When you choose your artist and run the name by me, you can sign up for a date on the sign up sheet. Choose someone whose work you are unfamiliar with. First come, first serve.
Students will have the responsibility of investigating and teaching each other how artists (or anyone in a creative profession) generate, develop and express content in their work. Choose one contemporary artist who is established in his/her career and then run this name by me before committing to this choice. I have listed resources for finding artist names at the end of this document.
These guidelines are written for presentations on visual artists. If you choose someone in a different creative discipline, make the appropriate substitutions.
materials and process
different visual elements of the piece and how this relates to artist's interests
how specific elements in the artwork relate to the content
If an artist has a wide range of work, you could choose to either:
a. focus in depth on a certain body of work
b. choose an array of work that represents the variety of artwork or the progression of work over time.
In either case, be sure to describe in detail the artwork you choose to include in your presentation.
Please be mindful of the time recommendation and rehearse the timing of your presentation before class. This is an assignment you should start researching ahead of time. Do not wait until the day or week before your presentation to start researching. If you have trouble finding information on your artist, I can help you as long as it is well in advance of your presentation date. Do not depend on Wikipedia as a main source – you can use this to give you ideas of what needs to be researched.
Some examples of helpful resources to find and research artists are:
Dimond Library has current and back issues of periodicals such as Sculpture, Art in America, and Art News. You can look up periodical indexes online.
Online sources: New York Times, New Yorker, Art Forum, Art in America, Bomb Magazine, hyperallergic.com, Modern Painters
UNH Writing Center Handouts - The UNH Writing Center has handouts that help with writing all parts of a research paper
Steps in Writing a research paper - Starts with development of a research question and thesis and goes through all of the steps for writing a research papers.
Art History Assignment Types - a Guide from UNC that describes common types of Art History Writing Assignments