Humanities
HUM1020 Saint Petersburg Aesthetic Experience and Critical Analysis Essay

HUM1020

SAINT PETERSBURG COLLEGE

Question Description

Aesthetic Experience and Critical Analysis Essay Assignment

Grading

See the Aesthetic Experience Essay Rubric.

Materials

Use all of the resources in Course Content as well as your textbook to guide your writing. Follow the prompts in the appropriate worksheet from the Aesthetic Experience Materials area in this module. Apply the skills you've developed throughout the course in researching and evaluating works from the humanities. (Optional: SPC Student ID. Many events and museums offer discounts for students)

Background

Throughout the course you have applied the practice of critical analysis to a variety of works from the humanities. This assignment is the capstone of the lessons and activities you've completed in this course.

For this assignment you will physically attend an art museum, dance concert, musical performance, or theatrical production (a play or musical play) in your local community. [Note: Cinema / film is not an option for this assignment]

Instructions

Before the Experience (Do These Steps EARLY in the Semester)

1. View the Aesthetic Experience and Perception video and read the associated transcript in the Aesthetic Experience Materials area of this module.

2. Look through the pre-approved list of art museums and events in the Aesthetic Experience Materials area of this module and choose your experience.

3. Plan for and schedule the time and date to go to your chosen experience.

During and After the Experience (Do These Steps for the Visit/Event)

4. Print out the appropriate worksheet for your chosen event from the four provided in the Aesthetic Experience Materials area of this module to take with you.

5. Go to your chosen in-person Aesthetic Experience, jotting notes on the printed worksheet during the experience.

6. After attending the museum or performance, compose an essay pertaining to this in-person aesthetic experience based on the detailed instructions in the Aesthetic Experience worksheet that you selected. Incorporate terms from the list at the end of your worksheet.

7. Conduct the appropriate research to support your responses to the worksheet prompts. Be sure to cite all sources, including the event or work of art.

8. Finally, submit your completed Aesthetic Experience and Critical Analysis essay to this dropbox folder. (Note: you may submit the completed worksheet, provided that your responses reflect in-depth critical evaluation and analysis and careful editing/proofreading and research citations before submitting.)


You would have to use the event list and the worksheet to create your experience and look up the event and take notes from there. Student lives in the Saint Petersburg Area.

