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Pick a non-US film from the period 1960-present.
You may write a comparative paper if you so wish, but please do not write about more than 3 films.
You must use at least 4-5 sources you have found during research. All 5 sources may be secondary, but if you want to include primary sources, limit these to 2, with the other 3 being scholarly, secondary sources rather than popular sources (check with your TA if you are unsure which is which)
The choice of film is yours, you may use a film from the syllabus, or from off the syllabus, but you must have access to the film (so you can watch it repeatedly in order to write your paper).
Write a research based paper in which you critically analyze and discuss the film through a historical framework. When thinking about which kind of framework or focus you want to take, consider some of these potential avenues:
How concepts of authorship or film style were affected by the political environment in which the film was made e.g. under fascism, post-colonialism…
The role the government played in constricting or liberating film production, for example, through legislation or subsidies and other financial support.
Other cultural or social issues that the film/s may address directly, such as youth culture, feminism, immigration, violence, etc. These issues must be historically situated within a specific national context (in other words, think about why are your issue is important, or being debated in the time and place the film is being made?) This information will help you analyze your film, by providing historical context for your analysis.

Try to identify a question you want to answer through writing the paper. You can make this question the title of your paper. Answering this question will result in your thesis.

Show your research in your writing – include information from primary sources you have used, and cite/quote what other film scholars have written about your chosen topic. However, remember to keep the thesis original and your own.

Use your chosen film to support your argument and discuss your topic. There should be a good balance between presenting your research, and analyzing the film/s.

Once you’ve written your paper, read it out loud. You can improve flow by checking your writing this way.

Research Paper Outline & Annotated Bibliography: Due April 29 at midnight

Write roughly 200-250 words outlining the chosen topic for your research paper.

Gather and organize an annotated bibliography that will help you write your research paper that includes 4-5 sources.

You may include class readings, but they will not count towards your 4-5 sources.

Be aware that the most helpful sources may not be directly about your chosen film, but might instead speak more broadly to your chosen topic. For example, the national film industry you are looking at, or what is going on politically and socially in the nation you are focusing on at the time your chosen film was made. It is advisable to find a mix of sources – some of which are broad in scope (to give you historical/political/cultural, or social context) as well as those which are about your specific film/s.

All 4/5 can be secondary scholarly sources (books, book chapters, articles in peer-reviewed journals), or, if you chose, you may include 2 primary sources and 2/3 secondary sources. Please only include one popular source.

Here is a guide to help you distinguish between types of sources: to an external site. to an external site.

Please use Chicago Manual of Style (Links to an external site.)

Each of your annotations should include roughly the following:

A brief description of the content/author’s argument
How helpful or relevant do you believe the source is for your paper? (Will it shape a major part of your paper or only part? What part of your paper will it help most with?)
Who is the author – where do they work/teach – what is their area of expertise?
Here is a guide to help: to an external site.

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Two songs that are covered during the first four lectures will be compared and contrasted. The songs must be chosen from the provided lists - one from list one and one from list 2 -and the paper should be no shorter than 3 pages (excluding bibliography). A bibliography must be included with proper citations for the songs themselves and at least 2 proper references.

One of the references should be “Stinging Like Tabasco” by Imani Perry
Be Sure to Listen to the Songs and Choose Ones that you feel that you may have a lot to say about, and remember, you’re comparing the songs not how you feel about the songs.


Starting Points

You do what’s asked –2 songs from the lists, 3 pages long, bibliography, both compare and contrast the songs, offer equal opinion and insight into both songs, offer proper support for info=15 pts before deductions.

Miss major elements –only one song, songs are from the same list or are not on the list, no bibliography, 1.5 pages or less. –7.5 points before deductions.

but examples include unsupported/wrong information, incorrect citations, obviously poor effort, didn’t compare songs but wrote about how one feels about the songs, skate.

Song lists for the assignment

List One

Queen Latifah –Ladies First

Public Enemy –Bring The Noise

NWA–Hundred Miles and Runnin’

Ice Cube –Black Korea

List Two

Beastie Boys –Fight For Your Right To Party

A Tribe Called Quest –Can I Kick It ?

Dr. Dre - Fuck Wit Dre Day

Raekwon –Ice Cream

Use Imani Perry’s “Stinging Like Tabasco” to compare the types of flow.

Compare  the way that the beat is created

Compare the use of “Signifyin” in the lyrics.

Compare the environments that the songs came from and how we hear them

Compare anything else that you can think of !!

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Music connects people to time and place. For instance, many of you may remember a song that comforted you during a difficult time or that was playing during a happy occasion like a graduation or engagement. Despite varying tastes, the one constant across humanity is that music can play a role in times of comfort and celebration.

