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AH 12: Introduction to the Art History of Asia, Africa, and the Americas (Pilotti)


Assignment Information


  • Essential Question: How do gardens reflect the importance of nature in Japanese culture?
  • Paper length: 4 pages Your paper must not exceed 4 pages. Anything written beyond 4 pages will not be read.

Assignment Checklist:

  • Detailed description of the garden
  • Thesis statement
  • Factual/historical significance of Japanese gardens
  • Your pencil sketch

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Welcome Art History 12

Professor Pilotti would like you to search your objects in the following order:

1. Read the Fairfield University web page for information from the Bellarmine Museum on its Japanese Garden:

  • Japanes Garden on Fairfield University website

2.  Search these two resources and others to gather background information to use in your paper:

  • Heilbrun Timeline at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Oxford ART Online


3, 4. Now you need sources with more depth.  Try these resources to find books or scholarly articles to use in your paper.

  • Databases:  Art Suite, JSTOR, Humanities FullText;
  • Library Catalog for Books


5. Still need more information? Check out these Additional Resources.

6. Don't forget to cite your sources in MLA style!


Feel free to visit the library for help remembering where to go within the library's resources to find good choices for your research.

If you need any further assistance, please contact me. Information is underneath my picture 

Complete Assignment Information

Complete Assignment Information:

Research Paper:  Your research paper is developed from an object in the special exhibition:  Ink Art:  Past As Present In Contemporary China at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.   YOU MUST SEE THE PAINTING/OBJECT/PHOTOGRAPH/MULTIMEDIA/INSTALLATION FIRST HAND, then SKETCH the object/painting/photograph/multi-media/installation in pencil and complete your drawing in black ink.  You must also take a photograph of yourself in the main hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  WARNING:  DO NOT CHOOSE THE OBJECT/PAINTING/PHOTOGRAPH/MULTI-MEDIA/INSTALLATION FOR YOUR PAPER OFF THE MUSEUM WEBSITE.   Be sure that when you are at the museum, you copy down important label information, such as title, artist (if known), date.   Essential Question to be answered in your paper:  How does your selected object reflect past Chinese ideals and what does it seek to express in contemporary China?    You will need to conduct original research using resources available to you through the library.  (ArtSTOR, JStor, library open stacks.  Metropolitan Museum of Art (  (NOTE:  WIKIPEDIA IS NOT A VALID SOURCE FOR THIS COURSE.)  You must include the following in your paper:  a detailed description of your selected painting, a thesis statement, the factual/historical significance of your painting within the context/culture it was made, the photo of yourself at the museum, your ink drawing and another object from the past that you believe your object reflects and an explanation of why.    Paper Length:  5 pages.   Your paper must not exceed 5 pages; anything written beyond 5 pages will not be read.

Your grade will be determined by the accuracy of your description, the submission of a photo of you in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the clarity of your thesis statement, the inclusion of factual and historical information, the analysis of research material, the conclusions reached, the inclusion of proper citations (MLA format using parenthetical citations is acceptable for this paper), the inclusion of a proper works cited page, the correct usage of the English language, proper paper format and the quality of writing.  Paper Grade is as follows:  Description (10 pts), Thesis Statement (10 pts.), Proof of Thesis Statement (10 pts), Analysis (10 pts), Command of the English Language (10 pts), Research (10 pts), Citations (10 pts), Drawing (10 pts), Photo (10 pts.), Format (10 pts)                 

Paper length:  5 pages, plus works cited, ink drawing, photograph.

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