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Art Appreciation

You will take on the role of an investigative journalist by using the Internet to seek out different kinds of art works -- art that is not conventionally considered art. Choose two specific; works of art; that will make for a captivating news article. 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.

Using the art terminology and concepts outlined in the Sporre supplement (pages 29-33) and the Sayre text (pages 3-7), define and evaluate each art work you choose for your article by answering the following questions. Elaborate on the details in your own words. Consider including a headline to grab your readers' attention, and be sure to include a URL 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 art work?
· What colors are used?
· Describe the use of line, space and balance.

· What is literally depicted?

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 art work?
· What is the function of the art work?

BE CERTAIN to choose examples that are "not usually considered art", which means that anything you would 'typically' see in a museum is off-limits for this assignment.

There are many interesting and unusual ideas that will work for this assignment (what did you see on your most recent vacation?). Find something unusual to share! Remember that I am in interested in your words. Be sure to speak to the many specific aspects

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British Tan Chalice with Stand:
This is a Gourd Chalice, made of an interesting material and uses the craft of the artist to give it a beautiful form. The material has been shaped to suggest an emotion. This chalice shows the finest workmanship and is unique.

This is a three dimensional work of art, the materials used are gourd, that is made from the shell of dried gourd.
The gourd is dried and the shell of the gourd, when dried has a wooden appearance, it is made of cellulose and has no grain. This material has been meticulously polished and a chalice carved out of it.
The color used is tan and there are bands of white that give it an attractive finish.
There is wide use of curved lines in space and the water pipe curves upwards providing a balance to the curves with which the body of the chalice has been constructed. There are three curves that define the stand and it matches and complements the chalice.

The subject matter is that of a chalice or a smoking pipe that is used somewhat like a water pipe. The beautifully curved pipe is for inhaling the smoke. The water filters and cools the smoke and the long pipe further cools the smoke.
This is a representational art in which the artist accurately depicts the chalice and the chalice is clearly ...

Solution Summary

This solution talks about art appreciation. It also gives importance to the form of the work, its subject matter and its content.