Friday, September 9, 2011

Dear Humanities Kids,

1. Your first EXAM is scheduled for September 15th. Prepare this way:

a. What are the Humanities?

b. Why is studying the Humanities so important?

c. Why should an "observer" learn more of the time period and artist's personal life prior to making a judgement about a piece of art?

d. Define the following terms and make sure you can apply them: Composition, Mood, Color, Balance/Unity, and Movement

e. Students will randomly draw one piece of artwork from the "hat." They will then need to evaluate the piece using the above elements. We did this in class with "The Raft of the Medusa." In order to assist you with this section of the exam, I have included the pieces of artwork below. Realize that you won't know your focus until the day of the exam; however, you can easily learn more about them through some research. Remember that I am going to ask you to comment on the composition, color, mood, balance/unity and movement in the piece that you select.

"Judith and Holofernes" by Artemisia Gentileschi

"Flagellation of Christ" by Piero della Francesca

"Melancholy" by Durer
"Burial of the Count of Orgaz" by El Greco
"Penitent Magdalene" by Georges de la Tour

Today in class we discussed the different perspectives gained from the research you did concerning each of the controversial pieces. We shared those perspectives with each other.
We then created our own Jackson Pollock pieces based upon what we learned about him in class.