Assignment #2 Public Art Response
Assignment ID Number AFFGEHU83939HD Type of Document Essay Writing Format APA/MLA/Harvard Academic Level Masters/University References/Sources 4 References
Compose a 3-4 page written response to one piece of public art.
(anything longer than 4 pages will only be read and graded to the end of the 6th page.) Assignments shorter than 3 FULL pages will lose 25% of final grade. This page
requirement is only representative of the main body of your assignment. This does not include your title page, image, selfie or bibliography. Assignments shorter than 2 full
pages will be deemed incomplete
Public art/design is an artwork or element of design that is either temporarily or permanently located in a public space. The word “public” indicates community
involvement, so public art/design also seeks to create and inspire relationships and communication.
Public art can best be defined as a form of collective community expression that enhances the built or natural environment.
The purpose of this assignment is for you to exercise your ability to constructively respond to a work or art while also investigating its purpose, artists intent and
information about the artist.
This assignment requires you to physically travel to where the chosen work is located and to examine it in person. This is your opportunity to use your own voice, please
write in the first person. *NOTE Public art on campus is not allowed. I want you to leave campus and explore!
1. To locate and view a work of local public artwork by using this website:
Winnipeg Art Council Public Art
2. To understand the significance and communicative potential of artwork located in the public sphere.?
*This means you must not only choose locate, view and record, but you must do extra research to dig into the intent of the piece, history of the artist, artist statement for
their piece and other information that you can find. A brief bio is not enough.
3. To practice critical observation and writing skills. *This means part of the essay requires you to write a visual analysis. If you have not done this in our class, or need a
refresher- please refer to your mandatory text: Sylvan Barnets Writing About Art.
1. Select ONE public art work and identify its location?
2. Visit the location of the identified artwork and take a SELFIE photograph of pubic work. This shows me that you physically attended the location of the selected piece.
You must also include an image or images of the piece that you are not present in. You can take these yourself, or pull them off the internet.
3. Reflect, consider and take notes about initial response to piece, what is about and what is the artist trying to communicate to the public.?
4. Conduct research to support your essay and provide information on the piece.
5. Write your essay make sure to include a Thesis statement, main body paragraphs and a conclusion. A title page is mandatory as is a bibliography. You MUST CITE all information that is not your own idea or response. Chicago Style only.
Assignments are to be written in 12 point Times New Roman font, and must be double spaced. Margins are to be normal- not wide or thin. If your formatting is off- you will
lose marks. Do not submit an assignment with incorrect formatting.
Evaluation: Students will be evaluated based on their ability respond to art and do minor research, to think critically, but also on grammar, syntax, spelling and sentence structure.
1. Title Page (See example on UMLearn) Mandatory failure to include will result in a zero grade.
2. Format Requirements – Mandatory failure to follow instructions will result in a zero grade
3. Images 3 marks (however failure to include one will result in a zero grade) *Make sure you cite your images properly.
4. Work Cited/Bibliography 3 marks (however failure to include one will result in a zero grade)
5. Main Body of Essay 14 marks
What is a Visual Analysis?
A Visual Analysis is the basic unit of art historical writing. Sources as varied as art magazines, scholarly books, and undergraduate research papers rely on concise and
detailed visual analyses. The purpose of a visual analysis is to recognize and understand the visual choices the artist made in creating the artwork. By observing and
writing about separate parts of the art object, you will come to a better understanding of the art object as a whole. A visual analysis addresses an artworks formal
elementsvisual attributes such as color, line, texture, and size.
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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