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A guide of resources for Ms. Stuart Hall's class.
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This research guide is for Ms. Hall's art students. Write a short research paper about a photographer and focus on a particular photo or series of photos by that artist. In your paper, provide a biographical sketch of the artist, explain the historical and cultural significance of your photographer's work, and provide formal analysis of this work.


Paper length: 3-5 pages, 12 pt font (bibliography does not count as a page)

Key Question: Why do some images feel more significant than others? What is the significance of this photographer?

Content: In your paper, you will be responsible for providing the following content.

         Biographical information:

         Formal Discussion of Work: This is not a critique but rather an analysis of your artist's work. What techniques (contrast, composition, development          techniques etc) did they use to evoke certain feelings, moods, emotions or content? What is the historical significance? Why does this artist matter?

Sources: At least three sources from this LibGuide. Every website you use needs to be evaluated using the website evaluation sheet below. You must include the Works Cited at the end of your paper.

Presentation: Make a short presentation of your paper with at least 2 slides

See these very helpful PDFs from the Getty Center

Understanding Formal Analysis: Elements of Art

Understanding Formal Analysis: Principles of Design

Art Appreciation, Art Criticism, and the IB Diploma and Common Core

Elements of Art (Getty Museum)


    Grading Criteria


    Search Galloway's Library Catalog

    Search Titles Search Authors Search Subjects Search Keywords Search Series
    Advanced Search

    Smart Google Searching

    The example below shows how to eliminate .com sites from a Google search.

    Subject Guide

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    Tara Vito


    Consider these sources for this project. 

    BOOKS: The library has many art books, so search the library catalog for your artist or art stye. Remember the Noodle Tools App when citing books. It allows you to scan the book's barcode with your phone and cites the book for you.

    DATABASES: See the tab called "Library Databases" for a few select databases to try.

    WEBSITES: Use the smart Google searching techniques found on this page to find quality websites.


    Cite Your Sources!


    Use Noodle Tools for your bibliography and notes!


    Art Encyclopedia

    Cover Art
    Schirmer's Encyclopedia of Art
    ISBN: 0028654145
    Publication Date: 2001-11-05
    This 4-volume reference set is highly recommended


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