The assessment will involve a series of tasks relating to the identification, conservation, documentation and interpretation of an art work from the Hatton Gallery’s collection.

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This report is divided into 3 parts. and i wish you could do it step by step each 3 parts. It is all about a watercolour painting i was given. i will attached all the relevant information and images.
part 1.Provide a handling and environmental guide for the object, stating how the object should be handled and packed and what environmental conditions (e.g. RH, lux etc.) it requires; do not simply quote passages from manuals. This is worth 10% of the overall grade
You do not have to go over the basics, e.g. explaining what relative humidity or lux levels are – imagine that you are writing short notes for another museum/gallery professional; handling should be straightforward for works in standard frames, but those of you who have works in historical frames may need to give more careful advice.
Part 2.Provide an object analysis, using one or more of the models introduced in class. This is worth 15% of the overall grade.
In the Understanding and researching art objects session on Monday 13th February we will look at object analysis models and do practical work using them. To familiarise yourself with this, read the appendix to S. Pearce, Museums, Objects and Collections, which discusses a number of models for object analysis, although we will look at further models as well. The object analysis models can help you to build up data for your catalogue entry. You should then write a commentary to explain how you have used your model and what it has allowed you to do, i.e. how it has helped. Think carefully about the questions and/or stages of the model(s) which you are using; it may seem that you can write a one-sentence answer to some of them but in fact they are invariably more complex than first appearance might suggest.
part 3.Undertake research into the object in order to write a catalogue entry of an academic standard. The entry should be between 500 and 1000 words in length. This is worth 50% of the overall grade.
Your catalogue entry should explain the context and importance of the object within the history of art and in relation to national and international holdings. Your entry should incorporate both product- and process-based information and should provide, where possible, a detailed account of the genesis of the object, its place within the artist’s career and oeuvre, its meanings and reception over time and any vicissitudes which have affected the artwork in any way (e.g. if it has been bought, re-housed, damaged etc.). Examples of catalogue entries in different styles will be provided for reference. There should be sufficient resources in the university libraries to help you provide a good entry (this is why we choose works by important artists for your assignment). You may also wish to check Northumbria University Library, which has good art history holdings. The internet is also an important resource, but one which you should use with care (wikipedia, for example, is not always reliable). If for any reason information on the artist is not forthcoming, then you need to think around this, looking at the movement of which the artist was a part, its relation to other movements, to social history etc. Make sure that you can substantiate everything you say, and do not make explicit value judgments within your entry. Do not use references as you would with the Harvard system or with footnotes; rather, provide an abbreviated bibliography either at the beginning or end of your essay using the format given in the examples provided.
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Discuss the significance, past and present, of two special textiles---handwoven kente and factory-produced African-prints---for Ghanaian dress and culture.
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