Final Project Guidelines

Art 1010

Fall 2018

Final Project Details and Due Dates


Final Project Guidelines


For your final project you may choose one of three assignments:


  1. Paper proposal (750-1000 words plus images)
    For this project, you will do everything for a term paper EXCEPT write an actual paper. Your final product should be an introduction to your topic (stating your topic and some sort of thesis or statement/argument about the topic), a proposed paper outline (including at least three artworks, their images, and sources that you will use), and a conclusion (restating what you sought to prove in your introduction by reiterating the points made over the course of your paper, and telling your reader why it is important—think of the stakes of your project and what we lose by not knowing whatever your points were).
  2. Themed Museum Tour (including 5 works of art at either the Met or the Brooklyn Museum)
    For this project, you will choose an issue or theme that you noticed or thought about over this course, and select 5 works that illustrate that particular theme or say something about it. Your finished product should have an introduction for the works in question and your theme, as well as a justification for each work you included—why this particular work over others? What makes it a good example to discuss your theme?
  3. Creative project—make me something
    For this project, you should make something visual and creative (NOT a poster, but something crafty or creative) that is in dialogue with an issue, theme, or particular artist/artwork that you have encountered as part of this class. Any creative/made project should be accompanied by a 500 word artist statement that explains what artworks or artists you were reacting to and how your choices, formal, material, and compositional, relate to that artist or object.


Important Due Dates and Deadlines


  1. Choose a topic by MONDAY NOV 26.


  1. Outline/Backgound
    For this part of the project assemble 5 to 7 works of art that relate to your theme or issue. Images should have the following information: artist, title, date, and museum (where applicable). Please choose artworks from NYC museums. Any other artworks need prior approval. How do these works relate to your final project? What do they illustrate or make visible that you want to explore or highlight?

    Craft a statement that identifies how these works illustrate something about your topic. This is your provisional thesis statement or argument. You should say something about the issues and works of art you have chosen.

    Image lists and thesis statement should be posted to the class site NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 3.




Compile a bibliography of at least 3 online sources (smarthistory, the Met’s Timeline of Art History, museum websites) plus two articles (art magazine, newspaper, etc.) that relate to your topic. Once compiled, describe each source—what is it about—and what does it offer your project? How is it useful?


This is an annotated bibliography and should be posted by Dec. 10.



Dec 12: Final Projects Due.

Extra Credit

You have two ways to earn extra credit in this course.

1. You may attend an art-related event on campus (including the artist talks hosted by the art department), and write a review of the event.

2. You may go to another museum or gallery to see an exhibition.

Reviews should include the who, what where, when and why of the talk, a brief summary of the event, and your review  of what happened. In your review think about what the message was and how was it conveyed. What are the stakes? Why is it important? approx. 300-500 words.


For Wednesday: Sign up for your groups and make a post on how to post

Hi all,

For Wednesday of this week, please continue to familiarize yourselves with the CUNY Academic Commons and then sign up for your class’s group on the Commons (this allows me to email you about assignments, reminders, etc.).

For Wednesday 9/5 you have a couple of assignments: 1) make a post on how to make a post. Literally, provide instructions to someone who may have never seen the site before on how to make a post. Think of this like explaining this to your grandmother. Please tag it with the Blog Post 1: How to Post tag.

Also for 9/5, please write down your art story, per the schedule and assignments and post it using the Blog Post 2: My Art Story tag.