Visual Analysis Infographic
Assignment: Visual Analysis Infographic Due: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 by 11:59pm CST 100 points
A visual analysis is a close inspection of the artist’s use of art elements and design principles. A visual analysis moves beyond pure description. It is intended to enhance your observational and analytical skills, asking you to think critically about the choices that an artist makes. You will explain how an artist uses line, color, texture, space, emphasis, balance, proportion, and so forth, to create a unique composition. You will want to provide a detailed description of the formal (meaning “related to the form”) characteristics of the artistic composition. Remember you’re not just describing what you see, you’re describing what these elements do in the work.
Some things to consider in your analysis:
• Line: Are there any prominent lines in the work? Do you see psychological or implied lines? If so, do they serve any compositional purpose? Is line used to create a contour of an object or exist in its own right? Are the lines mostly horizontal, vertical, or diagonal? What do they suggest?
• Shape: What shapes do you see? Are they geometric? organic? biomorphic? Are there well-defined figure and ground shapes? Is shape a prominent aspect of the work?
• Mass: Does this work have real or implied mass? Where do you see this in the work? What indicates mass?
• Light: How is light used in the work? is there real or implied light? What are the values like? Do the values span white to black? Is the image relatively light or dark?
• Color: What types of colors are used? Are they warm or cool, bright or dull? Are they natural or arbitrary? Are the colors organized to lead your eye in a particular direction? Is color used to create space? What is the overall effect of color?
• Space: Is implied space created? If so, which pictorial devices are used to render the illusion of three dimensions on the two-dimensional plane. Does the artist use linear perspective, atmospheric perspective, vertical placement, overlapping, etc.? Are line and color used to create the illusion of mass or volume?
• Texture: Is there actual texture (impasto) or implied texture? Can you see the artist’s brushstrokes? Or, is the artist’s hand totally concealed? What is the overall effect of texture?
• Time and motion: Is there an implied time of day/year/era in history? Do you see implied movement or real movement? What is the effect of these elements to how we see the work?
• Design: How are the formal elements organized? What is the focal point of this composition? Describe how the artist creates emphasis in this work and
why your eye moves to this area of interest. Is the work symmetrical or asymmetrical?
Do not try to explain the subject, interpret the meaning, or judge the quality of the work. Instead, think about what you see. As you write your analysis, remember that the goal is to sharpen your visual literacy skills. You want to focus on the formal elements and design principles the artist used to create the composition (not on the meaning of the work). The Infographic: Choose one of the 4 images provided in the Infographic Images folder, under the Visual Formal Analysis folder. Design an infographic that highlights 4-6 main visual characteristics of your chosen artwork. Focus on the ones that are most prominent in the work. Your infographic should include the image with artist’s name and information. All information should be concise, grammatically correct, and easy to read. The information should be organized well. Think of this assignment as designing an informational poster for a conference. Your poster should be well designed and informative. Making the Infographic I recommend using a free, online image editing program such as Canva, Pixlr, Venngage, or Prezi. All have offered template options in the past (though these change frequently). I encourage you to put your own stamp on your infographic to make it fully your own (instead of relying 100% on the template). Please see options listed in Infographic Options, under the Visual Formal Analysis folder. Your infographic must be uploaded as a PDF. USE OF PLAGIARISM DETECTION SOFTWARE STATEMENT: The University of Alabama is committed to helping students to uphold the ethical standards of academic integrity in all areas of study. Students agree that their enrollment in this course allows the instructor the right to use electronic devices to help prevent plagiarism. All course materials are subject to submission to Turnitin.com for the purpose of detecting textual similarities. Turnitin.com will be used as a source document to help you avoid plagiarism in written documents. If you need help using Turnitin, contact CCS Tech Support via the link on our course homepage. Do not wait until the
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