You will expand the outline you wrote in Module 3 into a complete paper. Papers must be typed in 12-point type and be double-spaced. There is no set length for the paper, though the average length is four or five pages. Citations are not necessary. Other important aspects are thoroughness, clarity, and a demonstrated sensitivity to the work of art.
Your paper should have the following elements:
- Include specific information about the work within the first few paragraphs of your essay analysis: title, artist, date, location, dimensions, medium of the work, and the name of the exhibition/museum in which the work is displayed.
- Introduce the reader to the work of art by writing a detailed description of it. Your writing should be so detailed that the reader can picture the artwork.
- End the introductory paragraph with your thesis statement.
- Discuss the Elements of Art and Principles of Design that you think are important in understanding and analyzing this work. This part of the paper should be very detailed and will take several paragraphs. Go through each Element and Principle and describe in as much detail as possible how it is utilized in the work of art. Also worth noting is any apparent lack of a particular Element or Principle. For example, if a piece is in black and white, you should also address the impact of the lack of the Element of color.
- Discuss the medium the artist used and how the artist exploited the particular qualities of this medium. Always refer to the artist by her or his last name, not the first name, and put the title of the work in italics.
- Explain your personal response to the work based on its form as you analyzed it in the previous sections.
Wrap up the essay by summarizing your thesis. Do not simply repeat your thesis statement; instead, reiterate the thesis while finalizing your thoughts on the entire topic.
Keep in mind:
- Writing a formal analysis does involve your interpretation of and personal response to the work, but your reactions must be supported by referring to specific elements and qualities which you see in the work.
- Accept the work as it is. Do not “second guess” the artist and make such statements as, “I think the painting would have been better if the artist had . . .”t
- THIS IS MODULE 3 Below
- Titles of exhibitions are in quotation marks; titles of works of art are underlined or are in it“Vestige” by Kane Kokaris Introduction This course project discusses the artwork called “Vestige” and was created by an Australian artist, Kane Kokaris, in 2018. The artwork is made from acrylic on wood panel and was first exhibited in Haven Gallery, Northport, New York, United States. The artwork dimension is 14 by 18 in 35.6 by 45.7 cm. The artwork details goldfish and wood, making it look like the painter used a marker and a pen instead of acrylic paint. The artist uses underpainting to establish value and shadows and uses a brushing technique to create a black background texture. In the “Vestige,” Kane Kokaris uses painting techniques to represent the goldfish floating on top of the wood, something that makes the artwork unique. This essay illustrates different principles of design and medium Kokaris uses to create vestige. Elements of art and principles of design When one looks at Kokaris’ painting, the viewer’s eye moves across from the wood foreground to the goldfish. The use of black background contrasts the vivid colors of the goldfish, hence creating a balance in the artwork composition and the main focus of the drawing is the goldfish. The colors of the wood and sand create an illusion that the goldfish is floating on top of the wood. The artwork’s emphasis is achieved by using black color on the background and the light color of the sand and wood. The artist uses fine details to illustrate the goldfish’s elegant features, such as fins, different repetitions, and goldfish patterns. The entire painting uses warm colors on the goldfish to ensure the viewer’s eye focuses on the artwork. The glass bottles and the wood appear to have positive and negative spaces that created realistic appealing to the objects. The curve lines on the wood show rapid movement that causes audiences to move their eye views around the painting, and the in-depth details of the sand also add unity to the picture. The painting “Vestige” stimulates me visually due to its outstanding combination of colors and reminds me of the goldfishes that I have at my house. Kokaris’s artwork reminded me of my illustrations that have to do with pop art and bright colors. This painting was the first to get my attention in the art museum. The composition of the goldfish floating in the middle of the painting is very imaginative, with the wood in the foreground with alcohol bottles. It reminds me of one of those designs for tattoo art, which I love to draw designs for tattoos. Kokaris’s style makes me think of the pop artist Andy Warhol, with vibrant colors and repetitions that make the picture a whole. Lastly, not to mention that the idea of utilizing goldfish and nature together does show a strong representation of wildlife among Kokaris’s creative imagination. I remember looking closely at “Vestige” one last time before I leave the art museum. I couldn’t stop starring at the incredible details that Kokaris used to illustrate the features of the goldfish and the wood. It’s like I was standing on the nature side of the world. It made me realized that we often forget the beauty of nature in the world. Emotionally, the woods remind me of the diminishing forests due to pollution and wastes. The fine curves on the woods give me the idea of marks that symbolizes the eternity of nature. It’s like a constant reminder of how time goes on forever, but nature always has its way of recording everything. Overall, Kane Kokaris’s artwork illustrates specific design principles and is an exciting work of art with many defining features.