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Creating a Prezi Presentation of Your Research Topic ARTS 1303

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Creating a Prezi Presentation of Your Research Topic
ARTS 1303
Professor Backer
For this assignment, you will develop a Prezi presentation that you will present to the rest of the class. This will provide the class with an opportunity to learn about other research topics and to encounter new ways of approaching your own topics.

In this presentation, you will see a sample of a good Prezi presentation and notes including guidelines to keep in mind when you develop your own presentation.

Your Prezi should include:
1. Title
2. Image
3. Thesis
4. 3 Sub-Topics
5. 1 Citation
6. At least 2 questions

Here is a sample title:
Haniwa Warrior:
Spiritual Protector
Your thesis should focus on your chosen object. The thesis should explain how the style, theme, and historical context of the object are related. Here is a sample thesis:
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.
Note that I include a comparison in the thesis. Comparisons can help you to make a unique argument, something different from what you'll read about in the sources about your subject.
Three Subtopics
The Sub-Topics will be the topics of one or more paragraphs in your paper. The Sub-Topics would be bullet points on an outline of your paper.
Describe each Subtopic in two sentences.
1. 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.
2. Haniwa sculptures were placed on the kofun (burial mounds), sometimes in protective positions, and sometimes in positions that suggest the sculptures were participating in or witnessing a ceremony. This topic will also support my thesis that the haniwa were spiritual
3. Haniwa are somewhat similar to modern-day gravestones, because they are placed atop a grave. They are different, because they do not clearly identify the deceased, and they acted as spiritual guardians.
Be sure to follow MLA guidelines and use
Ford, Barbara Brennan. "The Arts of Japan."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin
, vol. 45, no. 1, 1987. pp. 1, 4-56.
www.jstor.org/stable/3259426. Accessed 20 October 2016.
Include two questions for the class. This is your opportunity for feedback, so ask specific questions, which will lead to more useful responses. Do not ask quiz questions about information in your presentation.
If you're not sure about an aspect of your topic, or if you're considering bringing in another comparison, this is a good place to get feedback.
1. Why did artists make some haniwa that are abstract and do not depict a person or other recognizable subject?

2. The haniwa are also similar to Greek kouros sculptures in some ways. Do you think this would be a good comparison?
Other possibilities for sub-topics:
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

Those are the requirements for the presentation. To make your own, you'll need to create an account with Prezi. Don't worry, they don't send spam, and you can opt-out of emails.
After you've created a FREE account, click on NEW PREZI.
Prezi offers a tutorial that covers the basics - here are the essentials:
Click anywhere to start typing.
The blue plus sign (upper left) will let you add a new frame. You can select rectangles and bracket frames you see in this presentation in the menu below the plus sign.
INSERT to find a picture (top center).
CUSTOMIZE (top center) allows you to change the appearance of the presentation (
The thumbnails on the left show you what order the frames will show up for the audience.
Click EXIT (upper right). The system will automatically save your Prezi.
On the next page, click Share Prezi under SHARE (below the title slide), which will let you copy a url. Paste this url into the Prezi discussion forum at the course website.
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