The Human Figure in Art

WebQuest

Designed by Vicki Wilson at Cherokee High School

Marlton, NJ  


Introduction  The Task  Resources  The Process  Learning Advice   |  Grading  |  Conclusion 


 

 

Introduction 

Artists have drawn, painted and carved the image of the human figure since ancient times.  Painters throughout history have painted the portraits of kings, queens, and religious leaders,  just as cavemen used charcoal to create images of themselves on cave walls.  The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, as well as artists of the Renaissance, created the human figure for various reasons.  The tombs of the ancient Egyptians are filled with rigid human form while the Renaissance sculptures show motion of the human figure.   

Artists from different cultures and time periods throughout history have depicted the human figure in many diverse  ways.  What materials did they use?  Why did some artists paint realistically while others preferred abstraction?    What was Michelangelo thinking as he carved "David"?  What did Rodin use as his inspiration to sculpt "The Thinker"?  Are the two artists connected?   In this WebQuest you will discover the answers to similar questions as you research artists and observe how they depicted the human figure in their art work.  

                                                                                                  


                               

 

The Task 

  1. Your job is to research an artist and one work of art by the artist.  You will use the Resources in this Web Quest to find a work of art by the artist you are assigned that contains one or more human figures.  Your artist will be assigned  randomly from the list in the PROCESS section. 
  2. You will then research your artist, write one description article (describing one work of art by your artist),  and two (3 for extra credit) interpretation articles about the artist's style of art, influences or life.  
  3. You will create a brochure using this information and visuals.  
  4. After you have completed the brochure, you  will orally present the brochure to the class and answer questions they may have concerning your artist..
  5. The following must be included in your brochure:  



 

Resources         

Here is a list of the websites to use.  Look at three or four of them before choosing your work of art.  You may already have an idea of the work of art you want to write about, but don't settle for your first choice.  There is much more out there than you may know.  You may also use other research materials available in the library.   

 


The Process    

  1. Artists will be assigned randomly at the teacher's discretion.  
  2. Four days will be spent in the Library using the Computer Lab to search the Internet and use Microsoft Publisher. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to come after school, or work at home or during your study hall to make up the time missed due to absence.  
  3. You will hand in all your researched materials at the end of each day as a check of your progress.  
  4. Finally,  create the brochure (using Microsoft Publisher if possible).   The brochure needs to be typed or neatly hand written.  You can import graphics and pictures as well as change the letter sizing and font to enhance the visual effect.      
Day One: art work and description

    1.  Research and find ONE work of art to describe.

    2.  Print it out.  Cut or copy and paste to a page after you open Publisher/brochure.  

    3.  Write a description article about that work of art.  

        Type it directly onto the Publisher document.   Include the following:  

    4.  Save your work on disk or your file.   

BRING A HIGHLIGHTER TO CLASS FOR DAY TWO.

Day Two: edit and influences

    1.  Edit what you did on day one.

    2.  Research and find what influenced your artist to work with the subject matter and in the style that

        he/she did.  

    3.  Print it out.  Highlight the areas that have the information you need for your article.  

    4.  Write an article interpreting how your artist was influenced.  

           Type it directly onto the Publisher document.   Include the following:  

    5.  Save your work on disk or your file.   

Day Three: edit and other inspirations or life experiences

    1.  Edit what you did on day two.

    2.  Research and find what other inspirations or life experiences influenced your artist.   

    3.  Print it out.  Highlight the areas that have the information you need for your article.  

    4.  Write an article interpreting how your artist was inspired or influenced.  

           Type it directly onto the Publisher document.   Include the following:  

    5.  Save your work on disk or your file.  

     6.  For extra points, research and find how your artist contributed to the art world.  

        Type it directly onto the Publisher document.   Include the following:  

    7.  Save your work on disk or your file.  

    

Day Four: edit, finish articles, and create LOGO

    1.  Edit and Finish what you did on day three.

    2.  Create your own personal LOGO and insert near your name on the back of the brochure.  

    3.  Print it out.  

   5.  Save your work on disk or your file.   

    6.  Hand in your finished brochure.

   7.   Hand in all your Highlighted and printed materials. 

                                                                List of Artists that will be researched:                                              
Ancient Egyptians Francisco de Goya
Ancient Greek Sculptors Delacroix
Michelangelo Henri Matisse
Donatello Winslow Homer
Leonardo Da Vinci Thomas Eakins
Thomas Gainsborough Renoir
El Greco Edgar Degas
Caravaggio Diego Rivera
Rembrandt Auguste Rodin
Diego Velazquez George Segal
Botticelli Henry Moore
Pieter Bruegel Edward Hopper

 

Learning Advice           

 


 

 

Grading            

Daily participation points:   Total of 40 points.

Will be earned during the four days we spend at the computer doing this Web Quest.  If you are absent, you need to come after school to make up the points, or hand in printed researched materials you find at home or after school to make up the time missed due to absences.  

Brochure :  Total of 50 points:  Points will be deducted if handed in late.

Category 1 2 3 4 5 Comments
Images one and two:              One of the  work of art you described.  Second is a portrait of the artist.              
Images three and four:          Other works of art or clip art that directly relate to the content.            
An original simple logo near your name            
Description article            
First Interpretation article - explaining why the artist did what he did:   subject matter and influences            
Second Interpretation article - explaining what other inspirations or life experiences had an influence on the artist             
Third Optional Interpretation article -  the contribution the artist gave to the world of art             
Craftsmanship of brochure, neatness, balance, design             
Printed or photo copied research materials attached             
 Highlighted research material with title of article written and URLs            
Spelling and grammar            

                                       TOTAL POINTS:                         out of 50

               

Oral Presentation:  25 points

 

Oral presentation information

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Comments

  • influences
           
  • style
           
  • subject matter
           
  • life experiences
           
Oral presentation visuals            

              TOTAL POINTS:                               OUT OF 25

 

Rubric:  

                    5 - Superior in content, preparation and presentation.

                    4 - Good.  Shows creativity and initiative.

                    3 - Average.  Meets basic requirements.  

                    2 - Below average.  Some areas need additional work.   

                    1 -  Weak.  Needs additional effort. 

                     0 - Not present or submitted

 


 

                             

Conclusion                                 

Congratulations. You  now have created a brochure which will allow your fellow class members to learn about famous works of art and artists around the world.  Who knows, maybe this will inspire you to travel to these distant locations and to see in person the actual works of art.   Through the oral presentations,  you will discover many different representations of the human figure and be able to apply that knowledge to your own works of art.  Learning from the artists of the past give us new ways to express ourselves with a new understanding through our own works of art.

P.S.  You will incorporate the image of your researched work of art in a classroom drawing we will be doing very soon.

                                                                                            

                                                                               


                                                                                                        

This page written by Vicki O. Wilson.  Last updated:  March 16, 2002.     
The motion clips and clip art used on this site were from Microsoft Office 2000 Clip Art.  

This page was adapted from Bernie Dodge 's WebQuest_Template1.html by Tom March