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ARTS 1301 - Art Appreciation (Cleo Arevalo): Home

Accompanying guide to Final Project of recreating a masterpiece researching its history, style, artist, etc.

Purpose of this Guide

  • Teach steps and strategies to gather information on a masterpiece
  • You are to find five sources on some of the following: the visual symbology, style, technique and influences on the artist.
  • Cite them in MLA format
  • See assignment in Blackboard for complete details. 

Finding a Topic

Edvard Munch, "The Scream", Expressionism

Van Gogh, "Starry Night", Impressionism

Frida Kahlo, self portrait, Modernism

Kandinsky, "Composition 8", abstract/non representational

Klimt, "The Kiss", art nouveau

Search steps

KEYWORD SEARCH your artist first in Ebsco Discovery Service to see what books we have (print or ebooks) on them. 

Hint: Change the search to SUBJECT if there are too many, or cover other ways your artist's name is used.

Hint for print books: If your painting is mentioned inside the book, you may not find that fact online, but you can find it by checking the index in the back of the book and/or do a google books search and see if there are preview pages on your painting (or if it's a book we have at our libraries but didn't come up in your first search)

REFINE YOUR SEARCH (if needed) - add the title of the painting, or the style of work, motif, technique etc. 

SAVE or EMAIL or PRINT article with citation in MLA style.  Optional: use Noodle Tools link below to save your citations and print bibliographies

Tools for Citing

Off Campus Access

​Login when you are off campus by using your account and password.  You can move from database to database and stay logged in.

If you are In EDS (Ebsco Discovery Service) and haven't logged in yet, click on the words “hello guest” in the green bar at the top of the page adn login.


EBSCO Discovery Service

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) allows you to search multiple databases and the Library Catalog from a single search box. Results may include articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals; books; and e-books.

Search for books, articles, DVDs & more...


Google Books

Google Books is a great resource because it searches full text of an incredible number of books and links to local libraries to see if they have the title.  It's a great way to know if your artist and piece are discussed in a work that covers a larger topic such as women artists, or expressionism or muralists, etc. 

Comprehensive Art Sites

Use this customized google search box to search the below art websites

Immersive Art sites

Local Art Scene: Artists and Muralists


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