ARH2000 Art & Culture
Museum Report, Part ONE
15 points / 15% of final grade
Submit your essay via the link provided in CANVAS
Your work will be checked via TurnItIn, the University’s plagiarism detection service.
The Museum Report is a process paper, to be completed in two (2) stages. These are instructions for
Part One. Feedback will be provided before you complete Part Two. You will be expected to utilize
that feedback before making revisions for Part Two, due later in the course.
For this assignment, you will visit an art museum (virtual or physical) and engage in a formal analysis of a
selected artwork, considering the work as primary source. By formal analysis, I am asking you to consider
the artwork’s visual attributes as they relate to the formal elements and principles of design (listed on
page 47 of your book). In addition to the visual elements, you will discuss the artist’s choice of medium.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT
You will use and apply concepts learned in Module 2 in Canvas and Part 1 of the textbook (starting on page
47). Before completing this essay, review pages 44-45 and pages 178-180 of the textbook.
FORMAT AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Part One of the Museum Report should be at least 4 full pages in length, no less than 1200 words.
Include a word count at the bottom of your essay.
Although I am calling this essay a “part” or a “stage” of a writing process, do NOT submit a draft. You are
expected to submit a fully complete essay for both Part One and Part Two, with clearly developed
introduction and conclusion paragraphs for each stage.
Use MLA guidelines when composing your paper. Use 12-point font, Times New Roman, one inch
margins and indent the first line of each new paragraph. Double-space your paper. Italicize all artwork
titles. Writing in first person is acceptable.
Since this paper will be submitted via TurnitIn, for privacy reasons, do NOT include your name or
student ID within the paper. Replace your name with “Student.” Do not include a title page.
Submit in a Word document (.doc, .docx) or convert to .pdf. Any other formats are NOT accepted and
will result in a zero (0) grade. Corrupt files or incorrect documents will also result in a zero (0).
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.
Include proof of attendance (POA) at the end of your paper. The format of the POA depends on
whether you visited a virtual or physical museum. See details below. Failure to attach POA will result
in a reduced grade.
LATE POLICY: The syllabus policy on late work applies. Written work (e.g. essays) may be submitted
up to one calendar day late with 20% deduction. That means that even if you submit one minute late,
the full late penalty will apply. No late work is accepted thereafter. Remember, technical issues,
problems with your computer, slow upload times, submission of incorrect files or file types, etc. will
NOT exempt you from the late policy. Please take a moment and double check your submission.
Page 1 of 5
ARH2000 Art & Culture
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT TURNITIN: Turnitin assignments are submitted a bit differently than
regular Canvas uploads. Simply uploading your paper does not mean the submission is complete.
After uploading your paper, you must wait for the screen which asks you to review and click "Accept
the Submission & Save." After you believe your submission is complete, please go back to ensure your
assignment went through successfully. Go to the Assignments tab in the Canvas menu and click on the
assignment. You should see confirmation that it was submitted. Failure to correctly submit during
the assignment's open dates will result in a zero (0). Double check your submission!
WHICH MUSEUM TO VISIT? CHOOSING A MUSEUM AND SELECTING AN ARTWORK
A visual analysis of an artwork is best completed when the artwork is viewed in person. Therefore, a visit
to an art museum is the recommended option for finding a work to study for this paper – plus, you can
earn extra credit by doing so! However, I understand that organizing such a visit can be difficult due to
the accelerated nature of Wintersession. So, for the purposes of this assignment, you may choose to visit
either a virtual museum or a physical museum. Below are the options for both:
VIRTUAL MUSEUM OPTIONS*
What to use as Proof of Attendance? Take a screenshot of your artwork within the virtual museum.
National Gallery of Art, London
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
Getty Museum, Los Angeles
British Museum, London
Dali Museum, St. Petersburg
https://thedali.org/virtual-tour/ (go to Gallery)
Wonder 360 at the Renwick
Google Arts & Culture Project
This is a map view of all the partners and institutions worldwide that are working
with Google to make art available online. The list is huge, expansive, and may
appear daunting at first. If you choose an artwork from this collection, ensure that
it is an artwork; the project includes works from history that do not necessarily
work for this visual arts analysis assignment.
