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Artist Profile Project

Artist Profile Project

Criteria Ratings Pts

Artist Details
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40 to >30 pts
Full Marks
Excellent work! Biographical
details about the artist are
comprehensive. Profile
successfully relates history of
artist. Student demonstrates
sufficient effort in completing
30 to >15 pts
Partial Credit
Good effort! Some
biographical details about
the artist are incorrect or
missing. Profile successfully
relates only a portion of the
history of this artist. Student
does not demonstrate
sufficient effort in completing
15 to >0 pts
Partial Credit
Although you have submitted
the assignment, there are
gaps in biographical details
about the artist you selected.
Information is either
incorrect or missing entirely.
The profile omits important
specifics that are required in
the assignment. Student
demonstrates insufficient
effort in completing profile.
0 pts
No Marks

/ 40 pts

No assignment submitted or
the assignment does not
meet expectations or the
artist presented is not on the
Approved Artist list.

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20 to >15 pts
Full Marks
Project is appropriately
formatted and designed. The
manuscript is complete – all
required materials are
present. Each page contains
appropriate information and
attention to detail and
adequate list of sources are
15 to >5 pts
Partial Credit
There are some formatting
problems with your profile
project which may have
affected the way information
was displayed. The
manuscript is missing some
material or has inaccurately
represented some specifics.
One of more pages may not
contain appropriate
information or attention to
detail – or an adequate list of
sources has not been
5 to >0 pts
Partial Credit
The formatting of your
profile project is poorly
accomplished, making it
difficult to identify the
required criteria are present.
The manuscript lacks
considerable material and/or
inaccurately represents basic
details. One of more pages is
missing entirely – or no list of

/ 20 pts

sources has been provided
(or are incomplete citations).
0 pts
No Marks
Formatting does not meet
assignment expectations or
the artist presented is not on
the Approved Artist list.

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20 to >15 pts
Full Marks
Artist’s work is effectively
showcased in images on all
pages. Finished project has
professional finish and
polished appearance.
15 to >5 pts
Partial Credit
Artist’s work is presented in
images on most pages but
there is room for
improvement. Finished
project could be refined and
polished to better meet
assignment expectations.
Recommend review of
sample provided.
5 to >0 pts
Partial Credit
Images of artist’s work are
not present on most pages.
The lack of visual information
is a problem because we are
dealing primarily with visual
mediums. The finished
project lacks the details
presented in the assignment
0 pts
No Marks
Design elements do not meet
assignment expectations or
the artist presented is not on
the Approved Artist list.

/ 20 pts

Artist 20 to >5 pts / 20 pts

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The profile is written about
the artist selected from the
Approved Artist list.
5 to >0 pts
Partial Credit
A profile is submitted but it is
not written on the artist
selected from the Approved
Artist list.
0 pts
No Marks
The profile does not meet
assignment expectations –
the artist presented is not on
the Approved Artist list.

Total 100 points.

So this is the artist.

I need around 2 to 3 pages.

I selected Kara Walker as my artist. Listed below are three potential internet resources I found

about this artist that I’ll explore for information to write my project.

Source #1.

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Source #3.

Many artists exploit irony, satire, parody, the absurd and the grotesque, among other efforts in

an attempt to harness them for artistic purposes. Sometimes, it feels like people looking at art

in galleries or museums is a very serious affair.

But, not all art is that way.

Some is humorous or whimsical, etc. When used to good effect, humor can provide a levelling

sense of relief, the sense that art doesn’t have to be a highbrow challenge. Instead, it can be

fun. Since I believe art should provoke a range of emotions, here’s an opportunity to share an

art piece that you find humorous.

If you’d like to read more about this topic and how it relates to visual arts, HERE

Download HEREis an in-depth article. Enjoy.

1. Share an image of an art piece you find humorous. (please consider other people’s


2. Identify the name of the artist.

3. Identify the title of the artwork.

4. Identify when & where the artwork was created. (sometimes humor is relative to time

and place)

5. Explain your personal, emotional, response to the object – why do you find this

humorous? (it may help someone else understand the context)

(this assignment is worth 15 points)

  • Instructions:

Artists often explore the characteristics that determine our personal and social identity.

They construct a sense of who we are as individuals, as a society, or as a nation. They question

stereotypes and conventions while exploring attributes such as culture. gender, sexuality,

nationality, and heritage.

Performance has long been a popular activity in the art world. This takes many forms – from

the complex time-consuming choreographed ensembles with many performers to single

‘happenings’ inspired on a moment’s notice.

Check out some examples HERE on this MOMA page.

