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Haniwa Warrior

Ancient Japanese art and the requirements of an art history project description

Matt Backer

on 18 June 2013

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Haniwa Warrior
Ancient Japanese Art and the requirements of an art history project description
This is Professor Backer's guide to building a Prezi Project Description for Art History Survey I. In this guide, you'll review the requirements of the assignment, learn some Prezi techniques, and discover a bit about the Haniwa Warrior sculpture, which by the way is available to view in person at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
Step 1
Begin your project by selecting a topic. You can select any object from the periods covered in our book, roughly from prehistory...
to the year 1300
Photograph of the Hall of the Bulls (left wall) in the cave at Lascaux, France, ca. 15,000-13,000 BCE.
God as architect of the world, folio 1 verso of a moralized Bible, from Paris, France, ca. 1220-1230.
Step 2
Do some research on your topic. Check out the resources Oxford Art Online, JSTOR, Project MUSE, Academic Search Premier, all availabe at the library's website. You can find links on the Research Project Overview, available at the class website. Here is one article related to haniwa sculptures:
Ford, Barbara Brennan. "The Arts of Japan." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. Vol. 45 No. 1 (1987): 1, 4-56.
Don't forget to use proper MLA formatting.
Step 3
Develop a
based on your research. Here is an example:
Though in some ways haniwa warriors resemble the Qin Emperor's terracotta army, significant differences in style and setting demonstrate that the haniwa warriors served a spiritual function more aligned with Shinto beliefs than the associations of military protection and the afterlife found in other cultures.
Step 4
Make a list of three topics to consider. Describe each topic in at least two sentences. Here's an example:
Haniwa sculptures include a variety of subjects, from abstract to human and animal. I will explain theories that the variety of subjects demonstrates the spiritual nature of the haniwa.
Other examples could include:
Clicking on the white grid (the design field) will allow you to type into the Prezi. Enter your title.
Set up a new text box by clicking somewhere else on the design field. Write your thesis.
Insert an image of your artwork or building with the insert command at the top.
Click on the design field in a different place to write your subjects. They can all be part of the same text box, or you can make them separate.
Step 5
Click on the design field again and include the citation information for at least two sources related to your topic. These are articles or books. See Step 2.
You can set up frames in the Prezi to include selected image(s) and/or text in a single step, or view.
The Frame button is next to the Insert button in the top banner.
You can rotate frames so that the camera will rotate as it shows that step.
Step 6
Think of questions to ask the rest of the class about your project. This is an opportunity to get feedback that will help you to write your paper. Are you wondering about good comparisons to make? Do you want to test out an interpretation and see what other people think? Here's an example:
Why did artists make some haniwa that are abstract and do not depict a person or other recognizable subject?
Haniwa sculptures, fifth to sixth century.

Don't foret to include the artist (if available), title, and date for works of art you include in the Prezi. Include location if available, particularly for buildings.
This guide should help you get started. Prezi offers many easy-to-use tutorials if you're having difficulty with the software. If anything in the assignment is unclear, please contact me. Good luck! (see next step in path for Questions Asked and Answered)
Funagata Haniwa, Tang Dynasty
After completing your Prezi, click on the Exit button in the top tab. On the next page, you will see a SHARE button. Clicking on this button will provide you with a link that you can copy and paste into the discussion forum on our class website.

Include the title of your Prezi and your name if you entered a different name at Prezi, so people can look up your presentation, in case the link doesn't work.
To begin making your Prezi, you will need to set up an account.
Click on the Sign Up link on the main page (prezi.com).
Select the Free option.
On the following page, fill in the required information.
After creating your account, you will be directed to a page with a New Prezi button.
Click on the New Prezi button to get started.
Thinking of an original thesis can be difficult. A good strategy is to compare two works of art, like in my thesis above.
For this assignment, you can compare one work of art from the periods covered in our class to a work of art from any time period, including today.
For example, I could compare a haniwa sculpture to modern grave stones.
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary, St. Louis, Missouri
The image above is Blanche of Castille, Louis IX, and two monks, from a moralized Bible, from Paris, France, 1226-1234. Images are not sources; articles, books, or scholarly websites are sources.
other works of art to compare
religious associations with the object
the uses historical people had for the object
the setting for the object
political associations with the object
scientific analysis
iconography (symbols contained within the object)
literary associations (stories told within the object)
the influence of other artworks and/or cultures on the object
the way that this object influenced later artwork and/or culture
and many other options, depending on your subject
Add your questions as a separate text box. Two questions are required.
Your Prezi should include:
1. Title
2. Image
3. Thesis
4. 3 Topics
5. 2 Citations
6. At least 2 questions
Questions Asked and Answered
Q: Is this a paper on one artwork or on an era?
A: It's best to focus on one artwork. As you discuss it, bring in information on the era, and it's a good idea to bring in other artworks from the same era to give the reader a better idea of what was going on at the time.

Q: Does my Prezi need to be as long as this one?
A: No, your Prezi should be at least 6 steps (and you do not need to use the word "steps" or even to number them).

Q: Do images count for the 2 citations?
A: No, you should include information for each image (artist, title, location, and date), but these are separate from your citations, which are the information for your sources about your selected artwork. See the Research Project Overview for information on how to find good sources.

Q: I understand we are to compare a piece of art or architecture from the book to something local
but I guess I don't understand what we are supposed to argue. Can you give me some pointers?

A: First, you do not need to include something local. You can (1) just write about an ancient work of art without a main comparison or (2) compare an ancient work of art to a different work of art (anicent or modern, local or not). I recommend a comparison, because it gives you the opportunity to develop your own ideas. Your argument will normally use the comparison to give a better understanding of the main piece you're interested in. So, the gravestones show that today, there is a great emphasis on identifying the deceased, whereas in ancient Japan there was more emphasis on providing spiritual protection. If you send me a specific topic, I can more effectively suggest ideas to help you develop a thesis.
The last step in building a Prezi is setting up the path that the "camera" will take from text box to text box to image and to frame.

First, click the Edit Path button to the left

Next, click on the first thing you want the viewer to see (probably the title).

Then click on the second thing you want them to see and so on. You should see thumbnails in the banner on the left of the Path you have created.

If you change your mind or miss a step, drag the plus sign on the line connecting two steps. Drop this plus sign on the step you missed, and it will be included.
(You can zoom in by clicking on the pop-up menu to the right)
(and click and hold to drag the view)
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