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Electronic Source Material (updated 12 May 2014):

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Follow the trail to great information!

Why did my English teacher create this list of resources--is this a trick?
You will have a very short amount of time to to engage in meaningful and focused research; it is from this process that you will derive the information from which you will successfully complete the rest project.

In order to allow each of you to BEST utilize the 1.5 hours of research time that your English teacher has carved out for you, they have gift-wrapped a set of resources which will assist all of you--regardless of the medium you are researching. Indiscriminate Goggling is NOT allowed, nor is it necessary, nor will it be successful. The ONLY resources you will use are found below. Your teacher's intention is that you practice navigating electronic resources to locate relevant information rather than superficial guessing (which really is avoiding the task at hand)...you cannot jump from site to site. Sit back, relax, and THINK...Oh, yes, remember to thank your teacher...they really are givers!


How to use this pathfinder:
Below you will find links to several electronic sources which will provide information essential to your investigation. Please be aware that these links do not necessarily connect you with specific articles or a discrete piece of information. These websites connect to large groups of related information sources and will have to be searched and evaluated to gleam the evidentiary information that this activity requires. Remember what you are being asked to do and search for this specific purpose.

You are not writing a PhD. dissertation...you are not expected to find ALL the current information related to your topic. The real purpose is to amass information from which to later interpret...you are not being asked to answer a specific question (as you may be used to doing) but to apply the information you discover to a more abstract end. Isn't critical thinking fun?


Electronic Pathfinder:

Color and Emotions--really think about how the colors you use in art impacts the response of your audience.
  • Color Wheel Pro does a very good job and simplifying the connection bewteen color and emotions.

  • Color Affects does a more thorough explanation (includes more color variations) of what emotions distinct colors elicit.


  • The Emotions Color Wheel does not ask you to read alot of text...it gives immediate access to each color and emotions they connect with!


The Art of Making Art:
  • Foundations in Art: Theory and Education. Large database with links to a multitude of art related resources. The best place to start researching this site is the Art & Art History links. This site is not a simple "Oh look, there is an answer" but must be thoughtfully searched...become skilled at recognizing the information you seek when you see it and how to construct search-terms that elicit the desired result.

  • What makes good art? Answers from Art Pros...Ever wonder how experienced art world professionals separate out the best art from the rest? Me too. So I asked them, "What makes good art?" Over 20 art professionals answer the simple question "What makes good art?"

  • What makes a good work of Art... STOP...this link will connect you to a survey. DO NOT take the survey. When you get to the survey click the click here link to access an explanation of the 6 criterion associated with good art.

  • How can there be works of Art by Michael Morris. This challenging, but very valuable resource for the purpose of this research, presents both the technical and emotional basis for judging a specific artifact of human creation a "work of art".

  • How to judge art? Five qualities you can judge wheather you are an artist or not. Knowing the difference between good and bad art can be difficult. This resource presents and thouroughly explains five characteristics that you can use to determine the quality of art, ranging from the paintings in your local gallery to the strange contemporary sculpture your boss added right outside your office.

  • Art Theory and Art Critics A vast and powerful resource to better understand the techniques, artists and meaning of modern art. May take some time and practice to understand how to best use this tool. But, isn't critical thinking a key goal of all research...how to find what you want to find.


  • Theories of Art (Nature, functions, and effects of art). Provides introduction that can lead to more specific research at one of the other links provided in this pathfinder.



Dioramas:
They are not just cut outs. An effective diorama includes all the same critical choices as more formal expressions of art.
  • Diorama Man (fetishist...perhaps) has a VERY thorough website that can help you consider how to construct quality dioramas. You will open to the introductory page. click through the links on the left side until you find the specific info you seek.

  • WikiHow has a page dedicate to "How to make a Diorama". It may seem geared for little children but it has suggestions (esp. related to added details and scale) that are very useful to you.

  • For those who really want a piece of art to be proud of, here is a link to a set of YouTube tutorials on a large number of discrete Diorama building skills.



