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For your project, you will present to the class about a single piece of art or culture from the Gothic Period or earlier [this is loosely through the 14th century or so -- maybe a little early Renaissance]. You will choose the piece and perform research to answer the critical response questions from Chapter 2. You can use these questions as the framework for your presentation. The presentation should 8 to 10 minutes. You should also have a detailed description of the work in your own words in the presentation.
! A good rule of thumb is to have 1 slide per minute of presentation (not counting your title or works cited slides
). Start with that, and then you break things up to be more interesting.
These are the critical response questions that should be addressed in the presentation.
- Define what we want to determine: what should my fellow students know about this piece of art?
- Acknowledge our instinctive, emotional response:
how did it make me feel?
- Collecting information and considering all pertinent factors: what can I find out about the artists and craft that was at work here?
- Evaluating the work in its proper context: what can I find out about the historical and artistic context this work was produced in?
- Accepting characters or people unlike yourself:
can I like these people, or at least understand them, even though we have nothing in common?
- Forming an opinion with evidence to back it up: Using all the information I have gathered, along with my initial emotional response,
what can I say about this work?
, These answers come from you.
These answers come from your
= Synthesize all of the above.
Looking for a Subject
The Art of Being Human: The Humanities as a Technique for Living (11th ed.) by
Your textbook, of course, is a ready source of inspiration.
Ruffner's Allusions : Cultural, Literary, Religious, and Historical : A Thematic Dictionary by
This book is arranged by theme (like Abandonment, Activism, Flattery, Fire, Gambling, Stupidity, Wickedness). Keeping the limits of your time period in mind, this may help you discover some ideas to explore. Take advantage of the "search inside" to jump to relevant pages after you skim the table of themes.
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