1) Write the name of 5 Visual Artists
.Vincent van Gogh
.Leonardo da Vinci
2)Begin with a search to see if there are any books relating to that artist in the library collection. (title, author, call number and type of resource. Don’t stop looking until you have at least three…
A) List at least 3 books (one per artist) that relate to these visual artists (catalogue number (or identifying information), title, author, type):
b) If you: 1) got more results than you wanted 2) less than you wanted 3) something other than what you wanted then you need to change the search criteria. You can search by title, author, and many other things. If you are looking for a subject, changing the search data to be more or less specific can also change your results. Try inputting an “Advanced Search” for one of the above artists and see how you change your results. Explain below how you modified your search and list at least one source that you found this way:
c) Search for different resources available from associated colleges (Clarkson; Clarkson library and SLU; St Lawrence library can be searched through these sites as a guest). The associated colleges can get materials to SUNY Canton within a few days.
List at least three sources from other colleges (list catalogue number (or identifying information), title, author, and book location):
d) List at least three ways that you can come up with the names of three new visual artists (ones that you did not know before starting this project). (Hint…perusing an online museum would be one way).
e) Try each of these methods, and come up with the names of 3 different artists that you are interested in. Write these names below.
3. Book Surfing
Look through an online book from one of the artists/topics you have selected. Search for several artists you were unfamiliar with before this project.
a) List three formerly unknown (and not listed previously) visual artists here.
b) Find a source for each of the three artists. List title, author and catalog number (or identifying information) below:
4. NOW, to GOOGLE!!!!
Google is where people often go first when they are looking for stuff. Be honest now, if I didn’t have you do this worksheet you were going to google “art”, or “artist” or “van gogh” or “monet” or “Picasso”. Right?
The thing is, if you are completing this correctly, you now have a few new resources that are not the first thing you would find on google. Now, you can use these resources to find more. The research you are completing here provides references for thesis papers due later in the semester.
a) Search for images of at least two other visual artists (artists that you have not previously searched) found in the previous references (these can be artist’s influences, friends, etc). List below title of works, name of artist, medium and date:
b) Google these two artists. You can do a google image search to focus on images. Write the name of a least 4 works by two or more artists below (media, title, artist and date) that you have found this way. Put the images in your thumbdrive, so that you can print them (make sure there is a reasonable resolution…)
If you don’t have your thumbdrive, you should be able to save images in your documents (then you can access them on your own from another computer. If you need assistance with this, ask IT)
c) What do you come up with besides artwork by the artist under a google search? List specifically at least 3 other things that you found:
d) Take at least one of the new artists that you have found and do a library search (as in step 2). Expand your search to other campuses until you find at least two resources on a new artist, and then list below (title, author, catalogue number (or identifying information), library
5. Other resources:
What other media can you come up with about your artist?
a) Using Google, look for images (the artists works) and information on at least two of your artists that is different from what you have found in your other resources. List (title, date, medium, and “ARTISTIC MOVEMENT” below. Many forget the movement part of this, it is usually easy to find on the internet.)
b) Is there a professional website where this person’s work is represented? Find a professional website for each of the artists you are looking up information on, and list below (not just the url, but the institution WHO/WHERE?WHEN is speaking?)
(By professional, I mean do you know what institution or person is hosting the site, how reliable is the information that is there and are they making FAIR USE of images that they show?)
(For historically established artists, almost every major museum or collection would have a navigable website, with info on the collection and often with the ability to take “virtual” tours)
6. Scholarly Journal:
Under Library- Research Materials, you will find a long list of databases. The most appropriate Database for Art and Design resources is Ebsco or Academic Search Complete. You will often be able to find scholarly and professional articles about artists and artworks if you craft your search parameters correctly.
a) Find articles on two different artists from your list on Ebsco or Academic Search. List them below in correct bibliographic form. (If you can’t locate anything, work with a librarian on getting your search criteria adjusted correctly)
7. The END GAME
Ok, so if you have correctly followed all the steps, you should now have information listed under each question and quite a few resources to choose from. If you have a library loan that you have found, order it. If you need books sent to you, get them ordered. (If you are distance student, you should see if some of these resources are available at your local library.
a) Choose a few of the several books that you have, and check them out. You will soon be using some of these (and other) resources for a research project that is coming up. (At least three)
b) Print or save your scholarly journal articles. These may be used in a comparison assignment later this semester.