Consider how many intersections exist in your life when it comes to art, identity, and

performance. Choose one and write a reflection incorporating the criteria listed below.

1. Write a detailed description of a performance in which you have personally taken part.

2. Explain what type of preparation was required in order to participate or achieve the

desired result.

3. Share why you wanted to be involved. (why was this important to you?)

(this assignment is worth 15 points)

  • Instructions:

Did you know De Anza College is fortunate to have an on-campus art gallery? It’s true, but

since we cannot visit in person due to the pandemic, let’s take advantage of the opportunity to

view the virtual collection and check out the Student Art Show!

The Student Art Show is an annual event which presents works in sculpture, painting, drawing,

photography, ceramics, printmaking, graphics and mixed media created by De Anza students.

You might already know one of these artists!

1. Visit the virtual gallery and select one of the exhibit items from the Student Art Show.

2. Identify the following information about the item you selected:

– what is the artist’s name?

– what is the medium?

– how would you describe the piece?

– what does the artist say about their own work?

3. Explain your personal, emotional, response to the object – why do you connect with it?

(this assignment is worth 15 points)

  • Instructions:

Art often supports the traditional social and political order, but sometimes art (and artists)

challenge the status quo with new forms or old forms presented in new ways. At times, art

supports new political orders at the expense of challenging old ones. Art has a major role in

human societies with psychological, social, religious, political and educational functions. These

functions can be seen or heard in the art piece, and some forms of art have more than one

function. In this assignment, the student will explore those functions to see how they are

represented in specific pieces of art. Visit one of the approved museums in person – check to

make sure there is an exhibit currently open to the public. Peruse the collection to locate one

object you find the most interesting and write an essay detailing the criteria listed below.

Upload your write-up.

Given the situation with the current public health concern and the fact that many students are

under orders to Shelter-in-Place, I realize that visiting a museum in person is impossible. At this

time I would encourage students to visit any of the museums below virtually (using the

internet) and complete the extra credit remotely. It isn’t the same as seeing the work in person

but we have to work within the constraints we have – and it’s more important to keep people


1. Write a detailed description of the art piece, including the title and artist’s identity.

2. List the object’s form, materials, whether it is realistic or abstract, and its symbolic elements.

3. Describe the function of the object in your own words.

4. Complete an analysis of the connection between the appearance (form, materials,

symbolism) of the object and its function.

5. Explain your personal, emotional, response to the object (why you found it to be so exciting).


Visit any two (2) of these locations:

(50 point options – select up to two museums to visit)

• Cantor Center for the Visual Arts (Links to an external site.)

• San Jose Museum of Art (Links to an external site.)

• San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Links to an external site.)

• Asian Art Museum (Links to an external site.)

• de Young Museum (Links to an external site.)

• Legion of Honor

  • Instructions:

Navigating Art & Visual Culture
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What is Visual Culture?

While we’ve learned about how arts, ideas, and values all reflect and influence each other

in our lives, we’ve really been learning about something called Visual Culture (Links to an

external site.). We’ve spent time looking not only at objects of art and the people who make

them, but also considered how we view art. The field of Visual Culture is focused on the

importance of relationships between makers and viewers – through the lens of art objects. Why

do we care? Because art is central to human existence and if we better understand its intents

and purposes, its interpretations and influences, then it becomes even more meaningful to all


Let’s demonstrate the intersection of art and education and share your artistic ability. It’s time

to put on your artist’s beret and offer up some original work. I know, I can hear you saying,


Really, you can do this. Yes you can. Yeeesssss!

Every single person enjoys some form of creativity. Spend some time thinking in terms of what

you want to share with the class. If you’re the type of person who thinks in words – perhaps a

poem or a brief narrative story would show your creativity? Maybe you practice photography –

is there a special photo you want to offer? Do you dance? Sing? Make films? Draw? Juggle?

Paint? Construct? Try something completely new and share your experiment! We’ve explored a

lot of material in recent weeks – now you can take the next step – go, Art-Makers!

The Task:

1. Post an image, a video, or some writing to showcase how you use creativity to connect

to the world – be specific about including perspective on how art and ethics are

associated. This is pretty open-ended so you can explore options. (20pts)

This is easy for some people but terribly challenging for others. It can be a bit scary to

open yourself up and share something you’ve created. Be brave!

2. Comment on at least three (3) of your classmates posts and share what you most

liked, enjoyed, or appreciated about their creativity. (5pts each)

All session long I’ve encouraged you to leave substantive comments on other people’s

posts rather than compliments. Now you get to do the opposite and focus on being

purely complimentary! Please be kind.

  • Navigating Art & Visual Culture
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