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Theatrical Performance Aesthetic Experience Worksheet LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The student will be able to identify elements of style in various forms of western and non-western human creative expression. The student will be able to apply a basic vocabulary essential for communicating concepts in the humanities disciplines. The student will be able to identify how forms of Western and Non-Western human creative expressions reflect the human condition. The student will be able to compare and contrast enduring contributions of individual artists, thinkers, and writers. The student will be able to develop critical analysis skills in reference to works of human creative expression. GRADING See the assessment rubric attached to the Aesthetic Experience and Critical Analysis Essay dropbox folder. MATERIALS Use all of the online module resources, your textbook, and the Theater Vocabulary and Principles at the end of this document to guide your writing. INSTRUCTIONS For this assignment you will physically attend a theatrical performance to write about. Then you will compare it to a theatrical performance scene from the list of designated scenes in this document. 1. Choose a theatrical performance event near your location to attend that meets the following criteria: • The theatrical performance must be a live performance. • Most genres are acceptable, including plays and musical plays. • The theatrical performance must provide a dated receipt or dated ticket. You must take a digital photograph of your dated receipt or dated ticket and insert it in the designated space provided below. • If you experience difficulty finding a theatrical performance near your location, contact your instructor. 2. Visit your chosen theatrical performance. Suggestions: • You may wish to take a copy of this worksheet with you to the dance event in order to more carefully analyze the dance. 3. Complete the “Essay Header” section in the designated space provided below. 4. Complete the “Dance Information” section in the designated space provided below. 5. Complete the 3 Prompts in the “Aesthetic Experience and Critical Analysis Essay” section in the designated space provided below. Respond to the prompts using the following guidelines: • Use full sentences and paragraphs in your responses. • Use and incorporate relevant and genre-specific vocabulary for each prompt. Definitions of relevant vocabulary are provided at the end of this document, in the online module resources, and in your textbook. • Your completed essay responses should be a total of at least 600 words (at least 200 words per response). 6. Submit your completed Theatrical Performance Aesthetic Experience Worksheet to the Aesthetic Experience and Critical Analysis Essay dropbox folder. ESSAY HEADER Student Full Name Title of Performance Name of Theater Company Location of Performance Date of Performance 1 Digital Photograph of Dated Receipt or Dated Ticket 2 THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE INFORMATION Performance Title Playwright Creation Date Discipline Classification How is the selection classified in the Humanities? Is it Literature, Visual Art, Music, Theater, Musical Stage, or other? Genre, Time Period, Style What type of play is it? Is it a modern or classical, or other? Is it a contemporary work or historical? Is it a comedy or drama? Length & Scope Do you believe that the style and number of performers has any impact upon the way that you react to this play? How? Was the message of the play adequately portrayed? Size & Effect of Size What is the size of the work? Do you believe that the size has any impact upon the way that you react to this piece? How? Social, Historical, Cultural Origin Western or Non-western Humanities Classification Based on the social, historical, and cultural contexts: Would you classify this work as Western or Non-Western? Based on your research and observations, provide reasons and evidence supporting your classification claim. 3 AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS ESSAY Prompt 1 Using the space provided below, analyze the performance in at least two fully developed paragraphs with at least 200 words using the following guidelines: • Identify the most significant theatrical principles that were used in the performance that you attended, using at least three relevant and genre-specific vocabulary words, clearly describing how the playwright used them. Provide a minimum of three specific, descriptive details to support the use of each selected theatrical principle. • Select two adjectives describing the overall mood of the performance (stay away from vague terms such as amazing, awesome, excellent, etc.). Give a minimum of two specific/descriptive details to support your claims. 4 Prompt 2 Using the space provided below, further analyze the performance in at least two fully developed paragraphs with at least 200 words using the following guidelines: • Describe the main social, historical, and cultural contexts of the performance? Refer to your responses in the “Theatrical Performance Information” section above. • Describe the primary purpose of the performance. • Describe the main artistic statement. • Describe how the performance reflects the human condition, or how it communicates as a “human, creative expression.” 5 Prompt 3 Using the space provided below, compare the performance with a performance scene from the list of Comparison Theatrical Pieces below in at least two fully developed paragraphs with at least 200 words using the following guidelines: • Select and identify another theatrical performance scene from the list of Comparison Theatrical Pieces below that is similar to the performance that you attended. In most cases, the performances listed below are considered masterpieces. • Explain three qualities that the performance you attended shares with the scene from the Comparison Theatrical Pieces, with specific examples to support your argument. • Based on your comparison, explain whether or not the performance that you attended is a masterpiece or might become a masterpiece, using specific examples to support your decision. 