The first is a written document that discusses your chosen topic. The particulars of what should be included in that written document appear below. The second is a visual presentation of the chosen topic. The particulars of what should be included in that presentation appear below..
Final Project Assignment Document:
You are to prepare TWO elements for a final project.
The first is a written document that discusses your chosen topic. The particulars of what should
be included in that written document appear below.
The second is a visual presentation of the chosen topic. The particulars of what should be
included in that presentation appear below.
This is an ongoing project that you should begin to research and explore in Week 1 of our
semester. We will have two check in points during the semester (Week 3 and Week 5) before the
final week in which you will submit your final project and we will do a classroom critique. A list
of due dates appears at the end of this document.
General Assignment Overview:
The goal is to create a project that reveals an understanding of the role of art in shaping
understanding of, response to, or contextualization of a major socio-political event. Keep in mind
that you can focus on how art was used as a catalyst to elicit positive or negative responses to an
event or moment in time. Your focus can be social, political, economic, etc., but it must be
anchored in events of the last 120 years. Your final project should carefully consider scholarly
tone, reasons for including/excluding certain images, the type of information you communicate
to the viewer, and the ways in which you communicate to the viewer. This project is
simultaneously designed to be a sharing of information and a rhetorical project designed to
attempt to move your audience intellectually from one position to another.
The written portion of the assignment is to be a 5-7 page paper that introduces the topic and the
chosen images. This paper must address the following questions or issues:
• What is it about this topic that makes it relevant for the discussion?
• In what way(s) do the images individually and as a collective whole respond to the topic?
Is there a particular style that is employed or avoided? Why? What sort of images are
shown? Abstract images? Graphic images? Pretty images? Why?
• How did artists and their works help to construct, deconstruct, reclaim, define, or
otherwise impact the topic?
• What sort of impact did the images have on the viewing public? Were there changes in
policies that you can discuss? Practices? Attitudes?
The visual portion of the project is to be something that can be shared with the class via Canvas.
It could take various forms but needs to include the images discussed in your paper and provide
some contextual understanding for how those images fit together and achieve the goals of your
project. This could take the form of:
• A powerpoint presentation (or other presentation software that can be viewed by
• A video “lecture” of the material – including the images in some way
• A creative “walk through” of a virtual gallery or museum
• Your own creative interpretation of the images or topic in your chosen media (paint,
drawing, computer art, graphic design).
During the final week of class, these projects will be available for your classmates to view and
provide feedback in a “critique” format. So, the projects should be submitted to the course for
your classmates to see by August 16th and all final versions must be in by no later than August
Week 3: Friday, July 24th: Submission of proposal for project with at least 2-3 sample images.
Week 5: Friday, August 7th: Live check in and/or Progress Report
Week 6: Sunday, August 16th: Submit the Visual Portion to Canvas for Peer Review
Week 7: August 17-20th: Final Project Visual Presentations Peer Review
Week 7: Thursday, August 20th: Final Due Date for Written and Visual Projects