Fall 2015 - Art "Slides" Assignment - UPDATED
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 while presenting 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 a couple days. 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. It might help if you consider what genre you think it might belong to: landscape, portrait, abstract, etc.
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!)
As of 1pm Tuesday, November 17th, these are now the slides you will
write on. However, because I added more I won't mark it down- as long
as it is sent to me or handed in to me in class on Thursday Nov. 19th.
I think that is a fair way to handle the fact that you're turning in late work.
* First, consider what tradition it is: portrait, landscape, abstract, etc.
Why do you think the artist chose that genre?
How might that help understand what the artist trying to say to you?
* Is there an energy to the painting- colors, motion, etc. that creates
an emotion within you? Was that intended?
* Does it remind you of any other work that you've seen (in this
class or in your life in general)? Is it just a coincidence, or is
the artist trying to reference that work on purpose?
If you would like more guidance on how to approach writing about
these slides then click here for a form ('Art Critique 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. The finished
assignment should be a collection of paragraphs.
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 further ado:
*** 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 (David)" (c.2005)
[Remember to put it in the context of the original that we discussed in class.]
2. Barbara Kruger - Untitled ("I Shop Therefore I Am") (1987)
3. Piet Mondrian - "Broadway Boogie Woogie" (1942-43)
4. Mary Cassatt - "The Bath" (1893)
5 . Mr. Brainwash - "Tomato Spray Can" (2010) [I took this photograph.
But analyze the sculpture in the photo as if it were a painting.
The sculpture is based on this painting by Andy Warhol .
Write on both the sculpture and painting as if they were one work of art.]
6. Cindy Sherman - "Untitled Film Still #11" (1978)
[This is a photograph, but please talk about in the same terms as a painting.]
7. Jean-Leon Gerome - "Bonaparte Before the Sphinx" (1867-68)
8. John Currin - "Thanksgiving" (2003)
9. Pablo Picasso - "Girl Before a Mirror" (1932)
10. Edward Hopper - "Gas" (1940)
11. Wayne Thiebaud - "24th St. Intersection" (1977)
12. Caravaggio - "The Cardsharps" (1594)
13. James Rosenquist - "No-no" (1996)
14. Grant Wood - "American Gothic" (1930)
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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