Assignment - select a work from the SAMA or McNay collection and write a 1000 word analysis
1. Apply art terminology as it specifically relates to works of art. 2 Demonstrate knowledge of art elements and principles of design. 3. Differentiate between the processes and materials used in the production of various works of art. 4. Critically interpret and evaluate works of art. 5. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of arts on culture.
No matter which topic you choose - a specific artist, a particular work or technique, a culture - you will need a BIG LIST of keywords describing that topic so you can build a flexible search strategy to find books and other sources.
For instance, if I'm looking for items about the murals of Diego Rivera, my list of keywords might include:
So with a list like this, you can build keyword searches to locate books and other sources which address your topic:
Here's a sample search from the library catalog. Note the use of the * to help you find any alternate endings for your keywords!
Databases are only smart enough to play the matching game with your keywords!
Me: Match ONE keyword for me!
Research Tool: Here are items that contain that ONE keyword:
Me: Match TWO keywords for me!
Research Tool: Here are items that contain BOTH of those keywords:
Me: Match THREE keywords for me!
Research Tool: Here are items that contain ALL THREE keywords:
Me: Match THREE keywords for me and find alternate endings for "art" and "paint"!
Research Tool: Here are items that contain ALL THREE keywords with alternate endings on "art" and "paint":
Google plays the matching game, too! (more or less)
The SAC Library houses thousands of books on a variety of art topics, the importance of art within specific cultures, and of course...art terms. This is just a small sample. Click on the titles below to see the location and call number of these specific sources. Or search for your own topic, artists, or keywords in the Library Catalog!