Principles of Design.

STEP 1: Write the Analysis

Required Content:

  1. Identify and define each of the Principles of Design. Use your textbook for assistance.
  2. Use specific vocabulary from our study, to describe how each principle is used. Include definitions for all vocabulary as well.
  3. Provide specific evidence that can be seen in the painting to support your claims.
  4. Access the sample analysis of Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night by clicking The Principles of Art and Design Sample Analysis.

Required Format:

This is an academic paper to be written in essay form. Conform to the following:

  1. Double-space your essay, type in 12 point font size, and use a traditional font style. Ariel, Calibri, and Times New Roman are good choices.
  2. Provide identifying information in the upper left corner of the first page. Include 1) name of the course, 2) name of the assignment, 3) instructor’s name, 4) your name, and 5) date.
  3. Title your essay. Center it on the first page and capitalize the major words in the title.
  4. Organize your essay to include the following:

a) Introduction: The first paragraph is an introductory paragraph where you will introduce the topic of your paper (thesis) which will be the principles of art and design, the title of the painting, and the name of the artist.

b) Body: The next several paragraphs make up the body of your essay. You may choose to designate one paragraph for each principle. Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence that introduces the principle you will then analyze.

c) Conclusion: The final paragraph of your essay is the conclusion. Here you will remind the reader of your thesis and summarize the major points of your essay previously discussed.

  1. Write the essay in the third person objective. This is not a personal narrative and, therefore, you will not use personal pronouns. Personal pronouns include I, we, me, they, us, he, she…

Do not write: When you and I look at the painting, we see Chagall has created a focal point of emphasis.

Do write: The viewer can see that Chagall has created a focal point of emphasis.

  1. Do not editorialize or use slang.

Do not write: Chagall brilliantly uses position in his arrangement of awesome and amazing shapes and forms to balance his magnificent painting.

Do write: Chagall uses position to create the informal balance in I and the Village.

  1. When using the name of the artist, first introduce him using his full name–Marc Chagall. Each additional reference to the artist should use his last name only–Chagall.

Do not write: This essay will analyze the principles of art and design in the painting I and the Village by Marc Chagall. Marc uses the principles unity, emphasis, balance, rhythm and movement, perspective, and proportion and scale.

Do write: This essay will analyze the principles of art and design in the painting I and the Village by Marc Chagall. Chagall uses the principles unity, emphasis, balance, rhythm and movement, perspective, and proportion and scale.

  1. Italicize (do not underline or bold type) the title of major works of art.

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