We need to talk about the AA.4 paper. I have received a few papers and I have come to the conclusion that the way the instructions are written is confusing a lot of you. (Academic directions can be confusing) So let me try to simplify what is expected of you in this paper.
!. The paper is to be connected to the art that you are showing in the group project in your (room) You should first of all show why the items you have chosen are relevant to the theme that the group has picked. The paper should begin with an introduction to the theme being considered and rationale for selecting works.
2. Be sure to tell us HOW your pieces relate to the group’s theme. Tell us the details of the piece, (color, style, materials) and how those details distinguish it as part of the theme. So following the advice below if your group is doing Religion, and you have Mesopotamian pieces in your collection, how does that relate to religion? What type of religion? where did it come from? etc things like that.
- This is an argumentative paper under the umbrella of your group’s theme. The concept is a funneling down to a narrow theme about a topic (the topic that your group had chosen).
- Example: Your group chooses Religion. Your room might be devoted to the Mesopotamian Period. You would then compile artifacts that discuss the topic of religion and demonstrate unique aspects of that religion and culture through their formal characteristics relating to the context.
3.Describe the pieces and don’t assume anything of me. For instance, “You will see…” The more formal detail you can describe, the richer the paper and the more connections you might find to support your argument or connect formally with the theme or context. In other words pretend you are writing for people who know nothing about your subject at all. People who just walked in the museum and want to learn about the pieces you have chosen. You don’t want them to be overwhelmed with a lot of academic language that is difficult for them to understand, but at the same time you do want to teach them, so take them on a journey – give them background on your piece, where it came from, who did it, what was its purpose. Things like this. But lots and lots of detail.
- Do not write in first person. We are not looking for your opinion, so you should not have any “I think, I found, I like, I- just no I – it should be: You will -This is. etc.
- Research: Make sure you get beyond the encyclopedic resources and that there are authors attributed to the work. – find some different resources other than just the regular ones. Go to a museum that houses your piece and see what they say about it. Are there any articles written about your piece? Think outside the box.
Here are the artifacts that will be in our room
1. greek wrestlers (ca. 200s BC, now in Uffizi, Florence)
2. Victorious Athlete The Vaison Daidoumenos Hadrianic version of 5th century BC Greek original Winning at the ancient Games
3. The Diskobolos or Discus Thrower, 2nd century CE. Roman copy of a 450-440 BCE
4. Heraria Spartan Runner Girl Victress
5 and 6. Pankration and Greek winner