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Writing about art

Author: Henry M Sayre
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 6th edView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henry M Sayre
ISBN: 9780205645787 020564578X
OCLC Number: 223108044
Description: xi, 148 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Illustrations --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction : writing as critical thinking --
1. Choosing images : how to select the works of art you plan to write about --
Visiting museums and galleries --
Choosing works of art to write about : some questions of taste --
Writing comparative essays : some advantages --
Choosing works form "the museum without walls" --
The computer and "the museum without walls" --
Summary --
2. Using visual information : what to look for and how to describe what you see --
Considering the subject matter of the work --
Describing the formal elements you discover in the work --
Line --
Shape and space --
Light and dark --
Color --
Other elements --
Recognizing the principles of design --
Rhythm and repetition --
Balance --
Proportion --
Scale --
Unity and variety --
Considering questions of medium --
Beginning your essay by describing the work --
Asking yourself about the work of art : a summary --
Questions to ask before writing about a work of art --
3. Responding to the verbal frame : where else to look for help in understanding what you see --
Taking the title and label into account --
Considering informational labels accompanying the work --
Consulting artists' statements and exhibition catalogues --
Discovering other helpful material in the library and online --
Research online --
Using the library catalog and databases --
Using art dictionaries and other guides --
Considering the work's historical and cultural context --
Quoting and documenting your sources --
Learning the art of quoting --
Acknowledging your sources --
Choosing your footnote style --
Citing Internet sources --
4. Working with words and images : the process of writing about what you see --
Gathering together what you know --
Taking notes in a gallery or museum --
Taking notes as you read --
Focusing your discussion --
Brainstorming and mapping --
Using prewriting as a way to begin --
Online writing --
Creating a finished essay --
Organizing your essay : from description to the verbal frame --
Developing an argument or thesis --
Revising and editing --
A revision checklist --
Writing about art : the final product --
Appendix. A short guide to usage and style : the rules and principles of good writing --
1. Possessive apostrophes --
2. Commas --
3. Comma splices --
4. Run-on sentences --
5. That and which --
6. Titles --
7. Foreign phrases --
8. Split infinitives --
9. Sentence fragments --
10. Colons --
11. Semicolons --
12. Dashes --
13. Parentheses --
14. Quotations --
15. Ellipses --
16. Dangling modifiers --
17. Subject-verb agreement --
18. Pronoun agreement --
19. Pronouns and gender issues --
20. Indefinite antecedents (it and this) --
21. Correlative expressions --
22. Verb tense consistency --
23. Diction consistency --
24. Concrete and specific language --
25. Frequently misspelled words --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Henry M. Sayre.
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The "Extra" Art History Textbook: A Writing Manual Roundup

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"I know of two books specifically geared toward teaching writing in art history courses. They are Sylvan Barnet’s A Short Guide to Writing About Art and Henry Sayre’s Writing...
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