Read the attached guidlines and rubric for instructions. The comparitive art analysis is going to be about “The two Fridas” by Frida Kahlo and “Self-potrait” by Judith Leyester. You will compare those two works with eacother and then comparing them to the modern world “selfie” 

FAS 202 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric

Overview
The final project for this course is the creation of a comparative art analysis essay.

The advent of postmodernism in the late twentieth century brought with it a skepticism of the cultural artifacts that preceded it. The postmodern artist
understands that art in all forms—visual, literary, musical, performance, and so on—is a manifestation of its period and that these artistic expressions endure
and continue to shape the human experience. The purpose of the final project is to demonstrate an understanding of the function of art in its specific era, as
well as in contemporary times, and as an articulation of the social and cultural forces that influence the creative endeavor of the artist.

A primary method in the study of the humanities, a comparative approach, allows us to reflect on a singular element and observe both similarities and
differences. In employing a comparative approach, we begin to ask the questions necessary to come to an understanding of the objects being compared and the
conditions of their creation. We learn that each object is a product of its environment—its social, historical, and cultural climate.

For the final project, you will utilize the comparative approach to study two works of art as conveyors of meaning, capable of shaping cultural identity and our
historical understanding. Your study will focus on how your chosen works deal with their shared theme as a product of their particular time. In Milestone Two,
you will select a contemporary work (created within the past 20 years) or social construct and analyze that work for how it parallels the relationship between the
two works you have selected for the final project.

The project is divided into two milestones, which will be submitted at different points in the course to scaffold learning and ensure a quality final submission.
These milestones will be submitted in Modules Three and Five. The completed final project will be submitted in Module Seven.

In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:

1. Analyze the formal characteristics and historical context of creative works from the Baroque period and beyond
2. Analyze creative works from the Baroque period and beyond for their influence on the expression of social and cultural conditions, issues, and the

human experience
3. Analyze the relationship between creative works from the Baroque period and beyond and their historical themes and settings
4. Articulate well-reasoned arguments regarding the relevance and role of the humanities in contemporary culture and society

Prompt
The purpose of this final project is to evaluate your knowledge of the skills necessary for performing a visual and contextual analysis of two works and to
measure your application of these techniques as you relate the works to real-world relevance/popular culture/ideas/concepts.

Select two works from one theme provided on the List of Comparisons (linked to in your online course). Works must be chosen from this list. The first work will
be from one of the following categories: baroque, rococo, neoclassicism, or romanticism. The second will be modern (e.g., realism, impressionism,
postimpressionism); postmodern; or contemporary (created within the past 20 years). You will identify a common/shared theme (e.g., social or cultural issue) in
both works. For example, in Judith Leyster’s Self Portrait (Dutch baroque, 1630) and Frida Kahlo’s The Two Fridas (surrealism, 1939), a shared theme is the
presentation of self.

After identifying the common theme in both works, you will develop an essay that explores how each work is a product of its particular historical moment. In
Milestone Two, you will address the relevance of this shared theme in contemporary culture by choosing a third work that exemplifies this theme. This third
work could be a specific contemporary work (created within the past twenty years) belonging to any genre of the arts, or even a contemporary social construct
such as reality television or social media. For example, you could consider the presentation of self as a relevant and recurring theme on Facebook today.

Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:

I. Introduction
This section of the comparative analysis will introduce readers to the works you have selected to analyze.

A. Identify each of the two selected works from the List of Comparisons. Include an image of the work and one paragraph that identifies the artist,
title (in italics), date, medium, dimensions, stylistic movement, cultural origin, and current collection (i.e., Where the work is housed? This could
be a museum, a gallery, or a private collection).

B. What is your main argument/thesis statement about the relationship between your selected works and their shared theme?

II. Visual and Historical Analysis
This section will provide a visual and historical analysis of the physical characteristics in each work as well as the connections of each work to its historical
and cultural context.

A. Explain how each of your two selected works reflects the social or cultural identity of its day. Support your response with examples.
B. What influence have your two selected works had in the shaping of social or cultural identities?
C. What influence have your two selected works had on a modern or contemporary expression of the identified shared theme? Support your

response with examples.

III. Comparative Analysis
In this section, you will compare and contrast your two selected works.

A. What formal characteristics are similar between the two works? What characteristics are different? Be sure to reference specific aspects of each
work.

B. How did each respective culture’s traditions and ideologies influence the two works you have selected? Be sure to use examples to support your
response.

C. How does each work represent its particular social, historical, and cultural climate? Be sure to use examples to support your response.

IV. Parallels
In this section, you will introduce a third creative work and explain how that work parallels the relationship between the two works previously selected.

A. How do the shared historical themes and settings tie your two previously selected works to the third, contemporary work or social construct?
B. Discuss how the theme is still relevant today, using the third, contemporary work or social construct you selected to support your response.

V. Conclusion

In this section, you will discuss the relevance and value of studying works of art and cultural artifacts with regard to their influence, relevance, and
impact on modern and contemporary culture and practice.

