When I started this assignment, I significantly underestimated how much time it is going to take to get familiar with academic research methods and do more than a cursory amount of research.
For this reason, I have decided to lift my self-imposed deadline of February 27. Instead, I am going to start working on my drawing foundations course immediately. I will continue working on this assignment in parallel. I now hope to finish by April 29. This should give me plenty of time to get comfortable doing research and using my learning log.
Additionally, I was initially considering Arthur Rackham as my primary research topic. But while using his name to help me get familiar with the various online libraries available, I learned that Rackham is connected to both the fairy painting and art nouveau movements, both of which seem like good candidates for my primary research topic.