Activity 5.1: Movements Chart
For this assignment, you will explore movements in art by examining the context within which each movement occurred and integrating prior learning about formal elements to identify stylistic features. This is a research activity that you will complete in a chart format so that you are finding the same information for each movement you select. This will prepare you for the next part (the assignment due Sunday), where you will use some of your research to develop a presentation.
You will use the following template for this assignment:
Select three (3) of the following periods to research:
- De Stijl
- Ashcan School
- Social Realism
- Abstract Expressionism
Complete the Movements Chart for the three movements you selected. The chart includes the following categories:
- Movement: Identify the movement you selected.
- Time Period: Identify the general time period of the movement.
- Style: Identify at least 3 specific formal qualities or techniques of the movement. Revisit Weeks 1 & 2 — elements of art and principles of design.
- Subjects & Themes: Identify common subjects or themes explored by artists in this movement.
- Artists: Identify at least 3 artists who were part of this movement.
- Artwork examples: Identify 3 artworks from this period (one from each of the artists you identified).
- Context: Note significant events or developments (or something that happened prior to the period) that influenced the movement — either by theme or style or some other aspect. Here you are looking at historical, socio-cultural, political, or scientific context. Review your text for examples.
- Sources: Provide links for at least 1 reliable source for each movement (for a total of 3 sources). You may need to conduct research beyond the single source to complete this assignment. Note all resources used. Space has been provided for additional resources. Feel free to use any of the optional resources listed for this week as they pertain to the movements you select.
- How to check reliability: You will need to locate the author and determine if the author is an expert on the topic (will likely have an advanced degree in art history or a related area). If no author is discernible or the author is not reliable, locate a different source. The library is a good place to find reliable sources. Reliable resources include museum websites or university websites. Khan Academy and Lumen Learning have many useful web pages on art.
The chart contains an example (Neoclassicism). Feel free to remove the example and shift the column widths for more space.
Use your own words to demonstrate your understanding of the movement. Do not use quotes.
Tips for Success
While you do not need to use complete sentences, be as thorough as possible. Going beyond the minimum requirements will better prepare you for the next assignment.
Writing and Submission Requirements
- Length: varies
- Sources cited in APA format — minimum of 3 reliable sources (at least 1 source for each movement)
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