Using information from books or the Internet, “interview” two famous artists
sculptors, musicians, architects) from the same historical period who use the same style. 750-900
For example, you could interview painters Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo from the
Renaissance period; or Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning from the New York Abstract
Expressionist period; or Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein from the Pop Art period; or Frank
Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier from the Modern period of architecture; or Debussy and
Stravinsky from early twentieth-century music.
Using your imagination, make a list of four or five questions to ask your artists
example, you could “ask” Leonardo and Michelangelo, who were contemporaries,
what they thought of each other’s work (you will find out they were very competitive
with each other). Or you could tell Leonardo that someone once stole the Mona Lisa
and took it back to Italy, and ask him what he thinks of that. Or ask Andy Warhol what
made him start painting pictures of Campbell’s Soup cans and Roy Lichtenstein why
he painted comic book art.
You will have to read some biographical material about your artists
. However, DO
NOT turn your paper into telling your artist
’s life story. This paper is not about the
’ biographies! It is an inquiry into their methods and opinions.
Use the biographies as background for questions to ask the artists
. For example, you
could ask Leonardo why his Mona Lisa is smiling (no one really knows the answer,
but you can research what some critics think and speculate).
Use at least THREE or more sources, using MLA style to credit your sources and
listing them at the end of your paper under the title, Works Cited.
The idea of this topic is to give you a chance to get to know two famous artists
more depth. Read about your artists
, then devise your questions and answer them on
the basis of your research.
Please note: you will need to submit your questions to your instructor for approval
before you write your paper.
The paper should be double-spaced, with margins equaling one inch. A title page is not
required. Give your paper a title at the top of your first page, and put your name and the
date in the upper left-hand corner.
In your first paragraph, introduce your topic, tell what you are writing about, what
museum or exhibit you visited (if doing Topic #1), or summarize the reason you chose the
you are writing about.
If you are writing your paper about interviewing the artists
, use your questions to organize
the paper after the first paragraph. Give the question, then underneath it, give the
answers (you can use quotation marks around the answers, as if the artists
Proofread your paper for misspellings, grammatical errors, and missing or incorrectly
labeled citations. Avoid using slang and informal expressions.
When you use quotations, be sure to use quotation marks and tell who is speaking or
give a source citation. Indent and single-space long quotations (usually for five
The Research Paper is due in Module 6. You will submit it through the Dropbox by Sunday at
11:59 PM EST/EDT. (This Dropbox basket is linked to Turnitin.)
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