Professor Will Adams • Wadams5@valenciacollege.edu
Office hours by appointment • Building 1, Room 104
Mondays & Wednesdays, 7:30 – 8:45 AM
For your research assignment, you will be tasked with researching a piece of art, and then
reinterpreting it in your own creative way.
The following will guide you through the basic process you will use to create your
1. You will choose your piece of art by drawing a topic, at random, from a hat.
2. Once you’ve chosen your piece of art, perform research on it.
3. For a 5-page research project, you should use no fewer than 6 credible sources.
With the exception of the databases available through the College’s libraries,
none of your sources may come from the Internet.
4. After you’ve completed your research and have a good understanding of the piece
of art, use what you’ve learned to create your own interpretation of it.
i. You may, and in fact are encouraged to, change the medium from the
original work of art to your own.
ii. For instance, if you choose a painting, you may reinterpret that as a painting,
a song, a film, etc.
iii. Be sure the medium you choose caters to your own abilities and interests,
not the original artist’s.
iv. Possible media to consider for your interpretation include photography,
fashion design, painting, dance, sculpture, modeling, film, or poetry.
v. Be creative and “think outside the box”!
5. Finally, craft a research paper that first discusses the original artwork, as you
understand it from your research.
i. This section should make up the bulk of your paper’s length – at least 3 – 4
ii. In addition, you should not use first or second person point-of-view when
writing this section of your paper.
iii. After discussing the original artwork, then discuss your own interpretation.
Be sure to explain your own perspective and artistic choices. This is the only
section of your paper in which you are allowed to use first-person point-ofview (i.e. “After completing my research on Michelangelo, I concluded
iv. Collectively, the written component of your project should total 4-5 full
v. Your text should be double-spaced, set in Times New Roman size 12 font,
and have standard 1” margins.
vi. Use proper MLA style citation for in-text citations, the Works Cited page,
and the cover page (refer to attached MLA style guide for help).
6. Both the artistic and the written components of your project are due in class on
Wednesday, November 20th.
7. One draft may be turned in for feedback on November 6th – this must be done via
email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In conclusion: Have as much fun as you can with this! This assignment isn’t meant as a
punishment, but rather as an opportunity for you to synthesize academic skills with
personal expression. The more passionate you are about your chosen topic, that less
“work” this assignment will be.