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Final Project: Outline

Final Outline


Topic: Greek Humanism used in today world.

Thesis Statement : In today’s society there’s form of Greek Humanism that display the beauty of humans and show how  humans can be self center of all the attention.



Barkley Hendricks

What’s Going on, 1974 

The artwork refers to the Marvin Gaye song iconic protest song. This image shows black pride and also defined a black liberation program.


      Carolyn Lawrence,  Malcolm X  


  Carolyn Lawrence, Uphold Your Men, 1971 


   Adger Cowans, Shadows, New York 1961 


    Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Man Smoking /Malcolm X)  


These images highlight the people that are in the frame through different artistic form.  Its similar to Greek Humanism highlighting people and making them the main focal point.







Unit 1 Summary


What I learned in unit one was formal analysis and banking model. These are things that have open my mind in the way I see art or how I see certain things in the world, like the education system.  Education or teaching can be viewed as a banking model. The banking model was used by Paulo Freire to describe a system in which students are the depositories and the teachers is the depositor. An example is a teacher tells a student how to do spell, depositing their knowledge onto the student, while the student receives, memorize or deposit the information. It’s similar to the banking of the depositing your money into an atm machine. Paulo Freire argued that this model reinforces a lack of critical thinking and knowledge  of ownership in students, which can turn into oppression.

With Formal analysis I look at art differently. When I look at an art piece I look at the color, lines, scale, model, and the historical context so I can have an understanding of the visual description. Looking at the Titian, Venus of Urbino of 1538 I see a naked woman laying on the bed with a dog that is asleep. In the background that it appears to be a woman on both her knees cleaning while a lady above her, who looks to have some to be giving out demands to the lady cleaning. The color that I see is red, and white which seem to be the main colors. The stroke and lines seem to calm and smooth while the model of the naked woman also seems to be calm and relax. From my understanding this art piece is a wedding gift to a young couple or a gift for a person that was of high class. These are things that I take from this piece using formal analysis.

Formal Analysis

Formal Analysis is interpreting what the artist is trying to say visually  through the color, scale, lines, space and mass. It’s an explanation of visual structure, in which certain visual elements have been arranged and the function within a composition.

 Color has three main characteristics. The hue colors such as red, green, blue, etc. The value, in terms of  how light or dark it is.  And the intensity, how bright or dull it is. Colors can be described as warm colors which are red, yellow or cool (blue, gray), depending on which end of the color spectrum they fall.

Shape and form define objects in space. Shapes have two dimensions, height and width are usually defined by lines. Forms exist in three dimensions, with height, width, and depth. The scale of the piece can also be important as the size of the piece can emphasize or deemphasize certain elements in the piece. These elements of art are components or parts of a work of art that can be isolated and defined. They are the building blocks used to create and analysis a work of art.