Once you have identified the work of art you want to write about, do a brief sketch of it. Make notes within the sketch about the elements and principles of design you see, and any other feelings and impressions you have. Take a photo of your sketch, to be turned in with your paper.
You will NOT be graded on your drawing skills for this sketch! This is just a perceptual exercise to help you really see the details of your chosen work of art. The process of sketching helps you see the work on a deeper level and will make the writing process much easier.
After your sketch is completed, begin your outline following the format below.
- Title, artist, date, location, dimensions, medium of the work, and the name of the exhibition/museum in which the work is displayed.
- List brief descriptive qualities. For example, “Landscape of mountain scene, barn, cows.” Or “Portrait of woman wearing hat.”
- Thesis statement
- List the Elements of Art and Principles of Design that you see.
- Name the medium the artist used and any obvious characteristics of the medium.
- Note the initial reactions, thoughts, and questions you had when first viewing this work.
- Wrap up the essay by summarizing your thesis. Note any new interpretations of the thesis that emerged.
Note: Your project will be submitted as a word document. There are a number of ways to submit the photo you your artwork. One method would be to take the photo with your phone camera and then send it to yourself as an email attachment. You can then add the photo into your Word document, or you can submit the file as a second submission.