You must be aware of what you are seeing and to understand how and why a work elicits a certain response in you.
It includes a description of the work, but it goes beyond a mere description of the colors and medium of the work.
- Title, artist, date, medium (oil, metal, etc) and dimensions should be mentioned in the first paragraph
- Brief description
- Personal response
- Use at least 2 scholarly sources in bibliography (class textbook does not count)
- Use vocabulary/terminology you have learned in the class to analyze the iconography and overall message of the work
- Justify your opinion with ample reasoning using scholarly sources or use scholarly sources as a counterargument to your opinion
Tips for a Successful Paper
- After spending some time viewing the objects in the Nelson-Atkins Museum website, please select a work of art from the time period covered in this class that sparks your interest. The date of the object must fall between 1400- Present, but it may be any medium you chose (painting, sculpture, print, etc.).
- Spend some time with your selected work. What are your immediate reactions? Do your feelings about the work change after closer inspection?
- What is the basic subject matter of the work? Is the artist successful at his / her attempt at conveying his / her subject?
- Explain in detail the iconography depicted in the work.
- Note the formal qualities of the work – line, color, form, sense of movement, etc.
- Your finished paper should be 2 pages, type written, double-spaced with 1- 1 ¼ inch margins.
- For further help, you may want to consult Sylvan Barnet’s A Short Guide to Writing about Art.
|Capstone 4||Milestone 3||Milestone 2||Benchmark 1|
|Student demonstrates comprehension of complex visual information. 30 points||Demonstrates a thorough understanding of context, audience, and purpose that is responsive to the assignment and focuses all elements of the work.||Demonstrates adequate consideration of context, audience, and purpose and a clear focus on the assignment.||Demonstrates awareness of context, audience, purpose, and to the assignment (e.g. begins to show awareness of audience’s perceptions).||Demonstrates minimal attention to context, audience, purpose, and to the assignment.|
|Student comprehends and summarizes visual content. 40 points||Thoroughly (systematically and methodically) analyzes visual material and carefully evaluates the material using art historical terminology correctly.||Adequately analyzes the visual material and evaluates the material using art historical terminology correctly.||Identifies visual material and evaluates the material on a basic level, using some art historical terminology correctly.||Shows an emerging ability to evaluate the visual material using art historical terminology.|
|Student makes connections and draws conclusions using multiple sources. 30 points||Evaluates, organizes, and synthesizes in-depth information from relevant scholarly sources in order to make connections and draw appropriate conclusions.||Presents in-depth information from relevant scholarly sources to make appropriate conclusions.||Presents information from sources to make basic conclusions.||Presents information from unscholarly sources to make limited connections / conclusions.|