This week’s writing assignment asks you to consider what songs are important to you and why. Or, if you would prefer, you may interview another person and use their replies to write this essay from their point of view. You can think of this as collecting the soundtrack of someone’s life or a musical autobiography.

In 750–1,000 words, consider and explain the role of music in your life story or of your interview subject’s life story. Your assignment should be written in essay format with a thesis, main points, and substantive conclusion. You must incorporate a connection to the Unit 8 text reading material, so you need to cite at least one source. Be sure to incorporate APA citations throughout the analysis, and include a reference page at the end of your analysis.

For each of the following categories, you must include at least one specific song and artist. Express the music and link it directly to an experience and the emotions you felt. Remember to link your individual experience to broaden your understanding of the impact of music at large.

In your analysis, address the following to examine music in childhood, adolescence, and adulthood:

What music do you associate with childhood? How did/does this music make you feel? How do your choices reflect your childhood experiences? What can you conclude about the nature of music and its impact after this reflection on your personal experience? As you discuss this time in life, include at least one specific song/artist. Explain their role in this experience.
What music do you associate with adolescence? Was this music a way to fit in or rebel? What can you conclude about the nature of music and its impact after this reflection on your personal experience? As you discuss this time in life, include at least one specific song/artist. Explain their role in this experience.
What music do you associate with comfort or inspiration in your adulthood? How do these songs help you deal with disappointment or stress? What can you conclude about the nature of music and its impact after this reflection on your personal experience? Include at least one specific song/artist for this category.

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I would like to see more of how these films are similar based on genre, camera techniques, the mise-en-scene, a film movement (neorealism, nouvelle vague, etc), stars, music, etc. And you can talk about how they are different.

I want a thesis and support of your argument. This is MORE THAN PLOT SUMMARY. If you are using MLA the title of major works like movies and books are underlined or in italics and APA uses italics – if you underline major works, then all major works need to be underlined, if you italicize major works then all major works must be italicized. And of course, it is expected you use proper grammar and punctuation.

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Topic Name:-  Shape | Form | Value – Organic Shapes Project: 


For this project you will be tasked to create a drawing from a still life of organic shapes.  The drawing will that will begin as a drawing of shapes and be developed into form by adding value. Your reference can be chosen from images shown in class or you can research and find one of your liking with instructor approval on image before you begin.  
If you are choosing to find your own image, you will need to keep the following in mind:
The image must be a photograph 
Try searching for still life photography
The image must have a minimum of three organic forms 
You can combine geometric forms in the still life but there must be three organic forms at minimum
There must be clear chiaroscuro lighting in the image 
There should be a clear light and shadow side on the forms in the photo (ratio should be 1/3 – 2/3)


Your drawing should include all forms as seen in your reference image
You will need to use sight measurements to create accurate proportions. 
You will need to use a five value system to plot out values on each individual shape. 
Cast Shadows must be indicated as seen in still life
There should be a clear shadow and light side to each of the forms (cylinder, sphere, cube and cone). 
Values should be blended to create a realistic transition of value. 

Scoring Rubric:

Your drawing should have a clear likeness to your reference image. (20 PTS)

You will need to use a five value system to plot out values on each individual shape.(20 PTS)

Cast Shadows must be indicated as seen in still life (20 PTS)

There should be a clear shadow and light side to each of the forms (cylinder, sphere, cube and cone).(20 PTS)

Values should be blended to create a realistic transition of value. (20 PTS)

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Select an interior created or significantly altered after 1800 and closely associated with a major movement, group, or set of ideas in the decorative arts and design(Arts & Crafts, Vienna Secession, Society of Artist-Decorators, Futurism, Constructivism, Postmodernism, Sustainability,Universal/Inclusive Design,etc.)

Research and write an approximately 1500 word formal academic paper driven by a thesis and argument that analyzes the movement, group, or set of ideas and places your interior within the context of the major ideas of your group. How does this interior express the ideas of the movement or group

You may want to consider some of the following questions when developing your thesis and argument, with an emphasis on how your interior reflects or exemplifies the ideas, goals, and/or approaches of your movement:
•How is the interior space organized?How is the room laid out? How are the functions of the space organized? Would this space be part of a larger suite of rooms or is it more self-contained? 
•What is the relationship between architecture and interior?How do the elements of the interior architectural frame (i.e. floors, windows, walls, ceilings, interior architectural details, etc.) relate to the furniture and furnishings? Is there a relationship between interior and exterior architecture? Interior and exterior space?
•How was the space designed and executed? Who would have been responsible for the aesthetic conception of the space? What were they trying to achieve/what principles guided them? Who would have executed the different components of the interior? 
•How are form and ornament used, including iconography or symbolism, sources, and cultural meanings?

