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Poster Project Assignment

POSTER PROJECT: This project provides you with an opportunity to display your creative talent. Choose a painting from the list that has been posted on “courses” . The paintings will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

You may choose a painting sooner than the due date if you wish, but once I have confirmed your choice and you have been assigned a painting, you cannot change your mind since others will also be choosing paintings. Indicate your choice on the handout distributed the first day of class. 

You must choose your painting by no later than February 20 at the beginning of class (4:00 p.m.). Project grade will be penalized 25% per day for late choices submitted after this date and time.

I will approve your project by returning the "choice of project" handout (distributed in class) to you with a written indication that confirms your project.

On your poster, you will create a visual display that allows the viewer to “read” your painting:

  • On the back of your poster, place your name, the title of your painting, the name of your painter, the date of your painting, and include your Works Cited page, which should be printed on a piece of paper that is 8.5 x 11 inches.
  • The sources you list on your Works Cited page must be scholarly (a peer reviewed journal article or a book) – NOT A WEBSITE.  Websites are not legitimate sources for this project.  Museum websites are not legitimate sources for this project.
  • You must consult (and include the references on a Works Cited list) three scholarly sources, but at least 25% of the interpretation of the painting must come from your own insights. (NOTE: Wikipedia may serve as a starting point for your project, but do not list it or use it as one of your three sources.)  If you cut and paste materials from websites and glue them on your poster you will fail this assignment and potentially, fail the course. 
  • Use MLA format to cite your sources – include a Works Cited page that is properly formatted.  Attach your Works Cited page to the  back of your poster on a white sheet of paper (8.5 x 11”). 
  • See the Purdue Owl website for proper MLA citation technique:
  • On the front of your poster, place a small reproduction of your painting (no larger than 8” x 11” -- this may either be printed in color or you may trace your painting in color) along with your individualized analysis.
  • Posters should be standard poster size (22” x 27”) and may be in a color of your choosing.  (Please note: posters are available in the bookstore.)
  • Consult the handout, “How do I ‘read’ a painting?” (posted on “courses”) for ideas about how to approach your topic.
  • Most importantly, see the poster evaluation rubric (posted on "courses") to see how the project will be evaluated and what components of the project should be included. 
  • Creativity is individual, but if you wish to see how other students have approached the poster project, visit me during office hours and I will show you some examples. 

Before you begin research on your painting, try answering questions about your painting without the aid of published analysis. Free write about your painting; what do you see? 


Books from the library catalog.  Books that indicate they are part of the Starr collection must be used in the library and so these books should be available to all students.


Grading Rubric

HUM Poster Evaluation Rubric                                                                                 

  Poster Project

Points Possible

 1.  Materials

  • The poster is standard size (22” x 27”)    [5]
  • The reproduction of the painting is clear and is no larger than 8.5” X 11” [5]
  • The font of the text is not too small, and is easily readable from a short distance. The colors of the poster do not obstruct readability. [5]


 2. Poster aesthetic

  • Information about the painting is clearly presented, in sentences or bullet points. [10]
  • Presentation is creative and engages the viewer.  [10] + [3 extra]


 3. Research and Presentation

  • References: Includes at least three cited sources on the back of the poster.  (Wikipedia is not a source)  [10]
  • Sources are cited properly in MLA format [5]


 4.  Your poster should include the following:

  • Information about the artist, the title of the painting, when it was painted and where, and where it is now.  [5]
  • The subject matter of the painting: what does the painting depict?  [2]
  • Historical context.  Does your painting belong to a movement? Why is this important?  How does it impact the way the material is presented?  [10]
  • Provide an inventory for the reader of what is in your painting – objects, incidents, the different parts of the work  [3]
  • Separate the visual components of the work into its parts, starting with COLOR, then COMPOSITION, then the use of LIGHT and CONTRAST, and then TECHNIQUE (see handout, how do I read a painting for details about these items)  [17]
  • Include your own interpretation of the work that is not in the research [10]