Museum Visit/Fine Art Gallery Exhibit

General Education Capstone Course

Event Details and Guideline Form

Event Title:  Fine Art Museum/Fine Art Gallery Visit

Gen. Ed. Category Event should be listed under:  Humanities

SCC Competency addressed by event

  • Articulate a personal response to popular or classical works in the humanities.
  • Obtain information from a variety of sources and be able to critically analyze and evaluate the information for accuracy and relevance.

Guidelines for accomplishment of event

  • Choose an art museum or art gallery from the list provided.
  • Choose two pieces of artwork to discuss. (Your choices may include either a sculpture, painting, drawing, photograph, etc.)
  • You may begin your journal entry by very briefly (one paragraph) describing the location’s architecture, interior decor, or other notable features. Most importantly in your first paragraph, create a thesis statement where you explain exactly what pieces you plan on comparing/contrasting.  
  • Look at and make note of the artwork’s information label which describes each piece.
  • Notice the title.  It may provide essential information to help you understand the artwork.
  • Notice the date, materials, and origin. This information may help further frame your understanding of what has informed the artist’s experience.
  • Describe the subject matter where applicable, if subject is unknown, attempt to describe what you see.
  • The basic elements of any piece of visual art are line, shape, texture, value, & color. Without being overly detailed, describe the art using these elements.
  • Describe how these elements are organized or composed.
  • Make note of your feelings and thoughts in regards to the art.
  • What do you believe the artist intended to communicate?
  • Whether or not you like the art, or think it is good or bad, how do you interpret this work?
  • Contrast the most obvious differences between the pieces you have chosen to discuss.
  • How does art of the past relate to the present in which we live?
  • What has this experience of seeing art taught you about creativity and ideas?

 Galleries and Museums

  • SCC Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Gallery (Do not write on student exhibitions)
  • Pulitzer Foundation For The Arts
  • Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
  • Gallery 210 (at UMSL)
  • St. Louis Art Museum (in Forest Park)
  • Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (at St. Louis University)
  • Foundry Art Centre
  • Sheldon Art Galleries
  • Laumeier Sculpture Park
  • Third Degree Glass Factory
  • Kemper Museum (at Washington University in St. Louis)
  • Duane Reed Gallery
  • Good Citizen Gallery
  • Bruno David Gallery
  • Atrium Gallery
  • William Shearburn Fine Art Gallery
  • Phd  Gallery

Contact information available on the SCC Sophomore Portfolio (Capstone) website.

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Did essay fulfill SCC competency?    YES        NO         PARTIALLY

Did essay fulfill event guidelines?     YES        NO          PARTIALLY