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ISBN-10 0205933602ISBN-13 9780205933600
ISBN-10 020588699XISBN-13 9780205886999
Author(s): Sylvan Barnet
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2015 Pages: 384

Looking at and writing about Art

This best-selling text has guided tens of thousands of art students through the writing process.

A Short Guide to Writing about Art guides readers through the writing process helping to develop strong writing skills used throughout the lifetime.  Readers are shown how to analyze sculptures, architecture, and pictures - drawings, paintings and photographs, and are prepared with the tools they need to present their ideas through effective writing. The text contains students’ notes and sample essays and numerous model paragraphs by students and published scholars such as Rudolf Arnheim, Albert Elsen, Mary D. Garrard, Anne Hollander, and Leo Steinberg.  These samples as well as the numerous suggested questions, help students to understand the sorts of things people say, and the ways they say them effectively, when writing about art.

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Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Write effective analyses of drawings, paintings, photographs, videos, sculptures, and works of  architecture

  • Be familiar with kinds of analysis criticism

  • Use online research devices, to document a research paper