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
Formal Analysis Worksheet
Social or Contextual Analysis
Gay and Lesbian Criticism and Queer Theory
Sample Comparison Essay of an Ancient Greek Statue of a Kouros (youth) and
Hermes and the Infant Dionysus
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
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