Nelson-Atkins Museum website art analysis

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 

  1. 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.).
  2. Spend some time with your selected work. What are your immediate reactions?  Do your feelings about the work change after closer inspection?
  3. What is the basic subject matter of the work? Is the artist successful at his / her attempt at conveying his / her subject?
  4. Explain in detail the iconography depicted in the work.
  5. Note the formal qualities of the work – line, color, form, sense of movement, etc.
  6. Your finished paper should be 2 pages, type written, double-spaced with 1- 1 ¼ inch margins.
  7. For further help, you may want to consult Sylvan Barnet’s A Short Guide to Writing about Art.

RUBRIC:

  Capstone 4Milestone 3  Milestone 2Benchmark 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 pointsThoroughly (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 pointsEvaluates, 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. 
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