Artists' Report Format



Your group needs to prepare a one to two page bulleted summary that addresses all of the following elements:


Biographical highlights:  What are the important facts relevant to him or her as an artist?  How was the artist trained?  Where did they study, or with whom? Where did these artists do most of their work: On location?  In a studio?


Characteristics of style:  What is unique about this artist?  What sets him or her apart?  What types of paintings, watercolors, illustrations, or engravings are typical?  Their size?  Source of light: where does it come from, and where does it fall?  What was the purpose of the art?  Where are the artist’s works now?


Analysis of five or more paintings:  Analyze the required paintings first.  What is the subject?  Type?  Portrait, historical scene, landscape, still life?  Why is the composition organized in the way it is?  How is the work typical or atypical of the artist?  How was it received in its own time?


Paraphrase the information you have researched.  Do not use words or phrases that you cannot define.  For example, if you cannot pronounce "chiarascuro", or do not know what it means, it does not belong in your summary. Define any important terms.  Invite questions of your audience.


Conclusion: Prepare a succinct wrap-up of why your classmates should remember this artist.  How would you recognize other works of this artist?


Your group presentation should include a list of who did what and a works cited list in correct form.  Please make sure the responsibilities for the presentation are divided equally among the group.  Everyone should have copies of one another’s research.  Coordinate before the actual presentation.  Each person must have a speaking role.  Plan or rotating tasks for each presentation.  Example: the same person should not present the biographical research or the conclusion every time.