Books in the CWLMC
Salvador Dali Claude Monet
Vincent Van Gogh
For the final project of the semester, each student will create a self-portrait inspired by the work of a famous artist. Students will be required to do research about both the artist themselves, as well as some of their work, as a way to learn more about how that artist's work is created. Below is a list of artists who you may research. While you don't necessarily have to choose an artist from the list below, the artist you do choose should be well recognized, and have multiple pieces of artwork available for you to use for your research.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Jan van Eyck
Caspar David Friedrich
Vincent Van Gogh
David Hockney site
Peter Paul Rubens
John Singer Sargant
Leonardo Da Vinci
Rogier van der Weyden
James McNeil Whistler
Joseph Mallord William
Artist’s Full Name ___________________________________
1. Place/date of birth:
2. Place/date of death:
3. Country of Origin:
4. Education or apprenticeships:
5. Media (what materials are used? Watercolor, acrylic, etc.):
6. Style or period of art?
7. Short definition of that style or period (see Artlex or Artcyclopedia):
8. What subject(s) does the artist portray in their works?
9. Interesting/Personal information on the artist (at least 2 things):
10. Three other artists who work in this style (from the time period of the artist - or contemporary artists working in this same style). How is the work similar? How is the work different?
11. Identify at least two things happening during the same period in history that might have influenced the artist’s work.
12. Research Resources (minimum of three -use authoritative sites and books);
- Include author, title, date, URL (for sites), publisher (for books), page numbers.
Choose the landscape, by your artist, that you will use for your final project. Answer the following questions:
Title of work:____________________________________________
1. What is the subject matter?
2. Style/form: Is this artwork realistic (as real as possible)? abstract (distorted reality)? Explain.
3. Description. Can you identify a color scheme? Why do you think the artist might have chosen the colors she/he did? Do they make sense? What kind of lines did the artist use? How does the texture add to the work? etc.
4. Interpretation. What do you think the artist was trying to say? Why do you think he/she chose this subject?
5. What feeling does this artwork give you and why?
6. What part of the artwork is your favorite and why?
7. How do you plan to reproduce this image? What materials will you use? How will you use them?