To complete this assessment, you will create a 13-part visual journal. The visual journal is a simple Word file used to organize the thirteen parts in numerical order. Submit the completed visual journal to demonstrate mastery of this competency. NOTE: You will need a camera (a digital camera or cell phone camera) to complete several of the assignments.

Part 1: What is Art?
Write a 1–2 page essay explaining “what is art?” Describe your personal ideas about art. Do you think artists are born with special gifts? Yes or no, and what makes you say so?

Part 2: Role of Art in My Life
Write a 1–2 page essay explaining what role art plays in your life. Describe one piece of art that you grew up with or was displayed in your school, town, or a museum you visited. What was it about this artwork that sticks in your mind? Draw or take a photograph to include with this assignment. (You will not be graded on drawing ability.)

To complete Parts 3-6, review the following elements and principles of design links:

Part 3: Lines: Lines are an important visual element. Watch How to do Shading and Cross-hatching. Follow the demonstration and draw the objects. Follow all three demonstrations and draw as instructed in the videos. Use an everyday #2 pencil and copy paper or notebook paper. No special drawing pencils or paper are needed. Photograph your drawings.

Part 4: Shape
Find two artworks which exhibit examples of shape and form: geometric and organic shapes. Provide the titles, artist(s), dates created, and a hyperlink for each example.

Part 5: Color
Find two artworks which exhibit examples of the following in color: value and intensity. Provide the titles, artist(s), dates created, and a hyperlink for each example.

Part 6: Composition
Find two artworks which exhibit examples of the following principles of design: balance, emphasis, and movement. Provide the titles, artist(s), dates created, and a hyperlink for each example.

Part 7: Textures
Find six different textures and create rubbings from them. Note where you found the textures and cite this information. Photograph your rubbings.

Part 8: Perspective
Take a walk in your neighborhood, in a park, or drive your car to a downtown area looking for examples of one-, two-, and three-point perspective. You may refer to Perspective Drawing Basics. You have several options for completing this assignment:

  • Take photographs of each perspective.
  • Draw examples of each perspective using a regular #2 pencil and copy paper, or notebook paper

Part 9: Media
Choose a medium/media and describe why you would enjoy creating art in that medium/media. Describe what you would create.

Part 10: Structure
Locate three examples of structural systems in architecture. Note their location. Draw or photograph the three examples you find.

Part 11: Symbolism
Art of Power, Politics, and Glory. Find and photograph three images (may be black and white) of one art piece which addresses each issue of Power, Politics, and Glory—label accordingly. Write 2-4 sentences describing how they address each issue noted above. If needed, use the museum archives and their links found at the end of this document.

Part 12: Resources
Visit Heilbronn Art Timeline and locate an article or essay whose main subject is art. Write a 2–3 page report; discuss the main points of the article, and explain why you selected it.

Part 13: Field Study
Take a virtual tour of an art museum or physically visit an art museum in your area.

  • Write about the artworks you viewed (2–4 pages).

Include information about the form, function, content, and context of the artworks. Include a reference to the virtual museum you visited.

Word doc or PDF – with all 13 parts in a single document
APA Style
Length: varies (20-40 pages)

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