art position writing assignmentspring 2020

Please the follow the description.

For your first writing assignment, select one of the statements/quotes listed below and use

the thought as a “point of entry” to develop your opinion or position. Select one work of art

seen in class or the class textbook that you like/dislike and write your response. Be sure to

compose/weave your thoughts around an analysis of the selected work of art. Feel free to

use any writing style you are comfortable with. The hard copy of your paper is due to me no

later than Thursday, February 20. You may turn the hard copy of your paper in earlier! If you

are in my Art 472/672 or Art 434 classes, you may combine the two papers by adding just one

additional page (3 pages instead of 2). Please list on your paper by your name that you are in

another of my classes so I will be sure to recognize that your submission will count for both!

This first opinion/position paper should be 2 pages in length (typed, double-spaced, and

stapled please). Be sure to talk with me if you have any questions. I hope you enjoy this first

writing assignment! As always, I look forward to reading your thoughts on the era of time we

have covered from the Colonial Era in painting and architecture. Please do not attach your

paper to my email or WebCampus!

“It is a pleasing reflection that I shall stand amongst the first of artists that shall have led the

country (America) to the knowledge and cultivation of the fine arts, happy in the pleasing

reflection that they will one day shine with a lustre not inferior to what they have done in

Greece or Rome in my native country.” (John Singleton Copley, letter to Henry Pelham (late18thor early 19thcentury)

“It is really a pleasant consideration that the palm of painting still rests in America, and is, in

all probability, destined to remain with us.” (Samuel F. B Morse, letter, 1814)

“In other countries art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and

feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is

indistinguishable from any other businessman. (Sinclair Lewis,Babbitt, 1922)

“Not until it is realized that originality never follows from this attitude of assimilation and

refinement (of European styles) can we become innovators.” (Andrew Dasburg,

The Arts,1923)

“We first survey the plot, then draw the model,And when we see the figure of the house,Then must we rate the cost of the erection,Which if we find outweighs ability,What do we then but draw anew the modelIn fewer offices, or at least desist To build at all?” (William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2, ca. 1597)