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Essay Proposal

Lin Chenyue

Saturday, Mar 05, 2016 - 12:29:17 am

@ lin

Essay Topic: What is Chinese tomb art? Compare two bronzes from the Shang dynasty.

Sources of information:

National Museum of China website The Palace Museum of China Books: Early Chinese Art from Tombs& Temples, The Arts of China, Art in China etc.

Tentative Structure of essay

Introduction of Chinese Tomb Art:

Origin of Chinese Tomb Art Chinese tomb art is funerary art Belief in afterlife, religion, human sacrifice Types of vessels Skills & materials Functions: Daily usage; Read more →
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This is a good start. I appreciate your detailed introduction. Curious--were bronze vessels really used in daily life? Please check on this. Claim is too broad for now. You could be writing a Ph.D. thesis on this topic! But, you do seem to have an interesting idea lurking behind the question "what are the meanings behind these changes?" It is still too broad. So, please find a claim from the nice comparison you have chosen to do by framing your claim as a comparison (i.e. similarities and differences).

Idea Proposal: Essay

Iskandar Ruhaizat

Friday, Mar 04, 2016 - 05:26:03 pm

@ Sang Musang

What is Chinese Buddhist art? Compare two sculptures and address the question of change in art and religion when Buddhism arrives in China. The images need to be from lecture or from the Asian Civilizations Museum.

Realised I’ve done my essay wrongly (skewering more towards theology and the comparison only occupies a small portion) so I redid my proposal.


Define Chinese Buddhist Read more →

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Your claim currently is a fact. No one can disagree with you. You need to come up with a claim that you can argue for. Do you need to discuss religious tolerance in your introduction? What does it have to do with your claim? The sculptures you are using do not have any bodhisattvas... You seem to have an idea in your statement about how earlier images are Buddhas and later images are bodhisattvas. How can you make this broad claim more specific?
Hi Sujatha, Yup I've decided to change the second image (the one with Shakyamuni and Prabutharatna) to that of Guanyin (will do up another post containing the image from ACM). For the claim I was going along the lines of whether Chinese Buddhist art is the sinicisation of Buddhist art coming in from India or the Indianisation of Chinese art. Will think of another claim just in case and post it on an updated proposal!

Week 4: Team One's Presentation

Iskandar Ruhaizat

Friday, Mar 04, 2016 - 03:18:15 pm

@ Sang Musang

I really enjoyed Team One’s presentation, as they took the effort to recreate the experience they had while visiting the Sri Mariamman Temple, from the puja to the scent of jasmine. Utilising Google 360° Tours really immerse the whole class into getting a better insight into the layout of the temple and the activities going on inside.

Kudos to you guys and can’t Read more →

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Week 2: Journal

Iskandar Ruhaizat

Friday, Mar 04, 2016 - 03:07:42 pm

@ Sang Musang

I need to make a habit of checking OSS. Sorry about this (and a few others) super belated posts!

“What is your favourite Buddhist Temple in Singapore? Why?”

First of all, I am guilty of generalising every Chinese temples as well, Chinese temples, disregarding the complexity of the various religions worshipped by the Chinese. Not only are there buddhist temples but also Read more →

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Essay Proposal


Friday, Mar 04, 2016 - 12:27:32 am

@ A150046

4. What is Chinese landscape painting? Compare Guo Xi’s Early Spring to a bird and flower painting by Emperor Hui-tsung.

Introduction – What is Chinese landscape painting (Definition) – Basic background information (How it started, etc?) – Claim: Chinese landscape paintings (of the same time period) can be very different (in terms of aesthetics)

Paragraphs – Discuss about Guo Xi’s Early Spring painting (Subject matter, composition, Read more →

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Good introduction. Begin with a definition and a brief history of your topic! Good start for a thesis--frame it as a comparison with similarities and differences! But, let's be more specific. Let's take care of your first phrase--What is special about this time period? What is influencing both painters? Ask yourself whether you want to do the lumping method? Look at the examples of comparison essays and paragraphs on NTULearn in the folder called "Second Assessment." Is there another way to organise tis essay?

Question 1 essay proposal

Fernandez Leong

Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 - 12:36:57 pm

@ fleong005

Hi there,

Below is the essay proposal format I have for art history. It is still very rough but has a layout of what I am intending to focus on for each paragraph.

Proposal format for question 1: 

What is Chinese tomb art? Compare two bronzes from the Shang dynasty. OR compare two terracotta figures from the Qin dynasty.


What is Chinese tomb art? Why Read more →
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Good plan for the introduction. How do you plan to transition between a general notion of tomb art and the First Emperor's version of tomb art? You claim needs to be more specific. It is currently grand and broad. Your claim also need to come from your comparison. It needs to be frames as a similarities and differences statement. So, what are their similarities and differences? Where is your bibliography?

