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American
Art Project
– AssignmentInstructions

Statement
of Purpose or “Why Am I Doing This?”

It is important to remember,
represent, and honor a collective past, but it is equally important to
understand a deeper significance to visual records. In this assignment, you
will examine works of art available through the website of the Architect of the
Capitol. The purpose is to emphasize how art can be used to portray historical
events and convey a message when viewed in the context of the age in which it
was created. This assignment is not an art critique. Look for connections
between events and images. You will NOT be describing the event the artwork
depicts, but the period of American history in which it was created. You will
be creating either a document or a presentation.

Completing
This Assignment:

Part I

·
Click on this link:.gov/paintings-0″>http://aoc.gov/paintings-0(Historic Rotunda Paintings)

·
Click on the individual
images for each of the 8 paintings to see them in more detail and read the
short article on each of the corresponding pages for these paintings.

·
Choose 4 images and write a 200–300-word
paragraphfor each of them, addressing the following:

1.
When was the image
commissioned and hung? What is the historical context of this painting? What
events were occurring when this painting was created that could have
contributed to its content? How are those connections between content and
context most clearly presented?

2.
Is the artist successful in
communicating contextual influences? Is the message too difficult to understand
for a modern viewer?

  • As
    a heading foreach paragraph, include the image, its title, and the artist.

Part II

  • Click
    on this link:.gov/capitol-hill/national-statuary-hall-collection/about-national-statuary-hall-collection”>http://aoc.gov/capitol-hill/national-statuary-hall-collection/about-national-statuary-hall-collection(About
    the National Statuary Hall Collection)
  • Read
    the short overview and description of the collection and search to find
    the 2 statues that represent your state.
  • Copy
    the image for each representative of your state into the document or presentation.
    • If
      you are not a resident of the United States or do not claim a “home
      state” for any reason, you are free to adopt any of the 50 states as your
      own for the purposes of this assignment.
  • After
    the image, include the individual’s name and the state he or she
    represents.
  • In
    a 200–300-word paragraph for each image,
    • give
      a short summary of the individual’s historic significance and
    • give
      an evaluation of whether this individual is a good choice to represent
      your state.


How to Submit

·
You MUST include properly
formatted, current Turabian footnotes/endnotes for each source. You will be
using the images from the website, so you must cite those pages as sources.

·
Save both parts inone file,
either Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.

·
If the assignment is
submitted asa Microsoft Word document, each paragraph must be 200–300 words,
double-spaced, in 12-pt. Times New Roman font. The document must have 1-inch margins.

·
If the assignment is
submitted as a PowerPoint presentation, each 200–300-word paragraph must be on
a separate slide, with the images and artist information on a preceding slide.
If the presentation is large, it may be saved as a PDF file.

·
Write your paragraph in your own words
and proofread your work to eliminate spelling, grammar, punctuation, and
capitalization errors. Review the Writing Tips document to avoid common errors
in academic work.

 

  

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