Short Essay: Art & Society
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How to Prepare for this Assignment
• Read the following: Chapter 4.7 Art, War, and Revolution and 4.8 Art of Social Conscience
• Watch the video: “Art & Society” (5 minutes) at this link: https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/moma/modern-art-and-ideas/modern-art-ideas/v/art-and-society-modern-art-ideas
• Watch the video: “Conflict and Resistance” (26 minutes) at this link: https://www.learner.org/series/art-through-time-a-global-view/conflict-and-resistance/
In essay format, answer the following:
1. In chapters 4.7 and 4.8 and in the videos you are provided examples of how art is utilized as a means of expression during times of war and as a form of social or political protest. Find one (1) specific artwork referenced in the video “Conflict and Resistance” and one (1) specific artwork in the assigned textbook chapters. The chosen works should be examples that you feel are persuasive in conveying a message AND/OR ones that you believe were less successful. Compose a short essay which compares the selected works, using the following questions to help guide your response:
a. Identify the artworks chosen (artist, title, medium and date).
b. What messages do the works seek to convey? In your discussion, you must include pertinent contextual information such as the period of art and historical context in which the particular artworks were made.
c. Include a discussion of how the artwork’s materials (medium) affects the message and reception of the works.
d. What elements cause the works to be either successfully and/or unsuccessfully powerful or persuasive? How do the works compare? Consider elements such as subject matter, aesthetic choices, composition, etc. Be specific and use visual and contextual evidence to support your position.
e. Finally, do you believe artists have a role or responsibility in times of conflict or violence? Explain.
Format and Submission Guidelines
Word count: 500 words minimum. You may exceed this minimum requirement. Include a word count at the bottom of your essay. Do not bullet point, or otherwise separate, your information. You are expected to submit a fully complete essay, with a clearly developed introduction and conclusion.
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ARH2000 Art & Culture
USF College of the Arts
Use 12-point font, Times New Roman, one inch margins and indent the first line of each new paragraph. Double-space. Italicize all artwork titles. Writing in first person is acceptable.
Use MLA style when citing sources. Here is a helpful resource: http://guides.lib.usf.edu/citingsources.
Proofread your paper before submission. You must use correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Utilize the resources provided by the Writing Studio at USF. They offer online resources in addition to in-person appointments. Another good online resource is the Purdue Online Writing Lab.
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Your response will be evaluated based on your thoroughness in answering all the questions, appropriate use of research, and for the proper use of spelling, punctuation, and grammar. The rubric below is a general guide. A rubric with points and specific grading criteria is attached to the assignment in Canvas and will be used in evaluation.
Focus and Clarity
Stays on topic all of the time. Shows a full understanding of the topic. Answers all required questions thoroughly. Communicates ideas and purpose clearly and with sophistication. Beyond understanding of issues, shows insight.
Stays on topic most of the time. Shows a good understanding of the topic or parts of the topic, however, missed select concepts and/or did not fully answer the questions assigned. Shows full understanding of issues.
Stays on topic some of the time. Central ideas are evident but lack clarity. Does not seem to understand the topics very well. Adheres to purpose, fulfills assignment, shows adequate understanding of key issues.
Incompletely addresses assigned topic or directions, shows need for more study of issues. Loose focus on central idea, contains some repetition and digression, does not fully understand key issues.
Paragraph structure consistently and effectively supports content. Clear logic and effective transitions.
Paragraph structure uniformly supports content. Consistency, logic and transitions well managed.
Paragraph structure sometimes supports content. Consistency, logic and transitions show some weaknesses.
Paragraph structure weak. Consistency, logic and transitions show major weaknesses. Style uneven.
Support for Ideas
Points are developed logically, coherently and extensively with convincing, specific supporting details and researched examples. Strong evidence of critical thinking. No factual errors.
Presents a plan of development that is carried out. Uses specific supporting details and researched examples.
No factual errors.
Development of ideas and points evident but supported by a mixture of generalizations and specific detail.
Some factual errors.
Ideas and points are evident but support is very general and/or inconsistent.
Several factual errors.
Choice of language consistently precise, purposeful. Nearly flawless sentence structure, usage, mechanics contribute to writer’s ability to communicate purpose.
Word choice accurate, varied. Occasional errors in sentence structure, usage and mechanics do not hinder writer’s ability to communicate purpose.
Word choice correct but simple/ without variety. Errors in mechanics and/ or usage may partially obscure content of assignment.
Frequent errors in word choice. Sentence structure and mechanics seriously affect clarity.
We take instances of academic dishonesty very seriously. Any evidence of academic dishonesty, such as using peer responses to complete your assignment, will result in sanctions as set forth in the course catalog: http://ugs.usf.edu/catalogs/1718/pdf/0828academic-integrity-of-students.pdf. Possible sanctions include a failing grade for the course with a designation of FF on student’s internal transcript or possible suspension from the university for one semester.
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