Thursday, March 11, 2010

influences and sources

one of my artistic influences: Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945), Woman with her Dead Child (1903)

Influences & Sources:
Research and write a paper that explores, discovers, and finds connections between the artists and ideas that drive your work as an artist/designer. This is primarily a discovery paper that uses source material to aid in that process. Sources should be noted.

This paper should be 8 - 10 pages, double-spaced. You will present the paper during class on March 30. Plan to present for 4 minutes with 1 minute for questions and answers. The presentation should include visual sources, especially for artistic influences, but visuals will be helpful for the other influences and sources as well.

Before writing, read the chapter titled "Writing" in Deborah Hayne's Art Lessons.

Write about each of the following influences and sources:

I. Artistic Influences & Sources
Out of many artists you have studied or seen, which ones truly resonate with you and your aesthetic sensibilities? What about them and their work do you find compelling? What does their work offer you; how does your work differ?

II. Influences & Sources from outside the art world
These influences and sources should include other areas of study and thought that give insight into what you make and who you are as an artist? What do you care about beyond your art-making practice? What fascinates you? What have others written that connect with your work? Examples include science, music, literature, popular culture, film, etc.

III. Personal Influences & Sources
This does not mean "personal" as in private, but rather "personal" as defined as "of, affecting, or belonging to a particular person rather than to anyone else." What in your experience as a unique person has affected or might affect your work as an artist/designer? Examples may include or be similar to (or vary broadly from) such topics as childhood experiences/stories, family interactions, siblings, place you've lived, institutions you were/are a part of, places you've traveled, etc.

As an example, see my paper here.
My paper is missing its sources; I apologize. I link to it here not to give you a blue print for what your paper should be, but to give you an idea of the quality of writing I'm expecting. This paper should be thoughtful and thorough. It should aim to make connections between each of the three areas of influence. It will serve as a reference for the rest of the semester as you make more work and we engage in more critique sessions.

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