Incorporating Art History into Your Work

Your Task:

  • Find artwork from one or more movements which interest you. Make note of the movement, artist’s name, and artwork name.
  • Identify the specific elements of the work that are of interest.
    • Do you like the …
      • Style of the figures / subject matter
      • Application of the medium (ex: the way they apply paint to canvas)
      • Choice of colors
      • Mood of the painting
      • Combination of images
      • Layout (composition) of things in the artwork
      • Attention to detail
      • Use of visual or actual texture
      • Something else?
  • Sketch / brainstorm a work of your own that will incorporate some of the things you liked that you identified above.
    • Examples of projects:
      • Richard Avedon style portraits (contemporary photography)
      • Portrait with a dark mood and high contrast, like Rembrandt or Caravaggio (Baroque movement)
      • using Vincent van Gogh‘s style of applying a thick layer of paint to the canvas with your own subject matter (abstract expressionist movement)
      • Incorporating images from the Lascaux cave paintings into your own drawing
      • create an installation piece inspired by Sandy Skoglund (click link, then click Images on left)

Some other examples of movements in art history, all worthy of investigation (try Googling a few)

  • Ancient Greek
  • Ancient Roman
  • Hellenism
  • Gothic
  • Medieval
  • Renaissance
  • Surrealism
  • Cubism
  • Expressionism
  • Impressionism
  • Art nouveau
  • Hudson river school
  • Environmental art
  • Pop art
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