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FAS 202 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric
Overview
The final project for this course is the creation of a comparative art analysis essay.
The advent of postmodernism in the late twentieth century brought with it a skepticism of the cultural artifacts that preceded it. The postmodern artist
understands that art in all forms—visual, literary, musical, performance, and so on—is a manifestation of its period and that these artistic expressions endure and
continue to shape the human experience. The purpose of the final project is to demonstrate an understanding of the function of art in its specific era as well as in
contemporary times, and as an articulation of the social and cultural forces that influence the creative endeavor of the artist.
A primary method in the study of the humanities, a comparative approach, allows us to reflect on a singular element and observe both similarities and
differences. In employing a comparative approach, we begin to ask the questions necessary to come to an understanding of the objects being compared and the
conditions of their creation. We learn that each object is a product of its environment—its social, historical, and cultural climate.
For the final project, you will utilize the comparative approach to study two works of art as conveyors of meaning, capable of shaping cultural identity and our
historical understanding. Your study will focus on how your chosen works deal with their shared theme as a product of their particular time. For the final step of
your analysis, you will select an additional contemporary work from popular culture (visual artifact or social construct) and analyze that work for how it parallels
the relationship between the works you have selected.
The project is divided into two milestones, which will be submitted at different points in the course to scaffold learning and ensure a quality final submission.
These milestones will be submitted in Modules Three and Five. The completed final project will be submitted in Module Seven.
In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:
1. Analyze the formal characteristics and historical context of creative works from the Baroque period and beyond
2. Analyze creative works from the Baroque period and beyond for their influence on the expression of social and cultural conditions, issues, and the human
experience
3. Analyze the relationship between creative works from the Baroque period and beyond and their historical themes and settings
4. Articulate well-reasoned arguments regarding the relevance and role of the humanities in contemporary culture and society
Prompt
The purpose of this final project is to evaluate your knowledge of the skills necessary for performing a visual and contextual analysis of two works and to measure
your application of these techniques as you relate the works to real-world relevance/popular culture/ideas/concepts.
Select two works from this list. The first work will be from one of the following categories: baroque, rococo, neoclassicism, or romanticism. The second will be
modern (e.g., realism, impressionism, postimpressionism), postmodern, or contemporary (1970–present). You will identify a common/shared theme (e.g., social
or cultural issue) in both works. For example, in Judith Leyster’s Self Portrait (Dutch Baroque, 1630) and Frida Kahlo’s The Two Fridas (surrealism, 1939), a shared
theme is the presentation of self.
After identifying the common theme in both works, you will develop an essay that explores how each work is a product of its particular historical moment.
Finally, you will address the relevance of this shared theme in contemporary culture by choosing a third work that exemplifies this theme. This third work could
be a specific contemporary work belonging to any genre of the arts or even a contemporary social construct such as reality television or social media. For
example, you could consider the presentation of self as a relevant and recurring theme on Facebook today.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I.
Introduction
This section of the comparative analysis will introduce readers to the works you have selected to analyze.
A. For each work, identify the artist, the title (in italics), the date, the medium, the dimensions, the cultural origin or period of creation, and the
current collection. (Course Outcome 1)
B. What is your main argument/thesis statement about the relationship between your selected works and their shared theme? (Course Outcome
3)
II.
Visual and Historical Analysis
This section will provide a visual and historical analysis in which you will analyze the physical characteristics in each work as well as the connections of
each work to its historical and cultural context.
A. Explain how each of your two selected works reflects the social or cultural identity of its day. Support your response with examples. (Course
Outcome 2)
B. What influence have your two selected works had in the shaping of social or cultural identities? (Course Outcome 2)
C. What influence have your two selected works had on a modern or contemporary expression of the identified shared theme? Support your
response with examples. (Course Outcome 2)
III.
Comparative Analysis
In this section, you will compare and contrast your two selected works.
A. What formal characteristics are similar between the two works? What characteristics are different? Be sure to reference specific aspects of each
work. (Course Outcome 1)
B. How did each respective culture’s traditions and ideologies influence the two works you have selected? Be sure to use examples to support your
response. (Course Outcome 1)
C. How does each work represent its particular social, historical, and cultural climate? Be sure to use examples to support your response. (Course
Outcome 1)
IV.
Parallels
In this section, you will introduce a third creative work and explain how that work parallels the relationship between the two works previously selected.
A. How do the shared historical themes and settings tie your two previously selected works to your work from popular culture? (Course Outcome
3)
B. Discuss how the theme is still relevant today, utilizing the popular culture work you selected to support your response. (Course Outcome 3)
V.
Conclusion
In this section, you will discuss the relevance and value of studying works of art and cultural artifacts with regard to their influence, relevance, and impact
on modern and contemporary culture and practice.
