answered: Medlock – Art Exp Refl Paper 1 Art Experience Reflection Paper It is time to visit an art m

Medlock – Art Exp Refl Paper 1

Art Experience Reflection Paper

It is time to visit an art museum! If we were meeting in person,
this would be an in-person visit*, & most major cities have an art
museum; for our online class, the visit can be a virtual tour! You
will virtually visit a visual art museum to view exhibits & reflect
on 1. the overall experience as well as 2. a focused experience
with one work of art. Your visit must be from this current
semester (do not write about a previous visit prior to this course
unless you want to re-visit a museum you have been to in person

GUIDELINES: tips & how to get started
1. Plan your tour: research what museums / galleries you have

available; use the list provided (you can go off-listing if you
check with the instructor). is fine to
use IF you tour an actual art museum: google lets you streetview through several art museums
around the world! – this does NOT include one of their articles about artworks).

2. Link to main official list:

3. View the entire museum exhibit(s) – permanent collection &/or temporary exhibits. Describe this.
4. Choose one work of art to focus your essay about. Follow the DAIJ format (explained below).
5. Resources as keys to success!: 1. Follow the Content Structure below to write your paper. 2. Read

the rubric to see how it will be graded. 3. Look at the supplemental file “Art Crit Step-by-Step” for a
lengthy detailed approach of what to include if you like hints & prompts (if this is overwhelming,
don’t use it; it’s meant to walk people through details they might not have considered).

6. Format: Write a 1000-1200 word count paper (about 2-4p). The paper should be typed, double-
spaced, using a clear professional 12-point font. Your name, date, & paper title should be at the
top, page numbers at the bottom, word count at the end.

7. Edit the final draft carefully. Use spell check & grammar check, also re-read (aloud is best) your
work carefully to check for mistakes; a peer review is wise: ask someone to read your paper. Please
do not use contractions (like “don’t”) in an academic paper, & keep your tone formal not casual.
Avoid “I think / I belive” and just state your case and support it. Keep your own personal tone and
be creative, but not casual. Research and cite your sources (see above).

8. Submit this, titled Essay-Name.pdf to the appropriate Dropbox folder under Assignments in D2L; as
usual, late papers will have points deducted.

9. Write in your own words, using the art criticism format below (DAIJ: Describe, Analyze, Interpret,
Judge), based on your own experience, educated from what you learned in class. Plagiarism is not
tolerated, simply write in your own words & cite your sources for quotes & research.

10. Photos: include 1+ (screenshot or download, copy/paste, & cite your photo source – your own
photo, web link, etc.), mention your photos in your writing to make connections.

*BONUS OPP: if you are able to visit an art museum in person for this assignment, upload in the Dropbox
Bonus folder 4+ photos (where permitted in the museum) including one of your ticket, & include
yourself in some of the photos at the museum. Up to 30 additional points. If you are in the Nashville
area, the Frist or Cheekwood are great options. Frist has some free nights for students; check websites
for info on prices, times, parking, covid policies, etc. These museums have world-famous exhibits.

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CONTENT STRUCTURE: (modified from Prof Alana Taylor, Alabama State University)

Listed below are summaries of expected content each section. See the “Art Crit Step-by-Step” file for
detailed instructions on what to look for in each section if you like helps, hints, prompts. You do not
have to address every single point; that is a comprehensive guide recommended to follow.

I. INTRODUCTION: In one paragraph describe your overall visit to the museum (who, what, where,
when, why, observations – walk the reader into your experience).

! What is this paper about?
! Where did you attend an exhibit? (if online – state that & include the source)
! When did you attend this exhibit? (might also include dates of temporary exhibits if useful)
! Why did you choose this museum/gallery?
! Whom did you go with (if online, this might still apply)

< Choose an artwork to critique >

II. BODY: 4 parts of Art Criticism: DAIJ (Describe, Analyze, Interpret, Judge) on the artwork you choose.

1. DESCRIBE: In the 2nd paragraph (the 1st step of DAIJ) describe the artist & artwork. Most of these
things are included in the label near the artwork.

! Title of the work
! Name of the artist
! Date of the work (if provided)
! Subject matter (what the artwork is about)

! Style (realistic, representational, abstract, nonobjective)
! Medium (category, i.e., drawing, print, painting, sculpture, ceramics, etc.)
! Medium (materials, i.e., pencil, charcoal, oil paint, acrylic paint, clay, wood, metal)
! Dimension (two-dimensional or three-dimensional
! Size (height, width, depth)
! Format (shape)

2. ANALYZE: In the 3rd paragraph (the 2nd step of DAIJ) analyze how the Elements of Art & Principles of
Design are used.
! Identify & describe the most dominant Elements of Art that make up the composition. (You might

mention obvious ones that are not used if helpful.) Line / Shape / Form / Color / Texture / Value
! Identify & describe which Principles of Design are used to arrange the Elements in the composition.