Art History: Research Assignment Proposal


Thursday, Mar 03, 2016 - 11:26:19 am

@ bella's

Research Assignment Proposal

What is Chinese landscape painting? Compare Guo Xi’s Early Spring to a bird and flower painting by Emperor Hui-tsung.


Define Chinese landscape painting Characteristics of Chinese painting Briefly introduce the two artworks: Guo Xi’s Early Spring and Emperor Hui-tsung’s Five-coloured parakeet Essay aims to compare the two artworks in terms of subject matter, technique, composition and purpose (differences and similarities)


Subject matter

Early spring: Read more →
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Good introduction. You have a plan! Thanks for including your bibliography! But, it has two old sources... YO also haven't covered your three types of sources... You have an idea! the last sentence in your first body paragraph! Purpose and context is a bit weak... But there is a point there too about art and poetry! The essay is well organized--well done! Let's keep working!

Rough essay plan


Monday, Feb 29, 2016 - 12:13:15 am

@ 風鳴る翼

My very initial rough essay plan

Q1: What is Chinese Tomb art? Compare 2 bronzes from the Shang dynasty or compare 2 terracotta figures from the Qin dynasty.


-the year/when/what period

-what is chinese tomb art? What are considered tomb art.

-what objects are usually found?

-where is it found?

-some examples of it?

-prominent examples? Difference between royalty/rich ppl and normal ppl?


In this paper, I will Read more →

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*There seems to be something wrong with your posting--it keeps repeating itself. *Are you writing on bronzes or terracotta figures? *Your current claim is a plan: to find a claim, please choose two objects, then compare the similarities and differences. Then, look for recurring patterns or binaries (opposites). *there seems to be an idea lurking in your point about the tomb art of the wealthy and the poor. But, I don't know if we have enough information about bronzes to make such a claim. They seem to all come from royal tombs...
Thank you Ms Sujatha for pointing out my mistake, I have corrected the post already. I am planning to do on Terracotta warriors. So what I have to do now is to fix on 2 objects to continue proceed on the points?
So, it looks as if you will have 3 body paragraphs. But, at this point, we don't know whether you will address each object separately (i.e. have two separate body paragraphs). You can arrange a comparison essay in many different ways. You could also do a paragraph on similarities and another on differences. Anyway, to find your claim, choose your two objects and start comparing.

Proposal for Art Hist Essay


Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 - 08:49:42 pm

@ Darrenjh

What is Chinese Buddhist art? Compare two sculptures and address the question of change in art and religion when Buddhism arrives in China. The images need to be from lecture or from the Asian Civilisations Museum.

Hi everyone! So these were the two images which I took from the Asian Civilisation Museum in Singapore. Reason why I chose this 2 sculpture to answer the Read more →

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Excellent introduction, but where is your claim? Is it the last sentence in the intro? If so, it is too broad. The choice of subject is good in that you are choosing objects you have seen in person. But, there are from two different countries. You are making life difficult for your self. Why not choose two objects from China? (looking at how Guanyin becomes more female over time?) I believe there is another piece that belongs to the ACM (look at the book on reserve at ADM called The Divide Within: Art & Living Culture of India and South Asia). Your claims are in the conclusion. Your claims need to begin in the introduction and be woven into the body paragraphs. It also looks as if you might go over the word count...

Essay proposal (rough outline and some thoughts)

Andrew Wong

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 - 11:46:16 am

@ Ola Señorita

Draft thesis/claim : the evolution and rise of Chinese ceramics, especially aesthetics, was to a large extent influenced by other countries

Paragraph 1: introductory information such as uses of early ceramics in native China, brief info about processes involved, importance placed on various types of ceramics (dominant color was black, designs were geometric and simple ones depicting animals or human faces), Read more →

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Good initial claim, but it is still too broad. Are you saying all Chinese ceramics were influences by foreign cultures? No. Please be more specific. Also, what do you mean by "aesthetics?" Why don't you put your point about trade in your intro? You seem to have an idea about early ceramics as being functional and later ceramics being for a tribute. if you want to go down this route, be more specific (choose the ceramics, time period). There seems to be at least two papers in this introduction! You also have an idea lurking in your comparison of a Chinese ceramic used by the crew and another used for export. Your final claim about China is known for its ceramics is too broad. You need to also get some facts correct: Glazing began in the Han period. Shang is known for its bronzes. Taoism is not around in the Shang. It begins in the Zhou dynasty. Porcelain is being produced even now at Jingdezhen. Please post a new proposal.