Writing about Visual Artforms: A Handbook

Author(s): Kimberly Anderson, Jenny Carson

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2017

Pages: 58


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Writing about Visual Artforms is a brief handbook that contains important tips for writing about art as well as directions for composing formal analyses, comparison essays and research papers. A short section details various approaches to interpretation accompanied by examples.

In addition, the final section entitled “Additional Advice for Non-Native English Speakers” is designed to meet the needs of those who are new to the English language.

Writing about Visual Artforms is appropriate for any art course that contains a writing component and is suitable for both beginning students as well as those who seek to further their skills in critical discourse.

What Is Art?

Writing about Art: Formal Analysis

Sample Formal Analysis of Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night

What’s Next?

Formal Analysis Worksheet

Interpreting Art


Social or Contextual Analysis

Psychoanalytic Interpretation

Feminist Analysis

Marxist Analysis

Gay and Lesbian Criticism and Queer Theory

Expository Writing

Comparison Essays

Sample Comparison Essay of an Ancient Greek Statue of a Kouros (youth) and

Hermes and the Infant Dionysus

Writers Workshop

The Writing Process

Basic Format for Academic Papers

How to Construct a Thesis Statement

After I Have Chosen My Topic, How Do I Begin?

Types of Thesis Statements

Writing a Research Paper 29

Sources for Academic Research Papers

Sample Citation Formats from the Chicago Manual of Style

Citation Formats for Internet Sites

Additional Citation Formats

Writing about an Artifact

10 Questions to Ask about a Work of Art

Advice for In-Class Writing or Essay Exams

Peer Critique Worksheet


Tips for Effective Proofreading

Proofreaders’ Marks


Commonly Confused Words

Additional Advice for Non-Native English Speakers (ESL Students)

Higher Education Courses in America

Focus on Academic Reading

Focus on Academic Writing

Practice with Proofreading

Draft of Art History Paper: Formal Analysis

Draft of an Online Tutorial with a Writing Teacher


Kimberly Anderson

Kimberly Anderson has taught art appreciation and art history courses at various community colleges in Baltimore, MD for the past fifteen years. In addition to college teaching, she also taught art and art history to grades K–8 for the Baltimore Catholic school system, and served as chairperson for the committee that created the visual arts curriculum for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Prior to this, she worked in the museum field in both Maryland and South Carolina. She received a BA from Columbia College, as well as an MA and a Graduate Certificate of Study in museum management from the University of South Carolina. Currently, she teaches a variety of art history courses at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Jenny Carson

Jenny Carson received a BFA from the University of Louisiana, and an MA in art history from the University of Massachusetts. She holds a PhD in art history from the City University of New York Graduate Center, where she wrote her dissertation on the art studio of Benjamin West. A specialist in American eighteenth century and nineteenth century art, she has most recently published on the eighteenth century artists’ use of optical aids. She is also a contributor to several museum collections’ catalogues. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of art history at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she has taught for the last fifteen years.

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