GLAZING & COLOR: Artist Investigation Paper

Investigating Three Artists:  John Singer Sargent, Wayne Thiebaud & one more . . .
Due:   Sept 28, 2019                      11:59 pm                                 25 points
NOTE CHANGES:   This is a shorter paper, 2 1/2 to 3 pages.  Respond to the two required artists as before, one full page apiece.   Then give a short response (a paragraph) to the third “your choice” artist.   Attach visual examples for all three at the end of the written paper. 

Our current studio focus is on glazing, the method of developing a painting in transparent layers.  We’re interested in glazing as a way to create color that is rich and luminous–and a painting that has history and depth.  In this paper, you will investigate three artists who are in love with glazed color–sometimes in a quiet way, sometimes bold. 
Many of these artists work(ed) in a range of painting and drawing media.  Look at it all!  Then, for our purposes, please concentrate on their watercolors.  Within the watercolor paintings, focus on their reliance on glazing and their enjoyment of color.
Three Artists: start with the provided links, then explore beyond . . . 
1) John Singer Sargent
For a general tour of his watercolors, see this 2017 Dulwich Picture Gallery video:
John Singer Sargent’s Watercolours: An artist’s view with Lachlan Goudie
For another take on Sargent, a 2018 Painting Demo with Gary Tucker  Advancing with Watercolor: In The Masters Footsteps “Boboli Gardens”

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2) Wayne Thiebaud
For an introduction to Thiebaud, see this 2018 Morgan Library and Museum video.  All examples are works on paper, and often, watercolors. (Links to an external site.)
3) Plus one more . . . choose from this list
Winslow Homer                                                                                      Christine Misencik Bunn 
William Trost Richards                                                                        Ted Nuttall                 
Cass Gilbert (architect who painted watercolors)             Sean Barrett              

Research the artists, look at their work, note how they describe (or art historians/critics describe) their artmaking process.  Try not to confuse an artist’s style with their perspective on art.  You may dislike the work and yet be intrigued/inspired by their insights. 
For each artist, select an artwork that demonstrates their approach to color glazing.  In your discussion, refer to the image and support your ideas with specific examples.  
Attach images of the artwork examples at the end of the paper (in addition to your written discussion).  There will be three artwork examples, one per artist.
See formatting guidelines (below) for information on how to lay out the paper, how to label artwork examples, and how to cite sources.

Required!  For each artist, discuss the following 3 questions:
How does the artist expand upon our current interest in glazing and color?  
How is the glazing approach handled, how is it given importance in the work?
What effect does glazing have on the finished work? (descriptive/expressive impact) 
Choices!  Respond to any of these questions or make up your own: 
How did this artist expand your ideas about glazing?  about color? 
What does it make you want to try in your own work? 
What’s important to the artist?  What are they in love with/obsessed with/curious about?  
What’s a quote from the artist that struck you as interesting and why?  
An artist hopes to bring some kind of meaning to the work–something for the viewer to experience and respond to.  What response does the artwork bring up for you? 
What do you like or dislike about the work?  Why?
Formatting Guidelines

The paper will consist of a heading, a body of discussion, one to two pages of artwork examples, and source citations.
HEADING is to be single-spaced and take up no more than 4 lines of the page.


BODY, or written discussion, is to be 2 1/2  pages to 3 pages. The written text is to be double-spaced with 1” margins.   
IN ADDITION to the 2 1/2 to 3  written pages, attach one or two pages with an example of each artist’s artwork.  Refer to the images to support your ideas.  Label image with artist, title, year, materials (watercolor on paper, for example) and the source (the museum or artist’s website, for example). You may not be given all of this info, include as much as you can.
Painting examples must be large enough to show detail.  Images must be one-third of a page or bigger.
If you summarize, use quotes or state facts, cite the source as follows:  Author, Date, Book/Journal Title or Name of Site. (Oregon Art Beat 2005, Season 6, Episode 19, for example).  You can also use a link:  Author, Date, Title, Retrieved from: cite URL.  

Canvas Assignment Deadline Info

Artist Investigation Papers must be submitted on Canvas to be accepted.  Email attachments will not be graded.
Online assignments are due by 11:59 pm on the deadline date provided. 
The assignment will stay open for a short period past the deadline.  During this time, late assignments may be submitted.  The late penalty will be up to 25% of the total possible.   
Once the assignment is closed, submissions will not be accepted.

Good to Know

Conversational tone is fine, in fact, preferable, to a formal academic (impersonal) report.  Approach this as a response paper, offer personal ideas /opinions and back them up with examples.
Respect intellectual/creative property: give credit to the artist or author.  Cite your source.
Avoid ”filler” biographical info.  If interesting, give it a brief mention.  Avoid lingering on where they went to high school or lists of exhibitions and awards.     
Focus on the questions and examine the artwork.  That’ll fill your pages, easy.


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