This pathfinder will be of benefit to any TCE art student wishing to research a variety of visual art topics. This guide will help you to locate the resources you will find useful when commencing your studies in this area. Here is the best place to find books, information about databases and a guide to appropriate websites.

This pathfinder is particularly relevant for students undertaking study in the following  subjects:

Referencing advice: The TASC and your teachers at St Patrick's College expect you to present your work with citations and a reference list in the Harvard (author/date) format. Go to the Library's Referencing Guidelines for extended help in this area. The Library staff are always happy to help you with any queries you may have in regard to referencing requirements for any research you are undertaking.

Visual art students should also refer to the RMIT Harvard Referencing Guide for Visual material. If you are lucky enough to visit the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart there are additional guidelines you will be required to use when referencing material from their O-device. Please ask at the Library or your teacher for help.

Independent studies (IPs): When undertaking any independent study, research or book review you must allow yourself enough time to search for and locate the material you need. To help you a booking sheet is kept at the Library desk where you may book an individual time with one of the Library staff when commencing any research in this area.

Faculty resources: All material purchased by teachers in the visual arts is also available for student use if it is not required by teachers. Many of these resources are inter-shelved with the Library material and may be found by using the Library catalogue.

Studio Production

This area of learning involves the study of one of the following specialised artistic studios. The Library has developed in-depth subject guides that will help you find library books and audio-visual resources as well as internet links.

You may also refer to the following subject guides may also contain resources you can use:

Art Theory

This area of learning involves the study of art in the following areas:

Art commentary: This refers to your reflections on the work you undertake.

Library resources:

Web resources:

Art history: The study of art in the context and time in which it was made.

Library resources:

 Web resources:

Art criticism:  This is the study of art in the context of viewer. It may be a study of the relationship between art and society through intermediaries such as artists, gallery/studio directors, teachers, curators. It may be culturally diverse and cover many genres such as film, performance, music and video.

Library resources:

Web resources: