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How does baca’s collaborative working method relate to the work’s theme or purpose?

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Artemisia Gentileschi, Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pittura), 1638-1639, oil on canvas, Royal Collection, London, UK, Source: Royal Collection
In this module we have considered all of the painting media – encaustic, fresco, tempera, oil, paint, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paints – and we have discussed not only how these media are used but why artists have favored them. One of the most important factors in developing new painting media has always been the desire of artists to represent the world more faithfully. But representation is not the only goal of painting. If we observe Artemesia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting carefully, we see that she is not simply representing the way she looks but also the way she feels.
In her hands, paint becomes an expressive tool. Some painting media – oil paint, watercolor, and acrylics – are better suited to expressive ends than others because they are more fluid or can be manipulated more easily. But the possibilities of painting are as vast as the human imagination itself. In painting, anything is possible.
For instance, in 1976 Judith F. Baca, conceived of a mural, The Great Wall of Los Angeles, that would be more than a mile long. It would be located in the Tujunga Wash of the Los Angeles River, which has been entirely concreted over by developers as Los Angeles grew. The river, as a result, seemed to Baca “a giant scar across the land which served to further divide an already divided city.” She thought of her mural, which would depict the history of the indigenous peoples, immigrant minorities, and women of the area from prehistory to the present, as a healing gesture: “Just as young Chicanos tattoo battle scars on their bodies, The Great Wall of Los Angeles is the tattoo on the scar where the river once ran.” Below is the image of a thirteen foot high section depicting the intersection of four major freeways in the middle of East Los Angeles, the traditional center of Chicano life in the city, freeways that divided the community and weakened it. To the right, for instance, a Mexican woman protests the building of Dodger Stadium, which displaced the traditional Mexican community in Chavez Ravine.
Baca worked on the Great Wall project more as a director and facilitator than a painter. Nearly four hundred inner city youth, many of them recruited through the juvenile justice system from rival gangs, did the actual painting and design. They represented, in real terms, the divided city itself. “The thing about muralism” Baca says, “is that collaboration is required…[The] focus is cooperation.”
Explore the provided sources below and then write an essay in which you describe the Great Wall of Los Angeles while answering the following questions:
Why did Baca choose to work with, acrylic paint as opposed to oil or fresco? Describe the processes of each medium and what makes them different.
How does Baca’s collaborative working method relate to the work’s theme or purpose?
**You will be consulting specific sources to answer the prompts above. Make sure you include in-text citations and a works cited page. Please follow the MLA style when formatting your paper, the in-text citations, and the works cited page. If you have any questions please email me or contact the AB Tech Writing Center.**
The Great Wall of Los Angeles
Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) – The Great Wall of Los Angeles
Play Video
– this link will show you a video of the entire wall
Restoration of the Great Wall of Los Angeles – KCET article
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MLA formatting, in-text citations, and works cited
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Writing Assignment Rubric (20 points)
Content (10 points):
Student clearly and fully answers all aspects of each prompt. (2 pts)
Student demonstrates knowledge about artist and artwork, as well as includes relevant vocabulary successfully. (6 pts)
Student incorporates evidence related to topic, cites sources or references accurately, and includes pictures or links if required. (2 pts)
Critical Thinking (6 points):
Student demonstrates knowledge and understanding of conceptual ideas through visual imagery. (4 pts)
Student draws conclusions based on evidence presented in submission. (2 pts)
Formatting, grammar, and spelling (4 points):
Student formats assignment as an essay with a clear thesis statement. (2 pts)
Student employs appropriate English and uses good sentence structure that reflects college level writing. Submission was proof read with only a couple grammatical or spelling errors. (2 pts)


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