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Writing About Art

  • Karen Gocsik
  • Elizabeth Adan
  • ISBN-10: 0500841810
  • ISBN-13: 9780500841815
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2020 Published
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About the Product

A complete guide for introductory students that demystifies writing about art.

Writing About Art walks students through every step of the writing process—from looking critically at art, to researching, to developing a thesis, to revising and polishing a final draft. Questions and examples prompt readers as they study artworks, develop a thesis, structure an argument, and cite research.


  • Provides all the tools a student needs to write about art. Students first need to learn how to look at art before they can express what they see in a visual work. Writing About Art introduces them to the formal properties of art so that they can analyze it properly; generate ideas and develop a thesis; and research, structure, and organize their writing—all while attending to writing style. Writing About Art demystifies this process and gives students all the tools they need to write about art—transferable skills they can use in their other courses.

  • Offers practical and accessible guidelines that serve students in writing assignments across the curriculum and hone skills that will last a lifetime. This guide provides thorough and practical strategies that really work, such as note-taking, brainstorming, nutshelling, and composing discovery drafts. These skills are not specific to the discipline of art and can be used for writing assignments in any discipline.