Art Events

For Unit V, students will write about paper after attending an Art Event. An example paper is posted here. Students posts for Spring 2011 are indexed here.

Description: For this assignment, you will attend an art event outside of class time and write an essay on the experience. This essay should be one-two pages typed (double spaced). It is more important to cover the required components rather than to worry about length.

Use essay format with paragraphs rather than question / answer format or bulleted list format.

Sources are not required, but any used must be documented correctly. Essays must be submitted electronically so that they can be submitted to Safe Assign to check for plagiarism. Please read the syllabus policies on the use of Safe Assign and the consequences of plagiarism. The policies will be strictly enforced.

Option One: Musical Concert

Attend a musical concert in the community. For the locals, the University of Louisville’s School of Music offers a number of concerts each month free of charge (visit http://louisville.edu/ music/ for a calendar of events). YPAS offers several free concerts, as well (visit

http://www.jefferson.k12.ky.us/Schools/Special/YPAS/events.html).

Write a paper on the musical concert. Include:

o The name of the concert

o The venue (where it took place)

o The date of your attendance

o The performers

o The genre of music / performance

o A description of the concert

o A personal response to the concert

o What you like / don’t like about the music

Option Two: Speed Museum (an alternative museum may be proposed by non-local students)

Visit the Speed Museum on the University of Louisville campus. Please note that the museum has a strict policy on writing instruments. Be sure to ask the security guard for an appropriate pencil with which to take notes. Admission is free. Please research hours of operation and parking / directions at http://www.speedmuseum.org/. At the museum, find a work of art that you either really like or really don’t like.

Include in your essay:

o The date of your visit

o The name of the art work

o The artist

o The date of the work

o The media of the work

o The title of the collection (if relevant)

o A description of the work

o What you like / don’t like about the work

o Where in your background / experience do these feelings come from (what influences your liking or not liking of this work)?

o What would you change about the piece?

Option three: Theater Production

Attend a theater production in the community. YPAS offers several low-cost productions (visit

http://www.jefferson.k12.ky.us/Schools/Special/YPAS/events.html).
Write a paper on the production concert. Include:

o The name of the production

o The venue (where it took place)

o The date of your attendance

o The performers

o The genre of theater / performance

o A description of the production

o A personal response to the production

o What you like or don’t like about the production

Option Four: Gallery Visit

Attend an art gallery on your own.

Write a paper on at least two works in a gallery you visit. Include:

o The name of the gallery

o The name of the works

o The date of your visit

o The type / media of the works

o A description of the works

o A personal response to the works

Thanks to Associate Professor Amy Stewart for information about this assignment.

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