This week you will begin working on your Art Appreciation Project by selecting your topic and creating an outline. Please see the Course Project Overview for a comprehensive view of the entire project, which also includes an annotated bibliography and a presentation.
To get started, you will choose an artist or work of art that you enjoy. It does not have to be in our textbook. Here are a few examples of topics students have chosen in the past.
Tattoos as art (focus on a particular tattoo style or tattoo artist)
Comic books and graphic novels as art (focus on a particular artist or character)
Something more traditional: Greek sculpture, the Egyptian Pyramids, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Picasso
Abstract or nonrepresentational art forms; for example, Jackson Pollock
Jewelry, fashion design, everyday objects as art
Automotive design (a certain car model such as a 1965 Mustang)
An unjustly overlooked artist who should be in our textbook, but isn’t
Outlaw artists (graffiti artists such as Banksy)
Medieval armor and weaponry
A work of art or artist who changed the world
Please ask your professor for guidance if you are unsure about your topic choice. Your topic must be based on a tangible form of art that can be seen. Please do not choose topics in literature, history, music, or philosophy.
This week you will begin your research presentation project by creating an outline. Please follow this template.
Title of your Presentation: An example is Body Art Really Is Art.
Thesis: This is the main point you wish to make. An example is the following: Although some may dismiss tattoos or even condemn them, a closer look reveals that they are worthy of respect as an art form.
Subject: This is the artist or work(s) of art you will focus on. An example is the following: This presentation will focus on the style of tattoos practiced by the Maoris, the indigenous inhabitants of New Zealand.
Scope of Research: What do you already know? What do you want to find out? An example is the following: I know that the Maoris have practiced tattoo art for hundreds of years. I would like to understand the meaning of the tattoo styles. I am interested in knowing how the Maori tattoo style has influenced tattoos in other cultures. I would also like to know how the Maori feel about the cultural appropriation of their tattoo styles by people from outside the Maori culture.
Scholarly Source: Find one reputable source from the DeVry University Library related to your topic and provide the reference. Tell us in your own words briefly what it is about and how it will be useful to you. For an example, see the Assignment Connection in this week’s lesson.