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Historical Artist Research Paper Rubric

Summary
and
Submission

25 points

Content &
Development

35 points

Organization
& Structure

25 points

Excellent

Very Good

Average

Poor

- Student
demonstrates an
outstanding ability to
use research to gather
details concerning an
artist or artwork
- argument is coherent
and well supported by
referenced sources
concerning an artist or
artwork

- Student
demonstrates an
adequate ability to
use research to
gather details
concerning an artist
or artwork
- argument is
coherent and
supported by
referenced sources

- Student
demonstrates a
limited ability to use
research to gather
details concerning an
artist or artwork
- argument is
coherent and
supported by
referenced sources

- Student
demonstrates little or
no ability to use
research to gather
details and argues
with little
understanding of
their research topic

Excellent

Very Good

Average

Poor

- Content is
comprehensive,
accurate, and
persuasive.
- Formal analysis is
clear and well
integrated
- Major points are
stated clearly and are
well supported.
- Responses are
excellent, timely and
address assignment
- Content and purpose
of the writing are
clear.

- Content is accurate
and persuasive.
- Formal analysis is
clear
- Major points are
stated and supported.
- Responses are
adequate and address
assignment.
- Content and purpose
of the writing are
clear.

-- Content is not
comprehensive and
/or persuasive.
- Formal analysis
included but vague.
- Major points are
addressed, but not
well supported.
- Responses are
inadequate or do not
address assignment.
- Content is
inconsistent with
regard to purpose and
clarity of thought.

- Content is
incomplete.
- Formal analysis
unclear and
over/under the lenth
necessary for an
appropriate
description.
- Major points are
not clear and /or
persuasive.
- Questions were not
adequately
answered.

Excellent

Very Good

Average

Poor

-Structure of the
paper is clear and
easy to follow.
-Thesis statement is
clear and relates
clearly to the content
of the paper
- Paragraph transitions
are logical and
maintain the flow of
thought throughout
the paper.
- Conclusion is logical
and flows from the
body of the paper.

- Structure is mostly
clear and easy to
follow.
-Thesis statement is
clear and relates to
content of the paper.
Few
- Paragraph
transitions are
present.
- Conclusion is logical.

- Structure of the
paper is not easy to
follow.
- Paragraph
transitions need
improvement.
- Conclusion is
missing, or if
provided, does not
flow from the body of
the paper.

- Organization and
structure detract
from the message of
the writer.
- Paragraphs are
disjointed and lack
transition of
thoughts.
- Conclusion is
missing.

-Paper follows MLA


format consistently

-Paper follows MLA


format consistently
with a few errors

-Paper follows MLA

-paper does not


follow MLA format

format consistently

Historical Artist Research Paper Instructions


Write the following at the top of your paper in the same format:
Your Name
Drawing 1
Artists Name
Title of chosen Artwork
Era
Your Paper must include:
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1-2 pages
MLA Format
Bibliography
3 sources
At least 2 quotations
Keep the tone of your paper objective (rely on your research, not your opinions)

Address the following:


Your thesis must answer the question, What role did this artist play in art history and how did their
work effect contemporary art?

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Provide biographical information on the artist


Use elements and principles of design to describe the artwork
Describe the artists Technical Process: how the artist physically creates their artwork
Describe the artists Creative Process: what inspires the artist, how they formulate
concepts

Optional (if you need more length in your paper):

1. Describe what was happening in history that influenced the artists work.
2. Find contemporary artists who were inspired by your artist to discuss how your artist
has influenced contemporary art.
3. Describe the characteristics of art from the era your artist is from.
Hints and Warnings:
*Some of the older artwork will not have quotes from the actual artist talking about their work. In this instance, you
can quote writers or historians who infer about the artists intent.

* If you choose to add optional topics to lengthen your paper, make sure you insert this information in your paper so
everything flows well.
* do not rely heavily on quotations. The majority of writing should be from you.
*Look over the rubric before you begin writing