PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS! final paper worth 30% of final grade. Choose a topic from the Renaissance to the 21st Century based on your own interests. Your paper should have a thematic focus, an evolution of ideas or arguments and contain a well-defined thesis statement in the introduction. Your work should also reflect a high degree of visual and contextual analysis, and must also contain evidence of research and the correct citation of your sources. In addition to the content and quality of your research, writing skills and critical thinking are integral to the success of your essay. If you can’t come up with your own topic, here are some ideas: A thematic approach to looking at the life/work of an individual artist. If you are interested in the life and work of one specific artist, you should focus on a theme in relation to their work beyond a simple biographical approach. For example: the importance of social identity and the representation of women in the photographs of Cindy Sherman. Your essay should be more than a simple recounting of historical facts, or descriptions/comparisons of particular works. Rather, your theme/focus should be explored by selecting key works of art and conducting both visual and contextual analyses in order to situate their work within the fabric of history and/or social change in the time their work was produced. Looking at 1 to 3 works of art is suggested, depending on your focus/thematic emphasis. An exploration of a style/period of art: Explore a time period or art movement (eg: Rococo, Impressionism, Dada within Western art, but you may also look outside this context to any movement globally, provided you can find research sources in english). Analyze specific works of art to articulate key aspects of the movement in relation to concepts of time and/or historical change. Your essay should include visual analyses of specific works as well as an awareness of social and contextual factors in the development of the movement/style you are investigating. It is best to limit your visual analysis to between 2 to 3 works of art, depending on the focus of your paper. Thematic or conceptual topics in the history of Western art: You may choose to explore an idea/theme/concept through an examination of key works of art located in one or more periods (ie: the representation of women in the art of the 19th Century, or different understandings of ‘nature’ in the Romantic and neo-Classical periods). This kind of paper is a bit tricky and you should have a clearly defined theme/idea before you narrow down your choices of artists/works through which to explore your topic. Formatting and Submission Guidelines: Length: 6-8 pages (not including Works Cited/Bibliography and any additional visual material) Format: Double-spaced—12 pt. font size. Word document submitted through Turnitin via D2L. Visual Sources: You must include images of works of art covered in an appendix at the end of your paper. All images must identify the artist (if available), title, date and referred to in-text (Fig. 1, Fig. 2 etc…). Citation method: Formatting should follow the MLA (Modern Language Association) or Chicago Style. A title page is optional, but not necessary. All sources must be cited in-text and at the end of the paper in the form of a ‘Works Cited’ list (MLA) or ‘Bibliography’ (Chicago).