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Foundation: Drawing - Tradition & Innovation

Compiles resources that pertain to subjects covered in MICA's Foundation program

Project Overview

This research guide supports a project in FF161, Drawing: Tradition & Innovation in which students:

  • discover an art tradition that can be interpreted through drawing
  • research and create a 10 minute presentation on the tradition
  • create artwork/s to explore this tradition in the context of their own artistic practice and interest

How to Discover a Tradition is a highly visual website that is useful for browsing multiple artists and artworks from many time periods. It includes the Art Genome Project, which maps characteristics (called “genes”) common to art makers and to art and design objects over time.

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Browse all categories here. Here are some selected categories:

Google Arts and Culture presents gigapixel versions of artworks from many times and places.
One can browse by media, movement, place, and more.

Three Noblemen and a Dog (late 18th century). India, Rajasthan, Jaipur.
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery; view on Google Arts & Culture.

How to Research a Tradition

1. Search the Library Catalog for books to explore your subject.

2. Remember that eBooks can be read online!

3. Look for background information on Oxford Art Online.

4. Use Art & Architecture Source to find journal articles.

5. Register as a user in ARTstor, then find & download images.

6. Explore the Library's Special Collections
- - browse our Tumblr Archive to see selections
- - browse & search our Book Arts Catalog

7. Cite your sources in a bibliography. This guide to citations may be helpful.

8. How did you do? Contact us or come in to the Library for help with your research.
     Email: | Telephone: 410-225-2273

Research Help Hours
Monday - Thursday, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday -& Sunday, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Some Examples from Library Collections

Survey Books

The Natural World | Flora & Fauna | Real & Imaginary

Letters | Words | Books

Page from Codex Espangliensis: From Columbus to the Border Patrol (N7433.4 .G68 C64 1998 Cage)
Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Enrique Chagoya, and Felicia Rice.
Decker Library Special Collections. Access by request at Information Desk.


Image of Peter Apian, Astronomicum Caesareum (Ingolstadt, 1540)

Peter Apian, Astronomicum Caesareum (Ingolstadt, 1540)
QB41 .A6 Cage. Decker Library Special Collections.
Access by request at Information Desk.

Special Collections at Decker Library

Special Collections at the Decker Library
Eadward Muybridge animated GIF
Animated GIF made from Animal Locomotion (1872-1885) by Eadweard Muybridge
TR140 .M79 A48 1887 Cage. Decker Library Special Collections. Access by request at Information Desk.

Browse or search the Book Arts Catalog for over 600 artists' books in our collection.

Follow the Decker Library Tumblr for selections from the Library's special collections.

All materials are available to view in the Library by request at the Information Desk.

Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art | Location: 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217 | Mailing: 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore, MD 21217

Research Help: 410-225-2273 / | General Questions: 410-225-2272 /

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