Independent Research & Presentation (worth 20 pts) Objective(s): Identify, examine and authenticate the values, experiences and cultural contributions of marginalized populations in the United States. Demonstrate critical thinking and visual literacy skills through oral communication. Task: You will be conducting independent research to "collect" 4 artworks created by a selection of diverse artists of colorcreating art from within the U.S. for audiences within the U.S. You are free to decide whether your artworks are from the same or four different artists. Based off of your research, present your virtual collection of artwork in a slideshow series. In some ways, you can think of this assignment as a show and tell of sorts. Steps: Brainstorm: Think about artwork you've seen in class materials and your personal life. Think about any artists that you've seen from within course materials that you would like to learn more about. Browse the internet for artists of color and themes that are important to you. Think about populations of artists that we may not have explored in class as of this moment as well. Narrow down your list and double check to make sure the artists are people of color (from a diverse range of non-white populations). Figure out which presentation tools and technology you'll be using. Canvas, Prezi, PowerPoint, YouTube, etc. are excellent tools toward that end. Research: Once you've narrowed down your list, get to the research pieces. You can research themes, artists, their specific art-works. While it is okay to draw from articles online, do also remember to integrate at least 2 sources from the library (those scholarly sources matter!). While you might run in to issues finding anything written on your artist or their specific works, there are so many sources related to the themes that you are probably noticing in the work - you can talk about that too in your presentation! Also, you'd be surprised at how much there actually is written about artists of color. Draft & Revise: Start preparing your slide presentation. Think about your script (or what you will say alongside your slides). Make sure you are offering your own insights in addition to presenting the information you learned in the process. Link in the artwork! Your audience wants to see what you're talking about so we can connect to your ideas. Polish & Submit: Check your work. Make sure your files are working and shareable. Edit for typos and make sure you include a slide at the end that has your works cited listed. Also, include links to original sources of where you pulled pictures/images of artwork you are sharing alongside any images used. The focus is on INDEPENDENT RESEARCH as it relates to the course. What Prof Alvarez looks for while grading: Did you meet the minimum criteria? (4 artworks by diverse artist(s) of color) Did you make connections to course theme(s) and discuss that connection? Did you summarize AND analyze? (for a helpful explanation, check out the notes offered here. (Links to an external site.) Did you cite your sources? Did you check your work for typos?