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COMPARATIVE STUDY CHECKLIST

_____ At Least 2 Artists _____ At least 3 Artworks _____ At Least 2 Cultural Origins

Formal Analysis
REQUIREMENT ART 1 ART 2 ART 3
Elements of art and principles of design
Materials, techniques and processes
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Function and Purpose


REQUIREMENT ART 1 ART 2 ART 3
Context of the creation of artwork
The artist intention and the artworks purpose
Significant signs, symbols, motifs
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Cultural Significance
REQUIREMENT ART 1 ART 2 ART 3
Social, political and historical significance of the artwork
Original and contemporary audiences
Importance of materials and concepts in the artwork
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Comparisons and Connections


REQUIREMENT ART 1 ART 2 ART 3
Critical analysis of connections, similarities and differences between
the selected artworks
Connections are logical and coherent
Thorough understanding of how the artworks compare
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QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
Visual Arts in Context
_____ What are the social, historical, political and intellectual contexts of each of the works
explored?
_____ How do the artworks reflect aspects of the world in which they were created?
_____ What experiences of the world does the audience bring to their interpretation and
appreciation of the artworks?
_____ Which critical methodologies are most appropriate to analyze, interpret and evaluate
artworks?
_____ How has exploring these contexts influenced the students’ own art-making?

Visual Arts Methods


_____ What media, processes and techniques have been used in each of the artworks?
_____ What aspects of the processes and techniques are conventional or innovative?
_____ How have formal qualities, such as the elements and principals of design, been used and
to what effect (or affect)?
_____ What motifs, signs and symbols have been used in the works and what do these
communicate to the audience?
_____ How are the artworks evaluated?
_____ How have the artists’ methodologies influenced the students’ own art-making?

Communicating Visual Arts


_____ What methods of organization and presentation most effectively communicate
knowledge and understanding?
_____ How can visual organizers and graphics be used to convey information more effectively
than words alone?
_____ Who is the audience for the comparative study? What prior understandings can be
assumed?