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Interdisciplinary Inquiry Project

Getting Started
R eview all your Inquiry Journal entries. Your task is to build a detailed, well-informed, and persuasive argument in support of conserving the artwork for the future.

  1. Examine the artwork very closely. If it is representational, look carefully at all the subject matter details.
  2. Think about its meaning and value.
  3. Review what you've learned about how it was made and taken care of in the past.
  4. Look for comments about the artwork (or about other work by the same artist) expressed by people with different viewpoints. Check out the credentials of people with different viewpoints. For example is he/she an artist, art historian, journalist, museum curator, community leader, religious leader, politician, etc.?

In addition to art sources, consider questions that go beyond art that might help you make a stronger argument in favor of taking care of the artwork. You may follow questions you've already identified in your journal or pursue new directions of inquiry. Pursue information both from art experts and experts outside art. Look for information about persons or organizations to help decide whether they are experts.

Think of reasons why you think the artwork should be conserved for the future. Remember that it takes money, time, and effort to take care of artworks, and some people may take a lot of convincing.

Inquiry Essay
Write a persuasive essay that argues for conserving the artwork you selected. Give your essay a title. Include a reproduction (printout, photocopy, photograph, or sketch) and include basic information (artist, if known; title; date; culture; size; medium; and present location). Include all of the following somewhere in your essay:

  1. Description of the artwork pointing out important details.
  2. Explanation of what you think the work is about and why you think it is important enough to conserve.
  3. More than one viewpoint on the meaning or value of the artwork.
  4. Support for your argument from at least one art expert and one expert outside art.

Scoring Guide

PARTIAL I identified an artwork that I think is important enough to take care of for the future and explained why I think so. I quoted at least one expert.
COMPETENT I identified an artwork that I think is important enough to take care of for the future. I included a reproduction and basic information about it. My essay presents more than one viewpoint on the artwork. I included information from at least two experts to support my argument and included the bibliographical and Internet references.
EXCEPTIONAL I identified an artwork that I think is important enough to take care of for the future. I included a reproduction and basic information about it. My essay presents more than one viewpoint on the artwork. I included information from at least one art expert and one expert outside art to support my argument and included the bibliographical and Internet references. I explained why I believe at least one of the experts is knowledgeable.

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