6 Comparison Theatrical Pieces Classification Dance Piece Online Video URL Western Death of a Salesman https://youtu.be/CQEZYTYwVHY Western Hamlet https://youtu.be/zz6GL6AFphU Western Raisin in the Sun https://youtu.be/V1a98xLd1BQ Western Tartuffe https://youtu.be/zzAKre-b4DI Eastern Japanese Kabuki Theater https://youtu.be/F3IHdm2Tf8g Eastern Theater India: Om - An Indian Tale of Good and Evil https://youtu.be/pYHu25xlOYE 7 Theater Vocabulary and Principles Note: You can also use key terms at the end of the chapter on Theatre or the chapter on Musical Stage in your textbook. TERM DEFINITION Aside When a character breaks from a scene to speak to the audience directly. The other characters are unaware. Adjective Words used to describe or modify nouns or pronouns. For example, red, quick, happy, and obnoxious are adjectives because they can describe things—a red hat, the quick rabbit, a happy duck, an obnoxious person. Aesthetics The study of the nature of beauty and art (including the study of human “response” to the “aesthetic experience”). It is a significant branch of philosophy. The word “Aesthetics” is derived from the Greek word meaning “sense perception”. Aesthetic Experience having an experience in the arts (broadly) such as viewing art, stage productions (like theater, dance, etc.), or viewing and listening to music (like concerts, opera, singing, etc.), or reading literature and philosophy, that we value intrinsically. Also see key terms at the end of Chapter 1, page 15 Blocking Actors’ movement on-stage Catharsis A healthy release of pent up emotion. This can occur as a result of an aesthetic experience. Comedy of Character When the playwright ridicules individuals "types". Comedy of Manners When the playwright ridicules social behaviors. Conflict The action when two opposing forces meet. Context In humanities, the environment, background, or special circumstances in terms of which a given work is best understood. Social, historical, and cultural context is the identification of political/social arrangements, philosophical ideas, values, styles, and cultural identity of a particular time period in which a selected work is influenced by or may be attempting to express. Also see key terms at the end of Chapter 5 (Art), page 150 Cue The signal an actor receives or uses to begin a line or movement. Denouncement A part of the plot containing the final resolution. Diction The actor’s ability to be understood. Discipline (1) in the humanities, a given art form (such as literature, visual art, music, theater, dance, musical stage, and others) that attempts to create and express the human condition; (2) in academia, a given department or area of study (like science, history, philosophy, and others). Discovery The revelation of information about characters, their personalities, relationships and feelings. Down stage The area of the stage closest to the audience. Eastern Humanities Creative expressions in one of the disciplines of humanities exhibited in the social, historical, and cultural contexts of one of (broadly) Asia, Africa, Middle East, Indigenous Peoples of all continents (except Europe), and Oceania. Narrowly, China, India, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Pacific Islands, Native America, Aborigines, and Mesoamerica. See also Non-Western Humanities. Exposition A part of the plot containing necessary background information. Foreshadowing Preparation for a subsequent action - provides credibility for future action, builds tension. Fourth wall An imaginary wall between the actors and the audience. Genre (broadly in the humanities) a distinct category within a discipline (e.g. categories in dance, film, literature, art, music, musical stage, theater, etc.). EXAMPLE: A play is a genre in theater. Also see key terms at the end of Chapter 4, page 99. Human Condition Encompasses the uniqueness and totality of the inner experience of “being human”. It is often focused on the ultimate concerns of human existence. Various disciplines in the humanities attempt to express this experience. Improvisation The spontaneous movement and speech creating a specific character in a particular situation. Masterpiece A work that in style, form, and execution far exceeds other works of its time. It is a human creation (e.g. painting, novel, film, musical score) that continues to be relevant and/or admired by multiple generations. It is a work that has a profound effect on humanity. 8 TERM DEFINITION Monologue Part of a play in which one character speaks alone. Musicality The attention and sensitivity to the musical elements of theater while creating or performing. Narrative Structure that follows a specific story line and intends to convey specific information through that story. Non-Western Humanities Creative expressions in one of the disciplines of humanities exhibited in the social, historical, and cultural contexts of one of (broadly) Asia, Africa, Middle East, Indigenous Peoples of all continents (except Europe), and Oceania. Narrowly: China, India, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Pacific Islands, Native America, Aborigines, and Mesoamerica. See also Eastern Humanities. Pantomime Performing without words, expressing meaning through physical actions/gestures. Phenomenological Perception A perception that exists in your mind as a result of (1) mind internally produced, mind internal causation (like hearing your favorite song while no music is playing), or (2) the mental image (in your mind) that is produced as a result of a veridical perception as it is happening (like seeing color while viewing a painting). Plot The sequence of events in a play, generally including rising action, a climax and a resolution. Prop Physical items an actor interacts with on stage. Reversal Any turn of fortune. Set Physical environment in which the actors perform. Stage business Small actions performed by an actor which may enhance character or develop plot. Tableau A still image, frozen moment, or a “photograph.” Created by posing still bodies. Theme The underlying meaning of a play or literary work or the message or subject the work communicates. The theme can relate to the subject matter or be an idea or emotion. Content is another word used for theme in humanities. Tragedy A form of a play or theatre where the main character suffers a reversal or downfall. Veridical Perception A perception caused by something outside of your mind (e.g. light waves striking your eyes causing an image in your brain). This is a perception caused by a sensory experience (like viewing a painting). Western Humanities Creative expressions in one of the disciplines of humanities exhibited in the social, historical, and cultural contexts of European civilization or by civilizations heavily influenced by European immigration and colonization. In most cases these Western cultures trace significant belief systems and history to Ancient Greece. Broadly: Europe, and Non-Indigenous United States, Canada, and Australia. 