Reading Each Other’s Visual Rhetoric Artifacts

You will get an artifact. Then you have 5 minutes to answer the next question or set of questions in the list based on that particular artifact. Please write as specifically and legibly as you are able.

1. With no input from the person whose artifact you are looking at, what is it? Why do you think the student thought it was important enough to bring to class?

2. What can you say about this artifact using the elements of design: line, shape, color, texture, space, symmetry?

3. What can you say about this artifact using the principles of design: repetition, emphasis, balance, unity, contrast?

4. What can you say about this artifact regarding the elements of content: subject matter, ideas in the work, intention of the artist?

5. What can you say about this artifact regarding symbols, symbolism, cultural associations, and metaphor(s) produced?

6. Repeat # 5 for new object.

7. What can you say about this artifact using composition: focus, pose, placement, background, lighting?

8. Who is the target audience for this work? Why do you think that is the target audience?

9. Of Aristotle’s three appeals (ethos, pathos, logos), which do you think is the most important for this artifact? What in or about the artifact makes you think that?

10. Repeat # 9.

11. Suppose that the creator of the artifact said that they had intended this to be a “wholly new and different work.” What kind of things/ideas/uses do you see invented in or for this work?

12. What about this work makes it stick in a person’s memory?

13. Discuss the style of this work. (Style can be defined as form, appearance, or character.)

14. Look at the words and/or numbers (if there are any) and discuss what they say, how they say them, and what they appear to mean.
If there are no words and/or numbers, why do you think they were not used?

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