Winter 2015 - Art "Slides" Assignment
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!
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). If it happens to be someone else from this class, do not turn in the same
paper as your partner- even 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
your own view of each work.
Take your time looking
them over before responding. REALLY look at them. No need to rush,
right? You've got all weekend. 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 to open up 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!) It is due Monday, February 2nd.
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. The "Title" is given in quotes. The year the work was created is given in parenthesis.
1. Banksy - "Untitled (Nike)" (2005)
[I took this photograph. Banksy made his sculpture based on this (original sculpture)]
2. Marcel Duchamp - "Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2" (1912)
3. Rene Magritte - "The Treachery of Images" (1928-29)
(The writing in the painting is French. Translated, it says "This is not a pipe")
4. Mary Cassatt - "The Bath" (1893)
5 & 6. Mr. Brainwash - "Tomato Spray Can" (2010) [I took this photogragh. Consider the sculpture as if it were a painting. The sculpture is based on this painting by Andy Warhol .
Write on both of them as if they were one work of art.]
7. Jean-Leon Gerome - "Bonaparte Before the Sphinx" (1867-68)
8. Jeff Koons - "Rabbit" (1986)
[This is a photograph taken of a sculpture made in stainless steel, but talk about the sculpture as you would if it were a painting.]
9. Pablo Picasso - "Girl Before a Mirror"
10. Edward Hopper - "Gas" (1940)
11. Wayne Thiebaud - "24th St. Intersection" (1977)
12. Caravaggio - "The Cardsharps" (1594)
You're finished! Congrats! You've earned yourself a nice, cool, beverage!
(Not promoting any alcoholic consumption- unless you feel it's absolutely necessary.)
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