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STUDENTíS NAME __________________ ARTISTíS NAME
ART HISTORY is the study of art and artists from the past and present from
this and other cultures.
ART HISTORIANS do research about art and artists and explore connections
between artists and world events and other factors that help us to
understand and appreciate art.
ART HISTORICAL RESEARCH involves finding sources of information that help
to support ideas and theories about art and artists.
A RESEARCH PAPER should be based on fact and should be composed of ORIGINAL
STATEMENTS written by you. If you are QUOTING someone else, put the
statement in quotation marks and cite the name of the person whose words
I. BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION.
* FIND ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ARTIST YOU WERE
* NOTE THE SOURCE OF INFORMATION TO HELP YOU LATER. THIS INFORMATION CAN
HELP YOU UNDERSTAND MANY THINGS ABOUT THE ARTISTíS LIFE AND WORK.
* THINK ABOUT THE FACTS COLLECTED AND CONSIDER HOW THESE FACTS MAY PROVIDE
INSIGHTS THAT WILL MAKE THIS ARTIST SEEM MORE REAL. MORE INFORMATION WILL
HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE ARTIST AND HIS/HER WORK BETTER.
* DO NOT DUPLICATE INFORMATION FROM SECTION TO SECTION.
* BE SURE TO SELECT AN ARTIST FOR WHOM YOU CAN FIND SUFFICIENT RESOURCES.
A. ARTISTíS NAME :
B. BIRTH AND DEATH DATES AND PLACES (2):
C. WHERE THE ARTIST LIVED AND WORKED AND DATES (2):
D. EDUCATION/ ARTISTIC TRAINING AND DATES OF THE TRAINING (2):
E. IMPORTANT LIFE EVENTS THAT INFLUENCED THE ARTIST AND HOW THE EVENTS
INFLUENCED HIM OR HER (3):
F. PEOPLE WHO INFLUENCED THE ARTIST AND HOW THEY INFLUENCED THE ARTIST (BE
SPECIFIC) THESE COULD BE FRIENDS, TEACHERS, AND ARTISTS FROM THE PAST WHO
INSPIRED THEM. (3)
G. OTHER SPECIFIC FACTS ABOUT THE ARTISTíS LIFE THAT ARE WELL-KNOWN. (IF A
FACT IS ĎWELL KNOWNí, IT WILL BE MENTIONED IN VARIOUS SOURCES OF
INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTIST.) (5)
A. INCLUDE A PHOTOCOPY OR COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGE OF ONE OF THE ARTISTíS
1. LABEL THE IMAGE WITH TITLE, DATE, AND ANY OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION
AVAILABLE. STAPLE THE REPRODUCTION TO THE PACKET.(5)
III. FACTS ABOUT THE ART WORK. FIND ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS
ABOUT THE ARTISTíS WORK.
A. TITLES OF WELL-KNOWN ART WORKS - LIST THE WORKS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
FROM THE EARLIEST TO THE LATEST. INCLUDE DATES WHEN THE WORK WAS CREATED:
BE SURE TO INCLUDE ANY YOU HAVE SEEN BEFORE OR WHICH APPEAR IN MULTIPLE
SOURCES OF INFORMATION. (5)
1. (EARLIEST DATED WORK)
5. (MOST RECENTLY DATED WORK)
B. ARTISTíS FAVORITE MEDIUM (ART MATERIAL) (2)
C. EXAMPLES OF ARTISTSí FAVORITE SUBJECT MATTER (2)
D. NAME OF ART MOVEMENT THIS ARTIST BELONGED TO AND A DESCRIPTION OF THIS
STYLE (use an encyclopedia to look up a description of the style used,
examples: Pop Art, Impressionism, etc.) (3)
E. ARTISTSí STYLE CHARACTERISTICS: (LIST AT LEAST THREE CHARACTERISTICS
THAT ARE SPECIFIC TO THE ARTISTíS STYLE) (3)
F. NAME THREE OTHER ARTISTS WHO WORKED IN THIS STYLE DURING THE SAME TIME
G. WHAT MAKES THIS ARTISTíS WORK DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ARTISTS? (INCLUDE AT
LEAST THREE THINGS THAT MAKE THIS ARTISTíS WORK DIFFERENT FROM OTHER
IV. HISTORICAL CONTEXTS. THIS IS INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORLD IN WHICH THE
ARTIST LIVED. YOU MIGHT NEED TO FIND A HISTORY TEXT FOR THIS SECTION.
A. WHAT WERE THREE SIGNIFICANT EVENTS GOING ON IN THE TIME AND PLACE IN
WHICH THIS ARTIST LIVED? (THESE MIGHT BE NATIONAL EVENTS OR HOMETOWN
* YOU NEED TO USE AT LEAST TWO PRINTED SOURCES OF INFORMATION TO ANSWER
THESE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ARTIST AND HIS/HER WORK. IF YOU USE A CD ROM OR
THE INTERNET, INFORMATION ON THOSE SOURCES MUST BE LISTED AS WELL. (4)
VI. WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT.
* NOW THAT YOU KNOW A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE ARTIST AND HIS/HER LIFE AND
WORK, YOU WILL WRITE A WELL DEVELOPED ESSAY ON THE FOLLOWING QUESTION.
* THE PAPER NEEDS TO BE TYPED, DOUBLE-SPACED. IT NEEDS TO BE ONE - TWO
PAGES IN LENGTH. * IT MUST BE ACCURATE, CLEAR, CONCISE AND WELL WRITTEN.
* BIBLIOGRAPHY: BE SURE TO LIST YOUR SOURCES OF INFORMATION, INCLUDING ANY
ADDITIONAL SOURCES YOU MAY HAVE USED. USE QUOTATION MARKS IF QUOTING
SOMEONE ELSE AND CITE THE NAME OF THE PERSON QUOTED.
* YOU MUST INCLUDE PHOTOCOPIES OF AT LEAST TWO OF THE WORKS MENTIONED, EVEN
IF ADDITIONAL WORKS ARE USED AS EXAMPLES IN YOUR ESSAY.
BY THE WAY, TITLES OF ARTWORK SHOULD BE PUT IN ITALICS AND QUOTATION MARKS.
EXAMPLE: ďGuernicaĒ is the title of a work by Picasso.
ANALYZE THE ARTISTíS STYLE AND HOW IT CHANGED OVER TIME. WHAT FACTORS
CAUSED THE CHANGE IN STYLE?
* Use specific examples of art work and support your analysis with factual
information from your research. * You must include photocopies of at least
two of the works, even if additional works are used as examples in your
To answer the question, first determine what the main style characteristics
Refer to an early work and the later work. What visual characteristics are
very obvious in the works? Figure out what changes occurred between the
early and the later works.
What caused the change? You will probably have to do some additional
research to clarify the causes of any changes noted.
Example: Picassoís work went through major changes throughout his career as
he continued to work toward a freer style. He went through realistic,
Impressionistic, and Cubistic styles, then moved beyond any identifiable
style to create his own.
For this essay to be successful you must clearly determine the artistís
style characteristics and how the style changed over time. You will want to
start with an introductory paragraph that introduces the artist and
explains the dominant characteristics of the artistĎs work. The following
paragraphs will clearly explain noticeable changes in the art work and a
description of what caused these changes. The concluding paragraph should
briefly summarize the main ideas presented.