Art as Cultural Narrative

Art as Cultural Narrative

Writing Assignment Guidelines
Select two works of art in the textbook
from chapters 4-21
that convey cultural
narratives. Write an essay comparing and contrasting the narrative aspects of the
works. Include the title of each work, the artist who created it, and the page
number on which it
appears in the textbook. Your essay should be at least 750
words (excluding references).
Assessment criteria
In assessing your writing assignment,
we will be looking for evidence that
you
understand and are able to apply the central concepts that are covered in
this
lesson — cultural narratives, visual symbols, and contextual information
about
works of art. The criteria we will use to grade your assignment are:
v
You thoroughly discuss two wor
ks of art from chapters 4-21. Select only
two works of art. Two examples, thoroughly analyzed, will better
demonstrate an understanding of the
concepts covered in the assignment
than a larger number of examples that are superficially discussed.
v
You discuss works from chapters 4-21. Do not select works from chapters
1-3 in
the textbook. We are looking for evidence that you understand the
concepts in this lesson well enough to apply them to new examples.
v
Your essay focuses on the narrative aspects of the works you select. Be
sure to focus on the narrative, contextual, distinctively cultural character of
the stories conveyed by the works
— not just their general observable
themes. In order to analyze their cultural narratives, you will need
background information on
the selected works, beyond what you can see
just by looking.
You should include at least one outside source beyond
your textbook and commentaries to support your discussion.
Just be sure
to cite in MLA style and do not copy someone else’s analysis
word for
word. Stay focused on cultural narratives.
Use background information to
provide a context for analyzing the cultural
narratives conveyed by the
works you select.
v
You compare and contrast the narrative aspects of the selected works. To
compare means to analyze the way the works’ narratives are similar. To
contrast means to analyze the way their narratives are different.
Comparing and contrasting are easiest if you select works of art with this
in mind. For
example, you might select works that are similar in content,
but they come from different cultures or different time periods.
v
You use a
minimum of five vocabulary words
that were introduced in
this lesson. This is the same idea as the previous writing assignment. You
do not have to use every word that appears in bold type in the
commentary and/or textbook, but use
at least five
of the words
to demonstrate that you understand what they mean. For example:
“Nude
Descending a Staircase, No. 2 shocked audiences with its
abstract
qualities”. Put your vocabulary in
bold
text. If you do not
bold
t
he text then
we will not be able to determine which vocabulary you are targeting in
your discussion and you may lose points from your grade. Include a
citation for each work of art you select. Please use MLA style. Include
citations within the text of the essay as well as in a works references page.
Please see the Purdue OWL Handout found in
Canvas
under the
Academic Integrity Folder for information on how to go about doing this
properly.
v
Your essay is at least 750 words and has been checked for spelling and
grammar errors. An essay of
less than 750 words is unlikely to
demonstrate an understanding of the concepts in this lesson. Please
understand that this is a minimum and does not include the reference list
and does not guarantee an A.
Submission of the assignment
Submit your assignment to the drop box (for your grading
team
) for Art as
Cultural Narrative.
If there are technical difficulties prior to submission you may
email the document to your
team leader
, however only in this instance. Emailing
your essay will only prove that you completed it on time, you will still be required
to submit your work to the drop box in order for it to be graded unless you have
been directed
to do
otherwise by your Team Leader
Writing Assignment Guidelines
Select two works of art in the textbook
from chapters 4-21
that convey cultural
narratives. Write an essay comparing and contrasting the narrative aspects of the
works. Include the title of each work, the artist who created it, and the page
number on which it
appears in the textbook. Your essay should be at least 750
words (excluding references).
Assessment criteria
In assessing your writing assignment,
we will be looking for evidence that
you
understand and are able to apply the central concepts that are covered in
this
lesson — cultural narratives, visual symbols, and contextual information
about
works of art. The criteria we will use to grade your assignment are:
v
You thoroughly discuss two wor
ks of art from chapters 4-21. Select only
two works of art. Two examples, thoroughly analyzed, will better
demonstrate an understanding of the
concepts covered in the assignment
than a larger number of examples that are superficially discussed.
v
You discuss works from chapters 4-21. Do not select works from chapters
1-3 in
the textbook. We are looking for evidence that you understand the
concepts in this lesson well enough to apply them to new examples.
v
Your essay focuses on the narrative aspects of the works you select. Be
sure to focus on the narrative, contextual, distinctively cultural character of
the stories conveyed by the works
— not just their general observable
themes. In order to analyze their cultural narratives, you will need
background information on
the selected works, beyond what you can see
just by looking.
You should include at least one outside source beyond
your textbook and commentaries to support your discussion.
Just be sure
to cite in MLA style and do not copy someone else’s analysis
word for
word. Stay focused on cultural narratives.
Use background information to
provide a context for analyzing the cultural
narratives conveyed by the
works you select.
v
You compare and contrast the narrative aspects of the selected works. To
compare means to analyze the way the works’ narratives are similar. To
contrast means to analyze the way their narratives are different.
Comparing and contrasting are easiest if you select works of art with this
in mind. For
example, you might select works that are similar in content,
but they come from different cultures or different time periods.
v
You use a
minimum of five vocabulary words
that were introduced in
this lesson. This is the same idea as the previous writing assignment. You
do not have to use every word that appears in bold type in the
commentary and/or textbook, but use
at least five
of the words
to demonstrate that you understand what they mean. For example:
“Nude
Descending a Staircase, No. 2 shocked audiences with its
abstract
qualities”. Put your vocabulary in
bold
text. If you do not
bold
t
he text then
we will not be able to determine which vocabulary you are targeting in
your discussion and you may lose points from your grade. Include a
citation for each work of art you select. Please use MLA style. Include
citations within the text of the essay as well as in a works references page.
Please see the Purdue OWL Handout found in
Canvas
under the
Academic Integrity Folder for information on how to go about doing this
properly.
v
Your essay is at least 750 words and has been checked for spelling and
grammar errors. An essay of
less than 750 words is unlikely to
demonstrate an understanding of the concepts in this lesson. Please
understand that this is a minimum and does not include the reference list
and does not guarantee an A.
Submission of the assignment
Submit your assignment to the drop box (for your grading
team
) for Art as
Cultural Narrative.
If there are technical difficulties prior to submission you may
email the document to your
team leader
, however only in this instance. Emailing
your essay will only prove that you completed it on time, you will still be required
to submit your work to the drop box in order for it to be graded unless you have
been directed
to do
otherwise by your Team Leader

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