9 Musical Performance Aesthetic Experience Worksheet LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The student will be able to identify elements of style in various forms of western and non-western human creative expression. The student will be able to apply a basic vocabulary essential for communicating concepts in the humanities disciplines. The student will be able to identify how forms of Western and Non-Western human creative expressions reflect the human condition. The student will be able to compare and contrast enduring contributions of individual artists, thinkers, and writers. The student will be able to develop critical analysis skills in reference to works of human creative expression. GRADING See the assessment rubric attached to the Aesthetic Experience and Critical Analysis Essay dropbox folder. MATERIALS Use all of the online module resources, your textbook, and the Music Vocabulary and Principles at the end of this document to guide your writing. INSTRUCTIONS For this assignment you will physically attend a music or vocal concert to write about. Then you will compare it to a music or vocal performance from the list of designated videos in this document. 1. Choose a music event near your location to attend that meets the following criteria: • The music event must be a live performance. • Most genres are acceptable. Check with your instructor if unsure. • The music event must provide a dated receipt or dated ticket. You must take a digital photograph of your dated receipt or dated ticket and insert it in the designated space provided below. • If you experience difficulty finding a music event near your location, contact your instructor. 2. Visit your chosen music event. Suggestions: • You may wish to take a copy of this worksheet with you to the music event in order to more carefully analyze the performance. 3. Complete the “Essay Header” section in the designated space provided below. 4. Complete the “Music Information” section in the designated space provided below. 5. Complete the 3 Prompts in the “Aesthetic Experience and Critical Analysis Essay” section in the designated space provided below. Respond to the prompts using the following guidelines: • Use full sentences and paragraphs in your responses. • Use and incorporate relevant and genre-specific vocabulary for each prompt. Definitions of relevant vocabulary are provided at the end of this document, in the online module resources, and in your textbook. • Your completed essay responses should be a total of at least 600 words (at least 200 words per response). 6. Submit your completed Music Performance Aesthetic Experience Worksheet to the Aesthetic Experience and Critical Analysis Essay dropbox folder. ESSAY HEADER Student Full Name Title of Music Performance Name of Performer(s) Location of Music Concert Date of Music Concert 1 Digital Photograph of Dated Receipt or Dated Ticket 2 MUSIC INFORMATION Composer Conductor (if applicable) Year Composition was Written Discipline Classification How is the selection classified in the Humanities? Is it Literature, Visual Art, Music, Theater, Musical Stage, or other? Genre, Time Period, Style What type of dance is it? Is it a modern or classical, or other? Is it a contemporary work or historical? Length & Scope Do you believe that the style and number of performers has any impact upon the way that you react to this piece? How? Was the composer’s intent adequately portrayed? Social, Historical, Cultural Origin Describe what you believe to be the basic impetus* to the piece? *See the Music Vocabulary and Principles list at the end of this document. Western or Non-western Humanities Classification Based on the social, historical, and cultural contexts: Would you classify this work as Western or Non-Western? Based on your research and observations, provide reasons and evidence supporting your classification claim. 3 AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS ESSAY Prompt 1 Using the space provided below, analyze the music performance in at least two fully developed paragraphs with at least 200 words using the following guidelines: • Identify the most significant music principles that were used in the performance that you attended, using at least three relevant and genre-specific vocabulary words, clearly describing how the composer used them. Provide a minimum of three specific, descriptive details to support the use of each selected music principle. • Select two adjectives describing the overall mood of the performance (stay away from vague terms such as amazing, awesome, excellent, etc.). Give a minimum of two specific/descriptive details to support your claims. 4 Prompt 2 Using the space provided below, further analyze the music performance in at least two fully developed paragraphs with at least 200 words using the following guidelines: • Describe the main social, historical, and cultural contexts of the performance? Refer to your responses in the “Music Information” section above. • Describe the primary purpose of the music performance. • Describe the main artistic statement. • Describe how the performance reflects the human condition, or how it communicates as a “human, creative expression.” 5 Prompt 3 Using the space provided below, compare the music performance with a music performance from the list of Comparison Music Pieces below in at least two fully developed paragraphs with at least 200 words using the following guidelines: • Select and identify another dance piece from the list of Comparison Music Pieces below that is similar to the music performance that you attended. In most cases, the pieces listed below are considered masterpieces. • Explain three qualities that the music performance you attended shares with the piece from the Comparison Music Pieces, with specific examples to support your argument. • Based on your comparison, explain whether or not the music performance that you attended is a masterpiece or might become a masterpiece, using specific examples to support your decision. 6 Comparison Music Pieces Classification Western Type Chaconne Dance Piece Chaconne From Partita No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004 – J.S. Bach: Online Video URL https://youtu.be/6q-Zqz7mNjQ Western Symphony Symphony No. 5 in C minor “Fate” – Op. 67 – Ludwig van Beethoven https://youtu.be/OGnBrabqdP4 Western Art Song Erlkönig – Franz Schubert https://youtu.be/JS91p-vmSf0 Western Folk Song Mr. Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan https://youtu.be/PYF8Y47qZQY Western Contemporary Variation of a Folk Song Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan - John ...
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Dance Concert Aesthetic Experience Worksheet
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

