Formal Analysis

For this assignment, visit an original artwork in person.


1) Print off these instructions and the Formal Analysis Worksheet before you go.

2) Perform a detailed formal analysis of a single work of art WHILE YOU ARE IN FRONT OF THE WORK.

a) This is an exercise in looking. Therefore, any discussion of the artist’s biography, historical context, or your personal experience will not be counted towards the word count.

b) Your essay should include a discussion of all the elements and principles listed in the Formal Analysis Worksheet, and discussion of the medium used by the artist.

c) To organize your essay, your overall argument and conclusion should address how the artists used the principle of emphasis.

d) Your essay should be 1000-1500 words.

3) Turn in an image of the artwork with your essay.

4) Turn in a picture of yourself in front of the artwork or the museum as proof of having visited.

4.0 to >2.0 pts
-Project title and name are included in the submission. Student visits an original artwork in person. Student successfully submits image of artwork and evidence of having seen it. Tickets alone will not suffice.
-Essay includes critical discussion of all the elements and principles, and of the medium used by the artist. Student clearly develops an overarching argument that discusses the principle emphasis. The overall organization of the assignment demonstrates thought, effort, clarity, and consideration to the order of how the total assignment is articulated. The chosen artwork meets the requirements listed in the assignment instructions.
-Student composes a 1000-1500 word formal analysis essay. The description is free of excessive grammatical errors. The overall direction of this essay is clear and focused and does not contain superfluous material.

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