For this class assignment, you will create two photographic works that are inspired by the formal and conceptual qualities found in the work of a master artist. Through the process of getting to know this artist's personal history and formally analyzing his/her work, you too will begin to formulate how to create your own art-from-art inspired Photographs.
What to Look for in your chosen artist's work:
Meaning and Message
-Submit your list of three to me for a final decision by pinning their artwork with a reason why you chose this artist to a brand new board titled "Artist-Inspired."
Note: You may propose an artist whom you feel is masterful who is not on this list, but I must approve him/her before you proceed.
Chriso and Jeanne-Claude
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Step Two: Homage to a Master Artist
(pinterest / written - 40 pts.)
Briefly research for biographical and contextual information on your master artist by using the internet, books, art magazines or other sources. Create at least one page written or typed that responds to the following questions.
-When and where was this artist born?
-What was going on in their home town/country as this artist grew up?
-What was inspirational or had an effect on his/her life as he/she grew up?
-What subject matter is this artist most interested in showing in his/her work? Why?
-How did the environment this artist lived in effect his/her work?
-What art movement or period in art history was this artist associated with? (i.e. Surrealism, Pop-Art, Dadaism, Realism, etc.) How did this movement effect this person's ideas or approach to making art?
-What media (paint, wood, plaster, etc.) does this artist typically work with?
-What influenced or inspired this artist's work as he/she made it? (Consider surrounding environment, other artists, etc.)
Step 3: Art-From-Art Proposal
(in sketchbook - 40 pts.)
1) First, select one work of art that your artist has made and complete a formal analysis of it using the Feldman's Method. The Feldman's Method includes the following steps:
-Describe: Describe the work of art in the most objective way possible (no interpretations or judgements!) Identify the most important elements of art this artist uses in his/her work (i.e. line, shape, pattern, form, value, color, etc.)
-Analyze: Identify how this artist composes this work by using a principle of composition/design (Principles of design are: Repetition, balance, movement, unity, contrast, and emphasis). Identify at least two major principles of composition with specific examples.
-Interpret: What meaning or idea is this artist interested in expressing through this work? What evidence can you find in the work to defend your interpretation? (Support this statement with info from your description and analysis)
2)Then create a proposal for creating two photographic works that are inspired by your master artist. Your photographic works must be shot with film and printed on 8x10 paper.
Your proposal should use a combination of thumbnail sketches, as well as descriptions of the following in order to explain your plan for creating your work.
-What ideas does your artist use in his/her work that you are most interested in borrowing? How will you represent these ideas in your own works?
-What compositional strategies does your artist often use in his/her work? How can you incorporate these strategies in your own work?
-What will the theme or subject matter of your first roll of film need to be in order for you to have the necessary imagery to use?
Consider matching Row 1 and 2
Subjects, Forms, Shapes