Museum Paper

Museum Visit/ Observational Paper 750 words or2-3 typed pages, double spaced, 12 point font, spell checked. An accompanying photo of the discussed artwork from the Museum WHILE AT THE MUSEUM: This Paper is a Formal Visual Analysis of one painting at the Museum that interests you. This paper is not a research paper, but a paper written from your own observations of the work of art, in your own words. In the paper you will: Identify the work of art | name of piece, artist, medium, date Describe Observe Objectively After studying the video about Formal Visual Analysis, write a descriptive and concise formal analysis for your drawing of choice. MAKE NOTES OF YOUR OBSERVATIONS WHILE VISITING THE MUSEUM Ask yourself these questions while studying the work/ write down your observations: Does the title help you interpret what you see? How large is the piece? What do you see in the painting? Describe it, as if you are describing it to your blind friend. What is the subject matter? How is it depicted? To what culture does the piece belong? What medium is used, and how does that affect your interpretation of the work? Is the piece naturalistic? Realistic? Abstract? Or a combination? Describe the surface of the painting. Discuss the Art Elements . What do you notice about line, shape, color, space, form, value, texture. If you would like to review the Elements, this will help: Elements of Art and Principles of Design.pdf Actions Analyze Consider the Elements of Art and Principles of Design and how they relate to the subject matter: HOW is line employed in the work? Does it order the work? Does it fragment the work?Is the artist observing linear perspective? How does the artist portray space? Is it shallow or deep? What is the movement of major lines and shapes? Is the work dynamic or static? What are the major rhythms of the piece? Is the texture real or implied? What is the relationship of shape to space in the work?How do light and dark function in the work? Is the contrast full range? High-key, mid-key, low-key? Does the artist observe the rules of chiaroscuro? How are these elements organized? How does your eye move around the composition? Is the composition balanced? Symmetrically? Asymmetrically? Do the elements seem proportional? Does the composition seem unified or not? if not, why? How does the artist’s choice of medium play a role in the presentation of the various elements and their organization and design? Interpret/ Judge Finally: What does this all mean? What do you think the artist is trying to say about the subject matter of the work? What feelings or attitudes does the composition seem to evoke, and what specific elements or design choices in the composition account for these feelings? Be specific and clear in your paper. Make sure the reader understand what you are looking at and critically analyzing. Make use of your vocabulary discussed in class lectures.


_________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Visit a Museum I have listed here world class Museums that are a must-see when you do visit these places. Click on one or some, see what they have and decide on one painting that you would like to discuss. After you have Musse’ Orsay, Paris FRANCE’ (Links to an external site.) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA (Links to an external site.) Guggenheim, Bilbao, SPAIN (Links to an external site.) The National Gallery, London, UK (Links to an external site.) When you have completed your paper, by either writing in space provided, or uploading a document and photo of the painting , press the submit button and do so. Follow the arrows or view the Assignment here:

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