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Writing an “Appreciation”

One of the most important aspects of this class is for students to appreciate individual works of art. This assignment is designed to help you demonstrate your appreciation, and put your appreciation into words.

Keep in mind that because your text takes a broad view of what can be called a work of art, there is a very broad range of works you can appreciate. You can appreciate paintings, drawings, prints, films, graphic designs, digital works of art, installations, sculpture, or buildings.

NOTE: Please use works of visual art. Assignments on music or vocalists will not be accepted.

Step One: Choosing a Work

Choose a work of art that you would like to write an “Appreciation” for. It can be an actual work of art you have in your home, or that you have seen in a museum or gallery. Or, it can be a work of art by any artist – living or dead.

Step Two: Writing your Appreciation

Your written appreciation needs to include all of the following elements:

1)  The title and date of the work of art.

2)  The name of the artist or artists who created or designed it.

3)  The medium (materials and methods)

4)  Tell why and how this work of art got your attention

5)  Give biographical information about the artist (approx. 100 words)  This can be a kind of biographical sketch. Use a scholarly source like a museum or gallery website. If a group (for example and architectural firm) was responsible for the work, provide information about the group.

6)  Critique the work using the Feldman’s Method of art criticism (see Module 3)

Step 3: Add an Image (OPTIONAL)

If you know how to download and add an image to your written document, please add an image of the work you have been writing about. Although this is not required, it does help your instructor better evaluate your assignment.

Step 4: Save and Submit your Appreciation

Please save a copy of your assignment, and upload it. Only WORD ( .doc and .docx ) files and pdf files can be accepted.