AP Find Me: Color Schemes

Your assignment is to find images which demonstrate each of the following color schemes:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Analogous
  • Complimentary
  • Cool
  • Warm
  • High Key
  • Low Key
  • Monochromatic
  • Neutral

For the images I only want graphic, advertising, popular, or contemporary art.  I do not want any images that could be associated with fine art, your textbook, or anyone who died before 1990.  I want you to see that the art terms we are learning about are still vital and being used today.  Good sources include magazines, comic books and graphic novels, stills from games and movies, and the vast internet.  Photographs you take of objects around your house would also work.

Flash Card Version:  On a standard index card you are to place a Xerox or print-out of your image with an appropriate label and a brief definition.  Make sure to put your name on the back of each index card in case they become separated in some way.

Or Digital Version:  In a Prezi, Word document, PowerPoint, etc. pair each image with the appropriate label and definition.  Send your product to me via Dropbox or link.

For help in understanding what these color schemes are, go here.

Due Monday 11/18, by 11 p.m.  This is a formative grade.

Assessment:

  • Definition 5 pts each card
  • Image 5 pts each card

  Below is an attachment as an example of the desired product.

Find Me example

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IB Comparative Essay Part 2

For this week’s assignment, we are starting the first parts of the comparative essay.  By Monday, you should accomplish the following goals:

  1. Write the background material for work 3.  Give us information about the artist’s history, art movement, personal style, etc.  Try to focus on material that will matter when you begin discussing the artwork itself.  If there was a major life event that impacted the artist and then shows up in the work, that is what you should be discussing.  (Recommended 1 page per background.  If both works come from the same artist, it might be a single page.  Don’t forget to include some kind of visual.)
  2. Fully critique works 3.  Just follow the critique method we have used in the past.  (It is recommended to do one critique per page.  If you need two pages, it’s not a problem, but try not to go longer than that.  The image should be on the page, you could use a detail/crop of the image on a second page.  It is ok to use arrows, create pullouts, or organize the critique into text boxes linked to the image.)
  3. Compare all the works.  You should have at least 1 page to compare work 1 to work 2, 1 page to compare work 2 to work 3, and 1 page to compare work 3 to work 1.  (diagrams, charts, pullouts, and arrows are all fine to help make these comparisons.  Be sure to use images, you may use details).
  4. A List of Resources.  Include (as a separate word document) a list of all the resources (books, videos, interviews, web pages) that you used as research for this document.  Use whatever format you already are using in your English classes (MLA, Chicago, whatever).
  5. Add the component where you make connections between your work and the work you selected to write about.  This is for HL only, and should be between 3-5 slides.  Make sure to use visuals (both your work and the selected work), and continue to provide citations and credit lines.

If you need reminders about the Comparative Essay, or want to see examples, go here.

This will be due Tuesday, 11/12, by 11 pm.  This is a formative grade.

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AP Women are from Venus

The following is a released question which appeared on an AP test a few years ago. Your assignment is to fully answer the question being asked of you, as if you were taking an AP test. You are allowed, and encouraged, to do any and all research needed to answer this question. Like with all good AP writing, you need to cite specific artworks as examples for the points you are trying to make.

Things to Remember
Appropriate selections for Art Beyond the European tradition would include: Africa, Asia, Egypt, India, Oceania, Pre-Columbian Americas, and/or Islamic world tradition.

This is due Tuesday, 11/12, by 11:00 p.m. This is a formative grade.  You are to submit your responses to me via email: james.elam@killeenisd.org.  Please make the subject line of your email: women are from venus.

You will be given as many opportunities as necessary to complete this assignment successfully.

Your Question:
Cultural attitudes about women are often revealed in art.

Select and fully identify two works of art that depict one or more women. The works must come from two different cultures, one of which must be from beyond the European tradition. Explain how each work reveals its culture’s attitudes about women.

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Overdue Tableaux Vivants

Sorry, this took waaaaaaaay too long to get posted.  But here are the tableaux vivants you have performed so far!

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AP Architecture Scavenger Hunt

You are to (using the camera of your choice) bring in photos of architectural features.  For full credit, you must find and record 20 different architectural features with accompanying definition.  You are looking for architectural features which could be found in the ancient world but are prevalent in our own current environment.

Acceptable Architectural Features
You are to choose features from the list below.

