SMALL GROUP PROJECT: ANALYZING A WORK OF ART
This assignment will allow for the practical application of concepts, language and terminology covered in Modules 1-4. Students will work together to evaluate and analyze the compositional elements of a work of art that they are not familiar with. The class will be divided into teams consisting of 4-5 members. You have been automatically assigned to a group (A, B C or D). Please email the instructor if you have questions. Teams are assigned an artwork to evaluate and analyze according to the following: (1) visual literacy, (2) structural components, and (3) psychological qualities that have been covered in the modules so far. Members of the group are responsible for applying as many of the terms as possible while analyzing and evaluating their work of art. Each group will base its study on one of the following works of art: •
Group A (Carla, Ana, Katlyn, Maribel): Francisco Goya, Third of May, 1808 •
Group B (Brenda, Cynthia, Della, Guiliana): Georges Seurat, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte •
Group C (Kelsey, Iva, Courtney, Triana): Jacques Louis David, The Oath of the Horatii •
Group D (Jonathan, Kisherra, Rosalinda, Gabrielle) : Edgar Degas, The Dance Class Note: All the above works can be viewed at Mark Harden's Artchive. The Assignment
Use the following three series of questions to guide your analysis: Identify the following qualities that apply to the artwork:
The art is 2-D (flat or two dimensional).
The art is 3-D (has mass and occupies space).
The art is naturalistic (has recognizable objects that imitate nature and 3-D space). •
The art is narrative (illustrates a story such as history, mythology, religion) or it features animals, people, or landscape elements about which one can invent a story. •
The art has social or political content, such as protest art or propaganda. •
If the art is narrative or political, describe it as briefly as possible. •
The art is...
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