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 Guide
. Each element and each principle should be addressed using three sentences. You discussion of each element or each element may discuss one example in depth, or several examples. For example, you might use three sentences to discuss the color in a figure’s shirt, or you might identify the artist’s use of color in three different places.
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 1500-2000 words. Use APA or MLA format.
– Turn in an image of the artwork with your essay.
– Compositional Design. A compositional design is the student’s visual expression of how the elements and principles work in a specific work of art. No two students will ever have the same compositional design on the same painting. For an example of a compositional design for the painting Las Meninas, see 1.10.12c on p. 185 in your textbook. As you can see, a compositional design is not a recreation of the work of art, but instead it shows the relationships between the elements and principles and emphasizes the ones that are most important.
CHOOSING AN ARTWORK:
For the purposes of this assignment please chose your artwork carefully. No copies or reproductions! In other words, the work must be one of a kind.
It must be a work that is publicly exhibited and the main purpose of the object is to be art.
For this assignment, the work must be a painting, sculpture, or drawing.
Places where works of art can be found:
• Public buildings such as churches, city and federal government buildings, and hospitals.
• Museum of Art or an Art Gallery
This EXCLUDES items whose main purpose has some other function – Such as:
• A car
• Holiday decorations
• Historical exhibits at a history museum
• Scientific exhibits at a science museum
• Any other exhibit at a non-art museum or non art-related institution (such as NASA.)
• Ballet or other dance performance
• Music/ Musical concerts
• If you have concerns about the art you have chosen, send a picture and ask before turning it in.
• Some DFW Area museums and galleries are listed below. Always check out the website before you leave for hours, fees, and parking. Some places offer discounts for students.
• Fort Worth Modern (Contemporary Art)
• Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, variety of art)
• Dallas Museum of Art (variety of art)
• Meadows Museum (Spanish art and modern sculpture on SMU campus)
• Nasher Sculpture Garden (modern sculpture)
• Amon Carter Museum (American Art – Fort Worth)
• UTA’s Art Gallery (Student art)