Creating a PowerPoint Presentation
Your project will be based on your analysis of an original work of art. You can choose any paintings, sculptures, decorative objects, pieces of furniture or stained glass windows, etc. exhibited in any of the museums listed below, so long as they were created sometime between Prehistory and the Gothic period. (Since this project is designed to compare/contrast two works of art, BOTH of your selections must come from within the scope of our class. Feel free to ask me if you are unsure of your selections. Ensure you are fully identifying your artworks (by artist, title, date, medium, current location, cultural origin, dimensions, and style). If you cannot make an in-person visit to a museum, you may select works of art from a museum’s online collection. Once again, the foremost requirement is that the work(s) belong to a style, movement, or time period covered in ART 101.
You may choose any application to create your presentation, but it must be in the format of a slide show and saved as a .ppt or .pptx file. Your presentation must include both images and bullet points to explain your artwork. Your project must include a minimum of 500 words of text (not including the title page and any applicable footnotes/bibliography).
1) To start, you will create a slide presentation of at least 10 slides. Using PowerPoint, or another application of your choice, you will then arrange your images and informational points. This is an observational project. Your observations should be illuminated by the material from class. Outside research is not required. If you would like to include outside research, you are welcome to do so, but it must be properly credited. Please use the MLA style for all citations/bibliographic information. Failing to properly credit quoted, paraphrased or borrowed material puts your work at risk of being misconstrued as plagiarized. See here for guidance on citing sources: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/.
2) A *typical* project will spend the first 5 slides (or more) describing the form and content of an artwork chosen from a museum featured on the preceding page. (Remember, this work of art MUST come from within the scope of our course, Prehistory through the Gothic period.) You should discuss your work in detail using at least 5 terms learned in class (i.e. sculpture in the round, complementary colors, iconography, etc.) and possibly providing some background about the artist (but not more than 1 slide). You should address how the form and content are interacting (i.e. does the artist’s choice of medium enhance or detract from the narrative/subject or the message they are sending to the viewer?) Remember the form includes such factors as size, shape and placement of the work’s formal and compositional elements. The content includes the narrative or story that is conveyed in the artwork; in other words, a work’s content is its subject matter.
3) The rest of the project should be spent comparing/contrasting the object to at least one other work that we discussed in class. In the next 5 slides (or more), you should talk about how the works are similar and/or different. If you decide to do outside research you may want to talk about the work’s significance or the social/cultural context that influenced its creation. How is the work a political statement or how does it show an innovative style, for example. Feel free to compare your work to more than one other artwork or to show photographs or diagrams that help to illustrate your points.
I suggest the following organization:
Slide 1: Title slide
Slide 2: An image of your selected artwork (with artist, title, date, location)
Slide 3: Bullet points describing your artwork
Slide 4: More bullet points describing your artwork
Slide 5: Image of a detail(s)of your artwork
Slide 6: Bullet points describing that detail and its significance
Slide 7: Image of your comparison artwork from class
Slide 8: Bullet points describing the comparison
Slide 9: More bullet points describing the comparison
Slide 10: Other images (different views of your artwork or other comparisons)
Slide 11: Bullet points summarizing your major ideas
Slide 12: Footnotes/Works Cited
At least 5 slides should include bullet points of the most important aspects of your analysis. Feel free to include close-ups and details of the artworks to help explain your points.
In your bullet points, do not copy any sentences or parts of sentences from any publication or website from the museum’s label or audio guide. If you decide to include anyone else’s ideas or words, limit it to a few words and add a footnote or endnote at the end of the presentation (final slide). Again, if you do not include footnotes you are committing plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense. In most cases, plagiarism will result in failure of the assignment and, possibly, the course.