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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 the SUBJECT MATTER?
· 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 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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WORK 1
British Tan Chalice with Stand:

http://www.unconventionalart.ca/FRINGE/Images/LARGE/gourd_chalice_stand_ribbon_001.JPG
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.

FORM
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.

SUBJECT MATTER
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.

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Visit the following websites and explore the collections of Ancient Art there:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: www.metmuseum.org
The Louvre Museum: http://www.louvre.fr/
The Smithsonian Institution: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: http://www.asia.si.edu/

From the websites above, select two works of art from any ancient culture (dated 30,000 BCE through 500 CE). Using the terminology and concepts you are learning when evaluating art, compare and contrast the two works including materials used, style, meaning, symbolism, and any other aesthetic issues. Explain how the works of art fit into the context of the time period. Keep in mind that only art works that fit into the period of Ancient Art will be accepted.

Use this website to help you write a comparative essay of the two works you selected: http://encarta.msn.com/sidebar_701509749/Compare_and_Contrast_Essay.html

Click on the link below to view a video presentation on writing a comparative essay. When the page opens, scroll down to #13.

http://www.learner.org/resources/series128.html

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