Course reserves are materials that are kept behind the Circulation Desk and are available for shorter checkout periods, so that everyone can have the opportunity to use them. Write down the call numbers of the books you'd like, give them to the staff at the Circulation Desk, and tell them you're requesting books which are "on reserve."
To find biographical books about an artist:
(name of artist) and biography, for instance, type Van Gogh and biography
To find books about a particular art form, style, technique or era try combining terms, such as:
(type of art form) and (description), for instance, type sculpture and modern
ceramics and chinese
ceramics and glazes
painting and oil