FORMAL ANALYSIS ESSAYWhile you were writing the Formal Composition, you probably began to have some ideas about what the artwork means or how it makes a successful composition. The Formal Analysis essay builds on this description. Write an analysis or interpretation of the artwork you just wrote about. Like the first paper, do not rely on outside research, but instead on your own response and/or analysis to what you see (the formal qualities) of the work. For example, you may choose to write about one of the following:what the artwork means
you may connect it to your own life experiences.
what the artist has communicated through the artwork.
If you have questions about what to write about, please inbox me on Canvas.Writing your responseTake some time to read your description and think about the artwork. Do some more observation. Think of the Formal Composition as the research that will support your thesis. Write your response and use description to support each point. Organize your paperOnce you have a good rough draft, organize your paper.Introduction: The introduction should briefly introduce your reader to the artwork and include the main idea or thesis topic of the essay. Your intro paragraph should provide an idea of what your reader can expect in your essay, but don’t give away too much information. Lead your reader in.Your intro should include the title of the artwork and name of the artist, and your thesis statement. (I usually write the into last) The rest of the artwork information can be included in the body of the essay. Body: Craft your response/analysis supported by your expanded description. The body of the essay will include your revised description and response to the artwork. Remember to begin with an overview description of the artwork, before moving on to greater detail so your reader can keep up with you. Your response may be integrated with the description, or in a separate section. Either way, your response must be connected to the description in some way. What you see in the artwork supports your ideas.Conclusion: Finally, a concluding paragraph will briefly summarize your points.Structure your writingTo clearly communicate your ideas, organize each paragraph around one topic sentence. This first sentence introduces an idea and each subsequent sentence in the paragraph supports it with more information. You may have received comments from me on the first paper on expanding your description, and this is an excellent format for expanding on your ideas.Remember to begin with an overview description of the artwork, before moving on to greater detail so your reader can keep up with you. Your response may be integrated with the description, or in a separate section. Either way, your response must be connected to the description in some way. What you see in the artwork supports your ideas.Give your paper a snappy title.
type it in a scholarly font 12 pt
include artist name, title, date, media, and dimensions IN INCHES
include an image of the artwork
It should be no less than 3 pages long, that means three full pages at the minimum (go on to the 4th page!).
200 Points PossibleGrading Rubric of artwork 50Essay description evokes an image of the artwork in the eye of the viewer
The artwork is described in terms of the composition, representational forms, color, texture, shapes, negative space, volume and mass as pertains to the artwork.
The description supports the thesis statement.
Response to artwork 50The writer has written her/his unique response without relying on research or other external sources.