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Use the SAME artwork you used for your Museum Paper. It has to be from the time period covered in class: Prehistory to about 1500 CE.

Proof that you visited the museum is required. Upload a museum selfie in front of the artwork.

This is an exercise in looking, recording thoughts and observations, looking, recording thoughts and observations, and looking, then, recording thoughts and observations.

After you return home from your museum visit, you will TYPE a document entitled “MUSEUM FIELD NOTES” following these guidelines. Go to CANVAS, scroll down the HOME page, find Museum Field Notes, and click the link. A mask will open where you can upload a Word document, as well as any pictures you took. Attention! Hand-written files will not be accepted!

You may use bullet points, upload sketches, diagrams or drawings, or write complete sentences. The more information you provide, the more points you will receive. Answer all questions. Avoid one-word answers.

Do you want extra credit? Complete the field notes with great detail: Write MORE than what is required. Grading field notes is a bit of a judgment call: if you want full and/or extra credit, demonstrate that with visible effort.

  1. Artwork Identification

Obtain this information from the museum label and your observations. Describe the physical environment of the gallery. Write N/A if the information can’t be ascertained.


Artist (if known):





Frame or display:

Gallery location:

Wall color:

Exhibit Lighting:

  1. General Style: Naturalistic, Abstract, Realistic, Stylized, Figurative, Gestural, Idealized? Identify and explain.

III. Subject and Composition

Describe the scene or object. Imagine describing it for someone who isn’t there with you.

Texture: Describe the actual and implied textures with examples from the artwork.

Color, Value, Light: Analyze and describe with examples one or all of the topics.

Depth & Space: Analyze and describe with examples the artist’s use of implied depth – or lack of it. For sculpture, consider negative space and installation environment.

Time and Motion: Is there implied or actual motion? A continuous narrative or a brief moment? Moving parts or a suggestion of movement? Describe with examples.

Focal Point and Emphasis: How does the artist lead the viewer’s attention? What are the important concepts or ideas the artist wants to convey. Identify and analyze with examples.

Write some short headlines or captions for this work:

  1. Reflection (Complete this at the Museum)
  2. Have you been to an art museum before? Why or why not?
  3. What were your first impressions of the museum from the outside?
  4. What were your impressions when you first entered the museum?
  5. What did you think about the museum after leaving it?
  6. Do you imagine that you’ll return to this, or another, museum? Why or why not?
  7. In our digital era, how do you think museums can remain relevant?