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Art commentary assignment - Year 8 Integrated Studies!


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Art commentary assignment - Year 8 Integrated Studies!

  1. 1. YEAR 8 Integrated Studies DUE: Early next term Today and Tomorrow – Researching art work, taking notes, beginning to write art commentary
  2. 2. The TASK Basics 400 word (3 minute) commentary which highlights: Subject Matter (Two sentences for this section): 1. Who (the artist name if known) 2. What (the name of art work, what it is e.g. scroll, painting, pottery, and what it shows) 3. Where (where it was made or where it originated from) 4. When (when it was made or published) For Example: The famous Japanese woodblock print titled „The Great Wave off Kanagawa‟ was created by artist Hokusai in Tokyo and published sometime between 1830 and 1833 during the Edo period. This print depicts an enormous wave threatening boats in the seas off Japan and includes a view of Mount Fuji in the background.
  3. 3. The TASK Basics cont… Artist and type of art (one sentence, you would have likely covered this in subject matter): IF you have already covered stating the artist and the type of art you are looking at in the subject matter section then for this section you could write about the following if this information is available to you –  The artists reasons for creating this work or if there was a purpose for the work  If the work is famous or well known  Whether the artwork you are looking at is within a series of prints or paintings or if it is stand alone piece For example: ‘The Great Wave if Kanagawa‟ is one of the most recognised works of Japanese art and was artist Hokusai‟s most famous. He created this work to be the first in a series of woodblock prints depicting
  4. 4. The TASK Basics cont… Period of Time: Events and Concerns (two sentences): E.g. Edo Period Events – Battle of Sekigahara, new Shogun Ieyasu Concerns – Increase in foreign trade, higher taxes, introduction of Western culture (banned then allowed) Culture of Period (one or two sentences): E.g. Edo Period Social Structures, Etiquette, beliefs, social practices - Suppression of Christianity - Martial art training - Strict social order – samurai, peasants, artisans, merchants - Thriving culture - new art forms of Kabuki and ukiyo-e (woodblock prints)
  5. 5. The TASK Basics Cont… Effects, techniques and material used in the work (choose two elements to focus on using two to three sentences): E.g. For „The Great Wave‟ Colour – Dark & light shades of blue (the light depicts the fresh, cool and natural side of the wave, and the dark depicts the deep threatening side) Shape – Curved wave and claw like froth depicts menacing wave about to take prey Position – Mount Fuji in the background is a peaceful contrast to the frightening wave in the forefront Size – The wave the largest image in this print to bring focus to it‟s power, the boats small and thin depicting their fragile nature
  6. 6. The TASK Basics Cont… Symbolic Elements: symbols & references (two sentences, find at least one or two symbols in image): Symbol – an object that can represent something else , e.g. can represent peace; and can symbolise love. Japanese symbols – Samurai sword - power, strength, courage, honour; the Buddha - peace, spirituality; the Lotus flower – purity and enlightenment In a sentence - E.g. The image of Mount Fuji in the background of the Great Wave symbolises a sacred and peaceful part of nature and of Japan.
  7. 7. The TASK Basics Cont… Role of Art generally in period (one or two sentences): Example for Edo Period – A change in the strict laws of the previous period gave way to increased leisure amongst the people and the flowering of culture. This included an emergence of beautiful woodblock prints which often depicted realistic representations of nature such as animals and flowers. Importance of subject matter and work itself in terms of Japanese Identity (one to two sentences): E.g. „The Great Wave‟ – - This print could be bringing into focus the courage and confidence of the brave Japanese fisherman and their duty to persevere through the most dangerous conditions to serve their community. - Could also be bringing into focus the beauty of Mount Fuji and it‟s representation of the peaceful and sacred identity of the Japanese people in contrast to the fierce and powerful dominance of the wave.
  8. 8. Useful websites for assignment  Tokyo National Museum (go to collections drop down list, then to emuseum to find categories):  Simply Google „Medieval Japanese art‟ and have a browse of the options  Art history in Japan:  Unit of work on Japanese art: history/medieval/m2-online-handout.html  History of Japan and art forms: utor_last.html * REMEMBER MAKE SURE TO KEEP LINKS TO MAKE BIBLIOGRAPHY!!
  9. 9. Writing in the correct Person In this assignment you must write in 2nd and/or 3rd person NOT in 1st person. This means that you cannot say “I believe this art work depicts…” or “I think” or “In my opinion” or “we think as a class that….” INSTEAD you must write in either – 2nd person e.g. You can see in the art work that artist Hokusai has used claw like shapes for the top of the wave to depict an animal lunging for its prey. And/or 3rd person e.g. This painting symbolises the courage and honour of the samurai warriors through the artists use of bold shades of black and gold.
  10. 10. Using a range of Adjectives An Adjective is a „describing‟ word, and helps add meaning to a noun. It can describe something in terms of its shape, colour, size, texture and so on (e.g. smooth, square, thin, fresh, dark, bold) When describing your art work it would be a good idea to make yourself familiar with a few different adjectives and their meanings!! Have a look at these two links for ideas – descriptive-words-to-critique-art.html h/Words-used-to-describe-works-of-art-and-pictures