Virtual Arts Experience Options
During the course of the semester, you will write two Arts Experience review essays chosen from two DIFFERENT types of the following activities: an art exhibit or art show, a theatrical or dramatic show, a poetry reading, or a religious observance outside of your own tradition.
Complete guidelines for writing about each event are posted in the folders below–Art, Drama, and Religion.
Suggested events are listed below. Any other events not listed must have prior approval to receive credit. The events must be ones that you attend during the current semester.
Virtual Art Gallery Tours
These are Google Arts and Culture sites, and if you scroll down to the “In this collection” section, you will find items by historical category and/or artist. The more you can tie into the time period you are currently studying or will during the semester, the better. Be sure to focus on fine art, rather than historical artifacts, when you choose your works. There is often overlap in early periods; however, you are almost always safe with painting, drawing, sculpture and original photography.
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Google’s Street View (Links to an external site.) feature lets visitors tour the Guggenheim’s famous spiral staircase without ever leaving home. From there, you can discover incredible works of art from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary eras.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
This famous American art museum features two online exhibits (Links to an external site.) through Google. The first is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895, including many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras. The second is a collection of works from Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer.
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
You can virtually walk through (Links to an external site.) this popular gallery that houses dozens of famous works from French artists who worked and lived between 1848 and 1914. Get a peek at artworks from Monet, Cézanne, and Gauguin, among others.
Pergamon Museum, Berlin
As one of Germany’s largest museums, Pergamon has a lot to offer – even if you can’t physically be there (Links to an external site.). This historical museum is home to plenty of ancient artifacts including the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and, of course, the Pergamon Altar.
Explore the masterworks from the Dutch Golden Age, including works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Google offers a Street View tour (Links to an external site.) of this iconic museum, so you can feel as if you’re actually wandering its halls.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter can see his works up close (or, almost up close (Links to an external site.)) by virtually visiting this museum – the largest collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh, including over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in this California art museum. Take a Street View tour (Links to an external site.) to discover a huge collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. The building was designed by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world (Links to an external site.).
With her band, Future Wife, playwright Young Jean Lee takes the stage in a life-affirming show that anyone could perform, about the thing everyone has in common: WE’RE GONNA DIE. You may be miserable, but you won’t be alone.
https://youngjeanlee.org/work/were-gonna-die/ (Links to an external site.)
Broadway.Com 7 Day Free Trial – so if you plan ahead by looking at what is available by using the categories, you can do your arts experience during the free trial! Shakepeare plays and other options from the time periods you are studying are likely options, so these are your best choices for relating to the course.
https://www.broadwayhd.com/ (Links to an external site.)
There are some live theatre performances available on Amazon Prime Video if you have Amazon Prime, including the following
Shakepeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
https://www.amazon.com/Midsummer-Nights-Dream-Maxine-Peake/dp/B07BXNKNHK (Links to an external site.)
Shakespeare’s King Lear
https://www.amazon.com/King-Lear-Ian-Holm/dp/B07C1254DD (Links to an external site.)
Southern Baptist Sissies, which tells the story of four boys who are gay growing up in the Southern BaptistChurch and how they each deal differently with the conflict between the teachings of the church and their sexuality.
https://www.amazon.com/Southern-Baptist-Sissies-Emerson-Collins/dp/B00P7PJDHY (Links to an external site.)
Rogers and Hammerstein’s Carousel musical Live from Lincoln Center (can be used for Music or Drama)
https://www.amazon.com/Live-Lincoln-Center-Hammersteins-Carousel/dp/B06XXW1MLZ (Links to an external site.)
Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto
https://www.amazon.com/Verdi-Rigoletto-Fl%C3%B3rez-Semperoper-Dresden/dp/B073SK1PFQ (Links to an external site.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-A6veVHhtA (Links to an external site.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb7ykvEDSRk (Links to an external site.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HaDoAq0XPI (Links to an external site.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DCIkBx64DU (Links to an external site.)
Jewish Shabbat service with guitarist
https://www.facebook.com/257334584750592/videos/223821242029006/ (Links to an external site.)
Podcasts for Passover, Easter and Ramadan [connect to podcast service and listen to two of them, preferably non-Christian]
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/style/self-care/seder-easter-zoom-coronavirus.html (Links to an external site.)
Ramadan Service (Islam)
https://www.islamicity.org/series/taraweeh-prayers-makkah-1-ramadan-1441-2020-start-verse-21/ (Links to an external site.)
Nation of Islam (African American political and new religious movement, founded in Detroit, Michigan)
https://www.noi.org/webcast/ (Links to an external site.)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqB-jDwuxDJ_MqY5Ls4JNNw (Links to an external site.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd2DI9W-7g4 (Links to an external site.)
For Visual ArtWrite a thoughtful essay, 2-3 pages in length, double spaced using 12 point font and 1” margins on all sides. Your paper should be clearly organized, largely free of grammatical and syntactical errors and supported by numerous specific examples from the exhibit you attended. Use the following guidelines to organize and develop your Arts Experience Essay. You MUST provide proof of attendance in the form of a receipt, ticket, program book, pictures of you at the event in the lobby, by the stage, next to a work of art, getting a performer’s autograph, etc. Paste pictures into the Microsoft Word document review.IntroductionYour opening paragraph should include the name and location of the gallery, the title and date of the exhibit, the artist’s full name and the title of each work you chose to evaluate.Create a thesis and support it using specific examples from the exhibit.Body Paragraphs: In the body paragraphs, discuss the areas below that best fit the play that you see. Use each category for at LEAST THREE WORKS OF ART included in the exhibit.Category I: Formal QualitiesDiscuss what you like and dislike about each work. In your evaluation, consider: line, shape, color, texture, space, mass/volume, depth and compositionCategory II: Subject MatterDiscuss what the work of art represents. Remember, not all works of art have subject matter; many buildings, paintings, sculptures and other art objects include no recognizable imagery but feature only lines, colors, masses, volumes and other formal elements. However, all works or art have meaning, because they seek to convey feelings, communicate ideas or affirm the beliefs of their makers.Category III: Medium (The material or materials from which a work art is made.)Two-dimensional mediums include painting, drawing, prints and photography. Three-dimensional mediums are sculpture and architecture. Technique is the process used to make the work. Today, literally anything can be used to make a work of art, including not only traditional materials like paint, ink and stone, but also food, trash, earth, found objects, prefabricated objects and consumer products.Category IV: YOUR Opinion. I want to know what you think of the works and artists you are reviewing. Don’t be afraid to say you don’t like an artist’s work. ConnectionsWhat insights did you gain about the time in history or mythology depicted in the exhibit? Do any of the values or beliefs connect to the values and beliefs of the artists we have studied in this course? How does that explain/connect to human culture — dress, speech, values? Give specific examples from the text.Conclusion: Briefly summarize your main ideas and end with a thoughtful insight that pulls the essay together.
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