Art 129 – Visual Journal

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Art 129 – Visual Journal
Visual Journal (100 pts.)
Uploaded to the D2L Assignment Folder by the end of Week 7
Each week you are expected to write a 500-word Journal entry (approximately 2-pages, double-spaced) and include one or more photographs. The Visual Journal is your place to explore a variety of ideas about art, and exercise the process of looking and making connections. Your Journal must consist of YOUR ideas, reflections, reactions, and your writing. Quotations and paraphrasing should be kept to a minimum. The final two weeks of the Journal (week 6/7) are used to write your Museum Essay. To do this you will need to visit the Art Institute at some time during the class to select 2 works for comparison. Admission to AIC is free to PSC students with a valid ID.
D2L uses turn-it-in.com to track connections in students’ submissions to existing web content.
A Journal that contains more than a 20 percent match to web content will need to be revised and resubmitted.
Collect ALL journal entries in ONE-SINGLE WORD DOUCMENT.
Your Journal is due for submission at the end of Week 7. Check the syllabus for details.
Upload: Click on Assessment in the top menu; select Assignments; click on the Journal folder, and follow directions to upload your document.
Late submissions will lose up to 10 pts.
Please use Italics to indicate titles of artworks.
Include photographs of all artworks that you write about.
Please collect all of your journal entries in a single Word Document that is labeled: Your Name—Journal. I strongly suggest that you download this word document and use it as your Visual Journal. Place your name and the date at the top of each weekly entry.
Best practice: Back-up all important documents – save a copy of your Visual Journal on a different computer, memory stick, or flash drive.
You will upload the completed Journal to the Assignment Folder that is accessible by clicking on the “Assessment” tab in the top menu.
Note: Some Journal activities build on your weekly Discussion Posts. Please make sure to copy your Discussion Posts in your Journal each week, as Discussions become unavailable one week after the module ends. You should edit/delete any unnecessary material when you write your weekly entry (including these instructions and prompts.)
Rubric for Visual Journal:
7 Weeks of Journaling x 500 words/week = 3,500 words
Visual Journal meets minimum word count per week: 20 pts.
Journal Entries follow specified directions for each week: 20 pts.
Journal Entries respond to prompts in a meaningful way: 50 pts.
Journal contains photographs of artworks you discuss: 10 pts.
Total 100 pts.
Week 1 Journal: Introduction to Art
Name: Date:
Your Journal entry for Week 1 will start with the artwork you wrote about in this week’s
Discussion. Visit one or more of the art museum websites listed below and browse its online collection.
Choose a second artwork that contains a similar subject to the piece you wrote about in
this week’s Discussion (ex. 2 portraits, 2 landscapes, 2 still-life, 2 urban scenes, 2 abstract pieces, 2 carved stone sculptures, etc.) This second piece should come from a different art period or
culture than the piece you wrote about in Discussion.
The Week 1 Journal entry will:
Introduce both pieces – artist, title, date, and medium of the artwork.
Provide photographs of each piece.
And, in your own words…
Describe the subject matter, composition, and any of the following elements that are important to the work: lighting, focal point, balance, value contrast/color, texture, movement, space, etc.
Compare similarities between the two artworks.
Discuss the ways in which the artworks differ.
Discuss your interpretation of the content or meaning of each artwork. How do these works speak to you? What do they say to you about the human experience, about culture? If you could meet the makers of these artworks, what question would you ask of them?
Do you consider these works to be objects of beauty, or does their value lie in something they convey about human experience.
500 words minimum. You may build on what you already wrote in Discussion this week.
All Journal entries are written in the same Word.doc.
Each new entry should indicate the week number, the topic, and the date.
Art Institute of Chicago http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/index.php
Metropolitan Museum of Art http://www.metmuseum.org
Louvre (Paris) http://www.louvre.fr/en
Getty Museum http://www.getty.edu
National Gallery of Art (D.C.) http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb.html
National Gallery (London) https://www.nationalgallery.co.uk
National Museum of China http://en.chnmuseum.cn
Museum of Modern Art http://www.moma.org
National Museum of Mexican Art http://www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org
El Museo del Barrio http://www.elmuseo.org
Week 2 Journal: Photography
Name: Date:
The Week 2 Journal will start with the photograph you wrote about in this week’s Discussion.
Visit one or more of the art museum websites listed below and browse its photography collection.