A. What is the value of challenging perceived notions of historical, cultural, and social identity? How do the humanities, as a discipline, help us
understand this? Be sure to justify your response. (Course Outcome 4)
B. How does our understanding of social and cultural practices of the past impact how we conduct ourselves socially and professionally in the
present? How do the humanities, as a discipline, help us understand this? Be sure to justify your response. (Course Outcome 4)
C. What is the responsibility of the artist to society, especially in terms of shaping our understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live?
How do the humanities, as a discipline, help us understand this? Be sure to justify your response. (Course Outcome 4)
Milestones
Milestone One: Introduction (Section I)
In Module Three, you will submit your introduction to the final project. First choose a pair of works from the provided list of suggested comparisons and then
choose a contemporary work of art (or social construct) that relates thematically to the pair you chose. For each work, identify the artist, the title (in italics), the
date, the medium, the dimensions, the cultural origin or period of creation, and the current collection. Finally, formulate a main argument/thesis statement in
which you explain the relationship between your chosen works and your contemporary example. The components of this milestone will serve as the skeletal
framework of your essay and will help you develop the rest of the required elements. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone One Rubric.
Milestone Two: Rough Draft (Sections I–IV)
In Module Five, you will submit your rough draft of Sections I–IV of the final project. Incorporate the introduction you created for Milestone One with the rest of
the required elements (except for the conclusion, which you will include in your final submission). Use the feedback from Milestone One to form a thorough
introduction. This draft should be as detailed as possible, addressing each of the following major headings: Introduction, Visual and Historical Analysis,
Comparative Analysis, and Parallels. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone Two Rubric.
Final Submission: Comparative Art Analysis Essay
In Module Seven, you will submit your completed comparative art analysis essay. For this submission, you will develop your conclusion (Section V) and combine
it with Sections I–IV, revised to incorporate the instructor’s feedback. You will also apply knowledge you gained throughout the course, including feedback from
the discussion assignments and any relevant and valuable feedback you may have gained from your peers’ posts or responses. This submission will be graded
with the Final Project Rubric.
Final Project Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your comparative art analysis essay must be 3 to 5 pages in length (in addition to a cover page and references) and should use 12point Times New Roman font, double spacing, and one-inch margins. It must be written in MLA format and include at least four scholarly sources cited in MLA
format.
Instructor Feedback: This activity uses an integrated rubric in Blackboard. Students can view instructor feedback in the Grade Center. For more information,
review these instructions.
Critical Elements
Introduction:
Identification
Introduction: Main
Argument/Thesis
Visual and Historical
Analysis: Reflection
Visual and Historical
Analysis: Identities
Exemplary
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
makes especially clear
connections between the main
argument/thesis statement, the
selected works, and the chosen
theme (100%)
Proficient
Comprehensively identifies both
works, including the artist, title,
date, medium, dimensions,
cultural origin or period of
creation, and current collection
(100%)
Discusses the main
argument/thesis statement
about the relationship between
selected works and the chosen
social or cultural issue (85%)
Needs Improvement
Not Evident
Identifies both works, but
Does not identify both works
response does not cover all
(0%)
elements specified in the prompt
(55%)
Discusses the main
argument/thesis statement
about the relationship between
selected works and the chosen
social or cultural issue, but
discussion is cursory or illogical
(55%)
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
Explains how each of the two
Explains how each of the two
examples provide cogent
works reflects the social or
works reflects the social or
connections between each work cultural identity of its day, and
cultural identity of its day, but
and the social and cultural
supports response with examples explanation is cursory or illogical,
identity of its day (100%)
(85%)
or examples provided are not
relevant (55%)
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
Explains the influence the two
Explains the influence the two
response makes especially clear selected works have had in the
selected works have had in the
connections between the shared shaping of social or cultural
shaping of social or cultural
works and their influence on the identities (85%)
identities, but explanation is
shaping of social or cultural
cursory or illogical (55%)
identities (100%)
Value
5.94
Does not discuss the main
argument/thesis statement
about the relationship between
selected works and the chosen
social or cultural issue (0%)
7.92
Does not explain how each of the
two works reflects the social or
cultural identity of its day (0%)
7.92
Does not explain the influence
the two selected works have had
in the shaping of social or cultural
identities (0%)
7.92
Visual and Historical
Analysis: Expression
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
examples illustrate clear
connections between the
selected works and the
expression of the shared theme
(100%)
Explains the influence the two
selected works have had on a
modern or contemporary
expression of the identified
shared theme, using examples to
support response (85%)
Comparative Analysis : Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
Characteristics
specific aspects referenced
demonstrate a sophisticated
awareness of formal
characteristics in artwork (100%)
Explains the similarities and
differences present in the formal
characteristics of the two works,
referencing specific aspects of