The student will be able to identify elements of style in various forms of western and non-western human creative expression.
The student will be able to apply a basic vocabulary essential for communicating concepts in the humanities disciplines.
The student will be able to identify how forms of Western and Non-Western human creative expressions reflect the human condition.
The student will be able to compare and contrast enduring contributions of individual artists, thinkers, and writers.
The student will be able to develop critical analysis skills in reference to works of human creative expression.

GRADING
See the assessment rubric attached to the Aesthetic Experience and Critical Analysis Essay dropbox folder.

MATERIALS
Use all of the online module resources, your textbook, and the Comparison Dance Pieces

Classification

Dance Piece

Online Video URL

Western

Martha Graham: Errand Into the Maze

https://youtu.be/npSXDzqwFJg

Western

Paul Taylor: Bach-Stokowski: Toccata & Fugue

https://youtu.be/N-KFRwETojc

Western

Ruth St. Denis: Dance of the Peacock

https://youtu.be/iRSzXbHCbQY

Western

Alvin Ailey: Excerpts from Revelations

https://youtu.be/LZuBFz6WYfs

Eastern

Sufi Whirling Dervishes

https://youtu.be/Ywa6glFr6io?t=2m30s

Eastern

Classical East Indian Dance: Bharatanatyam

https://youtu.be/9RmTdtU8TA4

Eastern

Japanese Classical Dance

https://youtu.be/JhQxMJ5FbS4

Eastern

Traditional Native American Spirit Dance

https://youtu.be/Ze0dpXuvxFg

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Dance and Movement Vocabulary and Principles at the end of this document to guide your writing.

INSTRUCTIONS
For this assignment you will physically attend a dance concert to write about. Then you will compare it to a dance from the
list of designated videos in this document.
1. Choose a dance event near your location to attend that meets the following criteria:
• The dance event must be a live performance.
• Most genres are acceptable, including ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, and ethnic dances.
• The dance event must provide a dated receipt or dated ticket. You must take a digital photograph of your
dated receipt or dated ticket and insert it in the designated space provided below.
• If you experience difficulty finding a dance event near your location, contact your instructor.
2. Visit your chosen dance event. Suggestions:
• You may wish to take a copy of this worksheet with you to the dance event in order to more carefully analyze
the dance.
3. Complete the “Essay Header” section in the designated space provided below.
4. Complete the “Dance Information” section in the designated space provided below.
5. Complete the 3 Prompts in the “Aesthetic Experience and Critical Analysis Essay” section in the
designated space provided below. Respond to the prompts using the following guidelines:
• Use full sentences and paragraphs in your responses.
• Use and incorporate relevant and genre-specific vocabulary for each prompt. Definitions of relevant
vocabulary are provided at the end of this document, in the online module resources, and in your textbook.
• Your completed essay responses should be a total of at least 600 words (at least 200 words per response).
6. Submit your completed Dance Concert Aesthetic Experience Worksheet to the Aesthetic Experience and
Critical Analysis Essay dropbox folder.

ESSAY HEADER
Student Full Name
Title of Dance Concert
Name of Dance Company

Errand into the maze
Martha Graham Dance Company

Location of Dance Concert
Date of Dance Concert

2

Digital
Photograph of
Dated Receipt
or Dated Ticket

3

DANCE INFORMATION
Title
Choreographer
Creation Date
Discipline Classification

Errand into the maze
Martha Graham
1947
Musical Stage:

How is the selection classified in
the Humanities? Is it Literature,
Visual Art, Music, Theater,
Musical Stage, or other?

Genre, Time Period, Style
What type of dance is it? Is it a
modern or classical, or other? Is it
a contemporary work or historical?

Length & Scope
Do you believe that the style and
number of performers has any
impact upon the way that you
react to this piece? How? Was the
choreographer’s intent adequately
portrayed?

Size & Effect of Size
What is the size of the work? Do
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