Artist Inquiry Project

Student imovie examples
Student painting examples
Essential Question: What impact does learning about a particular artist have on the work you are doing today?

  • To share visually and orally your learning about the History of Painting and its relationship to contemporary painting;
  • To create a painting that can be linked to your two artists;
  • To practice public speaking skills by sharing your knowledge with the class (in an imovie presentation of your chosen artist)

Choose an Artist from one of the galleries/sites below (for this project I am asking that you use these resources as I want to be able to track where you are getting information):
a. Greenhut Gallery
b. Caldbeck Gallery
c. June Fitzpatrick Gallery
d. Bayview Gallery
e. Alan Magee
f. Eric Hopkins
g. Connie Hayes

Connect your artist, through style and/or subject, to a well-known artist from one of the movements listed below:
For example, how would you connect the following two artists?


Sarah Knock (contemporary Maine Artist)
Janet Fish (Photorealism)

American Scene Painting
Ashcan School
Op Art
Pop Art

Movements in Art 20thC pre-WWII
Movements in Art 20thC post WWII
Art History Index
Newer Art Movements
Newer Art Styles
Art Techniques

Research the following, concentrating first on the older artist, then on the contemporary artist:
  • Who is your artist, when was s/he born, where s/he lived during her/his life, etc.
  • Your artist's education
  • What other artists were working at the same time
  • The art movement with which s/he is associated
  • Your artist's art and descriptions of her/his mediums, processes, and subject matter
  • How other artists / art movements influenced your artist
  • How your artist influenced other artists / art movements
  • What was happening in the world during the time your artist was working
  • How your artist was influenced by the events going on in the world

Based on your research, creatively tell the stories of the two painters.

Presentation Guidelines:
  • Presentation should not be more than 3 minutes long
  • Music (from the time period) should accompany your presentation; it should add to the presentation, not detract from it.
  • Use enough images to help communicate the message; images should be relevent
  • Images chosen should be powerful paintings that clearly relate to what is being discussed.
  • Include a title that includes your artists' names, your name, and Advanced Drawing & Painting Spring 2012
  • Include an introduction/slide describing the project.
  • Work through the "story" of the older painter, using your words and images to give a full picture of who this artist was.
  • Work through the "story" of the contemporary painter, using your words and images to give a full picture of who this artist is.
  • At the end of your movie, link your older artist with your contemporary one through art and possibly experiences.
  • As you will be making a work of art in conjunction with doing this research, it would be logical if you see some connections between your art and that of these two artists.
  • Include a conclusion that describes what you learned as a result of completing this project (which would include both the research and your painting experience). Please identify three things and explain their importance. It might be appropriate to read this while looking at your painting.
  • Include your bibliography, in MLA format, at the end of your presentation.

First Step: Submit a proposal for the two artists you will use: there are so many decisions; some will not be appropriate. My word is final. Before submitting, make sure you can find enough information on the artist.
Concentration/ FigureDrawing
Artists: Michelangelo and
Figure Drawing
Leonardo da Vinci and
Degas and Alison Goodwin
Raphael and Alex Ross


Second Step: Thoroughly research your artists, "filling in the blanks" for the necessary information above.

Third Step: Pull together your imovie!

You will be working on your painting in class and your research and imovie as homework. Please be aware of the deadlines; you will be assessed for your work up to each due date.

(you should host your presentation on your iweb page)

Practice presentations with a partner and give feedback so it is not boring (draw a box or draw a BOX!)