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Unformatted text preview: English 150 Assignment Three: Analyzing an Artifact: ISU Art, Building, or Landscape (700 words, Chapters 8 and 9 The Call to Write) Paper Copies Due in Class: 13 October Rough Draft (but email me your Peer Response) 18 October Final Draft with Reflection Please use the following: LastName_FirstName_3.1, when you email me your Peer Response drafts in Microsoft Word format. Documents in other formats are not acceptable. Late submissions will be docked one letter grade per day. (Please refer to Course Policies.) Rough draft with Peer Response carries 15% of the assignment. Reflection also carries 15% of the assignment. Missing one will result in one-step grade reduction, and missing both will result in one letter grade reduction. In his book The Campus as a Work of Art, Thomas Gaines lists Iowa State University as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation and says this about a well- designed and attractive campus in general: “the college campus has an ambience all its own . . . it is a place we want to go to, to be in, identify with; there is a there there” (x). Iowa State Campus, 1893 http://www.public.iastate.edu/~isu150/history/campusimage.html William Sturner, in an article in The Journal of Higher Education—“Environmental Code: Creating a Sense of Place on the College Campus” (1971)— connects the physical campus, the purpose of the campus, and the students and faculty who live and work there: The design and construction of the physical aspects of the university should complement and strengthen the mission of the university to stimulate students in the effective use of learning opportunities. The physical environment should facilitate the process by which men and women seek to understand themselves and others through experiential and vicarious encounters with the extensions of man and nature. (Sturner, 99) Accordingly, in this project, you are combining the dual purposes of reporting and commenting in a particular way: to produce an analysis of a place within or an artifact on the ISU campus that also reflects your own relationship to this place and the meaning you attach to it. Your purpose is to find out all that you can about one facet of this new place of which you are now an inhabitant (one portion of campus with distinctive landscape features, one building, one work of art) and to analyze how and why the campus designers, architects, landscape architects, or artists chose to plan and create that particular feature as they did. This kind of project is called “place- based” analysis, and this assignment allows you to go beyond 1 fact- based analysis to some commentary (interpretation) as well. This assignment’s purpose is to explore and explain how your chosen campus building, portion of the campus landscape, or campus artifact was created and placed, as well as how it has come to have meaning for you. Getting Started No doubt you have already noticed a building, a small portion of campus (a courtyard or a scenic walkway between two buildings), or one of Iowa State’s many pieces of public art. However, in the natural rush to get settled and adjust to college life, you have not had time to really contemplate and learn about the natural, architectural, and artistic features of this amazing campus. As you walk on campus on your daily treks to classes, let your gaze broaden out and then focus in on large and small features of this place that is the Iowa State University campus. Walk from the Campanile to the Fountain of the Fours Seasons to Lake LaVerne, to the Grant Wood murals in the library to a comfortable bench on campus, which gives you a restful view of a building, piece of art, or pleasing portion of landscape. Look at the figures on top of the Molecular Biology building and the intricate, meaningful messages built into its interior floors and walls. Perhaps you are attracted to the archways of Lagomarcino courtyard or you may have stood at the base of the huge stone staircases leading to Beardshear, Catt, or Curtiss Halls and seen the impressive façades and entrances to those buildings. You may have noticed how the new and original parts of the Parks Library are designed to fit together. Inside the library, you may enjoy the reading room with its ornate fireplace. The new addition to the Memorial Union has a huge zodiac- like piece of art on the floor of the south entrance with poetry from an English professor! The park- like central campus is a carefully designed landscape. The architecture of Memorial Union, Beardshear, Curtiss, and Catt Halls is impressive and reveals more details the longer you look at it and read about it. This campus has a large collection of Grant Wood murals and Christian Peterson sculptures. The Farm House is a museum now, but what did it used to be? Beardshear Hall has a dome, stained glass, and a fascinating staircase. The many campus plantings of trees, flowers, and shrubs are an integral part of the place that is Iowa State University. To choose a focus for this place- based analysis, keep your eyes wide open on your walks around campus; also, visit these three websites, and others from the ISU website, to get ideas about something you have not seen or more information on something you have already noticed: http://www.museums.iastate.edu/ http://www.public.iastate.edu/~isu150/history/campus.html http://www.