A fundamental skill in art history is the ability to describe in on medium (writing) the formal features of another (e.g., painting, sculpture, decorative arts, etc.). This skill is developed not simply by “looking at” the work, but through a systematic analysis of the formal elements that have gone into its making. This assignment represents an excellent opportunity for students to practice this skill and to become familiar with a historically significant work.
From either the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena or the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena: choose an art object. The work may be in any of the following medium: painting, drawing or sculpture.
In order that I can know what you are describing, you must provide a photograph of the object (museum postcard, print reproduction, and your own photograph. Check with the museum regarding permission to photograph.
You must document your visit with a date receipt (the button or sticker is not sufficient); staple this to your paper, along with the photograph (see below).
Read the introduction in the textbook and the handout from, Sylvan Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing about Art (8th ed., 2005 or earlier) or Google formal analysis.
Note: This is not a research paper. It is a formal analysis. Please make sure you understand the distinction. The information contained on museum websites, installation panels, textbook and other sources is not relevant to this assignment
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1. Your paper must be typed and free of errors in spelling and grammar
2. The paper will be no fewer than two and no more than three pages in length. (Note: a double-spaced page consists of approximately 250 words.)
3. Don’t include a cover page, binders, folders or plastic inserts.
4. Staple paper together, with supporting documentation, as follows:
-Use this sheet as your cover page -follow...