field trip essay

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This assignment supports the following outcomes:

  • Obtain knowledge and analyze significant movements and genres in Western art and architecture
  • Be able to analyze works of art in terms of subject matter and style
  • Be able to communicate ideas about art using the appropriate vocabulary in written format
  • Appreciate recognized works of art based in Los Angeles


For this assignment, you will complete and submit a written report on a field trip.

After visiting the location: The Getty Center, you will write an essay about your visit. In the essay you should:

  1. 1.Describe/summarize two works of art viewed. List the title of the works viewed, the name of the artist(s), and the year the works were created.
  2. 2.Relate the artwork or architecture at the location to the type of art, the genre, and the time period the art is from. How does the artwork or architecture you viewed exemplify its major characteristics?
  3. 3.Through comparing and contrasting two pieces of art, you will evaluate how two works can express very different or similar styles, contexts, and cultural meanings.
  4. 4.Write your own reaction to the artworks. What did you expect before experiencing the artworks? Explain if your expectations were valid. What were your reactions to the artworks? Did you like the artwork or architecture? Why or why not? Include information about how going to the location fostered your appreciation of recognized works of art.

The essay should have 1-inch margins, be double-spaced, and use 12-point Times New Roman font. It should be 3 to 4 pages in length (approximately 700 to 1,500 words), not counting the title page, image page, and list of works cited. Research sources must be cited properly within the essay and also listed on a Works Cited page. All research sources must be properly cited and documented in MLA style.


  • Local art museums (The Getty Center)
  • Architectural locations
  • All documents and websites from e-companion
  • Course textbook

The Field Trip Essay will assess your knowledge of great works of Western art and culture from the Early Renaissance to the Realist movement and, in particular, your ability to think critically and contextually about the arts. Through comparing and contrasting two pieces of art, you will evaluate how two works of art can express similar or different styles, contexts, and cultural meanings. In this paper, you will communicate ideas regarding Western art and culture using the specialized vocabulary explored within the fine arts and humanities content learned throughout the course. While the primary goal of this paper is not research, you are strongly encouraged to consult a few quality research sources to assist you in identifying your works and analyze their styles and historical contexts. Please see Canvas File folder for suggestions on which sources to consult.

You will select two different works of art. The two works should have some common elements (such as subject matter, theme, or visual structure). Include at least one image of each work on the first page of your paper, before you start writing your introduction. If possible, provide multiple images of your chosen pieces (from websites and online sources), with different angles or views. In the paper, you will address how the style, theme, and meanings of a work of art relate to its various contexts (historical, social, political, philosophical, artistic, etc.). You will also examine the ways in which the style of an artwork affects the way it looks, and address how each piece expresses the visual features, formal elements, and thematic concerns of its particular style movement.

Begin your essay by stating the name of the museum where you saw the exhibition or place where you visited architectural works of art. Be sure to include your own observations and ideas about each work. Although the museum’s literature and gallery wall labels may help you to understand each work, do not rephrase or quote excessively from their literature. If you must quote or you chose to use key information taken from the gallery wall label be sure to cite it correctly (see below)! Most importantly, relate the artist/s or artworks to other artists or movements that have been or will be studied over the course of the semester. Lastly, give your opinion of the chosen works of art. How successful is the artist’s work in addressing a theme? How was it installed? How might it have been improved upon?

Please note that titles of artworks should be italicized or underlined.

Proofreading is also essential as spell check does not catch everything (i.e. their/there,

peace/piece). The essay needs a thesis sentence, proper agreement of nouns and verbs, verb tense

agreement, correct spelling, correct punctuation, and a conclusion. You also should demonstrate

your ability to use specific art history terms when necessary.

Include a bibliography that lists at least two sources for each chosen work of art in addition to your textbook.

What to footnote? Historical facts, definitions of terms or anything that can be considered

common knowledge does not need to be cited. For example, Columbus landed in the Bahamas

in 1492 is a known fact and does not need a footnote. However, an interpretation that is not fact

but one person’s opinion must be cited. Since an interpretation is debatable and not a provable

fact you must cite the author as the originator of this idea. Give credit where credit is due.

Observations, IDEAS, opinions or interpretations that are taken from another source EVEN if

you put those ideas into your own words MUST be footnoted in the same way as a direct quote.

Footnotes should appear at the end of the sentence (not the paragraph) that includes the cited information.1 For subsequent footnotes that draw from the same source, the author’s

name and page number will suffice. If the subsequent footnote is a reference to the same author

and the same page number as the one that came immediately before then the term ibid is used.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.

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