Research Paper (Brief Overview):
The Research Paper challenges you to analyze art from the opposite direction as did the Museum Paper (Selecting individual artworks & analyzing the composition and process to determine the artist’s intent). The Research Paper begins by contemplating larger themes in art, as presented in Section 5 “Themes in Art; Seeing Continuity and Change Over Time”. Selecting two artworks within one theme, research the artist or genre to compare or contrast how the artworks function within this theme. Then analyze the composition to describe how the artist employs the formal elements of design to communicate the concept or theme.
Step 1, Proposal of Selected Artworks: Review Part 5 of your textbook (8th ed.; Chapters 21-27) which is dedicated to various themes explored in works of art and architecture over a variety of cultures throughout history. Select a chapter / theme that intrigues you and contains artwork that you find visually engaging. Read the chapter to grasp the theme and concept. Select 2 artworks* from different sections of the same chapter to research and compare.
Proposal: Create a cover page for your research paper that contains the following information
*(oil on canvas, etching on paper, marble sculpture, assemblage with wood and flowers)
Step 2, Library Research, Source Material: On April 4 & 6 we will meet in the library. Our Reference Librarian will introduce you to scholarly resource sites containing professional articles that will provide the basis for your research paper.
Bibliography: Four (or more) professional sources of information from the following sources.
Books: Include Title, Author, Publisher, Date, pages referenced.
Scholarly Web Sources: Title, Author, Online Publisher, Database
Other Web Sources: Title, Author, Online Source, Copy & Paste Link
Step 3, Research Paper: After studying the textbook chapters and your selected source materials, begin to compile the information into the body of your paper. The paper should be 3 full pages, PLUS the cover page and bibliography. Be sure to include all sections of information
Format: Word doc, docx, pdf, standard margins, double spaced and 12pt type. Upload through canvas by deadline.
Cover Page: Include your proposal page as the cover page for this paper.
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Historical Research and Thematic Comparison. Your research should culminate in one full page or more of written information.
Section 3 : Analyze how the Formal Elements communicate the theme this should culminate in one full page or more of written information including all of the following
Bibliography: Include your Bibliography on a separate page or document.
Plagiarism will result in zero points for the sections in which is appears, or zero points for the entire paper if it appears in more than one section.
Quotation: Less than 20% of your paper should be quotes. 80% or more in your own words.
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