Assignment 3: Artistic Change in Sculpture During Prehistory

Assignment 3: Artistic Change in Sculpture During Prehistory
Relative to human history, the period covered in this week’s study is long. During this lengthy span of years, not only did people change in appearance, but the way they lived also changed radically. What we have found of their art and architecture also demonstrates an evolution in these areas.

Search for three images of Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, or Iron Age prehistoric sculpture using any of the Web sites listed under Prehistoric Art on the Art History Resources Web site.

View these sculpture pieces carefully. Choose three images that represent three different periods from the four we have studied this week. Capture the images and place them in chronological order, from oldest to newest, in this template. Then, using information from your textbook, lectures, and other appropriate academic sources, provide the following regarding each image:

The title of the work, its location, the materials used to create the work (if known), and the date.
A brief assessment of the physical properties you observe. Describe the types of lines, shapes, colors, and textures (actual and perceived) the artist has used.
An analysis of the formal structure of each piece. How has the artist arranged and organized the artistic elements to create a cohesive composition?
The natural subject of each piece. Based on your textbook reading and Internet research, are there any details that have a symbolic meaning? If so, what?
A five- to seven-sentence paragraph that discusses the cultural context of each work, based on what you have learned through your textbook reading, the online lectures, and Internet research. What do the images tell you about the culture and the people who created them?
List of references, including the specific websites where you found the images.
By Tuesday, March 14, 2017, post your assignment to the W1: Assignment 3 Dropbox.

Name your document:
LastnameFirstInitial_W1_A3.doc.
For example, if your name is John Smith, your report will be named SmithJ_W1_A3.doc

Assignment 3 Grading Criteria
Maximum Points
Provided three appropriate images, arranged chronologically.
10
For each image, contributed adequate discussion of location, medium, tools, and the approximate date of creation.
20
For each image, contributed adequate discussion of physical properties, including types of lines, shapes, colors, and textures used.
20
For each image, contributed a formal structure analysis, including discussion of the arrangement and organization of the artistic elements used to create a cohesive composition.
20
For each image, contributed adequate discussion of the natural subject, including details of symbolic meaning in the image.
20
Wrote a five- to seven-sentence paragraph to discuss the cultural context of each work.
20
Used correct spelling and grammar and cited the source of the images.
10
Total:
120

HUM1001
Art History: Prehistory to the Middle Ages
W1: Assignment 3

Artistic Change in Sculpture During Prehistory
Example 1: Paleolithic

[Insert image 1]
Title:

Location:

Place of origin:

Materials:

Website where you found the picture and the information about the image:

Time period of origin:

Physical properties (lines, shapes, colors, textures):

Analysis of the formal structure:

The natural subject: are there any details that have a symbolic meaning?
What is the cultural context of the work? What do the images tell you about the culture and the people who created them? Please describe in five to seven sentences.

Example 2: Neolithic

[Insert image 2]
Title:

Location:

Place of origin:

Materials:

Website where you found the picture and the information about the image:

Time period of origin:

Physical properties (lines, shapes, colors, textures):

Analysis of the formal structure:

The natural subject: are there any details that have a symbolic meaning?
What is the cultural context of the work? What do the images tell you about the culture and the people who created them? Please describe in five to seven sentences.

Example 3: Bronze Age

[Insert image 3]
Title:

Location:

Place of origin:

Materials:

Website where you found the picture and the information about the image:

Time period of origin:

Physical properties (lines, shapes, colors, textures):

Analysis of the formal structure:

The natural subject: are there any details that have a symbolic meaning?
What is the cultural context of the work? What do the images tell you about the culture and the people who created them? Please describe in five to seven sentences.
Example 4: Iron Age

[Insert image 4]
Title:

Location:

Place of origin:

Materials:

Website where you found the picture and the information about the image:

Time period of origin:

Physical properties (lines, shapes, colors, textures):

Analysis of the formal structure:

The natural subject: are there any details that have a symbolic meaning?
What is the cultural context of the work? What do the images tell you about the culture and the people who created them? Please describe in five to seven sentences.

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