Visual Resources Internship

ART 300

Students taking Art 300, Graded Assistance Project in the Visual Resources Collection, for one unit of credit, must fulfill 45 hours of work in the Collection during the semester, students taking two units will work 90 hours, and students taking 3 units will work 130 hours.  This includes a reading & writing assignment that counts for 6 of these hours.  You will be responsible for keeping track of your hours.

Reading Assignment

Benjamin, Walter "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." (On reserve in the Visual Resources Collection).

Handout: General policy rules for use of the collection, directions for preparing slides, notes on film and lighting for photographing artwork, tips for editing with Photoshop, guidelines for digital imaging standards, a list of reference materials, an outline of the slide collection, Subject definitions for use in cataloguing images, an excerpt of the United States copyright law defining Fair Use of copyrighted materials for education, and an excerpt from the  Slide Buyer's Guide describing criteria for evaluating reproductions of works of art.

2-units: The above, plus

Handouts on image classification systems and cataloguing.

Written critique on reading assignment, due 2 weeks before the end of the semester.  I will give you questions to consider for the critique with the reading assignment.

There will be a short quiz on the handout materials midway through the semester.

An internship in the Visual Resources Collection will introduce you to the skills required for managing and developing an image collection.  You will learn to work with slides and digital images as well as online image service projects. The work will include finding sources for images and descriptive information, creating artist identification files, and cataloguing and organizing slides and digital images using established cataloguing systems and various library tools to make images easier to find.   You may help photograph original artwork in the art gallery and do copy stand photography.   You will learn how to scan and edit slides, use a flatbed scanner, and download images from a digital camera to create digital image, for web pages and classroom use.  You may create web pages with images for course review.  You will learn about image subscription and internet sharing projects currently underway and available on our campus.  You will learn how to assist users of the collection to find what they need.

You may select a project based on your interests and coursework, or you may work on slide collection projects in progress.  Within the first 2 weeks of the semester, you should choose a project for the semester. It is your responsibility to keep a log of your hours and the work you do in order to complete the unit(s).

 Your grade will be based on the quality of your work in the Visual Resources Collection, on completion of your hours, the quiz, and the short paper.  A grade of less than C- on the reading assignment or failure to complete your hours will lower your grade.