ARTS 209

Week 1 Discussion

Thread: In the presentation, we discussed examples of God’s creativity and provision of inspiration in the Bible. Find an example from the Bible where you see God’s creativity and/or preparation of artists for His glory and purposes. This should be an example that did not appear in the presentation. Include the Scripture reference and text (this will not count toward your word count requirement). Discuss how this passage helps you understand God as creator and inspirer as well as how it encourages you as you seek to be creative. Include a personal application of this truth in your own walk as an artist.

Week 2 Discussion

Thread: Select a historical movement from the list below (that has not yet been completed by 2 other students who may have posted before you). Write a summary of the historical movement including the time period the movement covered, important artists from the period, and a discussion of the common characteristics of art from this period. Embed at least 1 example of art from this time period into your post.

Arts and Crafts Movement

Realism

Impressionism

Post-Impressionism

Art Nouveau

Expressionism

Fauvism

Cubism

Dada

Futurism

Surrealism

Art Deco

Constructivism

De Stijl (The Style)

Bauhaus

Modernism

International Style

New York School

Pop Art

Push Pin Style

Post-Modernism

Week 3 Cognitive Theory Project – Part 1

Your goal with this project is to create a work of art meant to persuade the viewer about a particular idea. You must decide on a target audience and a specific message about which you are trying to convince them. After brainstorming, fill in this document with your project plans and submit the document as a PDF to Blackboard saved as LastnameFirstname_cognitive_part1.pdf. Be sure to review the project grading rubric before submission.

Target Audience Description:

In this section, describe the audience you wish to reach with your message. Be as specific as possible, listing demographic information (age/sex/education level/income/life stage/etc.) as well as psychographic information (likes/dislikes/beliefs/opinions on certain matters, etc.).

Message Summary:

In this section, write a 1-sentence objective of what you’re trying to persuade that audience to do or believe.

Examples: To persuade my target audience to donate blood. To persuade my target audience to believe recycling makes a difference.

Research/Development – Mental Processes:

After viewing the presentation, “Vision and the Communication Process,” in Module/Week 3, fill out the development information in the sections below. Provide a minimum of 2 sentences in response to each prompt.

Memory—how do you plan to connect your visuals with any memories the target audience may have?

Recognition—which company, cause, or concept will your audience be able to recognize inside your visual?

Comparison—what do you want your target audience to compare this advertisement to? How will you accomplish this?

Salience/Relevance—what visual and/or textual plans do you have in place to make your project relevant to your target audience?

Association—do you plan to design your project in such a way that the audience would associate the visual with an event or activity? What is your plan for this?

Analysis—what distinct elements do you want your target audience to identify?

Interpretation—how are you trying to persuade the audience? Note: This is not of WHAT you are trying to persuade the audience, but rather how the content of your project will persuade your audience.

Research/Development – Mental Activities:

After reading Chapter 2 in the textbook, fill out the development information in the sections below. Be sure to include plans to account for 3 of the mental activities that can affect visual perception. For each of your selected mental activities, briefly define the activity and your plan for how to counteract that within your project.

Projection

Expectation

Selectivity

Habituation

Salience

Dissonance

Culture

Words

Week 4 Cognitive Theory Project – Part 2

Artwork:

Your goal with this project is to create a work of art meant to persuade the viewer about a particular idea. In part 1, you decided on a target audience and a specific message about which you are trying to convince them.

  • Step 1: Review your foundation work from part 1. Select the medium for your project.
  • Step 2: Sketch, plan, and gather materials and inspiration.
  • Step 3: Create and refine the project.
  • Step 4: Complete and submit your project via a Powerpoint presentation prepared according to the guidelines below.
  • Part 1 (1–5 slides): Explanation of cognitive theory as a whole as well as the mental processes and activities you accounted for in your project.
  • Part 2 (3–8 slides): Research/inspiration, concept explanation (message), and concept development (planning, sketching, and showing the process).

Presentation:

At the conclusion of your project, create a PowerPoint presentation which explains your knowledge of the theory, preparation for the project, and application of the theory in the creative project.

