|Art History WebQuest
|A dramatization to
be presented following our studio project
Art 309, Art for Children,
Fall, 2002, class assignment
© Marvin Bartel, instructor
of the WebQuest
Achieve one or more of the following
do a WebQuest
Understand the artwork of at least one very well known
artist that is similar to artwork we have
done in our class.
Understand the artwork of artists in other
cultures, both genders, and other times that has similarities to
the artwork we have done in this project.
This webquest is not
intended to give you ideas to imitate
in your media work. Our media work is to be done based on our own
experiences, concerns, imaginations and/or observations.
Also see How to
a Team WebQuest Class Presentation
Work with one to three other students in our class.
Have a discussion and generate a list of words, names, subjects,
art form, and visual concepts relating to the studio project.
Enter various combinations of your list in search engines
to look for web sites that have images, biographies, and other useful related
information. Start with Google.com/ Also try the college's
Decide on one very important artist's work to feature in
your dramatization. The artist is selected based on several criteria.
You can find artists and artwork quickly using
Google Image search.
All you need is the name of an artist or the name of an artwork.
- See A Guide to Building a Webquest at:
Skit Class Presentation
Include a short one page or less handout for the class.
Web URLs (universal resource locator -- this is the web page address) should
be included with a brief description for each URL.
After looking at a large number of possibilities, select
at least one image of art work for discussion that best exemplifies ideas
similar to what were used for our project. *(see How
Prepare a short Powerpoint presentation including at least
one important artwork done by the artist. Include image source reference.
instruction page to copy the image from the web site. Save them
to your own computer drive, then INSERT them into your Powerpoint presentaion
Do not forget to copy the URL
(universal resource locator) (web page address) where each image is found
and include it as part of the Powerpoint file and the handout for class.
Distribute your one-sheet handout to the whole class.
agrees to photocopy one sheet handouts with one or two sides printed. You
bring the originals at least 15 minutes prior to the class session - or
send them by e-mail in advance.
Quality Appropriate Artwork Example(s)
Give part of the class presentation as a short drama skit.
Cast one group member as the well known artist. Cast one or more
others in your group as a friend, an interviewer, a relative, the artist's
model, the artist's spouse, or some other person who can interact with
the artist in a way that reveals something quite significant about the
artist. Consider props and costuming.
This may be a live presentation or a video presentation prepared
Since web sites can be posted by anybody, the web is
not a good way to assess quality without a second opinion.
Include work included in major encyclopedias or art history
survey books. HINT: When you
do not know where to start, start in the library to look in the Encyclopedia
of Art or in an art history survey book. Browse for what you
are looking for.
spending class time on work that is not significant enough to be in a MAJOR
museum collection. The Internet includes lots of artwork that is
not recognized, so if have not studied art history, rely on published books
or an expert to determine the significance of an artist.
When teaching we present gender equity. We include both female
and male artists or we alternate during the year.
When teaching we include multi-cultural examples.
When teaching we include work by artists who are in a minority in this country.
When teaching we include work that relates to your student's level of development.
When teaching we include work that relates to the most
recent studio work done in class. The work can relate in terms
of style, subject matter, media, compositional approach, social issue,
and so forth. HINT: When you are the
teacher, start with an art lesson idea from a webquest but keep
the artist examples secret until after the students have done creative
work based on their own creativity. Looking at artwork by great artists
is great way to get ideas for art lessons.
To teach the lesson, try to figure out what the
artist's motivation might have been, not simply the look of the work.
Then give the students similar motivation, materials, etc. and the your
exemplar will fit at the end.
Consider the objectives of the assignment when selecting
example, if the students have just completed an assemblage of sticks and
boxes to make a nonobjective sculpture, you might select something made
by a famous sculptor that looks like the sculpture on the Goshen College
campus by John Mishler. Famous women sculptors represented in major
museums who make assemblage works include Louise Nevelson,
Sol Escobar, Maya
Lin (you search Google images), Barbara
Duckworth, and many others. These links were all located by using
Google Image search.
Links about teaching
with Webquests: From San
Diego State University. Examples from Barbara
LaBeau and Jim Wenzloff from Malcomb Schools, Clinton Township, Michigan.
An example from Kathy
Team members evaluate each other's participation and help.
Other class members will assess presentations and e-mailed
Class member's success on certain test items will affirm
information from webquest information.