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 paper is based on your observations of the principles of design and visual elements. This is not a research paper. You need to discuss the form of the piece.
1. First, select ONE of the following listed works of art.
- Goya's The Third of May, 1808, fig. 20.4, pg. 327.
- The Approach of Krishna. c. 1600 - 1670. Pahari region, India. Basohil style. Fig. 18.10, pg. 309.
- Thomas Cole. The Oxbow. 1836. Fig. 21.6, pg. 365.
- Vincent van Gogh. The Sower. 1888. Fig. 21.29, pg. 384.
- Pable Picasso. Violin, Fruit, and Wineglass. 1913. Fig. 22.17, pg. 403.
- Marshall's Better Homes and Gardens, fig. 25.7, pg. 466.
2. Second, discuss its form: put into words a description of what you see using the terms
below. Describe how each visual elements and principle of design is used within the piece.
3. Then, analyze the meaning. Analyze the visual elements and principles of design to
interpret what the content, or meaning of the work is. Discuss how the form expresses the
content, or meaning, of the piece.
Outline of Visual Elements and Principles of Design
**Follow the outlined list of terms below - in order - and simply fill in your response to each bold term**
Each term is in bold type. The additional information included in the outline is there to help you with your observations.
A. Line – What types of lines do you see in the piece? Provide examples
Actual and Implied Line
B. Shape – What types of shapes do you see? Provide examples.
1. Geometric Shapes
2. Organic Shapes
C. Mass – is mass actual or implied? How is it implied?
D. Space – how is space created in the piece?
1. Two-Dimensional Space
2. Illusion of Depth - Implied Depth
a. Overlapping, Diminishing Size, Vertical Placement
a. Linear perspective
b. Atmospheric or Aerial Perspective
E. Time and Motion – is time or motion evident?
3. Implying Motion – if evident, how is it implied?
4. Actual Motion
F. Light – how is the illusion of light created?
1. Seeing Light
- Value (or tone)
2. Implied Light
- Strong Value Contrasts
- Minimal Value Contrasts
3. Light as Medium
G. Color - is color important in the piece? How is it used?
H. Texture – actual or implied?
Principles of Design
A. Unity and Variety
B. Balance – how is balance created?
1. Symmetrical Balance or Asymmetrical Balance
C. Emphasis and Subordination – what is the focal point?
1. Emphasis – what is emphasized?
2. Subordination – what is subordinated?
D. Directional Forces – do lines or repeated elements create paths for the eyes to follow?
E. Contrast – any variation of value, color, or scale, for example, creates contrast.
F. Repetition and Rhythm
G. Scale and Proportion
Your paper will be graded based on the following characteristics.
Your discussion of each term will be evaluated and given a point value between 1 and 6 points.
Your analysis will be given a point value between 1 and 10 points.
Your paper should be a minimum of 1 page long single spaced, OR a minimum of 2 pages double spaced, not including images, which are not required. Type size should not exceed 12 points. You do not have to write this in formal style, you can provide the term, then, respond to how that element is used. Proofread your paper: proper grammar and spelling count.
Characteristics of an “A” term responses
1. Concrete and relevant terms used
2. Meaningful determinations based on insightful and personal observations
3. Superior analysis of theme / artwork
4. Clearly outstanding use of terminology
Remember, there are 15 terms to cover!!!
|Due By (Pacific Time)
||04/18/2015 09:30 am