The purpose of this assignment is for students to identify and communicate common humanistic themes in relation to the visual arts.
The student may choose to focus on one artist or architect, one artistic movement, or one cultural period. The paper will discuss at least one work of visual art and how it fits into the artistic works, approaches, or styles of other work during the same time period, as well as how the work differs from its contemporaries. The textbook can serve as a source for details included in the paper, but additional sources will likely be needed. All sources must be cited in the text and included in the works cited page of the paper using MLA eighth edition guidelines.
The paper includes an essay and a works cited page(s). The essay is a minimum of 750 words (which is about 3-4 pages when typed and double spaced). You will need to make sure your essay contains at least 750 words. To do this, check your word count in Microsoft Word (click on the Review tab, click on Word Count in the toolbar). Try not to exceed 1,500 words for this assignment. NOTE: This word count does not include the works cited page(s), which you will need to include as you cite sources.
PAPER FORMAT AND STRUCTURE
The paper will be typed, double spaced, and formatted according to MLA eighth edition guidelines. The paper will include an essay and works cited page(s). The essay will have an introduction and thesis statement; body paragraphs with transitions, topic sentences, and supporting details; and, a conclusion. The essay will include intext citations of information sources. Following the essay will be a works cited page(s) that lists all cited sources. All sources from which you took specific facts, names, dates, direct quotations, or other particular information for your discussion must be cited in the text and included in the works cited page of the paper.
The paper will be expository in nature, requiring the student to examine an idea, critically analyze and evaluate evidence, and present an organized, focused discussion on the idea and evidence in a clear and concise way. Therefore, students are encouraged to select a topic that is of interest to them, bearing in mind that this assignment requires that the paper includes a discussion of at least one work of visual art. For example, students can select a piece of sculpture, architecture, painting, animation, an artist, a visual arts movement, visual arts techniques, or visual arts during a certain time period.
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