How to Create a Visual Journal Research Journal
Artist Research Spread (Also known as a Two-Pager!)
A spread is an artistic response to your research of an artist and his or her work. This is a way to communicate your understanding of the life and work of the artist in a unique way, without spitting back information directly from the internet. Creating an art journal artist research spread allows you to be imaginative, honest, experimental, and expressive while showcasing what you have learned.
Read the following activities and pay attention to what is required and what is optional. Use a lot of color and pattern to illustrate your thoughts and ideas clearly and creatively.
TITLE your two pages appropriately to reflect the content.
Use colored pens, pencils, paint, or oil pastels. Be careful if using markers as they might bleed through the paper. The title should go across the top of both pages or down the side of one of the pages.
Create a decorative border using the artwork you are studying as inspiration.
ARTIST RESEARCH ART HISTORY RESEARCH
FIVE facts about the artist FIVE facts about the period of art
*What is the style of art called? *What are characteristics of the art style
*What media did the artist use? from this time period? (What does it look like?)
*Why did the artist create art? *What are some facts about this style of art?
*Did he/she invent something new? *What was happening during this time period?
*You can include a quote by the artist or artists from this time period.
*If you use quotes- give the source!
FOUR essential vocabulary words/phrases
*Words/phrases should describe the work of the artist or the period in art history
*You can do more… but there must be at least 3.
*If it is a computer printout you must personalize it- add color, etc.
*You can draw using colored pencils or paint or…?
*Make sure at least two of the images are well-known works of art
that are representative of the artist or time period
TWO Level 2 or 3 Costa Questions
*What would you say to this artist or artists in this time period if you had the chance?
What questions would you want to ask them?
*What messages was/is this artist or group of artists most concerned with?
*What is most compelling about this artwork?
ONE personal reflection
*How do you personally feel about the artist’s work or the work of this time period?
*Do not include statements such as “I really like his/her work.” Explain why the work was inspirational or what you liked/disliked about it. Be able to back up your statements- why did you like/dislike?