Ashford University WK3 How to Compare and Contrast Art to Teach Art History HW For weeks 2-5, you will select from a list of options divided into the following categories: Create, Remediate, Write, Connect, Historicize, and Discuss. Most categories include more than one option. You only need to complete ONE option per week, but you must work from at least three different categories between weeks 2 and 5. Your professor will want to see varied responses from you across the course. You may want to think ahead as you select the option for this weeks engagement. Please indicate by title and number which HE engagement you completed on your submission. Example: HE2: Option 3, the Ekphrastic Response. In week 6, you will select your three most promising engagements, revise them, and submit as part of your assessment portfolio. For weeks 2-5, you will select from a list of options divided into the following
categories: Create, Remediate, Write, Connect, Historicize, and Discuss. Most
categories include more than one option. You only need to complete ONE option per
week, but you must work from at least three different categories between weeks 2 and
5. Your professor will want to see varied responses from you across the course. You
may want to think ahead as you select the option for this weeks engagement. Please
indicate by title and number which HE engagement you completed on your
submission. Example: HE2: Option 3, the Ekphrastic Response. In week 6, you will
select your three most promising engagements, revise them, and submit as part of your
Your Humanities Engagements should be inspired by the focus of each weeks
Your week 2 HE should demonstrate engagement with sculpture or architecture
Your week 3 HE should demonstrate engagement with painting or photography
Your week 4 HE should demonstrate engagement with literature or music
Your week 5 HE should demonstrate engagement with theatre or dance OR with
film or television
Be sure to read the choices carefully as most of the prompts contain more than one
Note: A text is any site of meaning. A written text, a painting, a photograph, a sculpture,
a dance, a speech, and a building are examples of texts.
Option 1: Stage a photograph. Consider the descriptive, interpretive, and
evaluative criticism included in chapter 11s discussion of photography. Select
and organize elements you would like to include in a photograph in a way that
creates a story or presents a message. See pages 279, 282, or 288 (among
others) in your textbook for a discussion of the importance of images and details
in a photograph. Using any kind of camera, take a few shots of your staging. You
must use a picture you created for this class, not an old one you think merits
analysis. Post a picture of your staged photograph to a document. Write a 1.5-2page essay that explains your process and that explains the interpretative value
of the details of your photograph. Use the terms and information from the
textbook to guide this analysis.
Option 2: Emulate an Artist. Chose a painter or artist whose style and content
you appreciate. Create a painting (cave painting, portrait, illuminated manuscript,
still life, abstract image ) in the style and media of that painter. You need not be
a good painter to do thisjust give it a try. You will learn a lot from trying to
emulate an acclaimed artist. Title your painting and then take a picture of your
painting and post it to a document. Write a 1.5 to 2-page essay that explains
what details of your selected artist you tried to capture (focus on at least four).
Explain how your take on the subject matter compares to the original artists take
on the subject matter. How is your content similar or different? Where specifically
did you succeed in your emulation? Where did you fail? Use the terms and
information from the textbook to guide this analysis.
Option 3: Ekphrastic Response. Write a collection of three poems in response
to a trio of related paintings. You select the three paintings under a commonality
you decide, such as subject matter, use of color, time period or movement. Each
poem must be a minimum of 15 lines and include a link to the visual image that
served as inspiration. The poems must go through at least one revision cycle and
the commentary of an outside reader must be included on a draft of separate
document. Choose a reader who either appreciates poetry or art and who is a
careful reader and can provide you with valuable commentary. The final
assignment should include 1. Links to each visual text used for inspiration, 2. a
first/rough draft of each poem, 3. constructive commentary from an outside
reader on drafts of the poems or as a separate writing, and 4. final and polished
drafts of the poems.
Option 4: Remediate a visual text. By remediation, we mean adapt a wellknown image for a new audience. Come “between the picture and the audience
and adjust it to fit a new exigency (situation or external cause). Recreate (draw,
color, sketch, or paint) a well-known painting or photograph, but change the
content or adapt the subject matter (keeping Jacobus and Martins definitions in
mind) to appeal to a new audience. In your remediation, appeal to a different
culture, audience age, political concern, or time period. Record a talk where you
discuss both the original art and your new art. Show both visual texts to your
audience. You can record with PP, Screencast-O-Matic or any other tool that
allows you to capture images and sound. Discuss the details (focus on at least
four) you have altered and how they adapt the text for a new audience. Has the
subject matter changed and the overall message is the same? Or has the subject
matter remained the same, but youve used it differently to create new
content? Example of a mediated text: See The Last Supper which has been
mediated several times. Here are 50 mediations of The Last Supper. Each
clearly adapts the text for a new audience.
Option 5: Annotated Descriptive Bibliography. Write a six-source (or more)
descriptive annotated bibliography on an artistic school, period, or movement of
painting of photography. You may focus on one topic or your research may
compare two schools. Think of the periods and movements mentioned in your
text and also consider those described in the weeks videos. If the sources you
annotated are very short, you may need to summarize more than six sources.
The annotated bibliography should be formatted according to APA standards.
Each annotation should be a minimum of one well developed paragraph and the
length of the whole project should be a minimum of two pages. Each source
should add new information to your presentation; sources should not repeat the
same information. See this information for what to include in an Annotated
Bibliography and here for a sample of the formatting.