A. What is the value of challenging perceived notions of historical, cultural, and social identity? How do the humanities, as a discipline, help us
understand this? Be sure to justify your response.

B. How does our understanding of social and cultural practices of the past impact how we conduct ourselves socially and professionally in the
present? How do the humanities, as a discipline, help us understand this? Be sure to justify your response.

C. What is the responsibility of the artist to society, especially in terms of shaping our understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live?
How do the humanities, as a discipline, help us understand this? Be sure to justify your response.

Milestones
Milestone One: Introduction (Section I)
In Module Three, you will submit your introduction to the final project. First choose a pair of works from the provided List of Comparisons and then choose a
shared theme (e.g., social or cultural issue). For each work, include an image of the work and identify the artist, title (in italics), date, medium, dimensions,
stylistic movement, cultural origin, and current collection (i.e., Where the work is housed? This could be a museum, a gallery, or a private collection). Finally,
formulate a main argument/thesis statement in which you explain the relationship between your chosen works and your contemporary example. The
components of this milestone will serve as the skeletal framework of your essay and will help you develop the rest of the required elements. This milestone will
be graded with the Milestone One Rubric.

Milestone Two: Rough Draft (Sections I–IV)
In Module Five, you will submit your rough draft of Sections I–IV of the final project. Incorporate the introduction you created for Milestone One with the rest of
the required elements (except for the conclusion, which you will include in your final submission). Use the feedback from Milestone One to form a thorough
introduction. Once you’ve engaged in a meaningful comparison of the two works of art, you can begin to consider how those works relate to the corresponding
theme and its historical and contemporary relevance by adding a third, contemporary work or social construct that shares the theme and cultural significance of
these two works. This draft should be as detailed as possible, addressing each of the following major headings: Introduction, Visual and Historical Analysis,
Comparative Analysis, and Parallels. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone Two Rubric.

Final Submission: Comparative Art Analysis Essay
In Module Seven, you will submit your completed comparative art analysis essay. For this submission, you will develop your conclusion (Section V) and combine
it with Sections I–IV, revised to incorporate the instructor’s feedback. You will also apply knowledge you gained throughout the course, including feedback from

the discussion assignments and any relevant and valuable feedback you may have gained from your peers’ posts or responses. This submission will be graded
with the Final Project Rubric.

Final Project Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your comparative art analysis essay must be 3–5 pages in length (in addition to a cover page and references) and should use 12-point
Times New Roman font, double spacing, and one-inch margins. It must be written in MLA format and include at least four scholarly sources cited in MLA format.

Critical Elements Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement Not Evident Value
Introduction:
Identification
[FAS-202-01]

N/A Comprehensively identifies
both works from the List of
Comparisons, including an
image of the work and one
paragraph that outlines the
artist, title, date, medium,
dimensions, stylistic movement,
cultural origin or period of
creation, and current collection
(100%)

Identifies both works from the
List of Comparisons, but
response does not cover all
elements specified in the
prompt (55%)

Does not identify both works
(0%)

5.94

Introduction: Main
Argument/Thesis

[FAS-202-03]

Meets “Proficient” criteria and
makes especially clear
connections between the main
argument/thesis statement, the
selected works, and the shared
theme or social construct
(100%)

Discusses the main
argument/thesis statement
about the relationship between
selected works and the shared
theme or social construct (85%)

Discusses the main
argument/thesis statement
about the relationship between
selected works and the shared
theme or social construct, but
discussion is cursory or illogical
(55%)

Does not discuss the main
argument/thesis statement
about the relationship between
selected works and the shared
theme or social construct (0%)

7.92

Visual and Historical
Analysis: Reflection

[FAS-202-02]

Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
examples provide cogent
connections between each
work and the social and cultural
identity of its day (100%)

Explains how each of the two
works reflects the social or
cultural identity of its day and
supports response with
examples (85%)

Explains how each of the two
works reflects the social or
cultural identity of its day, but
explanation is cursory or
illogical or examples provided
are not relevant (55%)

Does not explain how each of
the two works reflects the
social or cultural identity of its
day (0%)

7.92

Visual and Historical
Analysis: Identities

[FAS-202-02]

Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
response makes especially clear
connections between the
shared works and their
influence on the shaping of
social or cultural identities
(100%)

Explains the influence the two
selected works have had in the
shaping of social or cultural
identities (85%)

Explains the influence the two
selected works have had in the
shaping of social or cultural
identities, but explanation is
cursory or illogical (55%)

Does not explain the influence
the two selected works have
had in the shaping of social or
cultural identities (0%)

7.92

Critical Elements Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement Not Evident Value
Visual and Historical
Analysis: Expression

[FAS-202-02]

Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
examples illustrate clear
connections between the
selected works and the
expression of the shared theme
(100%)

Explains the influence the two
selected works have had on a
modern or contemporary
expression of the identified
shared theme, using examples
to support response (85%)

Explains the influence the two
selected works have had on a
modern or contemporary
expression of the identified
shared theme, but explanation
is cursory or illogical or does not
use examples to support
response (55%)

Does not explain the influence
the two selected works have
had on a modern or
contemporary expression of the
identified shared theme (0%)

