Representational Images & Objects
Monotheistic (Judaism, Christianity): icons
Polytheistic (Hinduism; Shintoism): nature worship
Abstraction and the Spiritual
Ritual performance: masking, pagents
Non-representational: Islam, Protestantism, Buddhism,
modern abstraction (Kandinsky)
(kiva, garbha graha, shrines, pilgrimage church, Kaaba, missions)
Birth & Youth
Aging and Mortality
The arts of death; memento mori, vanitas
Burial and the Afterlife
The sensual and the spiritual
Hinduism – Kami
Classical mythology – Aphrodite/Venus, Eros/Cupid
Imaging desire (courtship and sexuality)
The Physical Ideal
Constructing Female Identity
Images of fertility; performance art
Construction Male Identity
Challenging Gender Identity
Politics and Prestige
Gender and Power
Ethnicity and Power
Technology and the Arts
Technology and Architecture
Art and the Environment
In this class you will be required to write a research paper on the topic of a particular theme represented in works of art and/or architecture. You will also make a class presentation on the same topic, using a presentation method of your own choice (see Final Presentation description below).
Part 5 of your textbook (8th ed.; Chapters 21-27) is dedicated to various themes explored in works of art and architecture over a variety of cultures throughout history. As a starting place for this assignment, I have outlined these themes, giving greater detail to how they might be addressed (see attached sheet).
Step 1: Browse through these seven chapters in your textbook, looking for works of art and/or architecture that interest you for a research project. From the list that I have provided, identify where your selected topic falls within the outline of themes. Reading that section of your textbook carefully, identifying specific artworks and/or structures that represent that theme.
Step 2: Write a brief proposal for your Research Paper, identifying:
This proposal is due on March 20 (Start II: March 30), and will be returned to you March 22 (Start II: April 4) with approval and suggestions to help you research your topic.
Research: On Monday, March 27 (Start II: April 4), you will begin your research at the library; this session with the Reference Librarian will take place during our regularly scheduled class time. At that time, the librarian and I will help you locate scholarly resources that will allow you to better understand the artworks and structures that fit into your selected theme.
The contents of your paper should include the following:
Your final paper will be a well-written essay, approximately five pages in length (standard font, double-spaced), with at least four to five cited sources.
Cited Sources: No more than one of your sources should be a webpage (that is, something that exists only as a webpage). When using an internet source, remember that it must be legitimate, meaning that it is authored and published by an academic or art institution (look for .edu or .org websites). When published sources are included in your final paper, you must provide proper citation. You may use either MLA style or the Turabian Style. Information on how to use either style is available through the SAC Library website (see http://sacguide.libguides.com/content.php?pid=216001&sid=1796701). Your final paper will be due on April 19 (plus your final presentation proposal). All late papers will lose one-third a letter grade per day they are late.
LAST - Final Presentation:
After completing your paper and turning it in, you will be asked to briefly present its contents to the class sometime during the last week of the semester. The format of your project can range from creating a website on your topic (or some aspect of it), to simply presenting a very brief (5-minute) illustrated lecture using Powerpoint or other presentation software. In whatever manner you decide to present your topic, be sure to show good visual examples of the art and/or architecture. You will be required to give me a Proposal for your final presentation on the day you hand in your completed Research Paper, April 19, letting me know the following:
1) the topic of your presentation (it may be a very brief summary of your
research paper topic, or just one portion of it),
2) how you will make your final presentation (if other than PowerPoint).
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