DUE Tuesday, September, 24

Dr. Dena Elisabeth Eber


To build your understanding and vocabulary of abstract art, especially animations. This exercise will prepare you for your visual poetry assignment.


Watch the segments of video by Jon McCormack and Oscar Fleischinger. The clips are both short clips of longer animations. You will find them stored on the "R" drive in the Student-> Abstract folder.

After viewing both clips, choose one or both to analyze. Write an "essay" with the following four sections, elaborating on the elements listed under each section. Back up your answers with examples from the animation(s).

Essay must be typed, in hard copy, and stapled. You will loose points for not following these directions.

I. Visual analysis:

1. Describe the compositional elements a. Analyze the lines, are they straight or curved?
b. Describe the visual movement; horizontal, vertical or diagonal and where the emphasis is.
c. Explain the visual hierarchy, or where your eyes go first and what follows.
2. Describe the color contras
a. Expand on the emphasis of analogous or matching colors?
b. Expand on the use of complimentary colors.
c. Talk about value and the contrast between light and dark.
3. Describe the use of space
a. Is the space shallow or deep
b. How does the artist lead your eye through the work and what is the point of view?
c. Explain how the space is cluttered or minimal
d. Is the space used in an active and aggressive way or is it meditative and passive. Explain
e. Is the space fragmented and non­continuous or is it continuous, smooth space
II. Temporal analysis (Time)
1. Describe the editing
a. What is the nature of transitions and cutss.
b. What are the camera attributes, including angle, field of view, and distance.
c. What is the shot length and pacing of edits?
d. Talk about the timing of elements (speed).
2. Describe anticipation
a. What is the relationship between the shots and how does one shot relate to the next
III. Sound analysis
1. Describe if and how the sound drives the animation.
2. Does the sound enhance or compliment the animation? If so, how?
3. Does the sound give us more information, like voice-overs? Is that information necessary?
4. Does the sound contradict the animation?

IV. Bring it all together, overall analysis:

Does the piece bring all the above elements together to create an overall meaning, feeling, emotion, effect, concept, or mood? Explain how.