Line Direction

Elements of Design

Written Compositional Analysis

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Find and make a color photocopy of one of the following paintings. Write four to SlX

(d°“b1e’5P3CâšÂ¬d) typed pages about its compositional makeup and what makes it a

successful composition. Discuss the artist’s strategy for directing your eye across the

picture plane in terms of value, texture, line, shape, and color.

Name title of painting, artist, and date painted

Should include: Introduction

Body- line, shape, value, color, texture,


List source§j_i_t_‘_a†ny)_ _o_rih separate page.

Paintings to consider:

Arrangement in blac & gray (Whist1er’s Mother) by James Whistler

Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth

The Third of May 1808 by Goya

The raft of the Medusa by Gericault

Sunday afiernoon on the Island of La Grande J atte by Seurat

Les Demoiselles d’ Avignon by Picasso

La Vie by Picasso

Oath of Horatii by David

5 American Gothic by Grant Wood

K The Scream by Edvard Munch

The Starry Night by Van Gogh

Garden at Sainte-adresse by Claude Monet

Supper in Emmaus by Caravaggio

Lamentation by Giotto

The Virgin of the rocks by Leonardo Da Vinci

The persistence of memory by Salvador Dali

Grande Odalisque by 1118195

Madame X by John Singer Sargeant

Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth

Freedom fi’om want by Norman Rockwell

Death of Socrates by D3V‘_d

The Piano Lesson by Matisse

The Wedding Dance by Bruegel

Lavender Mist by Jaclmon Pollaclt

The Ambassadors by Hans Holbem

Nighthawks by Edward H°PP°‘

Stag at Sharkeys by George Bellows