Your paper must include at least one clear image of your interior space with a caption indicating the name or title of your interior (e.g. living room, Falling water), responsible parties (i.e. architect/designer etc.) and date. 
All papers must include proper footnotes and bibliography in appropriate Chicago/Humanities format

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Write a short essay (3-5 paragraphs, 300 word maximum) in which you compare and contrast one image from the Global Image Gallery or assigned art reading and one literary work. They may be from different cultures or periods. How are they similar and/or different from each other, and what does that suggest about the author/artist or culture of origin? Why is it interesting to look at them together?

Consider both subject matter and style. Include a close reading of one short passage and visual analysis of the image.

NOTE that am aware that they are not technically from same period, although commonly mistaken

works to compare:
Dante Alighieri, The Inferno, trans. Pinsky (Farrar Straus) (978-0374524524)
and one of the images attached of your choosing, whichever you think is strongest
first is: Botticelli: Portrait of Dante Alighieri
second is:Botticelli: Judith and Holofernes

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Project Guidelines 
Watch a feature film of your choice. If it is one you have seen before, watch it again before starting your essay.
Write a three page analysis on the editing of your chosen film based on the editing techniques you have learned in class. Analyze how the editing choices affect the tone of the film. Consider the pacing, transitions, the audio design, the music, and any other post production choices used to enhance the story. 
Please deliver your essay double spaced using 12 point Times New Roman font.

The essay must be submitted as either an Adobe Acrobat (.PDF) file or as a Microsoft Word (.DOC or DOCX) document.

Submit your paper to the Essay Submission Folder (in the Projects and Essays Submission Folder Module)

Your essay is  due directly after the end of Unit 9. 

Instructor's Note: Though music, sound design and visual effects are all important aspects of the postproduction process, the editing comes first!  Thus your essays need to address the ways particular editing techniques are used and how they specifically help tell the story -- once you've done that you can bring in music, sound design and visual effects.  
Also realize that talking about shots, lighting, art direction and other on-set decisions are meaningless for this essay except in the context of ways they provide the raw source material for a style of editing or transitions.  Also remember that specific shot sizes and types of coverage are determined on set by the Director and the Director of Photography.  So any references to specific shot sizes should be within the context of how they are cut together to build sequences and move the story line forward. Likewise, you should have realized by now that the only times you should mention the 180 degree line are those when it may have been broken - and why.  

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Answer all the questions below for the work of art you selected from the Mathaf collection choices listed below. Answers will vary in length, since some questions are quite straightforward and others are more complex.          

1) Identify the Mathaf object you selected: title, date, artist if known, country of origin
    In the museum, this information is included in the LABEL COPY on the wall, usually beside the work of art. In the 
    same gallery, there may also be WALL TEXT that contains additional information on the works displayed ther
2)  What medium (materials) has the artist used?
      In the museum, you would also be able to get a sense of HOW the materials are used-for example, how is the 
      paint applied? thinly or thickly (impasto), perhaps in overlays? is the brushwork visible (as w/the
      Impressionists)? Is the surface rough or smooth, highly finished and polished? If you can answer any of these
      questions from your digital repro, great, but if not don’t worry about it. Some things you have to see in person.
3)  Form: what does it look like? color, line, shape, space, pattern, light/dark contrast?, etc.
4)  Content: what is the subject matter?  how does the artist represent it? (for example: the subject may be a 
      woman, but what is she doing? is this a portrait of a “real” person, or is she used as a symbol or allegorical
      figure that represents something other than herself (like Delacroix’s figure of Liberty Leading the People)?
5)  Mathaf=a museum of modern Arab art, so how/is the work representative of Arab/Islamic culture in general? If 
      you think it’s not, explain why.
6)  How/is the work related to a Western style of the modern period, such as Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, 
6)  Why did you choose to write about this work? What do you find interesting/appealing about it?
7)  Add your personal observations and insights.
      No biographical information on your artist is necessary, although you may include a short summary if you choose.  Although we cannot visit Mathaf as planned, your PRIMARY FOCUS should be still be LOOKING & THINKING CRITICALLY about the work you selected (i.e., visual and content analysis), rather than looking up material online or doing outside research. However, if you use outside sources you MUST CITE THEM in a works cited page at the end of the essay using the CHICAGO STYLE bibliographic form.  Be sure to include a color copy of the image you are writing about and follow the essay writing and formatting directions on the Assignments & Projects sheet.  Mathaf has information on most of the works of art listed below on its website.    

