Choose ONE of the following questions:
1. YOU, THE ARTIST
Write a poem or a brief essay, draw or paint a picture, make a carving, compose a song, take a series of photographs. Consider doing a self-portrait in any artistic medium or literary form, representational or abstract. To get started, you might look at “Project Art-a-Day” at http://projectartaday.blogspot.com/2013/03/lesson-value-self-portraits.html
Include images or audio files of your creative efforts in your response. Then reflect on your experience.
Present and discuss an example of cross-fertilization between two or more art forms. For example, you might compare a theater presentation with a film adapation of the same play, or discover and describe how a poem can be illustrated as a drawing or painting.
For this discussion, you might also compare art forms between two different cultures. For example, you might compare how religious images or music differ between religious or cultural groups.
Be sure to include images and links so everyone can see or hear what you’re discussing.
3. REVIEW A TED TALK
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. The TED organization sponsors global presentations on “Ideas Worth Spreading.”
Go to the website https://www.ted.com/ . Find a TED talk that addresses the value of one of the humanities fields covered in this course or a controversy in one of the humanities disciplines.
Write a review of the presentation. First, identify the name of the speaker and the presentation, indicate when it was presented, and give a link to the talk. Second, describe the main points of the TED talk. Finally, offer a critique —your assessment of the speaker’s ideas and the presentation overall.
4. DISCUSS FUNDING FOR THE ARTS
Although most people appreciate the arts as part of their everyday lives (perhaps, especially, music and film), the arts often are first to go when public school funding is tight. Use the educational resources for this week as a starting place to explore the pros and cons of public funding for the arts and funding for art and music in public schools.
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