The Mandala: Symbolize your inner self:
  • YouTube has a great 5 minute tutorial for the novice mandalaist. Preview and apply its simple techniques.

  • The mandala is more than a colorful picture, it is a sacred style of Buddhists. The origin, meaning, and tips on personal construction are discussed in the article Mandala: Sacred Geometry in Buddhist Art.

  • What is a Mandala and where is it found in everyday life? Read "What is a Mandala" published by the Mandala Project.

  • Creating a Mandala is really a journey into your soul...you should takve very seriously what you include in a Mandala. Here are a few How-To articles from popular blog sites that should slow down your creative spirit.
    • 10 Steps in Creating a Personal Mandala.
    • Mandala Oasis has some very concrete tips for you.
    • Art is Fun has a technical explanation of the creation of Mandalas...they are far more than just colors and lines.


Graffiti as an Art Form:
  • Some background/Context is necessary to judge when/if graffiti is art.
    • Jim Dwyer of The New York Times (13 May 2014) discussed the shifting attitudes in NYC towards graffiti as a mode of public art. Read his piece "From Vandals to Artists."
    • CNN published an interesting and layered discussion of "Street vs. Public Art," giving time to both sides of the vandalism or art debate. Multiple pictures give good examples.
    • CBS News aired the story "Graffiti: Art or Vandalism on the 30 March 2014 program Sunday Morning. Watch this 6 minute video and think about the issues.

  • "Graffiti designs and styles" discusses different artistic forms that fall under the umbrella "graffiti." Think about which form might best avieve your goals in this project.


  • The student web page from Penn State University provides a good & quick overview of graffiti history and styles...use as a jumping off point for further research.



The Psychology of Music:
  • Why Music (Published in The Economist, Dec. 18, 2008). Examines the human predisposition to create music from an evolutionary viewpoint.

  • Why does Music Make Us Feel? by Mark Changizi (Published by Scientific American, Sep. 15, 2009). A new study demonstrates the power of music to alter our emotional perceptions of other people.

  • Getting a Sense of How We React to Music (6 minute 30 second sound feed of National Public Radio Broadcast Apr. 8, 2006). Discussion of experimenr conducted by McGill University neuroscientist Dr. Daniel Levitin.

  • The Power of Music to Affect the Brain (30 minute 17 second sound feed of National Public Radio Broadcast Jun 1, 2011). In this discussion, Ellena Mannes how music affects different groups of people and how it could play a role in health care.



Creating a Graphic Novel that works:


  • Graphic Novel from the Chicago School of Media Theory (University of Chicago). Examines how graphic novels effectively applies the art of story telling through this medium.





Not used for SY 2013-2014 Project

The Psychology of Poetry:
  • **Before words: How to think like a poet** (from Psychology Today). This thoughtful and provocative article discuss the means by which poets transmit mental images through words. This article develops a logically and will make little sence if you just skim it.

  • Channeling Emotion: One Way to Make Poems out of Feelings by Kathy Woods (published in The Quarterly, Summer 2002). Wordsworth called poetry "the spontaneous overflow of feelings." Inspired by this definition, Woods takes her English class through a step-by-step writing process to help students tap into their feelings and express them in powerful ways.

  • **Essays on Poetic Theory** (assebled by the Poetry Foundation). This site collects famous historical essays about poetry that have greatly influenced the art. Written by poets and critics from a wide range of historical, cultural, and aesthetic perspectives, the essays address the purpose of poetry, the possibilities of language, and the role of the poet in the world. They are arranged in chronological order.


  • Poe's Theory of Poetry. 1 page handout that provides an overview Edgar Allen Poe's views on poetic composition and the poetical principle.

  • The Minds Own Place by George Oppen. In this essay, Oppen examines the evolution and responsibilities of the American poet, especially in terms of the conflict between political and artistic action. Oppen does not see poetry as a form of political action and he dismiises the political poem in which a poem is used as "an advanced form of rhetoric."


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