Create a work of art utilizing the creative process

timer Asked: Apr 15th, 2014

Question description

This project is about the process of making art. Goal: Create a work of art utilizing the creative process. The total project is worth up to 20 possible points. It includes 4 steps:

1) Research a self-developed topic, 2) State the goals of the topic and personal connection that are to be expressed in your original work of art, 3) Create/problem solve, and 4) Present and critically analyze the resulting artwork.

Project Description:

1. Develop a topic on any subject that you consider important for yourself or that you have strong personal opinions about.  In developing the topic, you must seek out multiple points of view and perspectives, opinions and critical analysis on the chosen topic that arise from comprehensive research and discovery.

2. Write a paragraph of at least a half-page ( 200 words) on the project topic. Explain why this topic is important to you.  You need to connect your research to the work of art that you intend to produce, which will visually represent your unique and well-articulated artist’s statement.

3.  Create a work of art utilizing any art form/medium you feel comfortable working within.  As the project is underway, document the stages of development through photographic images taken at the inception, the mid-point, and the conclusion of your art creating process.  You three resulting images are to document the progression of the artistic creation.

4.  Write a well-organized and insightful paragraph that is a self-reflection on the completed artwork.  This statement should be a half-page in length ( 200 words).  Critically assess for yourself if the artwork turned out as you had visualized in your artistic statement prior to the creation of the piece.  Feel free to include the opinions and comments made by an associate(s) as to what they took away from their perception of the artwork.

5. In conclusion, the submitted project should include your well-articulated one page essay that includes your artist’s statement (not less than 200 words) and a personal self-assessment (not less than 200 words) as to how the project meet your artistic and topical goals.  You will also submit to the appropriate online assignment drop box your 3 progression images.

Please review "A Short Guide to Writing About Art" Chapter5Preview the documentView in a new window and Chapter6Preview the documentView in a new window by S. Barnet to learn how to write this essay.

Do not turn in your essay until you have satisfied each of these expectations:

-Your essay was composed using the typeface "Times New Roman", type size 12.

-You have carefully proofread your text for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors.

-Your essay is in Word doc or PDF file format.

-Each of your 3 images has been saved in JPG image file format and the size of each file is not larger than 400 KB.


 Chicago Style Resources:

- You have carefully reviewed the Assessment Rubrics (please see below)

Please verify your file submission after sending it up to the system.

Project was not submitted by the due date, wrong project was submitted,

 project was plagiarized - 0 points



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Above Proficient

Research a Subject Matter: 5 possible points

Student will choose a topic for a work of art. The topic should be driven by a strongly held belief, generated by some personal cultural, political or spiritual belief to be defined by each student individually.  To develop background material for the creative aspect of this project, the student is to research an idea and gather materials.

1-2 points: Utilizes limited sources to understand the subject matter:

Insufficient materials gathered to illustrate a personal point of view regarding the subject matter.

3-4 points: Utilizes multiple and sources to ground an understanding of the subject matter.

The student gathered a sufficient amount of materials ( 1-2 sources) to illustrate a personal point of view on the subject matter, which indirectly expresses a political, cultural, or spiritual belief.

5 points: Utilizes multiple and innovative sources to ground a multi-faceted understanding of the subject matter.

The student gathered materials from 2-3 diverse sources (print, hand-made, digital etc) to illustrate a personal belief regarding the subject matter, which directly expresses a political, cultural, or spiritual belief.

Identify a personal connection to the subject matter: 5 possible points

Student will write a half-page  personal statement about what work of art they intend to produce and as to the emotional, personal and thematic ideas behind the evolution of the artwork.  This is to be their “artist’s statement”.

1-2 points: Personal interest is conveyed

A personal point of view was not well articulated.  Connections between the research materials and the artistic statement were not fully evident.  Use of grammar, spelling and sentence structure is weak or poorly executed in the artist’s statement.

3-4 points: Personal connection is described and established

The student demonstrated an ability to describe their point of view in an articulate manner. The student was able to express a concept/idea behind their work that goes more in depth than simply saying “I like it” or “I think this issue is cool”, etc.

Was the student able to connect their research to the conception of a work of art based on multiple sources of research meant to articulate their own unique artist’s statement?

5 points: Personal connection is fully developed, purposeful and detailed 

A personal point of view was fully articulated and purposeful connections were made between the various written/visual materials researched along with a detailed description of the proposed creative work to be produced.

Create a unique work of art that demonstrates a concept: 5 points possible

The student creates a visual representation of what was articulated in their point-of-view paper, which can be any artform: a collage or photo-essay, a painting or multi-media artwork, etc. Student takes photo in the early stage of the artwork, middle stage and the completed artwork.

1-2 points:

The artwork confirms the subject matter without transforming it through process and problem solving.

4-3 points:

The artwork suggests a general concept that depicts the subject matter through process and problem solving.

5 points:

The artwork conveys an established concept that transforms the subject matter through process and problem solving.

Document the work and reflect/self assess: 5 points possible

Student submits a 1-page paper and 3 images. Student submits an artwork accompanied by a point-of-view paper and photographic record of the creative process.  The student photographs or scans their creative work in the jpg file format.  A self-assessment document outlines how the student feels they did on the piece, reflecting on their work in the doc or pdf file format.

1-2 points:

Appropriate documentation and project requirements were not met and submitted and the self-assessment was disjointed and vague, or simply not submitted. 

3-4 points:

Appropriate documentation submitted and self-assessment was well organized, and descriptive.

Jpg image files of the completed work were saved in the proper format and file size.  Images were submitted along with a personal reflection and critical assessment on the completed artwork.

5 points:

Image file of the completed work was saved in the proper format and file size and was submitted along with a well-organized, meaningful and insightful reflection on the completed work (half-page in length).

Regarding the self reflections:

-Did the work turn out as you had visualized in your statement prior to creating the piece?

The student could interview other individuals about the completed work, commenting on what others said about the completed piece.

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