each work (85%)
Comparative Analysis: Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
Traditions
response demonstrates a
complex grasp of how each work
was influenced by its respective
culture and ideology (100%)
Determines how each respective
culture’s traditions and
ideologies influenced the chosen
works, using examples to support
response (85%)
Comparative Analysis: Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
Climate
response demonstrates a
sophisticated awareness of the
relationship between the
selected works and the social,
historical, and cultural climate
relevant to each work (100%)
Parallels: Historical
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
Themes
response demonstrates keen
insight into the influence of
historical themes and settings on
creative endeavors (100%)
Explains how each work
represents its particular social,
historical, and cultural climate,
supporting response with
examples (85%)
Parallels: Relevance
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
demonstrates a sophisticated
awareness of the theme’s
continued relevance (100%)
Explains how the shared
historical themes and settings tie
the two previously selected
works to the third piece from
popular culture (85%)
Discusses how the theme is still
relevant today, utilizing the
popular culture piece to support
response (85%)
Explains the influence the two
selected works have had on a
modern or contemporary
expression of the identified
shared theme, but explanation is
cursory or illogical, or does not
use examples to support
response (55%)
Explains the similarities and
differences present in the formal
characteristics of the two works,
but explanation is cursory, or
there are gaps in referencing
specific aspects of each work
(55%)
Determines how each respective
culture’s traditions and
ideologies influenced the chosen
works, but determination is
cursory or illogical, or does not
use examples to support
response (55%)
Explains how each work
represents its particular social,
historical, and cultural climate,
but explanation is cursory or
illogical, or does not use
examples to support response
(55%)
Explains how the shared
historical themes and settings tie
the two previously selected
works to the third piece from
popular culture, but explanation
is cursory or illogical (55%)
Discusses how the theme is still
relevant today, but discussion is
cursory, contains inaccuracies, or
does not use popular culture
piece to support response (55%)
Does not explain the influence
the two selected works have had
on a modern or contemporary
expression of the identified
shared theme (0%)
7.92
Does not explain the similarities
and differences present in the
formal characteristics of the two
works (0%)
5.94
Does not determine how each
respective culture’s traditions
and ideologies influenced the
chosen works (0%)
5.94
Does not explain how each work
represents its particular social,
historical, and cultural climate
(0%)
5.94
Does not explain how the shared
historical themes and settings tie
the two previously selected
works to the third piece from
popular culture (0%)
7.92
Does not discuss how the theme
is still relevant today (0%)
7.92
Conclusion: Perceived Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
Notions
provided justification
demonstrates a complex grasp of
the value of challenging
perceived notions (100%)
Conclusion: Conduct
Ourselves
Conclusion:
Responsibility
Articulation of
Response
Explains the value of challenging
perceived notions of historical,
cultural, and social identity and
how the humanities, as a
discipline, further understanding
of that value, justifying response
(85%)
Explains the value of challenging
perceived notions of historical,
cultural, and social identity and
how the humanities, as a
discipline, further understanding
of that value, but explanation is
cursory or illogical, or there are
gaps in justification (55%)
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
Explains how understanding
Explains how understanding
provided justification
social and cultural practices of
social and cultural practices of
demonstrates a sophisticated
the past impacts how individuals the past impacts how individuals
awareness of how the past
conduct themselves socially and conduct themselves socially and
impacts the present (100%)
professionally in the present, and professionally in the present, and
how the humanities, as a
how humanities, as a discipline,
discipline, further that
further that understanding, but
understanding, justifying
explanation is cursory or illogical,
response (85%)
or there are gaps in justification
(55%)
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
Explains the responsibility of the Explains the responsibility of the
provided justification
artist to society and how the
artist to society and how the
demonstrates a sophisticated
humanities, as a discipline, help humanities, as a discipline, help
awareness of how artists shape
in understanding that
in understanding that
perspectives (100%)
responsibility, justifying response responsibility, but explanation is
(85%)
cursory or illogical, or there are
gaps in justification (55%)
Submission is free of errors
Submission has no major errors Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
related to citations, grammar,
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, and organization spelling, syntax, or organization spelling, syntax, or organization
and is presented in a professional (85%)
that negatively impact readability
and easy to read format (100%)
and articulation of main ideas
(55%)
Does not explain the value of
challenging perceived notions of
historical, cultural, and social
identity and how the humanities,
as a discipline, further
understanding of that value (0%)
7.92
Does not explain how
understanding social and cultural
practices of the past impacts how
individuals conduct themselves
socially and professionally in the
present, and how the
humanities, as a discipline,
further that understanding (0%)
7.92
Does not explain the
responsibility of the artist to
society and how the humanities,
as a discipline, help in
understanding that responsibility
(0%)
7.92
Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that prevent understanding of
ideas (0%)
4.96
Total
100%

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