The Midterm Paper is worth 100 points. It will consist of a 1-2 page written description and analysis of a work of art using terminology from Chapters 2-5. You will find an outline of the terminology to follow in the Midterm Paper Outline.
This is an assignment to help you recognize visual elements and principles of design in works of art. For this assignment, you are to discuss the form, content, and subject matter of a work of art and how they relate to each other.
This is not a research paper, you will not need to do additional research. This paper is about looking and seeing, and is based on your observations of the visual elements and principles of design from Chapters 3 and 4, Style in Chapter 5, and the discussion of the relationship between form and content from Chapter 2.
Select ONE of the following listed works of art. Analysis papers submitted using a work of art other than one of those listed will not be accepted.
Any paper submitted that does not analyze one of the works listed above will be returned for re-submission.
In the first paragraph, called the introduction, you will include:
Your formal analysis should include a description of the piece using terminology (Visual Elements and Principles of Design in the order they are listed in the outline provided), and details of the work that have led you to come to some understanding of what the artist is communicating. Your analysis should have a sense of order, moving purposefully through your description, from one term to the next, with regard to each specific element. How do the visual elements and principles of design work within the work of art to create the meaning you are addressing? Remember that your analysis should not be just a mechanical, physical description. Please use descriptive language and adjectives to describe your work.
To aid in writing a formal analysis, you should think as if you were describing the work of art to someone who has never seen it before. What do you see? When your reader finishes reading your analysis, she/he should have a complete mental picture of what the work looks like. This section is the most important part of this assignment.
Your conclusion should consist of a restatement of your thesis and your initial response to the piece. After your analysis, has your initial interpretation of the meaning changed? If so, in what way? If not, how has your analysis reinforced your initial interpretation?
Follow the outlined list of terms below to help in your analysis. Address each – in the order they are listed – and simply fill in your response to how each is used in the piece. Each term you are required to address is in bold type. The additional information included in the outline is there to help you with your observations. Remember, this is an exercise in looking, seeing, and interpreting what you see, it is not a research paper.
Papers submitted with terms addressed in a random order will be returned for clarification and reorganization, and considered late. Additionally, papers submitted analyzing a work not listed in the rubric will also be returned for re-submission and considered late.
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