  • Title slide: Cognitive Theory Project, Your Name

Include detailed speaker notes

Week 5 Discussion

Thread: The Bible includes many passages where Jesus reveals his character by making statements which include the words, “I am the __________.” These statements help us to understand Jesus better, because of our understanding of the objects to which He connects himself. Select one of these statements to discuss. Include the Scripture reference and the full text for the verses. What might it mean that Jesus says He is the ___________? Include what you are able to understand about Jesus through his use of these symbols. Reflect on how helpful or unhelpful the use of symbols are in the Bible.

Week 6 Semiotics Project

Artwork:

For this project, you will create a piece that is imbued with semiotic significance. The completed project must include at least 1 of the 3 types of signs: iconic, indexical, and symbolic. Start with a message in mind. What would you like your audience to feel or understand as a result of your effort?

  • Step 1: Research, brainstorm, and consider your culture and how its elements can be used to symbolize the eternal. Select the medium for your project.
  • Step 2: Sketch, plan, and gather materials and inspiration.
  • Step 3: Create and refine the project.
  • Step 4: Complete and submit your project via a PowerPoint presentation, prepared according to the guidelines below.
  • Part 1 (1-3 slides): Explanation of semiotics theory, and explanation of how your work is an application of this theory, exhibiting at least 1 of the 3 types of signs.
  • Part 2 (3-8 slides): Research/inspiration, concept explanation (message), and concept development (planning, sketching, and showing the process).

Presentation:

At the conclusion of your project, create a PowerPoint presentation which explains your knowledge of the theory, preparation for the project, and application of the theory in the creative project.

  • Title slide: Semiotics Theory Project, Your Name

Include detailed speaker notes.

Week 7 Gestalt Project

Artwork:

For this project, you will create a piece designed with the use of gestalt laws of perception as tools for creating emphasis/focal point and unity. Your completed project needs to utilize at least 2 of the gestalt laws. Start with a message in mind. What would you like your audience to feel or understand as a result of your effort? What would you like to communicate: a feeling? A concept? A goal?

  • Step 1: Research and brainstorm. Select the medium for your project.
  • Step 2: Sketch, plan, and gather materials and inspiration.
  • Step 3: Create and refine the project.
  • Step 4: Complete and submit your project via a PowerPoint Presentation, prepared according to the guidelines below.
  • Part 1 (1–3 slides): Explanation of gestalt theory, and explanation of how your work is an application of this theory exhibiting at least 2 laws.
  • Part 2 (3–8 slides): Research/inspiration, concept explanation (message), and concept development (planning, sketching, and showing the process).

Presentation:

At the conclusion of your project, create a PowerPoint presentation which explains your knowledge of the theory, preparation for the project, and application of the theory in the creative project.

  • Title slide: Gestalt Theory Project, Your Name

Include detailed speaker notes.

ARTS 205

Week 1 Discussion

Summarize this module/week’s readings in at least 300 words. Your summary must integrate a Christian worldview, and you must respond to 2 other classmates’ threads as well.

Week 8 Discussion

Summarize this module/week’s readings in at least 300 words. Your summary must integrate a Christian worldview with the content, and you must respond to 2 other classmates’ threads as well.

Journal Entry 1

Take the virtual tours assigned for this module/week. Once completed, write a 400-word journal entry of your experience, including at least 1 citation in current MLA format.

Jesus in Modern and Contemporary Art: https://youtu.be/QOstaYzH638

Neo-Classicism: https://youtu.be/F1IaMgha9fk

Romanticism: https://youtu.be/agK-qvtb6Mc

Woodcut Printing 1450-1520: https://youtu.be/mgCYovlFRNY

The Impressionists: https://youtu.be/9RHGbWBgDvI

Journal Entry 2

Take the virtual tours assigned for this module/week. Once completed, write a 400-word journal entry of your experience, including at least 1 citation in current MLA format.

