This wiki will give readers an overview of the artwork you study, including a visual analysis of
the work and research about its culture and era. It should include text as well as visual elements
(photos and videos), a list of references, and suggested further reading or links to
informative sites. The layout should be clear and visually appealing with headings similar to a
textbook chapter or Wikipedia article.
This project should be in a format of a wiki page. This must include the following
Visual Analysis- Use the visual analysis section of your Wiki Outline to write a visual (formal) analysis of the
artwork you viewed. This part will be approximately 450-650 words long, in complete sentences
and paragraphs, and it should focus on the physical form of the work: what it looks like, not
what it means or reminds you of. Write in an academic voice, similar to the textbook or the websites assigned in class. State your
observations directly and confidently.
Elements of Artwork-
Principles of Composition
Cultural Context- Once you’ve described the physical appearance of the work, then discuss the time and place it
came from based on the questions you answered in Wiki Outline, using the sources you
identified. Sources and/or other similar sources. Consider things like style, materials,
subject matter, and purpose of the piece. This part should be about 150-250 words, also in
complete sentences and paragraphs.
Use only the types of sources described. The websites that are not
allowed, are not allowed in the rest of the project, for the same reason.
ALL historical or cultural information from ALL sources, including the museum
plaque, books, websites, etc., must be accompanied by footnotes that
correspond to a full list of references at the end. Normally, MLA uses in-text
citations and a Works Cited page. However, since a wiki is not formatted like a
paper, we are adapting MLA-style citation to the footnote/reference format
used on websites. See the sample wiki page for examples.
After you use information from a source (direct quotes AND
paraphrasing), follow that with a superscript digit 1. Every time you use
information from that source, follow it with the same superscript digit one. These will correspond to full references at the end of the wiki (see
Continue this with 2 for the second source you mention, then 3, and so
on. Continue adding full citations with the corresponding superscript
digit to the references at the end of the entry. Instead of alphabetical
order, the sources should be in the order they’re first referenced in the
Every paragraph that has information you found in any
website, book, or other source has at least one footnote. There should
be more citations if you relied on more than one source in that
Conclusion- Conclude with one paragraph that answers this question: is the piece you have analyzed a
typical example of art from the culture you studied? Why or why not?
Support your answer with research from your sources followed by footnotes.
This section will be about 75-150 words.
Referenences- 3-5 sources. You should have one of each the following below for the sources.
1.) An entry from one of the following library databases:
• Grove Art Online
• Credo Reference
• Academic Search Complete
• Art & Architecture Source
2.) An e-book or Kanopy documentary
• ABC-CLIO eBook Collection
• ACLS Humanities E-Books
• EBSCO eBook Collection
• Gale eBooks
3.) A museum website source, such as a catalog entry (description of an individual work),
essay, video, audio, or other educational document produced by the curators or another
professional. Some of these may be found on YouTube on the museum’s official
account. The following museums are approved;
Dallas Museum of Art
If you need additional sources, you can use more of any of the sources listed above (library
books, e-books, library databases, professional documentaries, museum websites). Once you
have at least one each of those, you may also use the websites listed below. No other websites
should be used for this project.
• UNESCO World Heritage Centre
• Khan Academy
• Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
• Boundless Art History
Do not use wikipedia.org, about.com, worldhistory.org (ancient.eu), Britannica.com,
study.com, history.com, or other commercial sites.
After your conclusion, create a section with other suggested sources for your topic. These can
include museum websites, quality web sources, recommended books, or videos. You don’t have
to read/watch these completely to suggest them; just ensure they are of acceptable academic
quality. Use embedded descriptive links only.
At the end of your wiki entry, include a complete list of bibliographical references in the order
you first use them in your entry. Each should begin with a unique superscript digit that
corresponds to the references in the entry (
1 before the first source used, 2 before the second,
and so on). A list of copied/pasted URLs is not acceptable. Make sure you use MLA style, not
APA. (Art History and History actually use Chicago/Turabian. If you would prefer to use that
style, contact the instructor.)
The list of references will be in the order that each source is first mentioned in your wiki. Unlike
a Works Cited page, they are not in alphabetical order and do not require hanging indents.