Step 1: Research
Conduct a search on the art of Jacob Lawrence on the Smithsonian American Art Museum website (see link below). Review all of Lawrence’s works and read his biographical material. Then, choose one painting or drawing you would like to focus on for this assignment. All Essay assignments in this course require that you include at least one relevant, properly captioned and cited image file in your document.
Step 2: Writing
First, summarize Jacob Lawrence’s works, style, and inspirations in a thesis statement. Next, in approximately 400 words, identify one major painting, drawing, or print by Jacob Lawrence and discuss the work’s visual characteristics using the DICP method explained in your Writing Skills Development portion of Module 1. (DICP stands for Descriiption, Iconography, Context, and Point of View.) Incorporate Module 1’s key vocabulary and terminology, especially regarding how Lawrence used the elements of art and principles of design in his art. Then, in another approximately 400 words, explain how Jacob Lawrence’s works tell personal stories about the era in which he lived. Base your summary on information you have found from the recommended sites as well as those you’ve found on your own. How did the political and social climate of the time in which he worked affect his subjects and the manner in which he designed, composed, and painted them? Finally, conclude by explaining what you first thought of Lawrence’s art and how your opinion was altered by what your research and newly discovered historical, cultural, and compositional contexts revealed.
Recommended Research Sources:
The Smithsonian American Museum of Art
Revisiting the Great Migration through Paintings and Poetry
The Library of Congress Prints and Photos Collection or similar timeline information source
Basic Information for All Essay Submissions:
Create a “Works Cited” section that lists your 3+ scholarly sources in MLA Style format at the end of your paper. Be sure you have properly cited any direct quotes you use in support of your own writing. For help with MLA Style citations, visit the suggested links in the Art Research Guide or look here in this course under Content > Syllabus > Research.
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