obvious principles of design that you see. The principles of design include unity, variety, balance, emphasis, scale, proportion rhythm. Be very specific. Back up your principles analysis with examples of elements. Repeat information if you need to. Example: the repetition of the color red provides rhythm throughout the artwork. Explain where the red is located in the composition. Refer to Chapter 8 in your textbook and to the Guidelines of Analyzing the Principles of Design document that is located in the Content area of D2L.
Paragraph Four: Context
What do you know about the context of the work? Include the media (materials of the artwork) and date of the artwork here. What do you know about the artist? The time period in which it was created? The country of the artist? Is this artwork associated with any art movement or art style? Include any research that you conduct here (include 1 relevant reference).The reference must be from a valid source (not just any random web page). See Conducting Research in Art below and the tutorial posted in the Content area of D2L. If you are writing about a contemporary artwork and you know the artist, you can interview the artist. The artist interview can be your reference. If you are analyzing an actual artwork, where did you go to find it? Context will vary according to the artwork that you write about. It is up to you to decide what contextual information you will conclude. [If you do not cite a reference or the reference is not a valid scholarly reference, such as Wikipedia, the textbook, or any random webpage, you will have 10 points deducted from your paper.]
Paragraph Five: Interpretation
What is your response to the artwork? Explain your response. Why?
Does the artwork convey an emotion or a meaning? What do you think it means? What do you think about the artwork? What does it make you think of? Memories, books, political philosophies, etc. Why did you choose this artwork to write about? Get personal with this paragraph. Explain your statements to receive full credit. Are there any evident themes in the artwork?
ART 101: Art Paper
You are writing an art criticism and interpretation paper. You will choose one artwork to write about. You can choose an actual artwork (an artwork that you see in a gallery, museum, or outdoors) or an image of an artwork (an image from our textbook or from a web page).