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Art 55: Brainstorming for Artists



Brainstorm for a topic! Use the Art websites to the right to find at least three artists you would be interested in learning more about. Write down the name of the artists on your handout.

Web sites for Art and Art History

In your art classes, you may be asked to research an artist to write a paper or use as an influence for an art project. The following websites are useful sites to help you brainstorm for an artist

Primary Art Websites to Explore:

Recommended Art Resource websites from Professor Lazo:

Additional Art Websites to Explore:

Finding relevant resources

Research topics in art and art history can be rich combinations of influences and subjects. You can begin to develop your topic with a specific material in mind, such as porcelain or bronze, or specific techniques such as photogravure or encaustic painting. Combining materials and styles in a particular place or period of time is a common way to develop a more complex research topic. For example, what are some of the key features of Abstract Expressionist painting? What materials have been used in feminist body art? Are there common motifs used in Scandinavian weaving and embroidery?

It is easy to develop complex topics further by also considering a specific time period, a specific location, or specific practitioners. Who are some of Mexico's women photographers and what are key features in their work? What are differences in the graffiti art of Los Angeles and New York City? Is there a Pacific Northwest style of art?

In the study of art history, styles and periods are central concepts in the discipline. Distinct historical time periods such as Baroque, Mycenaean, and Renaissance are organizing concepts used to describe significant periods artistic activity. Other important organizing concepts refer to stylist attributes, such as Mannerist, Gothic, or Moderne. Sometimes specific groups of artists give rise to a school of work that refers both to stylistic or philosophical tendencies called movements or genres. Dada, Bauhaus, and Postmodern are examples of this.

Before you begin your research, brainstorm keywords that will help you locate relevant material.

Examples of materials and techniques:

  • ceramic
  • bronze
  • fresco
  • tapestry
  • mosiac
  • chine-collé
  • collage
  • raku
  • miniatures
  • illustration

Examples of movements and genres:

  • Futurist
  • Surrealism
  • Pop
  • Romantic
  • Pastoral
  • Situationist
  • plein-air
  • Young British Artists
  • Art Nouveau
  • Fluxus

 Examples of periods and styles:

  • Mannerism
  • Baroque
  • Rococo
  • Romanticism
  • Realism
  • Impressionism
  • Post Impressionism
  • Fauvism
  • Cubism
  • Abstract Expressionism
  • Post-Modernism