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/exhibits/150/TreesofCentralCampus.pdf http://www.mu.iastate.edu/ Set aside some time to just walk on campus and, importantly, to sit and look—to take it in and to get a sense of what Gaines called the “there” of this campus. Take notes about what you see. Then re- visit the websites to get more information, and 2 go back to “your place” to look again. While your reactions and thoughts will certainly be emotional and personal on some level, the overall goal of the paper is to analyze this landscape or an object within it, so think about and take notes on the elements that make up this part of the ISU landscape, what it means to you, in its specific setting, and to Iowa State as an educational institution with its particular history. How does this feature fit the design of and add meaning to the place that is the Iowa State University campus? Planning and Drafting As you take notes about the campus artifact or place you’re focusing on , also think about the following: • something about it that “grew on you,” or • something about the piece that attracted your attention immediately, or • something about it that you didn’t notice at first or that came to mean something different to you the more you looked at it and thought about it, • something particularly fitting about its placement in the campus landscape, • or something that you find puzzling but interesting. Finally, on your walks, don’t take just notes; take a photo or two to include in your paper, so your readers know specifically what you are looking at, analyzing, and commenting on. Include at least one image of the object or place. Integrate the image within your text rather than placing it at the beginning or end. Label the picture, and then refer to the picture when you first describe it and, if appropriate, elsewhere in your paper. Keep these basics in mind about effective analytical and interpretive writing: it describes the subject and its parts in sufficient detail that the later analysis makes sense; it examines how the parts of the subject interact with each other; it uses some research (although your personal response has a place here, as indicated above); it uses a logical and easy- to- follow organization; it offers an interesting insight on the topic; the conclusion summarizes the whole (Chapters 8 and 9 CW). Documentation Correctly identify and quote or paraphrase outside material that you use in your essay. For instance, if you use information from the ISU Museums website, indicate the source of the information within your sentence and in a parenthetical citation at the end of the sentence. You also need to acknowledge the source of any images you use. While you do not need a formal Works Cited page for this essay, you do need to document within the text. Here is an example: On June 6, 1998, at the rededication of The Fountain of the Four Seasons, then- ISU President Martin Jischke commented on the significance of this piece of art for the Iowa State University campus and students’ educational experience: This fountain represents why President Hughes brought Christian Petersen to this campus and why we continue to use the arts today not only to make 3 this campus more beautiful and enjoyable but to enhance the education of students who come here to study. This fountain is a wonderful representation of a way of life and culture through artistic expression—a way of life and culture that are different from the one that most of us know— but one that is an essential part of the history of this state and nation. And as such, it is one of Iowa State's earliest expressions of multiculturalism. (http://www.museums.iastate.edu/AOCFactSheetsPDF/fourseasons.pdf) Evaluation Criteria At a minimum, your paper needs to satisfy these criteria. However, the grade is based not just on whether a feature is present or not, but on how well it has been integrated into your paper. Also see your ISUComm Foundation Courses Student Guide, 2010 – 2011 about evaluation of individual projects. Context The lead paragraph introduces the audience to the place or feature (e.g., building, artwork) and reveals the interesting focus that emerged in your analysis and commentary. Substance The paper shows relevant insights about this part of the ISU landscape and is not simply a collection of descriptive facts about the place. The paper contains carefully chosen, specific information about the place, its history, its campus context and is developed with sufficient detail. Organization The paper is organized clearly around the key points made about the place or feature, its history, and its campus context. Specifically, you introduce your thesis about the place or feature in the first paragraph and don’t just present a name and location. The paper is appropriately organized into paragraphs and uses transitions to link one idea to the next. Style If the paper includes either direct quotations or paraphrases from the ISU websites or other sources, you provide in- text citation (no need for Works Cited in this paper). Problems with grammar and mechanics do not detract from the paper. Delivery Page layout makes the paper easy to read. You followed the formatting instructions. 4 ...
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