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Art 101 Research Powerpoint

I’m working on a art presentation and need an explanation to help me study.

Using the same work of art (or architecture) that you researched and discussed in your Research Essay, you will create a Research PowerPoint. In this PowerPoint, you will compile the important points of your research into a presentation for your classmates.


You will lead a bullet-point discussion on style, context, content, purpose of your chosen work and offer some insight into the use of formal analysis. During your discussion, you should not only introduce the basic facts of the work but give consideration to the following:

  • Provenance: was the work commissioned and why? If not, why was it made? What were the artist’s intentions?
  • What are the interpretations of the work?
  • How do factors like the historical context, location, artist biography, shape the meaning of the work?
  • Remember that in discussing style you may refer to a period, region, or personal style.

You may also include any other methodology for discussion that you think applies or is interesting, such as a psychological analysis, a feminist response, politics, science, etc.

You may choose any application to create your presentation, but it must be in the format of a slide show and saved as a .ppt or .pptx file. Your presentation must include both images and bullet points to explain your artwork.

This is an observational project. Your observations should be illuminated by the material from class, but outside research is required and should be utilized through the Research Resource link. Research findings must be properly cited and must be properly credited in your last slide. Please use MLA format.

(See https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/ (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.))

A typical project will spend the first 5 slides describing both the content and the form of the artwork in detail using at least 5 terms learned in class (ie. sculpture in the round, complementary colors, abstraction, etc.) and possibly providing some background about the artist (but not more than 1 slide).

You should address how the form and content are interacting (ie. Does the artist’s choice of medium enhance or detract from the narrative/subject or the message they are sending to the viewer?). The content includes the narrative or story that is conveyed in the artwork.

The rest of the project should be spent revealing new insights into the work that goes beyond the textbook. This is the essential findings of your research. In the next 5 slides, you should talk about the work’s context. You may want to talk about the work’s significance – how it may be a political statement or shows an innovative style, for example. Feel free to compare your work to other works from this time frame, by the same artist or others.

You can show historical photographs or diagram material that help to illustrate your points. Feel free to also incorporate videos into your slides.

I suggest the following organization:


Slide 1: Title slide

Slide 2: An image of your selected artwork (with artist, title, date, location)

Slide 3: Bullet points describing your artwork

Slide 4: More bullet points describing your artwork

Slide 5: Image of detail(s)of your artwork, or background of the artist

Slide 6: Bullet points describing the significance of the work

Slide 7: Image comparison artworks

Slide 8: Bullet points describing the comparison

Slide 9: More bullet points describing the comparison

Slide 10: Other images (different views of your artwork or historical images related to its context)

Slide 11: Bullet points summarizing your major ideas

Slide 12: Footnotes/Works Cited

In your bullet points, do not copy any sentences or parts of sentences from any publication or website from the museum’s label or audio guide. If you decide to include anyone else’s ideas or words, limit it to a few words and add an endnote to the final slide.

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