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Module Project: Masterpiece or Classic

Masterpiece (noun) a work of outstanding artistry, skill or workmanship.

Classic (adjective) judges over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.

(Noun) a work of art of recognised established value


Can you identify either a Classic or Masterpiece to inspire your own practice?

We probably think we know what a classic or masterpiece is, without defining it. We probably can cite an example of each.

The problem is that we may have just accepted that something is a classic or a masterpiece because we have been informed by another person that is has that title. How do we know that they were right to define it as such? How do we know that a masterpiece is worthy…..why do we think something should be known as a classic of its kind?

Your task is to seek out an item or image that you wish to nominate as either a masterpiece or a classic. You must locate the item and document it as fully as possible and investigate the contextual material associated with the chosen item or image. Find out as much as you can about the image or object and the influence it may have had on subsequent works. Be prepared to defend your choice with your peers as you will need to convince them that your choice is credible and worth supporting.

The object or image needs to be physically seen in the way that it was intended…if it is a physical item, then you must ensure you actually see it; if it is a film or image, you must experience it as it was intended to be seen if at all possible. Record the situation and the object. Make a rational argument in support of the selection.


Identify and justify a classic or a masterpiece of art or design. Investigate the selection and document with notes, drawings, diagrams, photos and secondary materials.

Produce a Pecha Kucha presentation

Respond to the selection through your own studio/workshop practice. Evaluate the experience and learning.

A Masterpiece by definition is a work of outstanding artistry, skill or workmanship. I intend to argue that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt video game can be considered a Masterpiece rather than simply a classic video game.

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