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ART 3476: Sculpture (Slip Casting I): The Assignment

This guide includes starting points and tips for completing research for the design and process presentation for Dr. Ritson's slip casting course.

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Sample Presentation

This sample paper and presentation is meant to give you an idea about the final product for this assignment. Note that the example should be considered a solid, B+ paper/presentation.

Assignment Description

Presentation Assignment: Decisions, Process, and Design in Works from the Bauhaus

Instructions:  Use the example paper and presentation provided, along with the library’s research guide at to complete this assignment.

1.  Choose an individual from the list provided.  Each student must select a different individual for this assignment.

2.  Conduct research and write a 2000-word (minimum) essay on the individual.  Your paper should include the following components. Include subheadings in the paper to show that you are responding to each of these prompts: 

a.  Provide a biography of the individual: birthdate, location of birth, training, significant professional experiences, awards, and any other pertinent information that gives a background and context to the individual and the time period in which she/he worked at the Bauhaus.

b.  Provide information on a specific example of his/her work: time period of construction, location, intended purpose, commissioned by or for whom, specifications, materials, etc. 

c.  Answer: What choices were made in the design and construction of your selected examples of the individual's work? What was the reasoning behind the decisions that were made during design and construction? (1 page)

d.  Answer: How does the the individual's work function as a consequence of its design and construction? (1 page)

e.  Answer: How do the decisions that were made and the functionality of the artifact reflect the the individual's design philosophy, particularly in relation to Bauhaus philosophies? Note: If at any point in the essay you refer to other individuals, artists, design or art movements, you must explain these and their context to your reader. Do not assume that your audience has a working knowledge of other figures, movements, etc. (1 page)

f.  Your paper should include a minimum of 8 sources.  Do not reconstruct a single source or follow the argument of a source verbatim in the organization of the power point. Your paper is intended to be a synthesis of a variety of research sources and your intellectual work.

g.  All of your sources should be cited in MLA style.  Include in-text references and a list of Works Cited at the end of your essay.

h.  Your text should be free of errors in grammar or punctuation and should be written in complete sentences.

3.  After you have completed the essay, begin work on a PowerPoint presentation based on your paper. 

a.  Include 10 images of the individual and his/her work: no more and no less. Use only one image per page unless you are doing a compare and contrast. Images must be of high digital quality. 

b.  Include the text of your essay in the “Notes” section of each slide, showing which part of the essay you will present along with that slide’s image. 

c.  Each slide should be titled to guide the reader and help them to stay focused on each topic you cover in the presentation.

d.  The complete citation for each image should be included on the slide and also in the notes section.  The complete citation for any sources included in the notes should also be included.  The presentation should end with a list of Works Cited and a list of Images Cited.


Anni Albers

Josef Albers

Marianne Brandt

Friedl-Dicker Brandeis

Walter Gropius

Wassily Kandinsky

Paul Klee

Hannes Meyer

Mies Van der Rohe

Lucia Moholy

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Oskar Schlemmer

Grete Stern