Fall 2013 - Art "Slides" Assignment - Ver.2
I call this an "art slides" assignment, because (back when I was a wee lad...) I used to do this assignment using actual slides- in a carousel!
You can complete this assignment by
yourself, or with a partner(s). If you are working with someone else in
class, please indicate the name of your partner(s) on the paper-
separate from your name- so that you get credit for doing the
assignment. However, do not turn in the same paper as your partner if you are working together- each paper should reflect your unique point of view. Since every student will be turning in their own assignment, feel free to mention what someone else thought while presenting
your own view of each work.
I would highly recommend partnering
up or at least talking these over with someone else before putting pen
to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard). So, take your time looking
them over before responding. REALLY look at them. No need to rush,
right? You've got all week. As we talked about in class, tell me what
you think these paintings mean for you. Put some music on while looking
at these if you think it might be helpful in opening your mind -
whatever gets your creative juices flowing.
Some of these will be harder to write about than others. I've included
some of these to challenge your thinking. Again, I don't want you to
tell me what's in the painting and leave it at that, I want you to tell
me the "take home message" of the work. Always be asking yourself, "Why
did the artist choose do to do THAT?" The artist is trying to say
something, I just want you to write down what you think it is.
6 - 8 sentences should be your target
length for each response. I don't want to say how many pages it should
be, but at least 6 - 8 sentences for each slide should be enough for me
to get a sense of your point of view. Yes, I would like you to write on
every slide- all of them. (Yes, I meant all - and you're welcome!)
You don't have to type it if your handwriting is neat and easily read.
If not, then please do type it up because I'll be reading a lot of these
(and, of course, they should all be stapled).
If you would like some guidance on how to approach writing about these slides then click here for a form to use as a guideline. Take the notes you have from completing the 'Critique Form' and use them to rewrite your ideas into a cohesive, paragraph, response.
I don't want to say more on this because I want you to be open to
anything that comes your way. Just trust your instincts...Now, without
*** Click on each number to show the slide ***
[These are all paintings unless otherwise indicated.]
1. Banksy - "Untitled (Nike)" [photo taken of a sculpture based on this (original)]
2. Marcel Duchamp - "Nude Descending a Staircase"
3. Rene Magritte - "The Treachery of Images" (The translation of the French in the painting says "This is not a pipe")
4. Mark Rothko - "Yellow, Blue, and Orange"
5. Mr. Brainwash - "Tomato Spray Can" [consider this like a painting, based on this. Write on both.]
6. Jean-Leon Gerome - "Bonaparte Before the Sphinx"
7. Jeff Koons - "Rabbit" [This is a photo taken of a sculpture]
8. Robert Longo - "Untitled (Joe)" [consider this as a painting]
9. John Constable - "The Hay Wain"
10. Edward Hopper - "Gas"
11. Wayne Thiebaud - "24th St. Intersection"
12. Caravaggio - "The Cardsharps"
You're finished! Congrats! You've earned yourself a nice, cool, beverage!
(Not promoting any alcoholic consumption- unless you feel it's absolutely necessary.)
Click here to email me if there are any problems viewing the slides.