Assignment: Alternative to the Museum Visitation


Assignment: Alternative to the Museum Visitation If you decide you do not want to go to an Art Museum this summer due to COVID 19, you must choose ONE OPTION from the assignments below instead. Do NOT complete all of them. Essay Directions (Read all directions carefully before you start!) Your essay should follow the guidelines stated under the Written Assignments section of your syllabus. Your paper must be typed in a 10 – 12-point font, double-spaced with margins that are no more than 1 inch. If you don’t have Microsoft Word, save your file as a .txt, .pdf, or .rtf file. Title your document. No matter which of the three options you choose below, your report must be at least 700 words. Please make sure to turn in your own work. Use your own words, not summaries of the descriptions of the artwork listed in the exhibit brochure or displayed with the objects’ titles. See the syllabus link – Academic Dishonesty for more information on paraphrasing and summarizing. This report is an individual project. It should not be done with other students. Any papers that are plagiarized will be turned back to the student and an “F” grade will be given. Upload your paper to the Museum Paper dropbox. Read your originality report. If your paper is above 5% copied (excluding quotes) make the necessary changes before re-submitting it into the dropbox. You can re-submit your paper only up until the due date, so upload early to have enough time to edit your paper if necessary. For more information click: Using the Turnitin drop boxes in Blackboard and understanding originality reports.     1 OPTION ONE- ART: VIRTUAL MUSEUMS Step One: Watch both of these videos on analyzing art: Formal Analysis and Contextual Analysis. Also, view these questions. Step Two: Visit any or all of the online museums listed here. Guggenheim-Bilbao Guggenheim Museum Online Collection Louvre Museum Getty Museum Musee D’Orsay Tate Modern Museum Vatican Museum If you would like to use a different museum, please send the link to the museum for approval to your professor at least a week before the paper is due. Step Three: Choose works of art that represent (4) four of the categories below, one work of art per category. The works of art can come from different museums. Do NOT choose images that are listed in our textbook.   One image of war/violence   One image of love   One image of mythology   One sculpture or art installation   One image of nature   One image of food   One image of happiness   One image of loneliness   One image of friendship   One image of a religious nature   One image of a domestic scene   One images of commerce   One piece of environmental art Step Four: Write a (5) five paragraph essay on the works you have chosen. In the first (4) four paragraphs: First, list the title of the work, artist’s name, year, genre, the museum’s name where the work is located, and a hyperlink to the work you are describing. Follow this with a detailed paragraph that analyzes the work of art both formally and contextually: one paragraph per work of art/category. You may have to do more research online to describe the work contextually. In the fifth paragraph: Discuss your favorite work out of the four and why it is meaningful to you.             2 Option Two – Film: Transformation Step One: Watch both of these videos: Tragedy Lessons from Aristotle: Crash Course Theater and A Character Has 4 Pivotal Moments To Change Step Two: Write a four-paragraph essay about one movie–preferably your favorite–that you watched in which you learned from the transformation the main character (whether the hero or villain). In the first paragraph: Provide the title, date, and director of the film, as well as a brief summary of the film in your own words. In the second paragraph: Choose one character. Describe the character before his/her/their transformation. In the third paragraph: Describe the exact scene or scenes when the character transforms him, her, themselves. Describe the obstacles he/she/they overcome. Is there a recognition or reversal as described by Aristotle? If so, describe. What were the lessons learned by the character? 5. In the fourth paragraph: Does the observer experience a catharsis, as described by Aristotle when watching this film? What can an observer learn about the character and the transformation? Provide examples using scenes in the film. Did the character’s transformation relate to your own life? If so, how? Can you apply any of the lessons learned to your own life? If so, how?     3 OPTION THREE – Music: Doctrine of Ethos Both Plato and Aristotle believed that music should be used in such ways to better oneself, whether it is to build character and promote virtuous behavior (Plato) or by imitating human action for pleasurable or practical ends (Aristotle). Step One: Watch both of these videos: The Greatest Theater and Music and Creativity in Ancient Greece Step Two: Do some more research online on Aristotle and Plato’s ideas about music as briefly discussed above. Step Three: Find a song in which the lyrics portray either or both philosophers’ ideas Step Four: Write a five-paragraph essay on the song you chose. In the first paragraph: Provide the musician’s name, title of song, and genre. Provide the URL to a video or website containing the song with its lyrics. In the second paragraph: Explain how your song leans more toward a Platonian (Plato) or an Aristotelian (Aristotle) type of song. In the third through the fifth paragraphs: Quote specific lyrics from the song to explain how the song inspires one to transform one’s character and behavior to become a better person. You must use part of the lyrics–a minimum of three–to show how the song influences one to become a better person. Each quote must be followed by a full paragraph of detailed explanation. Three quotes; three paragraphs.

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