Paul Cezanne and his Revolutionary Optics: https://youtu.be/V9VRKHi9IKQ

Rodin – The Thinker: https://youtu.be/jha6SvVLXjU

Famous Vincent Van Gogh Paintings: https://youtu.be/lLBDAXy8FuA

Arts and Crafts Movement: https://youtu.be/tYjNO2Y4m6c

Louis Comfort Tiffany: https://youtu.be/bV_9mQgZVdU

Antoni Gaudi – Barcelona’s Master of Sacred Architecture: https://youtu.be/6W_lCdV1SXk

Journal Entry 3

Take the virtual tours assigned for this module/week. Once completed, write a 400-word journal entry of your experience, including at least 1 citation in current MLA format.

Georges Rouault: https://youtu.be/ImxZQ5HuROg

Helen Mirren on Vasily Kandinsky: https://youtu.be/0_YDrJoUe8s

Paul Klee at Tate Modern: https://youtu.be/kLbPTI6bfC4

Cubism: https://youtu.be/DSZMlfm1Ln0

Journal Entry 4

Take the virtual tours assigned for this module/week. Once completed, write a 400-word journal entry of your experience, including at least 1 citation in current MLA format.

A Brief History: https://youtu.be/cx_ilOM_n9A

Mondrian at Tate Liverpool and Turner Contemporary: https://youtu.be/dhv3_nGfETw

A History and its Legacy: https://youtu.be/xYrzrqB0B8I

Journal Entry 5

Take the virtual tours assigned for this module/week. Once completed, write a 400-word journal entry of your experience, including at least 1 citation in current MLA format.

Salvador Dali, The Persistence of Memory, 1931: https://youtu.be/6mp-fBJNQmU

The Progression of Joan Miro: https://youtu.be/Wl2MmLWFS-A

Giacometti – Icons of 20th Century Art: https://youtu.be/JeBpRrLqdaY

Art Treasures of Nebraska – Robert Henri: https://youtu.be/OFyGOxUuI94

Ansel Adams – Technique & Working Methods: https://youtu.be/DQT_rzI1Xdw

Harlem Renaissance Art History Montage: https://youtu.be/NQBK8lQ7sZ4

Diego Rivera Murals in Mexico: https://youtu.be/h-qMTx3RPyE

Calder’s Sculpture Continues to Captivate: https://youtu.be/QSF9C2AuIJM

Journal Entry 6

Take the virtual tours assigned for this module/week. Once completed, write a 400-word journal entry of your experience, including at least 1 citation in current MLA format.

In the Shadow of War – Graham Sutherland’s ‘Crucifixion’: https://youtu.be/NtrC4ZU_XnA

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Running Fence: https://youtu.be/nBVpgN4JAsE

Roy Lichtenstein Interview (1966): https://youtu.be/QGd5Hg4xIRM

Conversations with Corita: https://youtu.be/v3cDobuh1UU

Journal Entry 7

Take the virtual tours assigned for this module/week. Once completed, write a 400-word journal entry of your experience, including at least 1 citation in current MLA format.

Land Art – Celebrating the Work of Heizer, Smithson, and De Maria: https://youtu.be/FVRgwEQX3zs

Duane Hanson at Van de Weghe, NYC: https://youtu.be/Jc9ENdX9VWY

Voyages Maui – Joyce Kozloff: https://youtu.be/GJYrGy7m_LI

Great Architects – Robert Venturi: https://youtu.be/EtNwF_ds1cw V

Virtual Art Exhibit Project Instructions

You will visit online museums and galleries that include art from the 20th and 21st century. There are numerous examples in both Christian and secular galleries and museums. Throughout this course, you will visit 5 virtual exhibits and write a 100-word summary about the artist from the exhibit and include a link to his/her work.

  • Spend some time thinking about the particular artists you may like.
  • Take time to look in the required books for this course to help you understand what period or movement the artists may be part of. You will also want to spend time online looking for information about the artists. Tip: Try thinking about starting with The Museum of Modern Art website.
  • By the end of Module/Week 6, you will have found a total of 5 artists, written a 100-word summary about each one, and included a link to visit his/her work. This makes up your Virtual Art Exhibit Project.

All creative work for this course should reflect the skills and artistic ability God has given you. Your goal for this course should be to put forth your best effort and to strive for excellence and growth.

NOTE: For this Virtual Art Exhibit Project you should visit 5 separate virtual exhibits and write 5 separate 100-word summaries about the artist from that exhibit and include a link to the artwork.

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