Arts Investigations

Our "investigations" look into a variety of arts topics and ideas; it's an excellent collection of free arts education resources. Please note this is just page 1 of our investigations; we've got 4 more pages which you can click through as well via the page links below. Check back often as we are adding more features to this section on a regular basis.


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The Vegetable Gardener by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Still Life or Portrait?

Giuseppe Arcimboldo asks, which way is up?

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A look at how artists portray motion in art

Motion in Art

How do artists portray motion in art?

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compare three musician paintings by Picasso and Gary Erbe

Compare and Contrast

Compare and contrast paintings by Picasso and Erbe.

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political art feature with bread line sculpture by George Segal

Political Art

Can you identify the historical context of these art works?

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A look at how artists portray the weather in their art

Weather in Art

A look at different ways that artists portray the weather in their art.

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A look at J. Seward Johnson sculpture version of Renoir Luncheon of the Boating Party

Walk into a Masterpiece

Walk into a 3-D life-sized masterpiece by Auguste Renoir!

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Dadaist drawings of machines by Francis Picabia

Picabia's Dadaist Machines

A look at Dadaist machines by Francis Picabia.

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Amazing flexible sculptures by Chinese artist Li Hongbo

Li Hongbo Sculpture

Amazing flexible sculptures by Li Hongbo.

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challenging art work by Fabian Marcaccio

10 Challenging Art Works

If you were an art collector, where would you put art like these 10 art works?

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detailed view of the African mask of the King of Benin

African Mask tells a story

This African King's mask tells of trade between Benin and Portugal.

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an introduction to shadows in art including photographs by Strand and Rodchenko

Using Shadows in Art

A look at artists such as Strand and Rodchenko using shadows in art.

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Art lesson on negative space featuring Kehinde Wiley and Jacques-Louis David

The Fly in the Pollock

An interview with MoMA conservator James Coddington.

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Art lesson on negative space featuring Kehinde Wiley and Jacques-Louis David

Negative Space

Looking at negative space in paintings by Jacques-Louis David and Kehinde Wiley.

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Looking at art by Leonardo da Vinci and James Capper

Art, Tools & Machines

Leonardo da Vinci and James Capper blur the lines between art and machines.

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a look at how artists depict emotions in their paintings

Art and Emotion

How do artists depict emotions? What emotions do you see or feel in these paintings?

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