1 HUM 2510 Critical Analysis Essay Workshop Presented by the FGCU Writing Center
2 Objectives Dates & Information Attending artistic events Structuring your essayVisual Arts SpecificsPerforming Arts Specifics
3 Spring 2012 due datesMarch 16: Critical Analysis Essay 1 due before 3 p.m. (visual arts)April 11: Critical Analysis Essay 2 due before 3 p.m. (performing arts)
4 attending Events Must attend during the current term Must provide proof of attendance if out of the immediate areaCheck the MODULES tab for a link to events in the areaDo make sure to read the appropriate chapters prior to attendingCollect any handout information or playbill that might be availableDo take notes at the event if it will not disturb the audienceDo start early, so that timing doesn’t become an issue
5 Analysis Analyze means to separate into elements or parts Examine criticallyBefore you can analyze a piece of art or a performance, you must understand the elements or parts that compose it.READ the appropriate sections in the book PRIOR to viewing the work or seeing the performance.
6 Titling Your EssayBe sure to follow the directions on the course syllabus for naming your documentThe essay title must include the title of the work you are analyzing and give a link to your thesis
8 IntroductionMust include pertinent information about the work being analyzedWhen did you see itWhere did you see itProvide some context for the work being analyzedBackground information on the artistBackground on the piece being analyzedThe THESIS must appear at the end of the introduction
9 Thesis Statement Underline or bold your thesis statement The artist’s name, the title of the artwork, and the main point of your essay must be in the thesis statementThe work’s title should be in ITALICSChoose 2-3 KEY elements to analyzeWhy are these particular elements significant?
10 Body of the essayIn 3-5 paragraphs, analyze in detail the key elements you mentioned in the thesis.Explain why each of the elements is significant to this particular piece of work.Use terminology from the textbook where appropriate.Use appropriate essay writing conventions: topic sentences & transitions.
11 ConclusionSummarize your analysisWrap up your findings
12 Visual Arts Chapters 1 -3 provide the foundation for visual arts Section 2 (Chapters 9-13) provide contextual information of stylistic periodsThink about:ReactionSubjectMedia/techniqueElements and principlesContextContent/messageJudgment
13 ReactionWhat feelings, memories, or associations does this work evoke?Does it create a sense of happiness, sadness, anger, fear, uplift, inspiration, etc.?Does the art evoke empathy?Does the meaning or message of the art apply to your life or the world in which you live?Do you feel this art is important?Give specific examples supporting your opinion.
14 SubjectWhat does the art depict or represent (person, place, thing, event)?Is the work representational or abstract?Is the subject represented symbolically or metaphorically?Give specific examples of the findings
15 Media/Technique What medium was used to execute the art? How does the choice of medium enhance the message of the artist?How does the artist’s technique impact the message of the art?
16 Elements and Principles How are line, form, color, value, mass, or texture used to convey meaning?How are repetition, balance, composition, and perspective used to convey meaning?How is unity achieved in the art?Is there a bold or subtle use of elements/principles in communicating the message?Give specific examples supporting the findings
17 Context How does this work fit into the history of the art form? When and where was it created or first presented?How does the work reflect historical events or aspects of a particular time period or culture?Who was the creator?Does the art reflect any particular aspect of the artist’s life?Give specific examples
18 Content/MessageWhat does the art communicate or say about the subject?Is there a positive, negative, or neutral message?How does the message of the art reflect the values and beliefs of the time period in which it was created?Give examples
19 JudgmentWas the artist successful in communicating the message using the elements and principles of art?Describe the ways in which you think the art was “successful.”Describe the ways in which you think the art may be weak.
20 Sample thesisIn the painting, Holy Family with St. John, Giovanni Battista Vanni uses diagonal lines and contrasting values to create an emotionally engaging depiction of the Holy Family.
21 Performing arts Chapters 4-7 offer performance specific background Again Section 2 (Chapters 9-12) offer contextual background of specific time periods.Be sure to collect and use the program given out at most performances.Contains background information on the artists involvedBiographiesProgram notes
22 ReactionWhat feelings, memories, images, or associations does this performance evoke?Does it create a sense of happiness, sadness, anger, fear, inspiration, etc.?Does the performance evoke sympathy?Does the meaning or the message of the performance apply to your life or the world in which you live?Do you feel this performance is important?Give specific examples supporting your opinions.
23 Subject What is the title of the performance? Does the title suggest the subject or meaning of the performance?Does the performance tell a story or represent some person, place, thing, event, or idea?
24 Media/Technique In what genre does this performance belong? In the performing arts it is possible to have a great work with a poor performance. Did the performer(s) have adequate technique and artistry to present the work?Was the performance enhanced or hurt by the performers?Was the presentation amateur, professional, community, or school-based?
25 Elements/PrinciplesHow are elements of performing arts (plot, melody, movement, lighting, sound, etc.) used to convey meaning?How are principles of art (repetition, balance, composition, dynamics) used to convey meaning?How is unity achieved?Is there a bold or subtle use of elements/principles in communicating the message?How does the artist work with time and/or space?Give specific examples
26 ContextHow does this performance fit into the history of the art form?When and where was it first presented?How does this work reflect historical events or aspects of a particular time period or culture?Does the performance reflect any particular aspect of the artist’s (composer, choreographer, director, playwright’s) life?Give specific examples
27 Content/MessageWhat does the performance communicate or say about the subject?Is there a positive, negative, or neutral message?How does the message of the performance reflect the values and beliefs of the time period in which it was created?Give examples
28 JudgmentWas the artist(s) successful in communicating the message using the elements and principles of art?Describe the ways in which you think the artist was “successful.”Describe the ways in which you think the art may be weak.
29 Sample thesisIn the ballet excerpt Rubies, choreographed by George Balanchine and performed by Miami City Ballet, the use of sharp movements, staccato music, and severely styled tutus demonstrated the faceted brilliance of a precious jewel.
30 Things to rememberRead & reread the appropriate sections in the book prior to attending the event.Take notes during the event if possible without disturbing others.Review the suggested questions and determine which apply to your selected work.Analyze (break apart the elements) and discuss those elementsGive specific examples
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