Eyes to See Final Critical Essay
HU-AR 101-G Art Appreciation, Central Christian College of KS
“He who can no longer pause to wonder and
stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”
Premise: In the book of Ezekiel 12: 2, God speaks to Ezekiel saying, “Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.” It is possible to go through out entire lives and truly not “see” or “hear” the true beauty that surrounds us. Since the beginning of time, God has perpetuated men and women who can see. Who can hear. They invite us to join them through the power of art, as expressed through various mediums: painting, photography, digital arts, decorative arts, sculpture, architecture, etc.
For example, in Week Three, micro-sculptor, Willard Wigan, shares the compelling story of the traumatic experience he had during his childhood. While skipping school and hiding in a shed, his eyes were opened to the “smaller things in life.” He noticed. From that challenge, he rose to do something that would call hundreds after him to see the “smaller things in life.”
If choosing Willard Wigan for your critical analysis paper, your thesis might be:
“Micro-sculptor, Willard Wigan, built his entire life’s calling around a seemingly insurmountable childhood challenge. As a result, he began to notice the smaller things in life. With his mother’s words ringing in his ears, he picked himself up, rose above the defeating words of an elementary school teacher, and became an internationally known micro-sculpture, whose artistry astounds.”
First and foremost, from Week One, have “eyes to see and ears to hear.” Be on the lookout for an artist or piece of artwork (photography, painting, decorative art, architecture, or anything mentioned in our text) that strikes and peaks your interest. You say, “I want to know more about this.” Something will draw you in. Begin researching immediately. Take notes.
Critical Analysis Paper: HU-AR 101-G has introduced countless artists and art pieces. Choose (1) artist or (1) piece of artwork and write a critical analysis:
1. Introduce the artist or artwork.
2. Develop a strong, compelling thesis, comprised of three strong points about the subject. Think outside the box.
3. Do proper research. Click on LIBRARY link and follow the directions to obtain resources and information.
4. Utilize Dr. Dean Kroeker’s “Undergraduate Writing Guide: Writing Tools for the Adult Student” (6th edition). Follow the guidelines for APA formatting.
5. Constantly check DOC SHARING and LIVE for resources. I post every resource you will possibly need to format your research paper properly. Check!
6. Write your research paper according to the rubric given:
a. APA format: cover page, abstract, body, references
b. Body of paper: 3 pages
7. Create a Power Point presentation for the class based on your paper (maximum slides: 10). This is your opportunity to express your creativity and imagination.
Complete the Eyes to See Critical Analysis paper
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Not to exceed 3 pages (not including the required cover page and reference)
Times or Times New Roman, 12 pt.
Double. No extra double space between paragraphs please.
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