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ART 105 Purdue Global Importance in Art – Museum Project

This assignment was designed to prompt you to visit an art museum with a substantial collection of non-Western art in person, and identify the concepts of a medium, context or function, content or subject matter, style and formal elements in actual works of art.

Directions

Please read this “Art Museum Project” page and the “Grading Criteria” page before visiting your museum of choice.

1. Visit an art museum and submit proof of attendance (photo of yourself in front of the museum or a museum sign, scanned brochure or recent schedule of events, dated admission or gift shop receipt). For a list of area museums with non-Western collections, please see the Sources of Museum Visit page below. If you live outside the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Richmond, Baltimore or Norfolk metro area, please contact your instructor for ideas for museum visits, or approval for a virtual visit.

2. Choose three (3) art works that appeal to you. Take notes* on your works at the museum, thinking about the artist’s use of color, form, composition, space, line, materials, size, scale, texture, etc. What ideas are expressed? How do form and content work together? What was/is the work’s function? Be sure to write down all the works’ information provided on the wall label (artist, title, date, etc.). Take a photo of your works if allowed.* You should plan to spend at least 15-20 minutes observing your chosen art works.

*NOTE: Please be aware of proper museum etiquette. Never touch or stand too close to an art work. Some museums will not allow flash photography or photography of any kind, or the use of pens/pencils. Find out what your museum’s policies are when you enter.

3. When you get home from the museum, you will do some research on the works you chose at the museum. See if you can find out more about the works using scholarly resources, including background, when and where the works were created, why they were created, and by or for whom. Other important aspects of the work’s content and context are: What is its importance and meaning? How does it reflect the ideas of the period or culture that produced it? You can formulate a theory about the work, offer an interpretation of it, or compare and contrast it to a work from our textbook. If you cannot find reliable, scholarly information on the specificworks you found at the museum, see if you can find general information on the type of work you found – i.e. Mende masks, Chinese Song period scroll paintings, Indian Rajput miniature paintings, etc. Try to find at least one source per artwork (minimum of 3 sources).

4. You will then write a minimum 3-page paper on the THREE artworks from the museum you visited.

  • Your paper must include proper identification of each of the three artworks (artist if known, title if applicable, date if known, medium, culture or country of origin).
  • Your paper must include a discussion of:
    • the culture/style/movement each work fits into
    • the medium (materials) of the work
    • purpose or function of the work (how it was used by the culture that produced it)
    • a discussion of 2-3 formal elements related to each work you discuss
  • Your paper must also include an introduction and a conclusion, a heading, and proper grammar/spelling/sentence structure. Any sources used in your research must be properly cited. Please use the Art Museum Project Grading Criteria as a checklist as you write your paper to ensure that ALL required information is included in each section of your paper.
  • Include photo or proof of museum visit (Visual Record).
  • Include photos or images of your artworks, if possible.
  • Save your file in a Word format (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) and submit your paper. Please do not use Google Drive or Google Docs – thank you.

Art Museum Project Rubric

Art Museum Project Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAttached Visual Record

20.0 pts

points

Take a photo in front of the museum’s sign or other identifying marker; a scanned copy of a brochure, postcard front and back, or a dated admission fee receipt or gift shop receipt from the museum will also earn full credit. VISUAL RECORD DOES NOT COUNT TOWARD THE 3-PAGE MINIMUM.

0.0 pts

No Marks

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFormat

10.0 pts

points

Paper must be typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, at least 3 pages in length, include a heading with your name, date submitted and the course name and number (ART105 Art in World Culture).

0.0 pts

No Marks

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeStyle

15.0 pts

points

Grammar, spelling and sentence structure must be checked and not impede comprehension. (5 points) Titles of art works must be italicized or underlined (not in quotation marks). Descriptive titles (i.e. Mende female mask) do not need italics or underlining. (5 points) Sources must be cited properly. (5 points) Access the Chicago Manual of Style for citation formatting: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/c… (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

0.0 pts

No Marks

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeContent/body – Introduction

15.0 pts

points

Include name of museum and date of visit. (5 points) Identify a commonality or theme between the works you chose (this could be a similar medium, subject matter, function, culture or country of origin, color, or other formal element, etc.). (10 points)

0.0 pts

No Marks

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTHREE ART WORKS – Work #1

30.0 pts

points

Identify artist if known, title (in italics or underlined) or description, date of work if known, medium, culture or country of origin. (5 points) Describe the content and/or subject matter (describe what you see when you look at the work). (5 points) Identify and describe 2-3 formal elements in the work – color, line, form, composition, etc. (5 points) If the work has a function or purpose, describe how it was used (why it was made). (5 points) Include any information you found in your research on the work. (10 points)

0.0 pts

No Marks

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTHREE ART WORKS – Work #2

30.0 pts

points

Identify artist if known, title (in italics or underlined) or description, date of work if known, medium, culture or country of origin. (5 points) Describe the content and/or subject matter (describe what you see when you look at the work). (5 points) Identify and describe 2-3 formal elements in the work – color, line, form, composition, etc. (5 points) If the work has a function or purpose, describe how it was used (why it was made). (5 points) Include any information you found in your research on the work. (10 points)

0.0 pts

No Marks

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTHREE ART WORKS – Work #3

30.0 pts

points

Identify artist if known, title (in italics or underlined) or description, date of work if known, medium, culture or country of origin. (5 points) Describe the content and/or subject matter (describe what you see when you look at the work). (5 points) Identify and describe 2-3 formal elements in the work – color, line, form, composition, etc. (5 points) If the work has a function or purpose, describe how it was used (why it was made). (5 points) Include any information you found in your research on the work. (10 points)

0.0 pts

No Marks

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConclusion

10.0 pts

points

Give your personal reaction to each of the three works you chose (what appealed to you, why you chose them, etc.) (5 points) Describe how this assignment expanded your appreciation and knowledge of art from non-Western cultures. (5 points)

0.0 pts

No Marks

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePhotos of art works

10.0 pts

points

Include photos of your works within the body or at the end of your paper. If the museum you visited did not allow photography, you can find an image of your work on the museum’s website or the Internet, download and attach to your paper. Label your photos. PHOTOS DO NOT COUNT TOWARD THE 3-PAGE MINIMUM.

0.0 pts

No Marks

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeBibliography

10.0 pts

points

You should have at least three sources in your bibliography (at least one for each work).

0.0 pts

No Marks

10.0 pts

Total Points: 180.0