responding as an artist part 1

Responding to art is an intensely human—and personal—experience. However, to become an accurate observer of art, you need to exercise the ability to detach from your emotions and respond as an artist who must first observe and record how an object changes in the light as time passes, and to observe and record what physical changes occur in matter, substance, or shape over time. Observing natural changes in an organic object and cataloguing and recording these changes as they occur over time trains the “eye” of the artist to represent reality as a process of change—however subtle and discreet the changes may be.

In this Assignment, you record your observations of an organic still life object.

To prepare:

Take a piece of fruit or a flower and record your impressions of it—addressing color, form, and light as it changes over a period of 48 hours. Alternatively, use the NGAkids still lifeinteractive composer from the National Gallery of Art to observe an object.

By Day 7

Submit a formatted 1- to 2-page paper, using the “APA Course Paper Template, 6th ed.,” found in the “Course Paper” section of the Walden Writing Center website to format your essay:

Address the following items:

  • Share your list of impressions of the inanimate, organic object using art terminology from the “Humanities Through the Arts Classroom Glossary” provided in this week’s Learning Resources.
  • Use all of the senses (i.e., touch, smell, sight, hearing, and taste) that apply, while describing the change in the object over the specified time period.
  • Capture the essence of the organic, inanimate object as it changes (i.e., decomposition, different times of day in different light, etc.). Refer to the term “essence” in your “Humanities Through the Arts Classroom Glossary.”

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