(You might mention ones that are not used.) Emphasis / Movement / Balance / Contrast / Rhythm /
Unity. Describe how unity is achieved in the composition.

3. INTERPRET: In the 4th paragraph (the 3rd step of DAIJ) interpret the historically understood meaning of
this artwork (you will need some historic/cultural context from research; such as major concepts &
social influence) AND your own interpretation.

! Is there any social / historical / geographical context to this artwork & / or the artist. (What is going
on in this artist’s world, & is s/he responding to it?)

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! What do you think is the message the artist is trying to convey to the viewer?
! What is the theme of the artwork?
! What do you think is the purpose of the artwork?
! Is it possible this artwork has been mis/interpreted in one way & you have a new concept?

4. JUDGE: In the 5th paragraph (the 4th step of DAIJ) make a judgment (evaluate) whether or not you like
this artwork & why or why not. (Notice this is at the end, now with an educated opinion.)

! Why did you choose this artwork?
! Is your initial impression of this artwork different after spending time with it & describing, analyzing,

& interpreting it?
! What do you think about the artwork? Why?
! What is the value you find in the artwork? Why?
! Would you want this artwork in your home (would you want to live with it?) Why?
! Does it communicate a valuable or beneficial idea, feeling, or principle for the viewer? Why?
! What is your rating of the craftsmanship of the work, i.e., do you think the artist used the materials

! What information can you use from your description, analysis & interpretation to support your ideas

& opinions?

III. CONCLUSION: In the 6th & final brief paragraph, conclude; summarize & wrap up your reflection on
the art experience.

! Summary
! Observations (what did you notice, surprises, senses, interesting discoveries)
! Help the reader to want to visit this museum & see this artwork.

WORKS CITED: cite your references for research & images.

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Rubric: _____/100 pts



Summarizes basic overview of the
material to be covered, & the experience.

Helps the reader experience the museum
as if in person; inspires the reader to go
to this (or an) art exhibit. Sets the
context for the following paragraphs
about one particular work of art.

Excellent / Good / Fair / Poor

10 < – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – ->0


Includes: Title; Artist; Medium;
Materials; Dimensions; Style; Subject
Matter; Size; Format

Helps the reader “see” the artwork;
describes 8-9 specific details. Gives an
accurate & complete description of what
the art work depicts. The reader is able to
visualize the work as though actually
viewing it. Uses 6-7 appropriate art terms;
Does not include A, I, or J.

Excellent / Good / Fair / Poor

12 < – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – ->0


Identifies & discusses how several
Elements of Art are used to create the
artwork. Identifies & discusses several
Principles of Design used to arrange the
composition. Analysis is accurate,
thorough & provides appropriate
examples from the work to support each
identified & discussed. Exceptional use of
art terms. Does not include D, I, or J.

Excellent / Good / Fair / Poor

12 < – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – ->0


Clearly expresses thoughts & opinions
about the artwork (researched & personal
based on describing & analyzing).
Excellent & well thought out articulation
of the meaning, theme, purpose of the
work based on careful observation &
analysis of the work. Formulates
reasonable hypotheses about symbolic or
metaphorical meaning. Provides specific,
accurate examples from the artwork to
support opinions, ideas & hypotheses.
Researched context for historical meaning
& possible misinterpreations. Includes
personal meaning. Exceptional use of art
terms. Does not include D, A, or J.

Excellent / Good / Fair / Poor

12 < – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – ->0

JUDGE Student clearly expresses thoughts &
opinions about the value of artwork that
are well-justified based on the
description, analysis, & interpretation.

Excellent / Good / Fair / Poor

12 < – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – ->0

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Well thought out articulation of the value
of the work. Uses references & examples
from description, analysis &
interpretation convincingly to support
evaluation. Excellent discussion of
craftsmanship & creativity. Exceptional
use of art terms. Does not include D, A, or


Summarizes what we just read giving a
polished completion to the reflection on
the art experience.

Excellent / Good / Fair / Poor

10 < – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – ->0


WORKS CITED Academic use of research with references
included (either footnotes or endnotes, or
referenced throughout) with Works Cited
/ Bibliography at the end

Excellent / Good / Fair / Poor

10 < – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – ->0


Title, page #, word count, photo: all
requirements are included as given in the
format guidelines above. Professionally
presented. Style is your choice, but must
be consistent & academic.

Excellent / Good / Fair / Poor

10 < – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – ->0


Professional / academic writing: well-
organized, engaging to read. Sentences
are consistently strong with varied
structures; Strongly academic in tone;
Language is clear & precise. Uses
appropriate vocabulary; few / no errors
in spelling, subject-verb agreement,
contractions, & punctuation.

Excellent / Good / Fair / Poor

12 < – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – ->0

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