Welcome to the research guide for your art course. This guide describes databases and search tools that you can use to find images and information on ceramics at the duPont-Ball Library and online. It also offers search tips and information about library services.
C O N T E M P O R A R Y F I G U R A T I O N P R E S E N T A T I O N
You will be giving a 5-7 minute presentation on a contemporary figurative painter. Sign up for an artist on Canvas.
Your slides should include the following:
• A minimum of 5 high-resolution images (See assignment description for details on how to filter Google images by resolution) of paintings by the artist
• An image of the artist
• An image of a painting in context. So, hung in a gallery, museum, or the studio with objects or people around it, so we can get a sense of the scale.
• Your final slide should include links to your research sources. They do not need to be in any particular format. You do not need to cite your images.
Make sure you are using only credible sources (newspaper or magazine articles, gallery website, museum YouTube pages, etc. If you are unsure, ASK ME!)
Your sources should include, at minimum, the following:
• An interview with the artist (written or video)
• A press release published by a museum or gallery about the artist’s work
• A review of the artist’s work
Your presentation should address the following:
• How does the artist make their work? Do they use any special painting techniques or tools? Do they work from live models, photographs, imagined figures, etc?
• Why is their work significant? How does the artist talk about their work? How do other people discuss or interpret their work?
• What is your response to this work?
• How does the artist use color to create a mood?
• How does the artist use details like expression, pose, clothing, and style of drawing/painting to influence how you see the figures in their paintings?
You should do enough reading/watching/looking that you are able to speak knowledgably about the artist in your own words. Anything written on your slides must be original text. Do NOT include unattributed quotations—this is plagiarism and will result in a zero on the assignment.
Your presentation is worth 5% of your grade and will be graded on the following:
• Presentation addresses assigned questions and meets image requirements
• Sources are appropriate for academic research and meet requirements
• Knowledgeable and thorough introduction to this artist’s work in your own words
Submit your slides to Canvas by the start of class. Late slides will not be accepted (zero for the assignment).
You can expand your search for articles by using additional databases, a few of which are listed below:
Consider using encyclopedias and other reference sources when you begin researching a topic. Some encyclopedias will provide more in-depth information than others, but any general encyclopedia is a good source to consult for background information of your chosen subject area. Most encyclopedias provide the following: