Types of art topics for your term paper

Artistic expression covers many forms, not just paintings and sculpture.

Banksy’s art piece “Rage, Flower Thrower” depicts a protester throwing a bouquet of flowers instead of a Molotov cocktail. (Credit: BBC)

Banksy’s art piece “Rage, Flower Thrower” depicts a protester throwing a bouquet of flowers instead of a Molotov cocktail. (Credit: BBC)

For your next term paper, consider writing about some of the lesser known various types of art: graffiti art by famous graffiti artists like Banksy, Japanese art including ukiyo-e and netsuke, and street photography such as the works depicted in the Vivian Maier documentary. Read more

Research topic: Discuss animation in the Peanuts Movie

Good grief! Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang have returned to the animated screen in the new Blue Sky Studios Peanuts Movie. But unlike their annual holiday appearances in films like A Charlie Brown Christmas, Blue Sky Studios features them in a whole new way: 3d. Using this modern animation style rather than the 2d animation more nostalgic fans find familiar, Blue Sky Studios hopes to introduce the Peanuts characters to a new generation.

Learn more about how animation was used in the Peanuts Movie. (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

Learn more about how animation was used in the Peanuts Movie. (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

But has it worked? Or have nostalgic viewers held back from embracing the new format? If you are considering a research paper topic for your animation or history of comics class, take a look at The Peanuts Movie. Read more

Research topic: Gender identity and gender roles in children’s toys

Gender identity and gender role are important fields in anthropology and sociology. Children are exposed to gender specific toys, gender-based advertising and gender expectations as to their gender roles in society as soon-to-be men and women. Many parents are trying to reverse the trend, and promote a gender-neutral environment of play that allows children to play with whatever toys they want.

Discuss the gender divide in children's toys. (Credit: thesundaysundae)

Discuss the gender divide in children’s toys. (Credit: thesundaysundae)

Interesting research paper topics are to write about gender in children’s toys and advertising. Read more

Subliminal advertising is a good research topic for marketing enthusiasts

Subliminal messages in advertising

Have you ever noticed the arrow in the FedEx logo between the letter E and the letter X? This is an example of subliminal advertising and many major companies use subliminal messages in their logos or ads. In subliminal advertising, hidden signals or messages are placed in advertising intended to pass below (sub) the regular boundaries of perception.

Notice how subliminal advertising is used. (Credit: Business Insider)

Notice how subliminal advertising is used. (Credit: Business Insider)

These messages may come in various forms such as images, text, and even songs, and advertisers hope that people will unconsciously process them in product ads or in propaganda. Read more

Research paper topic: Romanticism art and the film Mr. Turner

As a student of art and art history there are countless subjects for a research paper. Take art movements for example. You can choose impressionism, landscape paintings, modern art, pop art – the list goes on. Romanticism art could also be a good choice. Characteristics of romanticism include an emphasis on nature, the innocence of children and heroic individualism.

Mr. Turner takes on romanticism in art. (Credit: Variety)

Mr. Turner takes on romanticism in art. (Credit: Variety)

To get you started, go see the film Mr. Turner, which tells the story of J.M.W. Turner, an English romantic landscape painter who created thousands of paintings for the world to enjoy. Read more

How alcohol advertisements affect beliefs and consumption is an interesting topic to research

What are Alcohol Advertisements?

Alcohol producers use a variety of media to promote alcoholic beverages in their alcohol advertisements; they are most popular for sponsoring sporting events, concerts, and magazines, and they are found anywhere on the internet.

Discuss the effects of alcohol advertisements. (Credit: Absolut.com)

Discuss the effects of alcohol advertisements. (Credit: Absolut.com)

Regulation

Alcohol advertisements are highly regulated and some or all forms of advertisements are prohibited in certain countries. Read more

The Black Arts Movement is a good research paper topic for African American history and art

The Black Arts Movement was the artistic part of the Black Power movement, and is also known as the Black Aesthetics Movement or BAM. It lasted from 1965 to 1975, and is mostly regarded as a 1960s movement.

The Black Arts Movement was the aesthetic and spiritual sister of the Black Power concept. (Credit: wuster338)

The Black Arts Movement was the aesthetic and spiritual sister of the Black Power concept. (Credit: wuster338)

It began with the Assassination of Malcolm X and was started in Harlem by writer and activist Amiri Baraka. He was an influential dramatist, essayist, poet, and music critic. Read more

Musical theater research paper topics

Some good research paper topics on musical theater could be to write about the success, influence, controversy or message of various hit Broadway musicals.

"The Book of Mormon" is a great topic idea for your next musical theater research paper. (Credit: Show & Stay)

“The Book of Mormon” is a great topic idea for your next musical theater research paper. (Credit: Show & Stay)

Here are some ideas for the popularity of The Book of Mormon, controversy over Kinky Boots and the contributions of Jewish playwrights and producers to American theater and culture. There is also a directory of research databases on musical theater. Read more

Research topic: Marvel Comics and the history of comic books

The history of comic books now spans several generations. As Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary and unveils a new slate of comic book movies to come in the next five years, the genre is rich with research paper topics.

Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary. (Credit: Comic Vine)

Marvel Comics celebrates its 75th anniversary. (Credit: Comic Vine)

Start from looking at the issues of crime and justice in comics to the way comic books have handled gender and race issues. Read more

Research topic on how David Bowie has influenced art and culture

On September 23, 2014, the David Bowie biography film, David Bowie Is, will be shown in Chicago and several other cities nationwide. Among rock legends, David Bowie stands out as one of the few who has greatly influenced both art and culture.

Several examples of the unique style David Bowie fashioned. (Credit: cbc.ca)

Several examples of the unique style David Bowie fashioned. (Credit: cbc.ca)

Through his alter ego, the sexually ambiguous Ziggy Stardust, Bowie pushed the boundaries of rock, leading the way for artists like Lady Gaga and U2. Read more