art analysis

ART-123, Art & Culture

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Art Analysis # 2
The main differences between Analysis #1 and #2 are Topic and Length. This paper’s topic is any
art from Module 5, 6, 7 or 8. Length is minimum 500 words.

● To critically analyze a work of art, further developing the student’s visual observation
skills, interpretive methods and research skills.
● To connect a second work of art to the culture in which it was formed. Elements of
Culture include values, beliefs, norms, symbols and language and can be found in the
artifacts made by a culture.
● Use critical thinking skills to reflect, analyze and interpret based on evidence.

Learn about art historical analysis in this smarthistory essay
Learn about visual or formal analysis in this smarthistory video

Analyze any piece of artwork from Module 5, Module 6, Module 7 or Module 8

Minimum 500 words (this is approximately 2 pages.)

1. Provide the basic information for the artwork – This may include art title, artist name (if

available) date made, location of creation, current location.
2. Physical Analysis – Describe the materials, mediums and techniques used to create

the work. Examples: Carved limestone, oil on canvas, painted cave wall.
3. Visual (Formal) Analysis: Describe the object so we can visualize it in our minds. This

may include size, composition, depth, form and shape, line, color, shadow, texture,
pattern, etc.

4. Cultural Analysis: The subject matter and historical context of the object. This may
include iconography, symbolism, commission, patron, political context, economic
context, social context, belief system, cultural values, etc.

5. Critical Thinking: Your thoughts about the object. Critical thinking is about asking
questions and making connections. Try starting a sentence with:

1. This technique reminds me of…
2. The purpose of this object seems similar to…
3. Looking at this object makes me feel…
4. This piece of artwork makes me wonder what might happen if…
5. I am reminded of (an earlier artwork covered in the class) because of…

Academic Honesty
I will only grade your work. I will not grade the work of others. If I have questions about how your
paper was written, I will return it to the student, ungraded so that the student has an opportunity to
answer my questions, revise and resubmit.
From experience I know that there are many reasons why plagiarism issues occur. If your paper is
ever returned to you ungraded, keep in mind that my responses are all about education and
helping you reach your best potential.
This class uses SafeAssign to scan papers for plagiarized content. Safeassign is a starting point to
identify potential issues.
Here are some links from the STCC Library that may be helpful in clarifying academic honesty and
plagiarism for students

● Academic Honesty Policy
● Resources for Students

There must be a “works cited” section at the end of your paper that includes all the sources you
used to write your paper. Use at least 3 sources. EasyBib or BibMe are both helpful tools for
creating citations.

Write citations in a manner similar to this:
Author, “Title of article,” in Title of Publication, Date of publication, date you referenced it, copy and
paste website.

Example (smarthistory has citations at the bottom of each page that you can copy and
Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris, “Ashurbanipal Hunting Lions,” in Smarthistory, December
11, 2015, accessed June 29, 2019,

Submitting your assignment

I accept assignments in .doc, .docx, or .pdf file formats. Submitting in these formats ensures that I can write
comments on your document if necessary and SafeAssign can scan the document.

If you are writing your paper in a google doc, you must download your paper as a .pdf or .doc or .docx
before submitting to Blackboard.

Grading Rubric

I will use this rubric to grade your paper. Use it as a guide while writing your paper.

0% 33% 66% 100%

Physical + Visual

Did not address Began to

Mostly analyzed Fully analyzed

Cultural Analysis: Did not address Began to

Mostly analyzed Fully analyzed

Critical Thinking
(your own

Did not address Began to

Mostly analyzed Fully analyzed

Clearly Written Meaning
than 10

Meaning begins
to be clear/5-10

Meaning is
mostly clear/3-5


Cited Sources: no citations 1 correctly cited

2 correctly cited

3 correctly cited

Extra points for

Extra points for
outstanding work TOTAL: _________/100

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