PHYSICAL MUSEUM OPTIONS* (earn extra credit with this option!)
What to use as Proof of Attendance? Take a picture of your receipt (block out any sensitive information)
or a photo of yourself at the museum. If you go to a museum with free admission, you may have to ask
specifically for a receipt.
Visit the museums’ websites or call ahead to confirm pricing options, discounts and parking.
Tampa Museum of Art
http://www.tampamuseum.org Free for college students with ID
Museum of Fine Arts, St.
Dali Museum, St. Petersburg
http://www.fine-arts.org Use your USF ID for reduced admission
James Museum, St. Petersburg
http://www.thedali.org $17 with Student ID; Or $10 after 5pm on Thursdays;
Free admission for USF St. Pete students
https://thejamesmuseum.org $15 students; $10 Tuesdays
Ringling Museum, Sarasota
http://www.ringling.org Use your USF ID for FREE admission
Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art,
http://www.spcollege.edu/central/museum Use your USF ID for FREE admission
Page 2 of 5
ARH2000 Art & Culture
Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland
Use your USF ID for FREE admission
*If you would like to visit a museum not on this list, you must email the instructor by the third day
of class with your request. Failure to do so may result in a reduced grade on the assignment.
You will receive 2 points extra credit if you choose to visit a physical museum for this project (POA is
required). The museum must be from the pre-approved list above OR you may seek approval for a different
museum. Email the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your request in the first three days of class.
A work of art is the product of the dynamic interrelationships between the various art elements and
principles. As you analyze the artwork, ask yourself why the artist made such choices. By considering the
formal elements and principles of design involved, you can make yourself look more closely at the work
of art, and thus understand more fully the artist’s intended vision, as well as noticing how the work reflects
the time and place from whence it came.
You must address ALL the prompts below within your essay, but your response need not be organized in
the exact order given. Your paper must include proper introductory and concluding paragraphs.
I. Formal Analysis (this section should be the “meat” of your paper): Find any work of art in the
museum that interests you. You will engage in a thorough visual analysis of that work. Follow the
Identify the work fully (artist name if known, title if available, time period or date, medium,
dimensions or approximate dimensions).
Provide a brief description of the subject matter of the work.
Analyze, describe, and discuss the work in terms of three (3) formal elements of art.
Analyze, describe, and discuss the works’ composition using three (3) principles of design.
**IMPORTANT: It is expected that the analysis of the work’s formal elements and
principles of design be the most in-depth and therefore most time should be spent on
this section. You must demonstrate your understanding of the concepts learned in the
course by utilizing appropriate course vocabulary within your analysis. Please use precise
terminology associated with the elements and principles chosen. Failure to do so will result
in a reduced grade. Consult the chapters and course material from Module 2.
Spend a good amount of time looking at the work and taking notes. It is helpful to provide
the reader with an overall picture of the work you are describing. You may find it useful to
pretend you are describing the work to someone who cannot see, but must create an
impression of the work based solely on your words. Clearly and articulately analyze and
describe the formal elements and principles of design that you see in the work. There may
be many, but be selective and try to determine the most significant elements of composition.
Remember to utilize key terms from the textbook associated with the specific
Page 3 of 5
ARH2000 Art & Culture
Is the work non-objective, representational, figurative, or abstract? Note that a work of art can fall
into more than one of these categories. Please explain fully and in a way that demonstrates you
have a correct understanding of the term(s) as it relates to our course content.
II. Discussion of Medium: Examine your artwork further by discussing the medium used and the artist’s
technique and application of materials. Is the object two- or three-dimensional? What limitations, if any,
might the chosen medium create for the artist? Below are some further questions to consider, depending
on the type of medium employed. See Part Two of your textbook (Media & Processes) for further information
on art materials and media.
Painting: How did the type of paint affect the strokes the artist could make? Was it fresco, oil, tempera, or
watercolor? Was it a fast-drying paint that allowed little time to make changes? What kind of textures and lines
was the artist able to create with this medium? Does it lend a shiny or flat look? How durable was the medium?
Does the work look the same today as when the artist painted it?
