Due: January 27. 2009
|You will need to describe the shape and size
of the basket,
as well as its materials, textures, colors, and patterns. Also, explain
basket's function. Do not merely describe the work; show how the form
the patterns give the basket meaning. The accompanying label will
some information. At the entrance to the "Native Heritage" exhibit area
a computer kiosk that provides additional information on baskets, their
materials, and uses. These sources should be cited in your paper (see
below). You do not need to do any additional research for this
however, if you do, be sure to cite those sources properly. Your paper
include an overall sketch of the basket and a detail sketch of the
of weaving and any surface decoration. Don't worry--I'm not looking for
masterpiece here. Just do your best.
Although these baskets bridge the gap between functional objects and works of art, Sylvan Barnet's A Short Guide to Writing about Art, 9th ed., 2008, provides helpful hints for writing a formal analysis (see pp. 47-84 and 113-134) on any object.
When you visit the museum, be sure to bring your student ID card for discounted admission, or go to the museum between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays for free admission.
Examples for citing labels and information on computer kiosk at museum (format is for footnotes or endnotes):
Museum label, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, WA.