Formal analysis in MLA format of an ART
STAGE 1: Museum Formal Analysis ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation Dr. Foltz For this activity, you will visit a local museum in person, investigate one artwork from the culture/region chosen by your group, and write a formal analysis of the work. 1. Download and review the Formal Analysis Quick Guide in eCampus (in the Formal Analysis module). 2. Visit an art museum of your choice. The best museums for this project are listed below, but you may visit another as long as it is a fine art museum that includes artworks eligible for this activity. Check websites for days when the admission might be discounted or free. *NOTE: most museums are closed on Mondays.* • Dallas Museum of Art • Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas • Kimbell Museum, Fort Worth 3. At the museum, locate the gallery that contains artworks from your group’s chose culture or region. Select one piece to write about. 4. Use the Quick Guide to take detailed notes on the piece. • Include a photo of your chosen artwork. Check with museum employees before photographing any art, and NEVER use flash in a museum or gallery! 5. If you do not attend the class museum visit, you’ll need some kind of proof of your visit. This can be a photo of yourself inside the building, or a receipt, brochure, or wristband that you include as an image on the last page of your paper. 6. After your museum visit, use your notes to write a formal analysis of the artwork you viewed. • Formal Analysis focuses on the physical form of the object, based on your personal observations. This section should NOT contain any discussion of history, religion, or meaning. • The history and meaning of the work will be discussed later in Stages 3 and 5 of the Semester Project. 7. If you need help writing or organizing this paper, consult the ECC learning center. You can arrange visits online or in person. 8. Your paper should be about 3 pages long, double-spaced, in 12 point font, with 1” margins. • Use MLA style for heading, page headers, etc. • Proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation are required and are part of your grade. 9. Before you submit, read over your paper to be sure it makes sense, is free of errors, and answers everything required. 10. Upload your paper in eCampus no later than 11:59pm on the due date on the Course Calendar. Sample MLA page – notice heading, page numbers, and margins.ART APPRECIATION: Formal Analysis Quick Guide Info: Artist, Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions, Iconography Elements • Line: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, curvilinear o Effect: stable or dynamic; WHY? • Shape: organic, geometric • Color: primary, secondary, warm, cool, neutral, complementary, analogous o Effect: mood? • Value: high, low? Light source: actual or implied? • Texture: actual or implied? • Space: implied depth? Overlapping? Foreshortening? Principles • Balance? Symmetry? • Unity (repetition of elements)? Variety (diversity of elements)? • Emphasis: focal point? accents? Analysis: what is the overall impression or effect created? Is the work realistic or abstract? Does it create a certain mood or idea?