  1. Ambulatory
  2. Apse
  3. Arcade
  4. Arch:  Round or Gothic
  5. Archivolt
  6. Arcuated Window
  7. Ashlar Masonry
  8. Atrium
  9. Buttress:  Regular or Flying
  10. Clerestory
  11. Colonnade
  12. Column:  Corinthian, Doric, Ionic, or Engaged
  13. Compound Pier
  14. Concrete
  15. Cornice:  Normal and Raking
  16. Dome
  17. Façade
  18. Finial
  19. Gable
  20. Jambs
  21. Keystone
  22. Lancet Window
  23. Nave
  24. Niche
  25. Pediment
  26. Pilaster
  27. Portico
  28. Post and Lintel
  29. Rose Window
  30. Ridgepole
  31. Rusticated Stone
  32. Spandrel
  33. Stringcourse
  34. Trumeau
  35. Tympanum
  36. Vault:  Annular or Ring, Barrel, Corbelled, Groin, Rib
  37. Voussoir

You must choose your architectural features from this list.  Some of these are terms we have covered but some are terms we will cover in the near future.  If you do not know what something is, you might have to look it up.  These terms come from the following chapters:  Ancient Near East, Egypt, Minoan, Greek, Roman, Romanesque, and Gothic.

All of these terms can be defined online, and I highly encourage you to run your selections by me for verification.

Proof of Photo
Each photo of an architecture term must include proof that you took it, and that it is your original photo.  This will be done using one of two methods.

Method 1:  you will include in your photo this year’s marker:  A YELLOW BIRD ON A STICK.  In the corner of each photo the dinosaur should appear.  It should look something like this:

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Method 2:  include your own face in each photo, a la selfie style.

Using either method make sure I see the architecture you are trying to display, and not the inner depths of your nostrils.

Limitations
Only terms that are on the list above are valid.  Other terms may not be used.  If you try to use the term “door” you will be mocked.

Each photo and each building may only be used for one architectural feature.  I will not accept multiple photos of the same building, even when used to depict different terms.

Features found in our local community (Killeen, Harker Heights, Belton) are preferred. As long as the photo contains your “proof” (see above) it is still valid.

Each photo needs to include a label of the architectural feature you are highlighting.  If possible due to the format, actually point out the feature (such as using an arrow in a PowerPoint).  Include with the label the definition for that architectural feature.

Format
Photos may be submitted as a PowerPoint presentation, a Keynote presentation, a Prezi, a Word document or PDF, a CD-ROM for slide show viewing, printed thumbnail images, posted on a photo hosting site, or actual (gasp!) photographs.  I have no preference, other than the images must be appropriately labeled and grouped together.

If you are submitting this electronically, let me humbly suggest using Dropbox.

If you are submitting this electronically, be warned that your files would probably implode my e-mail box.

Turning in Work Electronically

You are most likely giving me some sort of file.  To make things easier, and to ensure that you receive credit for your work, be sure to include your name in the file name, like this:

Names in File Names Example

Last Suggestions
You should not spend a ton of money doing this project!  Think cheap!

If there is something that would prevent you from taking photos, let me know immediately.  If you plan to turn in actual photos, allow enough time for development/processing.

All photos are due by 11 pm on MONDAY 11/4, if you are turning in electronically.  If you are turning this in “physically” (like with a portable drive), it is due in class on the day of 11/4 .  This counts as two formative grades.

If there is some problem, please contact me with enough lead time in order to be able to help you.

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IB Comparative Essay Part 1

For this week’s assignment, we are starting the first parts of the comparative essay.  By Oct 21st, you should accomplish the following goals:

  1. Create your title page.  Include the following info:  Comparative Essay, Candidate Number, and Personal Code.  Under no circumstances should you include your actual name.
  2. Write the background material for works 1 and 2.  By background material, think biography, but keep it focused on their career and personal style as an artist.  Give us information about the artist’s history, art movement, personal style, etc.  Try to focus on material that will matter when you begin discussing the artwork itself.  If there was a major life event that impacted the artist and then shows up in the work, that is what you should be discussing.  (Recommended 1 page per background.  If both works come from the same artist, it might be a single page.  Don’t forget to include some kind of visual.)
  3. Fully critique works 1 and 2.  Just follow the critique method we have used in the past.  (It is recommended to do one critique per page.  If you need two pages, it’s not a problem, but try not to go longer than that.  The image should be on the page, you could use a detail/crop of the image on a second page.  It is ok to use arrows, create pullouts, or organize the critique into text boxes linked to the image.)

If you need reminders about the Comparative Essay, or want to see examples, go here.

This will be due Monday, 10/21, by 11 pm.  This is a formative grade.

