Writing About Art

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-07-10
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This straightforward guide prepares students to describe, interpret, and write about works of art in meaningful and lasting terms. Designed as a supplement to Art History survey and period texts, this efficient book features a step-by-step approach to writingfrom choosing a work to write about, to essay organization, to research techniques, to footnote form, to preparing the final essay. For beginners as well as more advanced students.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Writingas Critical Thinkingp. 1
Choosing Images: How to Select the Works of Art You Plan to Write Aboutp. 9
Visiting Museums and Galleriesp. 9
Choosing Works of Art to Write About: Some Questions of Tastep. 16
Writing Comparative Essays: Some Advantagesp. 18
Choosing Works from ldquo;The Museum without Walls,rdquo;p. 21
The Computer and ldquo;The Museum without Walls,rdquo;p. 24
Summaryp. 27
Using Visual Information: What to Look For and How to Describe What You Seep. 29
Considering the Subject Matter of the Workp. 31
Describing the Formal Elements You Discover in the Workp. 35
Linep. 35
Shape and Spacep. 36
Light and Darkp. 40
Colorp. 43
Other Elementsp. 47
Recognizing the Principles of Designp. 54
Rhythm and Repetitionp. 54
Balancep. 55
Proportionp. 56
Scalep. 57
Unity and Varietyp. 58
Considering Questions of Mediump. 59
Beginning Your Essay By Describing the Workp. 61
Asking Yourself about the Work of Art: A Summaryp. 64
Questions to Ask Before Writing About a Work of Artp. 64
Responding to the Verbal Frame: Where Else to Look for Help in Understanding What You Seep. 66
Taking the Title and Label into Accountp. 66
Considering Informational Labels Accompanying the Workp. 70
Consulting Artistsrsquo; Statements and Exhibition Cataloguesp. 72
Discovering Other Helpful Material in the Library and Onlinep. 74
Research Onlinep. 75
Using the Library Catalogue and Databasesp. 77
Using Art Dictionaries and Other Guidesp. 81
Considering the Workrsquo;s Historical and Cultural Contextp. 82
Quoting and Documenting Your Sourcesp. 89
Learning the Art of Quotingp. 89
Acknowledging YourSourcesp. 90
Choosing Your Footnote Stylep. 91
Citing Internet Sourcesp. 96
Working with Words and Images: The Process
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