Choose a photograph that contains a similar subject to the piece you wrote about in your Week 2 Discussion. This second photograph should come from a different generation or country than that of the piece you wrote about in Discussion.
The Week 2 Journal entry will:
Introduce both pieces – artist, title, date, and medium of the photograph.
Provide photographs of each piece.
And, in your own words…
Describe the subject matter, composition, lighting, focal point, balance, value contrast/color.
Compare similarities between the two photographs.
Discuss the ways in which the photographs differ.
Discuss your interpretation of the content or meaning of each photograph.
500 words minimum.
You may build on what you already wrote in Discussion this week.
All Journal entries are written in the same Word.doc.
Each new entry should indicate the week number, the topic, and the date.
Art Institute of Chicago:                               http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/index.php
Getty Museum:                                        http://www.getty.edu
Museum of Modern Art:                           http://www.moma.org
Museum of Contemporary Photography:     http://www.mocp.org/
Week 3 Journal: Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture
Name: Date:
Your Journal entry for Week 3 will start with the artwork you wrote about in your Week 3
Discussion. Visit one or more of the art museum websites listed below and browse its online collection.
Choose a second artwork that contains a similar subject to the piece you wrote about in
your Week 3 Discussion (ex. 2 portraits, 2 landscapes, 2 still-life, 2 urban scenes, 2 abstract pieces, 2 carved stone sculptures, etc.) This second piece should come from a different art period or
culture than the piece you wrote about in Discussion.
The Week 3 Journal entry will:
Introduce both pieces – artist, title, date, and medium of the artwork.
Provide photographs of each piece.
And, in your own words…
Describe the subject matter, composition, and any of the following visual elements that are
essential to the work: line, shape, mark-making, value contrast, color, texture, focal point,
balance, movement, space, etc.
Compare the similarities between the two artworks.
Discuss the ways in which the artworks differ.
Discuss your interpretation of the content or meaning of each artwork.
Discuss how do these works speak to you?
Discuss what these artworks say to you about the human experience, about culture?
If you could meet the makers of these artworks, what question would you ask of them?
500 words minimum.
You may build on what you already wrote in Discussion this week.
All Journal entries are written in the same Word.doc.
Each new entry should indicate the week number, the topic, and the date.
Art Institute of Chicago http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/index.php
Metropolitan Museum of Art http://www.metmuseum.org
Louvre (Paris) http://www.louvre.fr/en
Getty Museum http://www.getty.edu
National Gallery of Art (D.C.) http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb.html
National Gallery (London) https://www.nationalgallery.co.uk
National Museum of China http://en.chnmuseum.cn
Museum of Modern Art http://www.moma.org
Whitney Museum of American Art http://www.whitney.org
National Museum of Mexican Art http://www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org
El Museo del Barrio http://www.elmuseo.org
Week 4 Journal: Classical Greece & Rome – Medieval Art & Architecture
Name: Date:
This week you will choose two prompts to write about.
Choose one prompt from section A, and a second from section B.
You should write approximately 250 words for each prompt.
Introduce the names, periods, and dates of all pieces that you write about.
Provide small photographs of all artwork and architecture that you write about.
Classical Greece and Rome – choose one prompt from below:
Discuss how weight shift makes the Doryphoros (Spearbearer) by Polykleitos look different from Archaic Greek statues.
Using the Parthenon to illustrate, explain what your book means when it says, “it appears as if the Greeks conceived their architecture as large, free-standing sculpture.”
What is the difference between naturalism and idealism? How do both play a part in Classical Greek sculpture?
Explain how Roman realism in portrait sculpture is related to Roman practices surrounding death.
Describe how the Roman concept of the relationship between space and mass differed from earlier architecture.
Medieval Art and Architecture – choose one prompt from below
Art during the Carolingian period was rooted in two distinctly different styles: the Classical tradition and the style associated with the wandering “Barbarians” of the Early Middle Ages. Describe how both of these styles or traditions are reflected in the image of St. Matthew in The Gospel Book of Archbishop Ebbo of Reims. Provide a small photograph.
Describe how the quest for light provided a powerful incentive for structural developments in Romanesque architecture. Choose one Romanesque church and provide 2 small photographs to illustrate your points.
Describe the structural innovations that permitted Gothic cathedrals to achieve a feeling of “spiritual escape to another world.” Choose one Gothic cathedral and provide 3 small photographs to illustrate your points.
500 words minimum.
All Journal entries are written in the same Word.doc.
Each new entry should indicate the week number, the topic, and the date.
