Thoroughly explain the context for the first artwork’s creation, and discuss how understanding the context for the work’s creation helps us to understand the work of art.
In chapter 5 of your textbook, the authors discussed the ways that we look at art to find meaning. Information that we can gather can explain what a work of art means or what the artist might be telling. That information includes the historical, social, personal, political and scientific context in which the artist created the artwork (5.3)
Purpose: This assignment will help you place works of art within the socio-cultural context that existed when an artist was working. It will encourage you to look more closely at the details of a work’s composition for clues about the meaning of the artwork. This assignment will guide you to apply the concepts and vocabulary in the textbook.
Choose two artworks that can be talked about within a socio-cultural context (historical, social, personal, political and/or scientific contexts). Your choices should reflect different contexts from each other for variety. Make sure to identify the work of art by both title and artist, and include a photograph (a screenshot will do) so that students will know what you are writing about. You may choose these artworks from the Your Definition of Art and Modern and Contemporary Artists page in Unit 1, the Drawings and Sculpture: the Structure of Art Discussion PDF in Unit 2, or the Definitions of Art: Definitions and Examples in Unit 2. Do NOT choose artworks from the chapter text in this unit whose contexts have already been explained. Feel free to use those explanations as models, however.
In your first paragraph, thoroughly explain the context for the first artwork’s creation, and discuss how understanding the context for the work’s creation helps us to understand the work of art. Make sure you are specific and discuss this in-depth. Base your discussion on the information in the textbook and additional research.
In your second paragraph, repeat step 2 for your second work of art.
Make sure to utilize the Key Terms (words in bold and defined in the key terms section at the end of the chapter).
Your post should be at least 150 words.
Respond to at least two (2) of your classmates’ posts on their discussion of socio-cultural contexts. Make sure that your response is thoughtful and intended to add to the discussion. Each response should be at least 50 words.