The Comparative Study is an independent critical and contextual investigation that explores artworks, objects and artifacts from differing cultural contexts. It constitutes 20% of the final mark. It is basically a comparative, analytic investigation that strikes a balance between visual and written with no prescribed format.
The CS must examine and compare at least 3 artworks. At least 2 of the artworks need to be by different artists from different cultures. The work for comparison should come from contrasting contexts (local, national, international and/or intercultural).
In my class, we begin our CS during year one. We choose our artists and develop our investigation screens (formal analysis, function and purpose, culture and conceptual, similarities and differences.) We choose artists/artworks that inspire us, so during our second year, when we focus more strongly on making art, we are able to use our artworks to reflect on the artist’s inspirations in all facets of our artmaking (creating our HL reflective screens)
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