“Artist Research” Essay

  • Pick one artist from
    a. EithertheGateway’sonlinetext b. orART21
  • Select two chapters from the First Unit we have read this semester to analyze the artist’s work. For example, “Color 1.4 and Scale 1.7” or “Line 1.1 and Unity 1.6”.
    a. Rereadnotesabouteachofthetwoselectedchapters.
  • Research this artist’s biography and artistic practice, whether that is historic or current.
    a. ThisresearchcanbefromtheGateway’sonlinetext,another accredited online text (museum, gallery site) and/or a historical text.

i. Be sure to note sources used for future citation.
b. Select2-3workscreatedbythisartisttoincludeinyourpaper.

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i. Look back to the Visual Elements and Principles of Design to investigate the visual properties/characteristics.

Answer the following questions objectively.

c. Objective = factual and not opinion. d. Avoidwords“Ithink”or“Ibelieve”.

1. Introduction:Who is the artist you decided to research?

  • Provide historical context about the artist, location, politics, religion etc
  • 5-7 sentences.

2.

3.

Describe the artist’s style, art movement they belonged to/originated from?
• 5-7 sentences.

Analyze the first image of work created by the artist and apply your analysis in reference to the first chapter you selected.

  • Include image of work, title, date created, current, location of work,
    materials
  • Describe the work using your own observational assessment.
  • How does your understanding of this chapter reflect in this work? Be specific.
  • Why is this work iconic of the artist’s creative legacy?
  • 5-7 sentences.

4. Analyze the second image of work created by the artist and apply your analysis in reference to the second chapter you selected.

  • Include image of work, title, date created, current, location of work,
    materials
  • Describe the work using your own observational assessment.
  • How does your understanding of this chapter reflect in this work? Be
    specific.
  • Why is this work iconic of the artist’s creative legacy?
  • 5-7 sentences.
    5. Conclusion
  • Overall, do the two visual assessments of the text affect our visual
    understanding of the work? If so, how? If not, why?
  • Is the work more successful or less so as a result?
  • 5-7 sentences.
    -2 pages of text minimum

BOOK   Gateways to Art: Understanding the Visual Arts, Second Edition
Debra J. DeWitte, Ralph M. Larmann, and M. Kathryn Shields
Thames & Hudson

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