- Visit a museum or gallery exhibition or attend a theater or musical performance. The activity (museum or performance) should have content that fits our course well. Have fun doing this. This can be actual or virtual.
- Write a two to three (2-3) page report (500-750 words) that describes your experience. This does not include the words of the title page or reference page words. APA format: Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion. Reference will be the actual (event details) or virtual event reference (web link).
o Clearly identify the event location, date attended, the attendees, and your initial reaction upon arriving at the event.
o Provide specific information and a description of at least two (2) pieces (e.g., art, exhibits, music, etc.).
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o Provide a summary of the event and describe your overall reaction after attending the event.
o Your report should include connections you make between things observed in your activity and things learned in the course and text.
Humanities World Cultures prehistory – 1600
Visiting a Museum
Â· It makes sense to approach a museum the way a seasoned traveler approaches visiting a city for the first time. Find out what there is available to see. In the museum, find out what sort of exhibitions are currently housed in the museum and start with the exhibits that interest you.
Â· If there is a travelling exhibition, itâ€™s always a good idea to see it while you have the chance. Then, if you have time, you can look at other things in the museum.
Â· Every effort should be made ahead of time to identify a museum that has items and works one can easily connect to our HUM 111 class and book. Since HUM 111 covers from ancient times to the 1500s AD, it makes more sense to focus on items from that time frame. In general, museums with artistic cultural artifacts and fine arts work better than history museums.
Â· Any questions about whether a museum-visit activity fits the course and assignment well enough will be decided by the instructor when the student seeks approval for the activity. Any alternative activity outside the normal ones listed here, such as for those limited by disability or distance, will be determined by the instructor. Generally, we do not expect students to travel over an hour to get to an approved activity.
Â· Take notes as you go through the museum and accept any handouts or pamphlets that the museum staff gives you. While you should not quote anything from the printed material when you do your report, the handouts may help to refresh your memory later.
Â· The quality of your experience is not measured by the amount of time you spend in the galleries or the number of works of art that you actually see. The most rewarding experiences can come from finding two (2) or three (3) pieces of art or exhibits which intrigue you and then considering those works in leisurely contemplation. Most museums even have benches where you can sit and study a particular piece.
Â· If you are having a difficult time deciding which pieces to write about, ask yourself these questions: (1) If the museum you are visiting suddenly caught fire, which two (2) pieces of art or exhibits would you most want to see saved from the fire? (2) Why would you choose those two (2) particular pieces?
Attending a Performance
Â· Check your local colleges to see if there are any free or low-cost performances or student recitals. Student performances are generally of almost the same quality as professional performances, but typically cost much less. However, performances of high school level or lower will not meet this requirement.
Â· A performance that is relevant to a HUM 111 course is more difficult to find than a performance that would be relevant to HUM 112 (which covers from 1600 to the present). However, our course does cover Shakespeare and Greek tragedy and drama, so any performances of those will work. Note: One can sometimes find music performances of music from the Renaissance or Reformation period, or even earlier.
Â· Any questions about whether a performance activity fits the course and assignment well enough will be decided by the instructor when the student seeks approval for an activity. Any alternative activity outside the normal ones listed here, such as for those limited by disability or distance, will be determined by the instructor. Generally, we do not expect students to travel over an hour to get to an approved activity.
Â· Unlike visiting a museum, where you can wear almost anything, people attending performances are often expected to â€œdress upâ€ a bit.
Â· Take a pen or pencil with you and accept the program you are offered by the usher; you will probably want to take notes on it during or after the performance.
Â· Turn off your cell phone before entering the auditorium. Do not use your phone to record the music or to take pictures or videos. To play it safe, turn the phone off.
Â· Most long musical performances have at least one (1) intermission. If the lights start blinking, it is a sign that the performance is about to begin.
Â· Look for very specific things (such as a particular piece of music or the way certain instruments sounded at a specific time) which tend to stand out as either enjoyable or not enjoyable. Be sure to take notes of the things which you find enjoyable as well as the things which are not enjoyable.
Special Note: Hey Student,
The museum experience does not have to coincide with any particular timeframe related to our book. Here in Atlanta, students can go to The Bodies Exhibit which looks at real human cadavers to show how the body functions in its many parts and what it looks like inside. Students often visit the Civil Rights museum. Your options are broad. If all else fails, you can do an on-line virtual tour of most museums around the world. It will just need to be cited as a virtual tour.
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