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Painting
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Painting Artwork Analysis Paper
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The content however, is driven by the questions and will result from your own opinions and/or the knowledge you have acquired over the course of the semester in this class. First, select a draftsman from the list of Important and Influential Draftsmen found at List of Famous Painters Then, select one example of the artist’s work, which you will analyze. Usually the articles linked to the wikipage/list include images, but you could chose to search for images with the artist’s name, if that helps.

Please insert the image which you use below the title of your paper.
Use the questions for each paragraph to help you. Answer as many of them as you can. If there are any which you can’t answer, skip them- but be sure to write at least 3-5 sentences for each paragraph. Do not leave the original questions on your finished paper, but do leave the bold-headings introducing each paragraph.

Be sure to delete these highlighted paragraphs before turning in your finished assignment.

First Paragraph; Artist’s Background
Briefly summarize who the artist is, where they’re from, if/where they went to college, and who or what has influenced their work. Who, What, When, Where, Why, How, Age, Gender, Family, Etc. As much as you can find, but only 3-5 sentences.

Second Paragraph; Artwork’s Background
What is the title of the painting? What was the original purpose of the painting? Would this be considered a (1) Casual painting, (2) Preparatory painting, or a (3) Finished painting?Who was the intended audience? Where was the painting originally created and located? Where is it now? Has it been changed or altered from the original? What is the subject of the painting? Who or what can we identify in the painting? Where are the subjects located in relation to each other? Does the painting (or the artist) belong to any particular school or style? Does the painting have any connections with history? (does it depict a historical event, or have its own history surrounding it?) What have previous art historical analyses said about this painting?

Third Paragraph; Description of Sensory Elements
Describe what the artwork looks like. Discuss the artist’s use of line, shape, texture, and color. large and small size, deep and shallow space, dark and light, etc. The use of lines is an important factor to consider. Lines can define the edge of a shape or form, but they can also create patterns or an illusion of mass, volume, or movement. Are the lines in your painting sharp or fuzzy? Thick or thin? Do they seem controlled, or spontaneous?

Fourth Paragraph; Analysis of Composition/Formal Principles
Discuss how the art work is organized. Explain which elements are dominant in the painting and why. Discuss the artist's use of the principles of design. How does the painting capture, hold, and direct/manipulate the viewer's attention? Unity, repetition, balance, contrast, dominance, rhythm, variety, etc. Look at the ways the artist uses space within the painting you’re analyzing. Are there clear divisions of space? Where is the main subject in relation to the foreground, background, and middle ground? What is the relationship between the different parts? Are there repeated shapes? Are there opposites? Is one thing more important? Can something be changed? What part of the painting first draws your attention? What about the painting holds your attention? Describe your eye-flow; where do you look first, next, last?

Fifth Paragraph; Interpretation of Content or Meaning
How does this painting make you feel? How do you think it makes others feel? Does in invoke any kind of mood? Does it evoke any kind of memories? Does it provoke any kind of reactions on questions? What could it mean, represent, or symbolize? What do you think the artist was trying to show or say? What do you think this painting says about the artist? Discuss the mood, feeling or philosophical concepts of the work. Is this a sad/happy work? Does it make you feel good/bad? What kind of “personality” would you say it has? Why do you think that is? Why do you think the artist make it? What is the artist telling us? Would you like to own it this? Why/why not? If you did, here would you put it? Would your parents/guardian(s) approve of it? Why/why not? Does it remind you of anyone or anything from your life? What about it, do you think evokes those memories?

Final Paragraph; Technical Evaluation and Personal Judgement
Discuss how the work was created. The medium used (which kind of materials; pencil, graphite, chalk, pastel, charcoal, conte’, etching, engraving etc.)? Would you categorize this painting as mostly Compositional, utilitarian, expressive or realistic/descriptive? Finally, what standards/criteria do you think that a ceramic work needs to meet to be considered good? Do you think that this painting meet your standards? Why/why not? Rate the composition, expression, creativity, originality, communication of ideas? How would you rate the artist's skills with the media used? Does the work look like it was done carefully and sensitively or rapidly? Does it matter? How would you rate the artist's perceptive skills and their interpretation of the subject matter?


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