Option 6: Practice Criticism. Using the perception keys in chapters 4 and 11,
choose six to eight prompts to respond to. You may work from all of one chapter
or answer some prompts form each. Each written response should be about a
half page for a total of three pages or written response. If answers are longish,
six questions will due. If answers are on the short side, you will need to answer
up to 8 prompts. Include the page number, title, and item number (P. 69 Flaming
June, number 1) and the exact wording of each prompt you chose to respond to
(copy and paste from your textbook to your document or type the prompt). Each
response should begin with a topic sentence that answers the prompt and the
paragraph response should go on to discuss the topic sentence with specific
references to the texts under discussion. Format paper according to APA
standards and include a reference page for any sources uses.
Option 7: Cultural Insight. Select a painting or photograph that represents an
aspect of a culture that is unfamiliar to you (a few aspects to consider: weddings,
funerals, children, womens roles, mens roles, faith practices, dances, eating
traditions, shelter, medical services, and beauty). Examine the text and discuss
the way it represents a cultures traditions, practices, and habits. Research this
practice and compare how you observe the aspect differently from your cultural
position. For example, funerary rituals vary greatly among cultures. Joseph
Lycetts An Aboriginal Funeral depicts the Aboriginal way of laying the dead to
rest. How does the painting depict an approach to remembering or honoring the
dead differently than what you are accustomed to? Create a presentation
(PowerPoint, Prezi or other presentation software) that includes the following: 1)
The text you will discuss, 2) Information about the texts subject matter, 3) Your
view of the texts content, 3) A chart or diagram comparing the practice or
observation of the aspect in your culture to the culture represented in the visual
text, and 4) a reference page in APA style for all sources used.
Option 8: Research the life. Read about the life of of
a painter or photographer who interests you and make a video presentation that
discusses their life and the social conditions of the time and how the artist
reacted to them in their art. This presentation should be about 4 minutes long
and should contain bibliographical references in APA or Turabian style (either on
a slide at the end or in a separate document). A minimum (but likely more) of two
reliable sources should be used. The biography should cover information from
the artists young formation to his or her adulthood. Focus on events, politics, and
people that helped to shape the creators artistic sensibility. How has this artist
contributed to the development of art during their lifetime? Part of this
presentation should explore how knowledge of the artists life informs
understanding of his or her art. Refer to (and show) at least two specific texts to
discuss this connection.
Option 9: Art through the Ages. Select four paintings or photographs that have
similar subject matter but that are from different time periods or artistic
movements (see video in week 3 on movement and period). Include images of
the four texts in a recorded presentation (PowerPoint, Prezi or other presentation
software). Accompany the images with your discussion of texts in chronological
order, moving from the oldest to the most recent, noting the changes in media
and presentation across time. Discuss the similarities and differences in the texts
and how those points reflect time period, artistic movement, and political climate.
Cite the images and any outside sources you use to discuss the art in a
reference page formatted according to APA standards.
Option 10: Commemorative Art. Select four texts that capture or create key
historical moments–a photograph that captures a starving child
or the death
of an important political figure or a painting that commemorates a royal wedding
or a soldiers return from Vietnam. Create and record a presentation that
presents each of the texts and discusses their significance. Answer questions,
such as how did the image operate? Did it commemorate an event or foment a
reaction to an event? Is the image inspiration or propaganda? How did audiences
react to the images? What about the image profoundly connects an audience to
this moment in history? End your presentation by creating an original piece of art
that you feel reflects your present political, religious, or cultural climate. Your
presentation should include: 1) Images of four commemorative texts, 2) A
discussion of each text, 3) your original historic/commemorative art and your
discussion of this art, and 4) and reference page in APA style for any sources
Option 11: The Art Talk. The art talk is not a formal speech, but rather a more
casual, yet informed, overview of a piece of art you appreciate. Choose a
painting or photograph to discuss. You will use the language of art critique in
your talk. Some terms to consider include setting, purpose, context, ideal,
production or how it as made, technique, contrasts, composition, lines, focus,
formal elements, symbolic elements, and social elements. Also, consider terms
that relate to movement and period, such as gothic, impressionist, classic, and
baroque. Using a program that can record several images of your text and your
voice, discuss the art. Select several images that show your viewer the art from
various angels (close ups, external shot, internal shot, comparison shots).
Include other images that depict the artist or creator and images that show the
cultural, geographic, or historic setting. Total discussion time should be between
4 and 6 minutes. Presentation should include: an introduction to yourself and
your selection, several images of the text, an explanation of why you selected
this piece, a discussion of the historical and cultural context of the text,
information about the creator, and descriptive or evaluative criticism of the text.
Cite your sources in a reference page according to APA style.
Option 12: The Docent Tour. Select a museum, hall, or exhibit that features a
virtual tour that includes painting and photography. Many museums offer virtual
tours. Familiarize yourself with your selected virtual tour. Discover the basic
background of the exhibit: What distinguishes the exhibit from other exhibits?
What are the unifying traits of the texts on display? How long has it been
running? After youve familiarized yourself, use screen capture software to record
your own personal walkthrough and narration. You can include your face in the
video if you chose. Serve as a docent for your audience and provide the
background information about the exhibit. Then, focus in on 3-4 pieces. Perform
descriptive and/or interpretive criticism on 3-4 pieces. Plan what you are going to
say before you recordthe delivery should be smooth and the talk informed. You
may need to do additional research to talk about your selected pieces. If so,
include a references page in APA style. Recording of tour should be 4-6 minutes.
Here are ten museums that offer virtual tours to begin your consideration.
Criteria for grading all HE assignments
Excellent 100 -94 points
Proficient 93- 86 points
Basic 85 78 points
Below Basic 77 and less points
All elements of HE task are met 25%
Critical Engagement with Humanities (evidence of knowledge of genre from
text or research) 25%
Connections to history, faith and culture 25%
Effective written and oral communication 25%
Rubric Total Score
400 on this rubric = 75 points in the point column/ Your conversion =
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