VIRTUAL Museum Visit Aesthetic Experience

Research Essay Worksheet

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1.   The student will be able to identify elements of style in various forms of western and/or non-western human creative expression.

2.   The student will be able to apply a basic vocabulary essential for communicating concepts in the humanities disciplines.

3.   The student will be able to identify how forms of Western and Non-Western human creative expressions reflect the human condition.

4.   The student will be able to compare and contrast enduring contributions of individual artists, thinkers, and writers.

5.   The student will be able to develop critical analysis skills in reference to works of human creative expression.

GRADING

See the assessment rubric attached to the Aesthetic Experience and Research Essay dropbox folder.

MATERIALS

Use all of the online module resources, your textbook, additional research sources, and the Visual Art Vocabulary and Principles at the end of this document to guide your writing.

INSTRUCTIONS

For this assignment you VIRTUALLY attend an art museum ONLINE and select a piece of art to do research on and write about. Then you will compare it to an artwork from our textbook and complete this worksheet.

  1. Choose an art museum LINK from the approved list in My Courses. Be sure your selected Art meets the following criteria:
  2. The museum you attend/view must be an art museum, not a science museum or a children's museum.
  3. Try to upload a digital photograph of the Art. In any case, provide the url for the Art.
  4. If you experience difficulty finding an art museum near your location, contact your instructor (not applicable during CV-19 Crisis)
  5. Virtually visit your chosen art museum, and select a work of art. Suggestions:
  6. The work can be a painting, sculpture, photograph, mixed media, or any other medium exhibited in the museum.
  7. You may wish to take a copy of this worksheet with you (or keep the document open for the Virtual Visit) to the museum (website) in order to more carefully select a work of art.
  8. Complete the “Essay Header” section in the designated space provided below.
  9. Complete the “Art Work Information” section in the designated space provided below.
  10. Complete the 3 Essay Prompts in the “Aesthetic Experience Research Essay” section in the designated space provided below. Respond to the prompts using the following guidelines:
  11. Use full sentences and paragraphs in your responses.
  12. Use and incorporate relevant and genre-specific vocabulary for each prompt. Definitions of relevant vocabulary are provided at the end of this document, in the online module resources, and in your textbook.
  13. Find at least one additional research source on your selected work of art and incorporate it into your research essay
  14. Your completed essay responses should be a total of at least 600 words (at least 200 words per response).
  15. Submit your completed Museum Visit Aesthetic Experience Worksheet to the Aesthetic Experience Research Essay dropbox folder.

AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE RESEARCH ESSAY

Prompt 1

Using the space provided below, analyze the work of art in at least two fully developed paragraphs with at least 200 words using the following guidelines:

  • Identify the most significant art principles that were used in the work of art, using at least three relevant and genre-specific vocabulary words, clearly describing how the artist used them. Provide a minimum of three specific, descriptive details to support the use of each selected art principle.
  • Select two adjectives describing the overall mood of the piece (stay away from vague terms such as amazing, awesome, excellent, etc.). Give a minimum of two specific/descriptive details to support your claims.

Prompt 2

Using the space provided below, further analyze the work of art in at least two fully developed paragraphs with at least 200 words using the following guidelines:

  • Describe the main social, historical, and cultural contexts of the work? Refer to your responses in the “Art Work Information” section above.
  • Describe the primary purpose of the art work.
  • Describe the main artistic statement.
  • Describe how the work reflects the human condition, or how it communicates as a “human, creative expression.”
  • Use and cite at least one research source beyond the textbook in this section.

Prompt 3

Using the space provided below, compare the work of art with another work of art from your textbook in at least two fully developed paragraphs with at least 200 words using the following guidelines:

  • Select and identify another work of art from your textbook that is similar to the work of art that you selected from the museum. In most cases, the works of art in your textbook are considered masterpieces.
  • Explain three qualities that the work from the museum shares with the work from the textbook, with specific examples to support your argument.
  • Based on your comparison, explain whether or not the work of art from the museum is a masterpiece or might become a masterpiece, using specific examples to support your decision.
  • Use and cite at least one research source beyond the textbook in this section.

Visual Art Vocabulary and Principles

Virtual (online) Art Museum Visit Options

During the current pandemic you will not be able to attend a museum, so this assignment will NOW be an online experience. This is the approved list of online museum resources to complete this assignment. Select ONE online museum and then select a specific Art Work to analyze for your Research Essay. Be sure to include the url for the art work in the essay.

Approved Virtual (online) Visits to Select a Work of Art for the

Aesthetic Experience Research Essay

Visit the British Museum

https://www.britishmuseum.org/

Explore this African Art Collection from the Smithsonian.

https://africa.si.edu/collections/start

See this Native American Collection from the Smithsonian.

https://americanindian.si.edu/explore/collections

Explore these collections at the Louvre Museum.

https://www.louvre.fr/en/departements

Visit these collections at the Uffizi Museum.

https://www.uffizi.it/en/the-uffizi

Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art

https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection

Visit the collections at the National Gallery of Art

https://www.nga.gov/collection.html

Explore French Museums

http://parismuseescollections.paris.fr/en

Explore the Museums of the Vatican

http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei.html

Explore the Farnsworth Museum

 http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org/

They have a nice collection of Wyeth’s and are very accessible.

Museums in the Tampa Bay area:

Links for other Approved Museums (do NOT use the Museum of Natural History as it does not have art).

https://www.top10.com/virtual-museum-tours