imagine that you are a docent guide at the metropolitan museum of art you have been asked to conduct a tour for a group of college students

Imagine that you are a docent (guide) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You have been asked to conduct a tour for a group of college students visiting from Point Loma Nazarene University for the weekend.

Since the students and their instructor have a full agenda for viewing art in New York City, they will only have time for a one-hour tour at the museum. However, their instructor has requested that they view works from different time periods and cultures demonstrative of the breadth of the Metropolitan’s collections.

In planning for the tour, therefore, your task is to select 5 works of art from the museum’s collections that each represent a different era and culture and forge meaningful connections between them to create a cohesive tour unified by a single theme.

Developing Your Tour

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1. First, choose one theme that we have previously studied: community, spirituality, cycle of life, science and illusion, rulers, war, social conscience, body, gender, expression. Your theme may also be a sub-theme of one of these categories. For example, a sub-theme of war could be war heroes, a sub-theme of community could be religious communities. Clearly articulate what your theme is. Answer the following: Why did you choose this theme? In what way does it resonate with you?

2. Next, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Browse the timeline by “Thematic Category” (top left) – note that this does not refer to themes as we are discussing them – this is just a way to organize your search by culture and era. After exploring a variety of works in these categories (allocate plenty of time just to peruse images), choose 5 works of art from 5 different “Thematic Categories” (5 works from different cultures and eras – for instance, you could have works from 20th century U.S., European Renaissance, West Africa, Medieval Islamic Cultures and Mesoamerican Art). Try to choose works for which you have a point of reference – either from our course or another experience.

3. Collect your images (along with the image’s caption and basic information) and store them for imminent application.

4. Although the purpose of this project is not to conduct research, you will likely have to do some supplemental research about the objects you selected in order to develop an informed tour. Fortunately, you need to look no further than the Metropolitan’s own collection of Thematic Essays (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

5. For each image, you will need to incorporate discussion of:

  • art elements and design principles
  • art media and processes
  • some pertinent contextual information. Focus on one or two of the following contexts for each work: historical, cultural, religious, economic, social, artist biographical
  • clear, detailed connections that demonstrate how this work relates to your theme

6. Next, consider the order in which you will present each work of art. It certainly need not be chronological, but it should be logical in the sense that each work will need to tie into the work that precedes and follows it in your tour.

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7. Forge meaningful, authentic connections between the objects included in your tour. Just as you include transitions when writing an essay, you will include them in your tour so that your audience has a cohesive learning experience.

8. Finally, develop…

  • a short introduction to the tour that provides an overview of your theme and hooks your audience in with a lingering question, personal anecdote, or interesting snippet of information.
  • a conclusion that underscores the connections as well as the uniqueness of the works you chose and leaves the audience with something further to ponder.

Presenting your Tour

You have several options for presenting your tour. The mode of delivery can be:

  • a video (no longer than 5 minutes)
  • a slideshow with written commentary (15-20 slides).
  • a podcast with an attached image guide (no longer than 5 minutes)

(FOR THE VOICE OVER PLEASE MAKE SURE IT IS DONE WITH A WOMAN’S VOICE!!!)

Regardless of the presentation format, you will need to include both written or audio content and images.

Inspiration and Elaborate Examples

For a little inspiration, watch and listen to how the staff from the Metropolitan connected a variety of works in the museum using various themes such as war and conflict, (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. motherhood (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.or gratitude (see below). Note that your presentation must be your work and your work alone, so these Connections simply serve as inspiration and loose examples.

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Submission

Submit your final assignment – your thematic museum tour – here. Carefully review the Rubric for Thematic Tour Assignment for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

You will need to include the following:

  • an explanation of your choice of theme
  • a link to your presentation or the embedded presentation

Rubric

Thematic Tours Rubric

Thematic Tours Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeClear Introduction

20.0 pts

Distinguished: introduction that provides a preview of your tour (10 points) with a clear establishment of theme (10 points)Full Marks

0.0 pts

Incomplete: No/limited introduction

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeRepresents 5 Cultures and Time Periods

10.0 pts

Distinguished: The 5 works of art hail from 5 different cultures and 5 different time periods (2 points each)Full Marks

0.0 pts

Incomplete: No/limited distributed representation

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeProvides Accurate Image Captions

20.0 pts

Distinguished: image caption information: artist (culture if that information is not available), title, date, medium (4 pts each)Full Marks

0.0 pts

Incomplete: Lacks clear/accurate image captions

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeConnects to theme

30.0 pts

Distinguished: details for each work of art that directly connect to theme (6 pts each)Full Marks

0.0 pts

Incomplete: Lacks details for one or more pieces

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDiscusses Elements

20.0 pts

Distinguished: deliberate discussion of art elements and principles for each work of art (4 pts each)Full Marks

0.0 pts

Incomplete: Does not delibrately discussion elements and principles

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeExplains Processes and Techniques

20.0 pts

Distinguished: explanation of art media and/or processes and techniques for each work of art (4 pts each)

0.0 pts

Incomplete: unclear/missing explanations

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeProvides Pertinent Information

25.0 pts

Distinguished: pertinent historical, cultural and contextual information about each work (5 pts each)

0.0 pts

Incomplete: Missing/unclear historical, cultural and contextual information

25.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeProvides Authentic and Meaningful Transitions

15.0 pts

Distinguished: authentic and meaningful transitions between objects (3 points each, including connecting 1st work to introduction and 5th work to conclusion)

0.0 pts

Incomplete: Missing/unclear authentic and meaningful transitions

15.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDemonstrates Liveliness and Originality of Presentation

10.0 pts

Distinguished: liveliness and originality of presentation

0.0 pts

Incomplete: Missing/non-creative presentation

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIncludes a Summative Conclusion

20.0 pts

Distinguished: summative conclusion (10 points) that leaves audience with something to ponder (10 points)

0.0 pts

Incomplete: Missing/unclear conclusion

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar Usage

10.0 pts

Distinguished: proper spelling (if applicable), grammar and use of language

0.0 pts

Incomplete: Poor grammatical presentation

10.0 pts

Total Points: 200.0


This is a final project and is extremely important. Thank you in advance for the effort

Also, I would perfer this project is done in powerpoint format, and if done that way, please use google slides.

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