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I would like some help getting started on this assignment. I am not asking you to do it for me. Just get me started. This is a gen ed class to fulfill my academic requirements. I know what I like about art when I see it....writing a paper on it is another story. Thank you for your time and guidance.

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* For this assignment, you will take on the role of an investigative journalist by using the Internet to seek out different kinds of artworks including art that is not conventionally considered to be art. Your search begins by looking for ideas in the Classroom Materials, your instructor's assignment notes, and the Library's Guides to Library Resources for this class. Works of art currently, or traditionally found in museums should be excluded from your examples.
* Choose two specific works of art (not general forms of art) that will make for a captivating news article.
* Using the art terminology and concepts outlined in the textbook and supplement reading to describe and evaluate each artwork chosen by answering the following questions. Apply your own critical thinking to completely describe the works and put them in context for the reader.
* Elaborate on the details in your own words. Consider including a headline to grab your reader's attention, and be sure to include a clearly labeled URL (Web link) to the image.

What is the FORM of the work?

* Is it a two-dimensional or three-dimensional work of art?
* What materials are used?
* What techniques or processes are used to create the artwork?
* What colors are used?
* Describe the use of line, shape, texture, value, color, and balance.

Does the work of art have SUBJECT MATTER?

* If so, what is literally depicted?
* Is the work of art REPRESENTATIONAL, ABSTRACT, or NONOBJECTIVE?

What is the CONTENT?

* What does it mean or represent?
* What is the artist's message?
* Is symbolism used? If so, what is the meaning?
* What is the context of the artwork?
* What is the function of the artwork?
* What traditional role of the artist is exemplified?

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* Choose two specific works of art (not general forms of art) that will make for a captivating news article. Since you did not choose the specific works, only the categories of the works (glass-blowing and blacksmithing) I have taken the liberty to select the two works. If you choose other works that you prefer, simply model your response after the sample response I provide for you here, that is based upon the two works I selected. You must keep in mind that the comments you make about the Elements and Principles of Art will vary from work to work, because the works are obviously going to be different.
The first piece, an art glass hand (actually mouth-blown) chandelier, is viewable in the round at this You Tube site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGGP9sMiaOo&feature=related The artist is Dave Chihuly, and the piece is housed at the Milwaukee Art Museum (or, at least is was for this particular show where it was filmed for this video clip). The title of the piece is Isola di San Giacomo in Palude Chandelier II. To be sure I provide a sample response to ALL of the multiple questions on this piece required in your assignment, I have copied and pasted the questions here, and will respond to each in turn.

Possible Headline: Organic Forms Art Glass Fantasy Masterpiece

What is the FORM of the work? A chandelier - a lighting fixture.

* Is it a two-dimensional or three-dimensional work of art? This piece is three dimensional.
* What materials are used? Mouth-blown glass: sand (silica) soda, potash and various mineral colorants, a glass kiln and various glass-forming tools.
* What techniques or processes are used to create the artwork? The sand is mixed with soda and potash and heated to form glass - colorants are added, and then the artist forms the glass using various tools, and his breath, gravity and the colorants to create the various shapes, colors and ...

Solution Summary

Two works of art discussed and analyzed: one a glass blown chandelier and one a blacksmithing sculpture of a horse. With OTA commentary, Web site URLs.

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