Posted: April 4th, 2015
Fine arts, Performing arts
Writing Assignment Guidelines
Select two works of art in the textbook from chapters 1-8 and/or 17-21 that
exemplify three-dimensional materials, tools, and processes. Describe how
each work was made, and explain how the medium is related to each works’
meaning. You may use the information from chapters 9-16 as your guide to the
Materials, Tools and Processes used for the works you choose, however, it might
mean that you will have to do some additional research beyond the minimum
requirement to find the information you need. This will not be a comparative
essay, so you may pick works that are not related in any way if you want to as
long as they are both three-dimensional. Include the title of each work, the artist
who created it, and the page number on which it appears in the textbook. Your
essay should be at least 750 words.
In assessing your writing assignment, we will be looking for evidence that you
understand the materials, tools, and processes that are used to create threedimensional
forms of art, and the way that various media affect the meanings of
sculptures, ceramic objects, glass works, fiber arts, metal arts, objects
crafted from wood, landscapes, and buildings (architecture). The criteria we
will use to grade your assignment are:
v? You thoroughly discuss two works of art. Select only two works of art. Two
examples, thoroughly analyzed, will better demonstrate an understanding
of the concepts covered in the assignment than a larger number of
examples that are superficially discussed.
v? You discuss works of art from chapters 1-8 and/or 17-21. Do no choose
works from other chapters in the book. We are looking for evidence that
you understand the concepts in this lesson well enough to apply them to
v? Your essay focuses on the materials, tools, and processes that were used
to create each work you select. Do more than simply name the medium
that was used to create each work. Describe the materials, tools, and
processes that are involved in creating the work. Also describe the visual
qualities or other features that are characteristic of the medium.
v? You explain how the materials, tools, and processes used to create each
work are related to its meaning. Do not omit this part of the assignment. In
addition to describing the way each work of art was created and the
characteristic qualities of the medium, be sure to analyze the way the
medium is related to each works’ content or reinforces its meaning.
v? You use at least five of the vocabulary that was introduced in this lesson.
This is the same idea as the previous writing assignments. You do not
have to use every word that appears in bold type in the text/commentary,
but use a minimum of 5 of the words to demonstrate that you understand
what they mean and make them bold within the text. If you do not bold
the vocabulary you are targeting for your discussion you could lose
points from your grade.
v? You include a citation for each work of art you select. Please use MLA
style. Include citations within the text of the essay as well as in a works
cited page. You should include at least one source outside of your
textbook to show that you have done some research. Please see the
Purdue OWL Handout found on Angel under the Academic Integrity Folder
for information on how to go about doing this properly.
v? Your essay is a minimum of 750 words and has been checked for spelling
and grammar errors. An essay less than 750 words is unlikely to
demonstrate an understanding of the concepts in this lesson.
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