Drawing: Consider the materials utilized: metal point, chalk, charcoal, graphite, crayon, pastel, ink, and wash. Is
the artist able to make controlled strokes with this medium? Would the tool create a thick or thin, defined or
blurred line? Was the drawing intended to be a work of art in itself, or is it a study for another work, a peek into
the artist’s creative process?
Printmaking: What is the process the artist undertook to create this work? Did he or she need to carve or etch?
Did the medium require a steady hand? Strength or patience?
Photography: What is the process the artist undertook to create this work? Is it an example of early
photography or more recent processes? Is it created from digital, film or other processes? Documentary? Staged?
Sculpture: Is the sculpture high or low relief, or can we see it in the round? What challenges did the material
present to the artist? Was the work created through a subtractive process or an additive one? What tools did the
artist use to create the form? Is your work created from constructing or assembling things together?
Craft: Is it made of fiber, textile, ceramics, metalwork, glass, etc? Is the art object considered craft or fine art?
Why? Can works of fine art be utilitarian, in your opinion?
Alternative media and processes: Is your work a video, sound art, interactive, a work of conceptual art or even a
performance piece? How does it differ from traditional works of art? Did you encounter the actual work itself, or
is it documentation of an event or a time-based piece? Do you find it easier or more difficult to apply a formal
analysis to this type of work? Explain.
III. Interpretation: This is the part of the paper where you go beyond description and offer a conclusion
and your own informed opinion about the work.
Consider how the formal aspects of the work and the subject matter work together to produce
How did the artist’s choice of materials and medium affect its message and reception?
What questions does the work raise or leave you with, if any? Is it possible to make a reasoned
statement about the artist’s aim?
Describe your personal reaction to the work. Did a visual analysis change your first reaction and
interpretation of the work?
Page 4 of 5
ARH2000 Art & Culture
In addition to the above, include the following within your essay:
Which museum did you attend?
What is the basic organization of the museum’s collections? Discuss your personal overall
impression of the experience itself, the museum, the exhibitions and their presentation.
Do not forget to include your “Proof of Attendance.” See page 2 of these instructions.
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.
Museum Report, Part One – General Grading Rubric
out of 15
AVERAGE – BELOW AVERAGE
If seeking extra credit for a physical museum visit,
POA must be provided by due date of MR, Part One
ONE DAY LATE?
no POA: -1.5 points
Followed all directions.
Provided an exceptionally
detailed, insightful and
accurate analysis throughout.
Multiple instances of precise
use of key terms. Exceptionally
critical, relevant and consistent
commentary on connections
made between use of
matter and meaning.
Followed all directions.
Proficient description of
work with ample
observations but more
elaboration and insight is
needed. Needs further use
of key terms to show full
understanding of course
connections made between
use of elements/principles,
subject matter and
Followed most but not all
clear but discussion lacks
does include several accurate
lacks sufficient detail.
Did not follow direction.
Lacks many important details.
Limited or inaccurate use of
terms. Little or no discussion
of how the artist expressed
his/her idea/concept or no
analysis of how the
artist used technique &
Lack of in-depth analysis.
Exceptionally clear, logical,
development of ideas.
Excellent transition between
paragraphs. Plenty of evidence
provided for support. Provides
identifiable and effective
introductory and concluding
Clear and logical flow of
ideas. Good transitions
between paragraphs with
only a couple of rough
patches. Good points,
observations, insights made
but not entirely fleshed out.
identifiable but a little
Somewhat clear and logical
development but many
Attempts to use transitions
between ideas and paragraphs
but still reads like a rough
draft. Needs more supporting
detail/elaboration to flesh out
Paper lacks clear and logical
development of ideas,
confusing. Weak or no
transition between ideas and
paragraphs. Did not provide
an introduction and/or
Concise, clear, with flawless or
spelling and paragraphing.
Clear with mostly proper
grammar, spelling and
few awkward phrases but
not enough to confuse
Some errors in grammar,
spelling. Paragraphs not
unified. Level of language
approaches a college level,
but imprecise word choice.
Inconsistent or bad
grammar, incorrect spelling,
haphazard or no
paragraphing. Level of
language below college level.
Page 5 of 5
Purchase answer to see full