Academic journal article Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council

Longwood University

Academic journal article Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council

Longwood University

Article excerpt

Honors students studying art history often find it challenging to think and work creatively--discovering formal relationships between works of art or recognizing the transmission of a style or tradition through visual analysis rather than research. Often they are most comfortable with very concrete and somewhat limited paper topics such as an analysis of a particular painting, iconic image, or the work of an artist during a discrete period.

To overcome this limitation, I have students create virtual exhibitions that require them to leave their textbooks and MLA handbooks behind and develop their own groups of paintings and/or sculptures that are linked on a thematic or formal level. First, students choose the images that interest them and that seem to relate to one another on a purely visual level. These pictures form the exhibition and the basis for a very simple web page that includes the digital images and identifying information. …

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