In Milestone #1, you will have the opportunity to formally

 

In Milestone #1, you will have the opportunity to formally analyze a work of art from the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC).  Once you select a work from the AIC, answer the following questions to demonstrate your understanding of the elements of art and principles of design.  Your paper should be 2 – 3 pages, double-spaced.  Please make sure that you include an image of the work of art you are analyzing.  Also, please make sure to include an introductory and concluding paragraph.

Description:  Elements of Art

  1. Basic information: What can we notice at first glance about a work of art? Is it two-dimensional or three-dimensional? What is the medium? How big is the work? 
  2. Line: Describe how line is present in the work of art. Be sure to include specific examples. 
  3. Shape:  Describe how shape is used in the work of art. Be sure to include specific examples.   
  4. Mass and Volume: Describe how mass and volume function within the work of art. Be sure to include specific examples. 
  5. Space: Describe how space is organized within the work of art. Be sure to include specific examples. 
  6. Texture: Describe how texture is being used within the work of art. Be sure to include specific examples. 
  7. Color: Describe how color is being used within the work of art.  Be sure to include specific examples. 

Analysis:  Principles of Design

  1. Unity and Variety: What elements in the work were used to create unity and provide variety? How have the elements been used to do so?
  2. Scale/Proportion: What is the scale of the work? Is it larger or smaller than what it represents (if it does depict someone or something)? Are the elements within the work in proportion to one another?
  3. Balance: Is the work symmetrically or asymmetrically balanced?
  4. Emphasis/Movement: What is used within the artwork to create emphasis? Where are the areas of emphasis? Has movement been conveyed in the work, for example, through line or placement of figures?
  5. Rhythm/Repetition: Are there any elements within the work that create rhythm? Are any shapes or colors repeated?

Interpretation and Evaluation

  1. How do the elements of art and principles of design impact what you believe the artist is communicating in this work of art?  Be sure to provide specific examples from the work in order to support your points.  
  2. What do you believe the meaning of the work is? Be sure to provide specific examples from the work in order to support your points.    
  3. How do the elements of art and principles of design impact how you feel when you look at the work of art?  Be sure to provide specific examples from the work in order to support your points.
  4. Do you believe this work is successful?  Why or why not?  Be sure to provide specific examples from the work in order to support your points.

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