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AP Timeline: Prehistory to Greece

You are to construct an original timeline.  The timeline must do the following things:

  • The timeline must include the required artworks, artistic periods, and historic dates listed below.
  • The timeline must demonstrate the sequential nature of some of these events.
  • The timeline must also demonstrate the overlapping nature of some of these events.  How you choose to do this is up to you.
  • The timeline must include dates/centuries/time markers that place each period and each artwork in the correct time frame.  How you choose to do this is up to you.

Your timeline should be clear, concise, and regardless of how it is constructed, submitted electronically through an email or link.  PowerPoint, Word document, jpeg file, Prezi, or even an online timeline creator is fine.  No hard copies.

If you have never seen/used Prezi before, I would be glad to show you examples some morning or afternoon.

We have not covered some of these works or art periods yet.  You may use this website, khanacademy.org, and/or your textbook to help you find these works, art periods, and dates.

This is a formative grade and is due by Tuesday, 10/15, at 11:00 p.m.  Your product will be evaluated for its correctness and clarity.  Your submission should be sent to my school email.

Required Artworks
Anavysos Kouros
Akhenaton, his wife, and three daughters
Darius and Xerxes Receiving Tribute (from the Audience Hall of Darius and Xerxes)
Doryphoros
The Great Pyramids
Last Judgment of Hu-Nefer
Stele of Hammurabi
Stonehenge
Venus de Milo
Venus of Willendorf

Required Art Periods
The Amarna Period
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Greece
Ancient Near East
Global Prehistory

Required Historic Dates
9000 BCE       Final Ice Age ends
2500 BCE        Probable date of the first iron objects
1200 BCE        The Fall of Troy?
776 BCE           First Olympic Games
449-479 BCE  The Persian Wars

Turning in Work Electronically

You are most likely giving me some sort of file.  To make things easier, and to ensure that you receive credit for your work, be sure to include your name in the file name, like this:

Names in File Names Example

Examples

Two different timelines.  The first by a former student, the second was pilfered from the internet.  Both demonstrate the “overlapping” nature of some art movements, while still expressing the “sequential” nature of some events.

Notice that in the first example we can tell that the Roman period happened before the Medieval period, but we can also tell that the Medieval period ran concurrently with the Islamic period.

Jailene Marrero Timeline Example

Timeline Example 2An example of a TV guide, that demonstrates the “overlapping” nature of some shows on different channels, while also showing the “sequential” nature of shows on the same channel.

TV Guide Timeline Example

PowerPoint Timeline Example
Online Timeline Example

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IB Selection of Works for The Comparative Essay

The next few weeks are going to be largely about completing the Comparative Essay.  We will discuss this at length in class, and you can also find an overview of the essay, with examples, here.

The Assignment

1.  Select Three Artworks

As our first step, we need you to select three artworks to discuss.  In a brand new PowerPoint, put in your Comparative Essay Folder, write the full credit lines for these three works (title, artist, medium, dimensions, and date of creation).

Additionally, your three works must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 3 different artworks that you will critique, and then compare and contrast (you can write about more than 3 works, but don’t go crazy)
  • These artworks must come from at least 2 different artists or cultural contexts
  • HL  students must also talk about how the selected works influenced their own art

2.  Discuss What Connections or Comparisons You See

For each of the three works, tell me why you are selecting it, and how you can see it will connect or compare with your other selected works.  We need to see if you have something to say about the work. 

3.  Secure images of these Three Artworks

In the same Comparative Essay Folder, put copies of the three images you want to use.  Try to get clear, well cropped/trimmed images that are large, but with no file size larger than 1 MB.  Anything larger will cause editing issues later.

4.  Secure Three Valid Resources

In the same PowerPoint you made above, I want you to identify at least three valid resources that you can use to help write your Comparative Essay.  These resources need to be properly cited, and I will check their authenticity.

You already have at your disposal our textbook, and two different online resources:  smarthistory.org and kahnacademy.org.  Depending on who or what you want to use, I may be able to help provide additional sources.  Wikipedia is an ok place to start, but it should never be your sole choice.  Sometimes Wikipedia can help lead you to a fantastic resource.  Electronic citations must be page specific to the artwork.

Your resources need to be fully cited.  Use the same format (MLA, Chicago, whatever) that you had to use for your EE.  If you are unsure, these two websites can help quite a bit with getting proper citations (and you can also bug me for help):

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

http://www.easybib.com/

Assignment Recap:

  1. Select three artworks and identify them in a PowerPoint, in the Comparative Essay folder
  2. Tell me why these works were selected, and how you see them comparing or contrasting with each other.
  3. Secure images of these three works and put them in the Comparative Essay folder
  4. Fully and properly cite three resources in the same PowerPoint

This is a formative grade and it is due Monday 9/30, by 11 pm.

