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Mrs. Bounsom and I have collected a set of links for you on your Spanish-speaking artists.  We suggest you start with these links because they contain the types of biographical and art information that will be useful for your video project. 

You will also find the boxes on the left column useful when writing your script.  Pay attention because we have included examples of what to avoid, and what to include to help your video be successful.

Use this as a chance to fall in love with your artist-- no matter what you think of their artistic aesthetic all of these artists were bold visionaries whose creations challenged the world to consider new ideas.  When you are writing your script try to remember that these are all real people-- they had families, fell in love, were poor, made money, moved, experienced triumphs and felt the pain of tragedy, had famous and not-so-famous friends, attended dinner parties and at times lived in isolation, were controversial and well-respected, and through it all used art as an outlet for their ideas. 

Challenge yourself to tell your artists' story in a way that will make your audience members admire him.

Buen suerte!


Brief Bio Tips

All people have fascinating lives full of interesting events!  But, for this project FOCUS is important.  When taking notes on your artist make sure that your notes relate the artist's life story to his art! For example, Frido Kahlo married another famous artist, Diego Rivera.  Each influenced the other's artistic work, so her marriage is important to her artist biography.  Joan Miro, on the other hand, married Pilar Juncosa who isn't really considered a major influence on his work.  So, for this project, you probably wouldn't mention much, if anything, about Miro's marriage.

Here are a few suggested topics to include:

When was the artist born?  Where? Where did he work?

Was he influenced by where he lived?--By the landscape, the culture, or the politics of a region?

What artistic movement(s) did he participate in over his lifetime? 

Did he help create or influence any particular artistic movements?  How?

What were the themes of his art?  What led him to focus on these themes? 

   Ex. Some of Kahlo's work shows the conflict between Mexican and American ideals- influenced by her life in the US in the 1930s when she became dissatisfied with capitalism.

What were his artistic influences?  Other artists, personal events, political events?

What makes his art recognizable/memorable/unique/distinct?

Did his artistic style change over time (distinct periods, shifts in subjects or styles?)


Descriptive Analysis of Paintings Tips

In this portion of your video don't just describe the art.  For example-- using my favorite Dali piece pictured on the right--- do not just say, "This is a sculpture of a black vintage telephone.  The main portion of the phone has a circular rotary dialing mechanism.  The handset portion of the phone is black and enclosed by an lobster rendered in various shades of orange."  Duh-- anyone can see this when they look at the art. 

Instead explain how the art represents the typical work of your artist.  Example:

Dali's famous work, The Lobster Phone represents surrealism because it takes a modern, technological object-- a black telephone-- and combines it with an unexpected wildlife representation- a realistic orange lobster.  Like much of surrealism, this art piece plays with ideas of reality by forcing users to speak into a lobster for communication, a rather absurd idea.  There are stories that Dali was inspired by a dinner party in which a discarded lobster tail was haphazardly flung onto a telephone, but he himself has said that he has never understood why telephones, which he finds to be, "frightfully warm and disagreeably sticky to the touch" are not kept surrounded in ice in silver buckets like lobster tails. This piece also represents Dali because several of his other works also include lobsters, which is hypothesized to have had symbolic meaning for him.

In writing your analysis consider what makes your artist's work unique including (but not limited to):




Reoccuring shapes/objects/figures




Comparison Tips

Focus your comparison on your artists' styles-- not the most glaringly obvious qualities. Bad example, "Dali's Lobster Phone is different from Kahlo's self-portrait because her portrait has no lobsters- or phones- and his phone has no person- or Mexican folkart."

This is a great section of your video to incorporate your new vocabulary.

Consider the styles of your artists, or the themes of their work.  Perhaps both artists are concerned about poverty but they express it in different ways.  Or both artists use abstract shapes but for different reasons. 


Your Opinions

There is no right or wrong answer here- but support your opinion with an explanation.

Bad: "I find Kahlo's work interesting."

Better: "I find Kahlo's work interesting because she uses intensely personal subjects and emotions in her self-portraits, but she brings in her opinions on modern issues like politics through the objects that are included in the portrait's settings- like flags to symbolize her support for political movements."


WorldBook Online in Spanish

WorldBook Online in Spanish is a great resource for biographical information on many of your artists.

To access: BVW Library website

   - Select "Encyclopedias" webpage

      - Select "World Book Advanced"

         - Select "Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos" as the World Book edition that you want to search


Salvador Dali

In English:

Gale Virtual Reference Library (from library "Databases" page) has several biographies in English

History of Modern Art (use index to find info on Dali) 709.04 ARN- library non-fiction!

   has good description of La Presistencia de Memoria

La Persistencia de Memoria info from Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

The Hallucinogenic Torreador info from The Dali Museum

In Spanish:




Info on La ultima cena (The Last Supper)

Info on La Persistencia de Memoria

Video: YouTube: Since the district internet filter blocks YouTube (sorry!) you'll have to watch this at home

1 min. 30 sec. slideshow of his art (painting titles not included)

And, just because it's Ms. McNerney's favorite Dali piece:

And this particular color version is from the Tate Modern museum in London (a great museum if you are ever there!)


Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes

In English:

Our library has a biography of Goya: Goya 759.6 GUD

Gale Virtual Reference Library (from library "Databases" page) has several biographies in English

Biography AND reference to El 3 de Mayo and La Familia de Carlos IV

In Spanish:



Specific info about La Familia de Carlos IV

Video: YouTube- Sorry, this is blocked by the district internet filter-- but you can watch it at home!