Week 5 Journal: Renaissance and Baroque Art
Name: Date:
This week you will choose two prompts to write about.
Choose one prompt from section A, and a second from section B.
You should write approximately 250 words for each prompt. (500 words total)
Introduce the names, periods, and dates of all pieces that you write about.
Provide small photographs of all artwork/architecture that you write about.
A. The Renaissance (Choose one prompt from below.)
Compare and contrast the paintings of the Madonna Enthroned by Cimabue and
Giotto. How do these paintings, completed close in time, mark the shift from Medieval to
Renaissance art. Be sure to discuss the related concepts of stability and weight.
Describe Donatello’s combination of Classicism and realism.
If you were to “alter” da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to make a statement of your own,
what would you do to this famous image? Be specific, and include a photograph of a drawing
or digital collage that illustrates your ideas.
Compare and contrast The Last Supper by Leonardo and by Tintoretto. How does Leonardo’s capture the essence of the High Renaissance, and how does Tintoretto’s foreshadow concerns of the Baroque period?
B. The Baroque (Choose one prompt from below.)
Describe the similarities and differences among the sculptures of David by Donatello, Michelangelo, Bernini. Discuss the state of mind projected by the subject. How do the sculptures differ in terms of material, pose, and the moment depicted? How does each work represent qualities that define the period in which it was made.
Is it more useful to consider Borromini’s architectural designs as architecture or sculpture? Why?
Discuss the subject matter of Velásquez’s Las Meninas. The artist is included in the picture, presumably painting a portrait. Use the evidence of figures depicted in the painting to determine as best you can whose portrait is being painting.
Compare and contrast the relationship of style and content in the Resurrection paintings of Rembrandt and Piero della Francesca. Which seems to be more expressive of the subject of the resurrection? Why?
Describe how Poussin’s composition in The Rape of the Sabine Women stabilizes this scene of chaotic activity.
Tintoretto’s The Last Supper foreshadowed concerns of the Baroque. Look back at the Tintoretto and describe the Baroque elements that you find there.
Weeks 6/7 Journal: Museum Essay
Name: Date:
Visit the Art Institute of Chicago at any point during the class.
Admission is free for PSC students with a valid College ID.
View many works of art in person, and will choose two works of art in the same medium (ex. drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture) but from different art periods. Your final essay will describe, analyze, compare, contrast, and interpret these two artworks.
The artworks may be from different cultures or historical periods, but there needs to be some connection in terms of subject, or medium. For instance, don’t try to compare a sculpture to a painting.
Your visit needs to occur during the semester, and you will need to include both photographs of the artworks you write about, and another showing the museum/gallery. Please do not write about artworks represented in the textbook.
Minimum Length: 1000 words (roughly 4 typed pages, double-spaced, include a photograph.)
A successful essay will describe the visual properties and analyze the form (visual elements and design principles) and content of artwork you have chosen.
Guidelines for Essay:
You must see the work in person at the Art Institute during this semester.
At the start of the essay you must identify the Artist, Title, Medium, and Date of the piece you are writing about, and the location where you viewed the work.
Introduce both artworks: Artists, Titles, Medium, Date, Museum
Provide a thorough description of each work’s subject, and/or imagery, and visual properties (paint a picture in words of the artwork.)
Identify key visual and design elements used in each work. Use the “Elements of Visual Analysis” (located in the “content” section of D2L) as a guide to identify key visual properties in the work. Discuss their importance.
Follow up by providing insight into the meaning of the artwork, and your own interpretation.
How do these two works of art compare….what are the similarities?
How do these works of art contrast from each other?
How does each artwork reflect the time and place of its creation?
Does either artwork express something uniquely human?
End your essay by summarizing the most significant things you’ve discovered about the two artworks.
All of the ideas and writing must emerge from your own interaction with a work of art.
This is a response essay, not a research paper. Any quotations or paraphrasing should be kept to a minimum, but need to be documented. This essay is fundamentally about your own thoughts and reactions to the artwork you chose.
The entire Visual Journal will be analyzed by Turn-It-In.com to assess how much, if any comes directly from online sources. Any Journal that comes back with more than a 20 percent match to online sources will be penalized on a case-by-case basis.
Your Essay is to be included in your Visual Journal as the final entry (Weeks 6/7.)
Your essay is expected to contain college-level thinking and writing. Assistance in the technical aspects of writing is available at the Student Success Center—located in room 2637.

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