7.92

Comparative Analysis:
Characteristics
[FAS-202-01]

Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
specific aspects referenced
demonstrate a sophisticated
awareness of formal
characteristics in artwork
(100%)

Explains the similarities and
differences present in the
formal characteristics of the
two works, referencing specific
aspects of each work (85%)

Explains the similarities and
differences present in the
formal characteristics of the
two works, but explanation is
cursory or there are gaps in
referencing specific aspects of
each work (55%)

Does not explain the similarities
and differences present in the
formal characteristics of the
two works (0%)

5.94

Comparative Analysis:
Traditions

[FAS-202-01]

Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
response demonstrates a
complex grasp of how each
work was influenced by its
respective culture and ideology
(100%)

Determines how each
respective culture’s traditions
and ideologies influenced the
chosen works, using examples
to support response (85%)

Determines how each
respective culture’s traditions
and ideologies influenced the
chosen works, but
determination is cursory or
illogical or does not use
examples to support response
(55%)

Does not determine how each
respective culture’s traditions
and ideologies influenced the
chosen works (0%)

5.94

Comparative Analysis:
Climate

[FAS-202-01]

Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
response demonstrates a
sophisticated awareness of the
relationship between the
selected works and the social,
historical, and cultural climate
relevant to each work (100%)

Explains how each work
represents its particular social,
historical, and cultural climate,
supporting response with
examples (85%)

Explains how each work
represents its particular social,
historical, and cultural climate,
but explanation is cursory or
illogical or does not use
examples to support response
(55%)

Does not explain how each
work represents its particular
social, historical, and cultural
climate (0%)

5.94

Parallels: Historical
Themes

[FAS-202-03]

Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
response demonstrates keen
insight into the influence of
historical themes and settings
on creative endeavors (100%)

Explains how the shared
historical themes and settings
tie the two previously selected
works to the third,
contemporary work or social
construct (85%)

Explains how the shared
historical themes and settings
tie the two previously selected
works to the third,
contemporary work or social
construct, but explanation is
cursory or illogical (55%)

Does not explain how the
shared historical themes and
settings tie the two previously
selected works to the third,
contemporary work or social
construct (0%)

7.92

Critical Elements Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement Not Evident Value
Parallels: Relevance

[FAS-202-03]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
demonstrates a sophisticated
awareness of the theme’s
continued relevance (100%)

Discusses how the theme is still
relevant today, using the third,
contemporary work or social
construct to support response
(85%)

Discusses how the theme is still
relevant today, but discussion is
cursory, contains inaccuracies,
or does not use the third,
contemporary work or social
construct to support response
(55%)

Does not discuss how the
theme is still relevant today
(0%)

7.92

Conclusion: Perceived
Notions

[FAS-202-04]

Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
provided justification
demonstrates a complex grasp
of the value of challenging
perceived notions (100%)

Explains the value of
challenging perceived notions
of historical, cultural, and social
identity and how the
humanities, as a discipline,
further understanding of that
value, justifying response (85%)

Explains the value of
challenging perceived notions
of historical, cultural, and social
identity and how the
humanities, as a discipline,
further understanding of that
value, but explanation is
cursory or illogical, or there are
gaps in justification (55%)

Does not explain the value of
challenging perceived notions
of historical, cultural, and social
identity and how the
humanities, as a discipline,
further understanding of that
value (0%)

7.92

Conclusion: Conduct
Ourselves

[FAS-202-04]

Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
provided justification
demonstrates a sophisticated
awareness of how the past
impacts the present (100%)

Explains how understanding
social and cultural practices of
the past impacts how
individuals conduct themselves
socially and professionally in
the present, and how the
humanities, as a discipline,
further that understanding,
justifying response (85%)

Explains how understanding
social and cultural practices of
the past impacts how
individuals conduct themselves
socially and professionally in
the present, and how
humanities, as a discipline,
further that understanding, but
explanation is cursory or
illogical or there are gaps in
justification (55%)

Does not explain how
understanding social and
cultural practices of the past
impacts how individuals
conduct themselves socially and
professionally in the present,
and how the humanities, as a
discipline, further that
understanding (0%)

7.92

Conclusion:
Responsibility
[FAS-202-04]

Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
provided justification
demonstrates a sophisticated
awareness of how artists shape
perspectives (100%)

Explains the responsibility of
the artist to society and how
the humanities, as a discipline,
help in understanding that
responsibility, justifying
response (85%)

Explains the responsibility of
the artist to society and how
the humanities, as a discipline,
help in understanding that
responsibility, but explanation
is cursory or illogical, or there
are gaps in justification (55%)

Does not explain the
responsibility of the artist to
society and how the
humanities, as a discipline, help
in understanding that
responsibility (0%)

7.92

Critical Elements Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement Not Evident Value
Articulation of

Response
Submission is free of errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, and
organization and is presented in
a professional and easy-to-read
format (100%)

Submission has no major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
(85%)

Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that negatively impact
readability and articulation of
main ideas (55%)

Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that prevent understanding of
ideas (0%)

4.96

Total 100%