Artist Research Report

Select an artist from those listed here. No two students can report on the same artist.

Egon Schiele
Otto Dix
Salvador Dali – BRITTANY
Kathe Kollwitz
Henry Moore
Yves Tanguy
John Singleton Copley
John James Audubon
Thomas Eakins
Edward Hopper
Dorothy Hood
Botticelli – ALICIA
Titian – KATIE
Leonardo DaVinci – MICHAEL
Michelangelo – BRI
Annibale Carracci – LOGAN H
Henri Matisse
Antonio Correggio – MALCOMB
Caravaggio – MALIK
Jacopo Pontormo
Rembrandt van Rijn – ELIZA
Raphael – ALI
Honore Daumier
Edgar Degas – JUHO
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Theodore Gericault
Claude Lorrain
 Jean Antoine Watteau
Francois Boucher
Jacque-Louis David
Pierre-Paul Prud’hon
Jean-Honore Fragonard – ALISON
Fancisco Goya – JADA
Diego Velazquez – DE-ANDRE
Jusepe de Ribera
Alonso Cano
El Greco
Albrecht Durer
Hans Holbein the Elder – JON WYATT
Lucas Cranach the Elder
Nicolas Poussin  – LOGAN D

You will write a report on a drawing by the artist you selected (not a painting).

The WVWC Library offers information resources for students at all levels and all disciplines.  Library resources are a key component of academic success.  Google and Wikipedia as research tools will not lead to acceptable research assignments, papers, or presentations.  The library’s reference and instructional staff is available in person, by phone, by email, by text, and via reference chat on the library homepage to assist students with research inquiries.  If you are not familiar with using the library, please ask for assistance from the library’s personnel or visit the library homepage for assistance (

You must reference at least 2 books and 2 databases when you write this report.  You must bring the 2 books you used for your report to class on the day the report is due (this means you have to check them out from the library).  If you need help in the library, just ask!  They are super nice, and want to help you out!


  • Remember to always mark the titles of artworks with quotes or italics.
  • Also remember to refer to artists by their last names after your first reference to them by full name.

Your report must cover:

  1. Title, date, media and dimensions of the drawing you are discussing. Remember to always mark the titles of works in italics or with quotes.
  2. You must include an IMAGE of the work.
  3. Discuss the subject/form/content of the work.
    Subject = The objects depicted in the work of art
    Form = HOW are the objects are depicted
    Content = the impact/meaning (the form of the subject gives us content)
  4. Discuss the formal elements/principles used in the drawing
    Elements = line, shape, value, color, proportion/scale, texture
    Principles = balance, repetition/rhthym, proximity, contrast, focus/emphasis, unity/harmony, movement/direction, depth
  5. Discuss the context.
    artist’s bio, the time/place it was made, is the work part of a larger narrative?, is it part of an architectural setting that may or may not be present?, where was the work originally intended to be shown?, etc.

Form of the report:
– size 12 Times New Roman font, double spaced, minimum of 500 words
– put your name and which section (Mon/Wed -OR- Tue/Thu) you are in at the top of your report
– at the end of your report, create a works cited for the books/databases you used
– Submit the report online as a Microsoft Word document.

Databases at the library to check out:
– ArtStor
– Biography in Context
– Films on Demand
– Britannica
– Credo Reference
– Issues & Controversies
– JStor
– Oxford Art Online
– Pop Culture Universe
– Project Muse

[To access the library’s databases, log onto any on-campus computer, then go to the library homepage.  They have a link to databases on their homepage – this will take you to a big list that includes the ones I have listed here]

 GRADING  points
 at least 500 words  1
 Works Cited  4
 Name/Label at the top  1
 formatting (font/spacing)  1
 discuss context  5
 discuss elements/principles  4
 discuss subject/form/content  3
 Title, date, media and dimensions  1