Research and Analysis Papers Guidelines
You are required to write 2 Visual and Performance Arts research papers and analysis during the
semester. These are called library assignments on the class syllabus as you will be required to do research
using FNU library online database aside from your own analysis of the art pieces. Each research/analysis
paper needs to be at least 1000 words, double spaced, 12 points, Times New Roman type font.
Research and analysis paper # 1.
After watching the Art Terms (Part A- paintings) video (Week 1 folder) and Music Terms Video (Week 2
folder) you will go online and find a painting and on YouTube, a musical composition (classical or jazz,
no contemporary music) performed in front of a live audience, and you will do research and analysis of
them. This needs to be submitted at the end of week 2. See instructions below:
Requirements:
Part I: -5 points
– Introduction paragraph. Remember that in the introduction you need to tell the reader what you
will be doing in the rest of the paper. What kind of findings will you be reporting on. etc. The
reader needs to finish the introduction paragraph (s) knowing what they will be reading about.
Part II -40 points
– Use the library online database and/or books to do research on the painter and painting you have
chosen. Some of the topics you can research (you don’t have to research theses specifically) are
they artists’ history, artistic influences, and art style of painting.
– Write 1 or more paragraphs about your findings based on your research. You need to use in-text
citations here.
– After the research paragraph(s) for the painting/painter of choice add a paragraph analyzing
elements of the painting you have chosen (lines, hues, forms, etc). An art term video has been
shared on the first week folder and also the Starters Kit found at the beginning of the class
textbook goes over important elements of various art forms (although the video will teach you
enough to complete this section). Analyze at least 5 elements of art in this section. This section
does not need citations unless you mention something you read somewhere. Here you should be
mainly applying the knowledge you have acquired in the class.
Part III – 40 points
– Use the library online database and/or books to do research on the music composer and musical
composition you have chosen. Some of the topics you can research (not limited to) are they
composers’ history, influences, and musical style of the musical piece.
– Write 1 or more paragraphs about your findings based on your research. You need to use in-text
citations here.
– After the research paragraph(s) for the composer/composition of choice add a paragraph
analyzing elements of the composition you have chosen (melody, texture, harmony, etc). A music
term video has been shared on the second week folder and also the Starters Kit found at the
beginning of the class textbook goes over important elements of various art forms. Analyze at
least 5 elements of music in this section.
Part IV- 5 points
– Conclusion paragraph(s)
Part V – 10 points
– Add a page titled: References page.
Here, you need to add all the resources you used using MLA or APA style.
These links will guide you through these formats for citing sources. Remember you need to use
in-text citations (mentioning the source in the writing) when state any fact you read on an
article/book and then that source’s full citation needs to added to the Reference Page.
APA: General Format // Purdue Writing Lab
MLA: MLA In-Text Citations: The Basics // Purdue Writing Lab
Note: add a photo of the painting and link of the performance at the end of everything so
the professor can go to these as reference while reading your analysis.
Total: 100 points
Research and analysis paper # 2.
After watching the Art Terms (Part B-sculptures) video (Week 5 folder) and Theater Terms video (Week
6 folder), you will follow the same steps listed above but replace the first section with a sculpture and
second section with a Play. Find a recording of a play on YouTube done live (on a theater).
Due dates: First research/analysis paper due by the end of week 2, the second is due by the end of week
6.
Note: Seeing these performances or art pieces in person is even more ideal and will earn you 5 points
extra. Submit photo/videos you took while experiencing them in person to receive the extra points.
Remember:
– Proper Capitalization (French horn, English horn, Italian, Symphony #9)
– Titles are underlined__________ or “ “ or italicized or boldfaced
– Paragraphs: Organize thoughts in correct paragraph structure (topic sentence, etc)
• Avoid run-on sentences
• Write in complete sentences, outline form is not acceptable
• Avoid short single sentence paragraphs.
• Read your papers out loud to yourself
– Never use etc.
– Never use contractions in formal papers (“don’t”,” can’t”, “they’re” instead use “do not”,
“cannot”, “they are”…)
– One “attends”, not “assists” at an event
– Conjunctive pronouns for people are who, not which: the artist, who… the painting which…