describe how the artwork functions both literally in terms of its composition and metaphorically in terms of its deeper contextual meaning,

Virtual Museum Project

Having watched the video Wood European Lecture on Paul Cezanne, where I describe how the artwork functions both literally in terms of its composition and metaphorically in terms of its deeper contextual meaning, go ONLINE to a VIRTUAL MUSEUM (The Getty, LACMA, MOCA, etc) and pick two different artworks by two different artists– drawings, a paintings, sculptures, etc. from the 19th or 20thCentury and make your own video, describing why you feel the works are culturally significant, i.e. enriches our understanding of the world around us. Focus on three elements, line, color and light and discuss how these elements operate within the scope of the work and WHAT MEANING do you derive from this? You will WRITE a 1000 word essay which you WILL READ over the video images.

Please make sure you find a quiet space in which to concentrate and make this video. Optimize your surroundings and try to carve out a small space for yourself.

In terms of grading, I will grade on Content (bio about the artist and background, citing at least 3 separate sources — i.e. gallery description of work, artist’s personal statement, any reviews of the piece, magazine articles and online citations AND Originality i.e. are your ideas new and engaging? Each will be worth approximately 25 points for a total of 50 points . You MUST GO TO AN ONLINE MUSEUM OR GALLERY. (need help finding one, let me know!) I urge you all to watch the videos I’ve uploaded (all called Wood European Lectures) to give you an idea of how to approach the assignment (although I shot these in European Museums and could not edit the sound). This just gives you a loose idea how to approach the assignment. Video MUST BE at least 5 minutes, and must have at least 3 citations listed from 3 different sources. Please upload your videos thru You Tube and embed the link in the assignment. You can copy and past the citations there as well. Above all, have fun with this.


Subject: Art & Design


fyi my teacher emailed me this


Many of you have emailed me regarding the Student Art Critic Video Assignment. In terms of which images to pick, I suggest you choose artworks that are the same medium, i.e. two drawings, two paintings, two sculptures, etc. Also, I would try to pick artworks whose themes are similar; I’ve included two examples of photographs by Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe. Both are black and white portraits and both show their subjects gazing out directly at the viewer (the gaze). These are only examples to give you an idea of what to look for. Please also limit your choices to the 19th and 20th Century. Many of you have emailed me saying you picked an artowkr from earlier time periods. The assignment is to choose from the 19th and 20th Century NOT before. Any questions, please email me. 🙂

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