Five minute art slideshow (no painting titles included)

Eleven minute 30 second video in Spanish


El Greco- Domenikos Theotokopoulos

In English:

Gale Virtual Reference Library (from the "Databases" page of the library website) has several biographies

Biography with specific references to La Vista de Toledo and El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz

In Spanish:



Information about San Martin y el Mendigo

Information about El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz  IS THIS THE RIGHT PAINTING?

Video: YouTube is blocked by the district filter (sorry!) so you'll have to watch these at home. 

Three minute thirty sec. painting slideshow (no titles included)

Five minute thirty sec. video in Spanish


Joan Miro

In English:

Gale Virtual Reference Library on the "Databases" page of the library website has several biographies

Joan Miro Foundation/Museum in Barcelona.  On left sidebar click "Joan Miro" for biographical materials.

Interviews with Miro and Hemingway about La Granja (The Farm)

Biography and a little about La granja and Blue II|A%3AAR%3AE%3A1&page_number=1&template_id=6&sort_order=1&section_id=T058574#skipToContent

A little about Blue II when it was on exhibit with other pieces from the series in London

In Spanish:


Videos: Joan Miro Foundation/Museum in Barcelona has several videos with biographical and art information Videos- lots of bio and art in English:

Video on the painting of La Granja (in English)


Bartolome Esteban Murillo

In English:

Gale Virtual Reference Library on the "Databases" page of the library website has several biographies

In Spanish:


Information about La Familia Sagrada

Information about Los ninos de la concha

If La Concepcion  is really Immaculada Concepcion de los Venerables


Pablo Picasso

In English:

Our library has two great Picasso books: The Ultimate Picasso 759.6 LEA and Picasso: Painter and Sculptor in Clay 738 PIC

Gale Virtual Reference Library has several biographies. 

   The biography from the book Europe 1789...Encyclopedia makes specific references to La Familia de los Saltimbanquis

Biography and information on art with specific reference to Guernica

Information on El Viejo Guitarrista

Information on Los 3 Musicos

In Spanish:

Biography and information on art

Biography and two links to information about Guernica specifically

Video: Not sure if you can view here at school or not!

Fifty-one minute biography in Spanish


Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velazquez

In English:

Our library has a biography Velazquez 759.6 SER

Gale Virtual Reference Library (from "Databases" page of library website) has several biographies

      In particular “Velazquez” in Spanish Painting 17th Century  references Las Meninas

Biography with some information about art

In Spanish:



Information on Las Meninas

Information on Las Hilanderas

Information on Las Lanzas

Video: Since the district's filter blocks YouTube (sorry!) you'll have to watch this video from home

Four minute video slideshow of paintings (no titles included)

Podcast: In Spanish podcast about La Fragua de volcano

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Assignment Specifics

Video length:  minimum= 3 minutes  maximum= 4 minutes

How does that translate to a script?  Typically you want to aim for a speaking rate of 125-150 words/minute.  So each partner has approx. 250 word maximum.


Friday 4/11:

Research and notetaking-- use the advice in the left column of this LibGuide.  It's a short class because of an afternoon assembly, so don't dawdle.

Homework: Complete a script for your individual sections: 1- Your artist's bio, a descriptive analysis of your artist's painting, and your opinion of your artist's work. DUE AT THE START OF BLOCK ON WEDNESDAY.  Your partner is counting on you, don't be the weak link by arriving unprepared.

Wednesday 4/16:

At the start of class you will work with your partner on the collaborative comparison/contrast section to create your script. After you show your completed written script to Mrs. Bounsom you will use the ipad to record your video.

Record all sections of your video BEFORE you edit!

Wed. 4/23: Projects due when the library closes at 3.30pm!

A special help/tutorial session will be available during JAG on Tuesday 4/22.  Ms. McNerney and Ms. Bounsom will both be available in the library to help you with editing and exporting your completed project.  Attendance is not required, but this is a great opportunity for getting support!


Ipad Imovie Tips

Use the regular Camera app to capture movie footage and photos- not the icon within iMovie.

Once you have opened the Camera app and selected "video" double-tap the screen to get the "Widescreen" setting

ALWAYS capture movie and photos with the ipad in the landscape (horizontal) orientation

Choose a good setting-- light, noise level, background

Do a few test recordings to get used to how loud and quickly you need to speak to sound "normal"

Have a partner check for wardrobe malfunctions and to make sure you generally don't look "awkward"

Write a script

Print it!  Use it!

But, even though you have a script, PRACTICE IT A MILLION TIMES so it's your safety net, not what you are going to read from (boring!)

Mess up?  Don't freak out (don't let your teachers hear you swear).  Shake it off, do it again.  No one will ever know how many takes it took you for the final version.  But be patient and make yourself look good in the end.

Want to add a title to a plain, colored background?  Use the Camera app to take a close-up photo of a surface with the color you want.  Add the photo to your movie, and then add the title onto that photo.

Need help?  Ask Ms. McNerney or Ms. Bounsom, we're friendly, and we're just learning iMovie like you.  Your questions help us learn.


Turning in your completed iMovie

When you have finished follow these steps:

1. Make sure your movie title includes the block # and the last name of the group member that borrowed the ipad (5 McNerney Art)

2. Select the sharing button (looks like a little box with an up arrow)

3. Choose "Save iMovie" and it will export to the camera roll. 

4. Once a message appears saying that the movie is now in the camera roll you are done.


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