First, follow this link:
There are all sorts of art museums to choose from, Be sure you pick art museums, such as the The J. Paul Getty Museum (Links to an external site.)
If you’re unsure if the museum will be appropriate for this assignment, just ask!
1. For this assignment, please choose two works of art ….
- Featuring the same basic subject (landscape, portrait, etc.) or same feeling or mood.
- Having a different style–one should be more abstract than the other.
These works can have a different medium–for example, one could be a sculpture, the other a photograph.
2. In your first paragraph, identify the museum by name and identify the two works of art completely (give the artist’s name, the title, the date, and the medium). Then, describe the concept of the first work (what it’s about specifically, or what the artist’s work is generally about). What is the artist concerned about; what do they value, love, or fear? Use the words of the artist, the museum website’s information, and other reputable sources. At the end of borrowed information, be sure to note where the information came from (cite your source). Then, describe the concept of the second work, and again provide information about your sources immediately after you borrow from them.
3. In a paragraph, compare the style of the two works. How does the style affect the artwork’s feeling and message? Be sure to use Ch. 3, “Approaches to Abstraction,” and Ch. 4, “Beyond Pictures,” to help you identify and discuss the artist’s approach to abstract and nonobjective art styles. Then, review Ch. 7 to determine how idealized or veristic each work appears. Note that some works of art can have a mixture of styles–some parts can be more abstract, or more idealized, than others.
4. In another paragraph, compare the artists’ use of line (Ch. 5). Be sure to address how the use of line direction, line shape, and line texture impact the artworks’ meaning. Which is more analytical in line, and which is more expressive? Be sure to point out specifics to support your argument. Refer to Ch. 9, and discuss how the combined vocabulary of line and balance (symmetrical or asymmetrical) contributes to an overall sense of time standing still, or fleeting time.
5. In another paragraph, compare the artists’ use of light and space (Ch. 6). Which is more analytical in light and space, and which is more expressive? Be sure to point out specifics to support your argument.
6. In another paragraph, compare the artists’ use of color (Ch. 10). Which is more analytical in color, and which is more expressive? Be sure to point out specifics to support your argument, using proper color terminology.
7. In your conclusion, summarize how the visual vocabulary of each work relates to the artists’ concepts. Then, state whether overall these works share a similar message, or if they have very different messages for the viewer. Note if the museum environment had an effect on your perception of the works.
Use this diagram from Ch. 11 to help you analyze the artwork: