Hello AHST 1112 students. You can use this course guide as a starting point for your research.
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Starting Your Research:
1. Doing a thorough visual analysis of the art prior to this will help you generate questions. Also use details from the museum's information associated with the art to inform these questions
What interests you about the object? What do you notice?
Think: Who, What, When, Where, Medium, Subject, Composition/style
- What is the subject (or subjects) of this work of art?
- What function did this object have?
- Why was it made? (function)
- Where? What era & place must I research? (historical context)
- What medium did the artist use? (materials and form)
- What distinguishes this artist’s style from others?
2. Look at your questions and think about what keywords you could use to search for information. Those keywords can be terms that you can look up in sources on the Background Research tab or Selected books section of this guide.