Now that you are familiar with the elements of art and the design principles and have seen a good deal of art through time, you will further develop your skills by.
• *Comparing or contrasting two pieces of art in the same genre, i.e. two sculptures, two paintings, two drawings, two pieces of architecture (public buildings in your local community), etc.
• OR….by comparing or contrasting two works of different genres which address the same theme: i.e. love, hate, war, politics, etc.
*(Compare means to show how they are alike; contrast means to show how they are different. It is usually easiest to choose either all comparisons or all contrasts in your paper.)
Instead of choosing your art from any source, be sure to choose art objects considered to be world famous works (unless you decide to compare two pieces of local architecture). Remember than you can go to famous museums such as the Guggenheim or the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. Then you will choose THREE PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN on which to compare these works. If you prefer realism, then choose abstract or non-representational works and visa versa.
1. Find the pieces you plan to use.
2. Review the principles of design (unity and variety, balance, emphasis and subordination, scale and proportion, rhythm
3. Make notes on the visual elements (line, shape and mass, light and value, color, texture and pattern, space, time, and motion)
4. Decide which design principles you will compare or contrast.
5. Find biographical material about both artists
6. Write your analysis
As in other essays, your first paragraph serves as your introduction. This section should identify the title of the painting, the artist, what year the painting was created, and where the painting is located. You should also introduce your thesis in this paragraph. Your thesis will be more successful if you choose one piece over the other as more successful, less successful, etc. In other words, have a point to make in your thesis.
2. Artist Biography #1 and #2:
Do a little research on the artists. Look for information that provides the basic facts. It will usually explain what the artists are trying to achieve. DO NOT COPY/PASTE the information into your paper. More than three words in a row from the original will be tagged by the plagiarism software. Since some of this work is by local artists, you might even be able to interview them.
3. Description of Works #1 and #2:
This section should carefully describe the form used (materials, the size, etc.) and then describe the content (what the work looks like and what it’s about) of the works. Be somewhat brief as you will discuss the works in more detail later
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