Your Art Find will be a very hands-on assignment. You will record yourselves talking/discussing a piece of art either on location or via voice over . Your presentation is worth 100 points.
Step 1: Find a piece of art. It can be from a museum, public art, or street art (murals, stencil art but not letters aka graffiti). The art can be two or three – dimensional.
Step 2: Record yourself talking about the art. Discuss what is so special about the piece to you. You must provide a visual analysis utilizing the Principles of Design and items from the Visual Toolbox. If the artwork is 3-dimension, discuss sculptural terminology. Use terminology that applies to the type of artwork you have chosen. If you are able to provide some information about the artist, do so. Don’t forget to tell me where the artwork is located. Also, be sure to include good shots of the artwork that you are discussing.
Remember that this is not a grade school style book report. Avoid making the entirely about where the artist was born, who they married, the name of their dog or cat, etc. In addition, avoid plagiarizing art historical information. If you are using anyone else’s words, YOU MUST CITE THE SOURCE. So in the case of this presentation, you must say “according to so and so, they said that this portrait’s colours represent the anguish the artist felt towards the relationship with the person depicted on the canvas”. Things look/sound suspicious when all of the sudden you become posh art historians. Cite your sources.
In addition, you must discuss an original artwork. NO REPRODUCTIONS. I will not accept a presentation about a poster (reproduction) of a Van Gogh painting that hangs in your living room unless it is a REAL Van Gogh, for example. Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” is a popular artwork used for this project. Unless you went to Santa Maria delle Grazie, where it resides, saw it first hand, and used you own images for your presentation, then you can use it. The reproduction in your local church will not count.
Step 3: Provide me with a link that will enable me to see your presentation. The length of your presentation should be a minimum of 45 seconds, although I’m sure going over will be no problem. Be sure to submit your link in Canvas.My advice would be to use Youtube, Google Drive or any other platform that stores video material to store your presentation.
For additional help in submitting your presentations through Canvas refer to this Assignment Submissions video (Links to an external site.).
Be creative! Have Fun!
Avoid making your presentation a lengthy, super selfie. There have been presentations that show me 2 seconds of the art, and 1 and a half minutes of face shot. Remember, I need to see the art! Pretty faces are always nice, but I can’t grade your pretty face.
You can take a nice pic of the art and do a voice over. That works fine, but avoid doing voice overs while your phone/device is pointed at your computer’s monitor. Using an image from your monitor gives me the impression that you didn’t really go forth and seek art.
If in a museum, be careful. The Timken in Balboa Park will allow photos, and sometimes if it’s empty, they might let you record. The Museum of Art in Balboa Park is sketchy. I have had students get in trouble while recording inside. Pictures are iffy. Ask, before you end up surrounded by security. Be polite, use good judgment.
Remember to provide a live link to your video. Youtube works great, as do other apps. What you need to remember is that I do NOT want to be downloading movie files onto my own laptop. Files that require downloading will not be graded. Also, remember to check your settings on Youtube and Google Drive. Some settings will block my ability to view your video.
In addition, I will NOT accept PowerPoint presentations with audio attachments. These have provided way too much grief with the audio.
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