Common Assignment: Create an Artwork Create a work of art in the media of your choice focusing on a social responsibility theme such as the environment, human rights, equality issues, social awareness, identity, gender, political and social beliefs, censorship, psychology, science, and ethics. You need not consider yourself an artist to successfully complete this project, and this assignment should not intimidate you, even if you don’t usually create art.
The purpose of this assignment is that you experience the creative process. It is not important whether your work is a masterpiece – only that you complete it and apply what you have learned so far in this course. You will engage in the creative process and demonstrate your awareness of the physical and intellectual demands of the arts.
• Work of art
• Photograph(s) of your artwork
• 2-page paper with critique (PDF document) Assignment Details Perform the following steps:
Step 1: Decide on a creative project. You can take a photograph or create a painting, a drawing, a building design, a graphic design, a collage or a sculpture. The artwork must be a type of visual art that the art world would consider as visual fine or graphic arts. Choose a Social Responsibility Theme that inspires or interests you. The materials used and scale of the artwork are up to you. Use whatever materials and scale you feel best convey your intent for the chosen social responsibility theme. The artwork must be original. Do not copy another artist’s artwork or take a picture of another artist’s artwork and submit it as yours.
That is plagiarism. See the Plagiarism links in the Week 1 Folder to clarify what is considered plagiarism in the visual arts.
Step 2: Gather the supplies. Make a list of and then collect the art supplies and equipment that you’ll need to create your artwork. If you choose to use the photography medium for your artwork you must also clearly and convincingly explain and defend in your submitted paper why your photograph is fine art and not just a snap shot. What is the difference between fine arts photography and a snap shot which is not art? Click on the links below to see. http://www.jmg-galleries.com/blog/2007/05/01/philosophy-of-photography-photograph- versus-a-snapshot/ http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/3317/the-photograph-as-art/
Step 3: Create! Set aside some time to create the artwork. Consider the Materials, Subject Matter and Content when creating your work of art. See the Artwork Critique page (link in Menu on left side of your screen) for things to consider while creating your artwork that should be mentally critiqued as you work. Consciously consider the Elements of Art/Design, Principles of Art/Design and Color Theory while planning and creating your artwork.
Refer to the elements and principles weekly folders for examples and term definitions. Photograph and/or video the creation of your artwork. In progress images or video can be useful for the collaboration and paper portions of the assignment. You will also need a photograph(s) of the completed artwork to submit with the paper for a grade. Collaboration Partner Responsibilities During the process you must collaborate with another person or persons of your choosing. The collaborator will critique the artwork twice.
The first critique should take place during the creation stage. Before the artwork is complete but after the artwork is far enough along so the collaborator can tell what you are attempting to accomplish. You should ask him or her to critique your artwork and to give you feedback as to the level of completion, artistic expression and effectiveness of your message (content). The second collaborator critique should take place once the artwork is finished.
The critique input will be included in your assignment submission paper, so record the process or take notes for reference when writing your assignment paper. The person collaborating with you should read the Artwork Critique page located on the class Menu (left side of your screen) before critiquing your artwork. Additionally you can explain to them the difference between Subject Matter and Content and the basics of the elements and principles of art/design, and color theory. If in doubt show them some of the information located in the weekly folders to help them better critique your artwork.
Step 4: Prepare your submission with critique – Photograph(s) of your completed artwork. – Write a 2-page paper. (Submit as a PDF Document) Include the following in your paper:
1. Describe your creative process.
2. List your collaborative partner(s) by name and relation. (friend, cousin, etc.)
3. How did the first collaborative critique influence your artwork? What was discussed?
4. What was discussed in your second collaborative critique? (positive and negative)
5. What was successful and what wasn’t successful with your completed artwork?
6. If you were to attempt the same artwork again, what would you do differently?
7. Do you think the final artwork embodies the social responsibility theme content you intended?
8. Do you think viewers of your artwork would be able to understand the social responsibility intent without the help of a title, artist statement or personal explanation? (Be honest.)
9. Do you think your artwork would stand the test of time? In other words, if your artwork survived for 50, 100, 200 years would viewers in the future consider the artwork a good example of social responsibility from the past? (Be honest.) 10. Are you happy with the final artwork?
NOTE: You can include the photograph(s) of the completed artwork within the written paper instead of separately. However, the text of the paper must be two pages in length. The photograph(s) are additional and not considered part of the two page length minimum.
Step 5: Submit your Assignment Submit a photograph(s) of your completed artwork.
Maximum: 3 Photos. Submit your 2-page paper (PDF documents only). The photographs can be inserted in the paper. See NOTE. Submit both items through the Common Assignment page located on the course Menu on or before the deadline. See the Calendar for all assignment due dates and times. If you have questions, please contact me via email.