Arts + Society: Visual Arts
Julie D. HicksLBST 1105 H91
704.201.3329 cellSpring 2011By now most of you have done a portfolio or an e-portfolio in one of your Honors classes. As youremember, the key words - collect, select, reﬂect, project - deﬁne a portfolio.During the semester you have
the following: written assignments, artifacts fromgalleries, things like gallery cards and tickets, photos that you take, and such.From this collection you will
t ﬁve written responses, as many artifacts and photos as youcare to include, and an artistic/visual creation that connects to each of your ﬁve written responses.You will
when making the selection of your ﬁve pieces, considering the written responsesthat are most signiﬁcant to your understanding of art this semester. From this reﬂection you will
new ways of thinking about the art you have seen this semester and how you viewyourself in the interactive process of art.How will you know which pieces to select? This is a personal decision. Perhaps you will select aresponse that was an Aha! moment for you, when you really connected with a speciﬁc piece of art.Perhaps you will select a response about the McColl Center because of the personal connectionwith the artists in residence. Or maybe the Bechtler Museum will open your eyes so you ﬁnally“get” modern art. In addition to the discussion of your artifacts you will also consider several otherthings in this holistic look at your semester. The completed reﬂective essay will include thefollowing:Part One- What is your personal deﬁnition of art?- What role do you think art plays within a culture?- Discuss the signiﬁcance of the ﬁve selected written responses.- Offer some insights on your artistic creations and how they connect to the responses.- Has your perception of art and your ability to understand it changed this semester? ExplainPart TwoConsider how culture shapes art and how art shapes culture by choosing an artistic medium withwhich you are familiar and discuss the cultural meanings that can be expressed in this mediumand the human signiﬁcance those expressions have. Your discussion should either take the formof a compare/contrast analysis of two different forms of artistic/cultural expression or the evolutionof a given form over time. Your response should demonstrate your grasp of the terms andconcepts appropriate for analyzing the artistic forms you choose to describe and should give atleast two examples of how "art" shapes, reﬂects, or critiques its society. Finally, your responseshould also address how different individuals and cultures might approach the examples youchoose from perspectives shaped by issues such as race, gender, age, socio-economic status,etc.