Formal Art Analysis Essay on Poplars on the Epte- Claude Monet

Paper assignment ( Art Appreciation is a college level class. When you graduate from WSCC it is expected that you will know how to write. Papers will be graded on content and grammar. Select one work of art from the choices given and write a descriptive analysis. This exercise is to encourage you to see artistic works as well as communicate what you know about those works. Think critically about what you experience, approaching each work with an open mind. Remember: it isn’t about what looks good over your sofa, or whether you like the work. Think about symbols, metaphor, design, and artistic expression. What statement is the artist trying to make? Appearance: 1. length: 750 words or 2- 3 pages. 2. Typed. Size 12 Font 3. Double-spaced. 4. Use a title page. A title page is a sheet of paper containing: A. The title of the paper B. Your name C. My name and class D. The date. Staple your work together. 6. I do not accept email attachments. Save your work as a word doc. and submit to the dropbox labeled virtual museum visit. What I am expecting: 1. DO NOT give me a research paper! DO NOT give me a history of the artist or a history of the work. This is a ‘looking’ exercise and you should take the formalist approach to discussing your artwork (review chapters 1-6 in our textbook). 2. Discuss the work you have selected thoroughly. Give the artist’s name and underline the title of the work. Format: Use the following general structure to help you construct your paper. I will be looking for this type of organization. 1. Introduction: Inform the reader of the subject of the paper. It will include your thesis statement. You’ll tell me a little about the title (underlined) and name of the artist of the work you are going to discuss. The introduction should: A. catch the readers attention B. provide a clearly stated thesis C. Do not say, “I am now going to discuss…” 2. Body: The next several paragraphs comprise the body of your paper. A. Background paragraph: This sets the stage for your discussion. This is the area where you provide general information on the work you have selected. You’ll need to state the obvious giving the general description. (It’s a landscape of a family picnicking in a field by the mountains on a summer’s day). Is the work representational, abstract, non-representational? What is the subject if any? B. Body: The next paragraphs will be the body of your paper. Here is where you get into the core of your discussion. This is where you get specific in your description. Describe the work as if the reader can’t see it. You should be using the terms introduced (the Visual Elements and the Principles of Design!) These terms can be found in Chapters 2 – 6. The inclusion of these terms counts for a major portion of your grade for this assignment (! How does the artist use iconography (symbols, signs, and images.) What techniques has the artist used to unify the composition? How does the artist use color? Is there a particular color scheme? How does the artist convey space, mass, volume, etc…. 3. Conclusion: The last paragraph will contain your conclusion. You should restate your thesis statement in this paragraph. (Perhaps you have a greater feeling for art in general or the type of work you selected to review. What were the most memorable things about the work you looked at.). This is where you sum it all up. A. Refresh the reader by alluding to portions of your introduction and thesis statement. B. Summarize your major ideas working from specific to general. C. You want to mention the title of the work (and the artist) one last time. CAN NOT have any sources, must be 100 percent student wrote using vocabulary

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