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ARTS 1301 / 2346 / 2347 SO Green: Art Appreciation

Art Appreciation Resources

Elements of Art

The components that make up a piece of art. The building blocks of art.

  • Color
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Form
  • Texture
  • Value
  • Space


1. The category of art, relating to the type of work. Ex. portraiture, landscape, still lifes.  

2. Art depicting everyday life is called genre.


Materials (or media) used to create art. Ex. paint, marble, wood, ink.

Movement (see Genre)

Art that adheres to the same philosophy and/or style, usually during a certain time period. Ex. Cubism, Art Nouveau, Baroque, Surrealism, Black Arts

Principles of Art

How the Elements are used or distributed throughout the work.

  • Balance
  • Emphasis
  • Movement
  • Pattern
  • Repetition
  • Proportion
  • Rhythm
  • Variety

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To locate articles on a topic, click on the appropriate link above and then enter a single word or phrase in the search box.

For example:

  • Judy Chicago
  • Henry Moore
  • Diego Rivera

The public artwork websites and artists in your textbook will give you good terms to use as you begin your search.

To further narrow your search you need to carefully select your search terms and use AND to combine them, if needed.  For example, search terms Henry Moore AND Reclining Figure.

Any database in this list would be a good place to search for your article.

Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact a librarian to assist you in your search. Due to the requirements of your assignment, you may want to contact your instructor first.

I Found an Article, Now What?  

Caution: Be careful when emailing a PDF article, because those files can be quite large. Many email/Internet providers have strict limits on the size of messages and attachments, and oversized PDF attachments might be deleted automatically by your email server or exceed your available mailbox space.

Your My TCC email address follows this format:

For instance, if your My TCC username is john.doe256 

then your My TCC email address is:

The TCC Library databases are a great place to find images for your presentation! Many times you can use images that accompany the articles you use for your research. To make a copy of an image from an article in a database, use the right-click method described in the column on the left of this page. There are also a few TCC Library databases that have their own collection of images, sounds and videos that you can use for your PowerPoint presentation. Some of the most popular of these are:

Just be sure to make a note of which database you got the image from for your works cited page

Other Sources of Images


Images that you have drawn or taken with a digital camera also work well for presentations. If you have a picture that you need to digitize, you will need access to a computer with a scanner attached. Kinko's has scanners to use for a fee.

Clip art from Microsoft is also another option. Clip Art can be accessed directly from the PowerPoint application. You will not need to cite clip art images in your works cited page.

Book Importance

Art Reference Books (which are often also sometimes available in database form) are the best places to find information on art topics such as:

·  Art, Abstract

  • Art, African
  • Art, American
  • Art--Analysis
  • Art, Ancient
  • Art--History
  • Feminism and art
  • Figurative
  • Expressionism
  • Impressionism

Art books you can check out also often provide concise summaries, but may also consist of detailed discussions that go into great depth about the topic.

Using books for research does not necessarily mean that you need to read the entire book.

  • Use the table of contents and the index to find where in a book information about your topic is located.

·   The introduction to a book may be a good place to find background information on the topic the book is about.

·   You should read enough of a book or chapter to understand what an author is saying and quote her correctly.

·    Sometimes chapters in books are complete works written by different authors, making them ideal for research.