Works from the Mathaf Collection-choose one of these to write about:
Homage to Michaelangelo, 1994, by Ali Talib
Our Epic Tale, 1973, Jassim Zaini
A Pause with the Spirit, 2001, Saadi al Kaabi
Letters, 1900, Rafik Lahham
An Egyptian Family, 1995, Gazbia Sirry
Construction, 1976, Yousef Ahmed
Jersualem, 1996, Sliman Mansour
Red Sky with Birds, 1981, Dia Azzawi
Suspended Together, Manal al Dowayan
Baghdadiat, Jewad Selim

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Linked below from WNYU studios is a podcast about Color (Links to an external site.) an hour long in three chapters, listen to all three segments my personal fevered is the chapter on Blue. Once the canvas site goes live you will be asked for your comments an observations in response to this podcast and the videos in the discution section. Below you will also find links to two different episodes of Art in the 21st century which if you've not already encountered it is an excellent public television series in which artists speak about their work without filter or commentary by others. Within the two episodes linked here there are two artists in particular that I want you to look at the first being Ronnie Horn (Links to an external site.) in the second being Gabrielle Orozco (Links to an external site.) neither of these artists are strictly photographers rather they are multidisciplinary artists that use photography as one of many ways of engaging the world around them. I am assigning them because I thank that their strategies and philosophical relationships to art making could be useful in thanking about making work in a time of social distancing. As a bonus are 21 episodes always feature several artists and I would encourage you to watch the entire episode and not just skip to the two artists that I've mentioned. There are two other artist in these episodes that I think are particularly interesting, Fred Wilson and Collier Schorr. Colliers is someone we will be talking about later this the quarter in relationship to constructed images and narrative. (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

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the skills to approach a broad range of structures and assess them with some degree of knowledge about the history of architecture and the culture in which they were made.  This paper is an opportunity to show some of what you have learned in an analysis of a work of architecture.

Your task is to choose any building dating from 1400 to the present (if you are uncertain, please ask Prof. Thomas or a TA).  It may not be a building that we have looked at in class.  You may use a building you have visited in person, one you find in books, or one you find online (in addition to your textbook a good search option is Google art and culture (Links to an external site.)).  A good tip if you are uncertain which building to choose is to search for other buildings by an architect that you enjoyed studying in class.

Once you have selected your building, do the same sort of exhaustive visual examination as you did for the first paper(Write down everything you notice: its form, that materials used in its construction, the use of ornament and color, the place it occupies, the space(s) inside it, and its general form (no need to have measurements, just talk about these latter qualities in general terms).  But then take the next step, and analyze it historically.  How does it reflect the values of its culture?  How does it relate to works we have studied in class?  Does it have particular political, economic, structural, or religious significance?  Use the information provided on trustworthy web sites, and turn to JSTOR and Grove Art Online (both accessible through the library website) to find out more. Also, feel free to return to your class notes and textbook to deepen your historical analysis.  Do not copy online texts in your final paper.  You must synthesize what you read in your own words.

Your paper should be 3-4 pages in length and include an image of the building you examine (the image should be added at the end, and does not count as part of your paper’s length).

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For this assignment, you'll be providing a response to a selection of artwork or texts. It is intended to be a branching activity in the sense that you will have the opportunity to discuss with others afterward, the particular works you viewed or what you read about, compare and learn.

1. First view the following film on the policies of the Nazis...

Art as Nazi Propaganda (Video) (
2. Then choose one of the links below and view the 'degenerate' art in their collection. Choose one artwork from their 'degenerate' art collection to describe that stood out for you and your response/reaction to it, its artist, and history. Why did you choose this one? What effect did it have on you (including what you found out about the artist and the history of the artwork)?

"Degenerate Art" at the Tate (Website - view the selected artists in the collection) (
"Degenerate Art" Exhibit at the MOMA (Website - tour the online exhibit) (
"Degenerate Art" Exhibit at the Neue Galerie (NY Times Article) (
What to do: Review the instructions for this week's assignment.

Understand the extent of the cultural policy and the works that were targeted.
Get a sense of the art that was burned and banned, created within the camps, and in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust.

What to Include
A written response answering the prompts
Summary of one of the works that stood out for you and your response to it. Why this one? What effect did it have?

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The course this research paper is for is a seminar on medievalism in the past and present. My research topic is on the arthurian enchantress Morgan le Fay and her evolution throughout history, specifically looking at her presence three different eras -in medieval literature, victorian and pre-raphaelite art and her modern appearances in comic books (marvel and camelot 3000). 

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