 

 

 

 

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IB The Comparative Essay

What The Comparative Essay Is

  • A written comparison of artworks (a PowerPoint Presentation)
  • Compares at least 3 different artworks
  • These artworks must come from at least 2 different artists or cultural contexts
  • HL adds on a component where the student talks about how the selected works influenced their own art

Format

  • the essay should be created as a PowerPoint or Word document (or its equivalent).  Once all editing is done, we will convert the file over to a PDF for submission.
  • Should be a combination of text and images.
  • Can include diagrams, charts, or any other form of visual aid.

Subject

  • the essay is to discuss at least 3 artworks by at least 2 different artists from different cultural contexts.
  • Different cultural contexts can mean different cultures (European vs. Asian), different art periods (Rococo vs. Pop Art), or different living or economic backgrounds (urban vs. rural).  You are looking to select art from diverse settings.
  • Largely structured as a compare-and-contrast discussion
  • You are trying to make connections between the works
  • HL must also make connections between the chosen artworks and their own Exhibition artwork
  • You are encouraged to select at least one work where you have encountered it in person, but this is not required (think field trip)

Parts of the Essay

Your comparative essay (presentation) is largely structured like a critique.  Below are the different parts/criteria that IB will be looking for, when they evaluate and grade your essay.  As you create your essay, check to see that you are addressing each one of these components.

Part  A:  Formal Analysis

  • Elements, Principles, composition, & materials
  • Must be discussed both with text and visual elements (think diagrams and arrows)

Part B:  Interpretation of Function and Purpose

  • How is it used? Why does it exist?
  • Must be discussed both with text and visual elements (thick text boxes or side notes)

Part C:  Evaluation of Cultural Significance

  • How does it reflect the culture which produced it?  How is it important to culture?  Was it influenced by other art?  Did it influence other art?
  • Must be discussed both with text and visual elements (think charts)
  • It is important that you do not pick an obscure work for this… it needs to be a work that matters

Part D:  Making Comparisons and Connections

  • Making comparisons between the works
  • It is sufficient to compare each work with another, you do not have to compare all 3 together at the same time
  • Must be discussed both with text and visual elements (think diagrams, side by side images with text boxes or side notes)

Part E:  Presentation and Specific Language

This is not a part of the essay, but instead an evaluation of the essay as a whole. 

  • good balance of text and images
  • page layout is considered
  • art-appropriate vocabulary
  • legible handwriting (a non-issue for us)
  • works cited

Part F:  Connections to Your Own Art-Making Practices

HL ONLY

  • makes meaningful connections between the selected works and the student’s own exhibition pieces
  • must have photographs of your work, may include diagrams, text boxes, etc.

Suggested Structure for Your Essay

The essay is to be10-15 slides long, +3-5 slides for HL.  By slides, they mean pages in a PowerPoint or PDF.  I recommend the following layout:

  • Background and critique of artwork 1 (2-3 pages in length)
  • Background and critique of artwork 2 (2-3 pages in length)
  • Background and critique of artwork 3 (2-3 pages in length)
  • Comparison of artworks (2-3 pages in length)
  • HL ONLY comparison and connection to exhibition artworks (3-5 pages in length)
  • Works Cited (1 page)

Example Pages

Below are examples of pages from other Comparative Essays which scored high.  Click on the image to see a larger, clearer version.

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Meet Khanacademy.org

For this assignment, I want you to explore Khanacademy.org, an excellent resource and a companion for our textbook.

For this homework assignment, I want you to bump around the khanacademy website and kind of explore what is available to you.  As you do so, I would like you to find answers to the following questions.  All answers should come from the khanacademy site.

  1. Find the video on carving jade within the Global Prehistory section.  In that video clip, what ancient form is being carved, and what is the meaning of that form?
  2. According to the entry in the Global Prehistory section, what is the art historical significance of the Apollo 11 stones?
  3. Use the search function on the website to find “classical orders.”  Tell me what the video on the classical orders is about.
  4. Go through the larger website.  Provide for me a url for a portrait that was made during or after the 1500s.
  5. Go through the larger website.  Provide for me a url that is a video for an archeological/architectural site.
  6. Go through the larger website.  Provide for me a url for a page or video that is about a landscape painting.
  7. Lastly, provide for me a url of something you stumbled across on the khanacademy site that was cool, but was not one of the answers used above.

Provide these answers to me via email:  james.elam@killeenisd.orgThis is a formative grade, due Monday, 9/16, by 11:00 p.m.

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