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Art: an introduction: Introduction

Guide to visual arts, IB Art

How Resources are organised in this Subject Guide

1.  Introduction

This guide has been created in order to assist students in their investigation and research in the field of art.  It is not meant to be all inclusive, but rather a selection of topics, issues, researchers and thinkers, books, online resources and social media to pique interest in art and act as a road map as to where further resources can be found.

2. In the news

News coverage of the topic in the most relevant magazines, newspaper and video feeds are introduced.

3. Books and Physical Resources

Here links can be found to books held by the UWCSEA libraries as well as other documents from the course coordinator.   An overview of the call numbers using the Dewey Decimal Classification System is given to assist with finding materials on the libraries shelves.  A Goodreads group has been formed and populated with a Comprehensive Bibliography of works by prominent names in the field for collaborative learning. 

4. Journals

The most important journals in the field are highlighted with a feed of their latest articles. Guidance is given on how to access journal articles using the school or external databases.

5. Online Resources

Will take you to databases of the school and other organisations where you can find journal articles and other online material such as statistics, data, search engines, working papers, and open access Journals. Useful search terms are also introduced. 

6. Institutions and People

In any academic discipline it is important to be familiar with the institutions and people who are prominent in the field. In this section a few of the most famous are introduced and links are provided for you to explore further.

7. Audio & visual Resources and Social Media 

Acquisition and dissemination of knowledge is a collaborative activity.  Various tools on the internet lend themselves to this, including blogging, podcasting, tweeting, and MOOCs (massive open online courses).  These allow information to not only to be found in books and journals, but in a variety of audio-visual materials which can suit all learning styles.  A good example of a podcast, video, open online course, blog, and twitter feed is provided as an entry point for further investigation.

8. Fields & Topics

This section provides a launchpad to further topics and fields within the discipline in other guides.  Students can explore topics further in their extended essays or propose topics and resources to expand these guides.

Video - Art as Therapy?

We often hear that art is meant to be very important; but we're seldom told exactly why. Founder of The School of Life Alain de Botton believes art can help us with our most intimate and ordinary dilemmas: Why is my work not more satisfying? Why do other people seem to have a more glamorous life? How can I improve my relationships? Why is politics so depressing? In this secular sunday sermon he introduces a new method of interpreting art: art as a form of therapy, providing powerful solutions to many of life's dilemmas.

Glossary & Dictionary

Art, as any other academic discipline, uses terms and abbreviations in a specific way. This link will take you to ArtLex. You'll find definitions for more than 3,600 terms used in discussing art / visual culture, along with thousands of supporting images, pronunciation notes, great quotations and cross-references.


Google Scholar Searches

Boolean Searches

Use AND to find all your search terms
migrant AND labour AND remittances

Use OR to find any of your search terms
migration OR remittances

Search for exact phrases using quotations " " (this is important to prevent confusion with "economic development".)
“development economics”

Use truncation (*) to find different word endings and plurals
econom* finds economist, economic, economics, economy, economical

Use the Wildcard (?) to find variations in spelling
labo?r finds labor and labour

Use brackets ( )  for complex search statements
“development economics” AND (migration OR remittances)


Google Scholar Search

Created by Nadine Bailey

This guide was created by Nadine Bailey between November 2013 and June 2015.

Please report any problems or missing links to for changes and updates.