How to study and write for Art

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How to study for an art history exam and get an A
It's not just memorizing and looking at pretty pictures! Here are some tips from an art history student, who knows!
How to study for an art history slide comparison exam
This is an entirely different kind of exam than more college tests. Therefore, you have to study differently. But if you've never experienced one of these, you may have no clue what to do. Here are tips written by an art professor who uses this slide comparison exam. Included is how to study, what 2 images make a good comparison, and how to develop a conclusion.
Tips for Art History students   PDF file PDF file
6 tips! Remember it is HISTORY!
Writing an Art History Paper
This resource not only details the 3 kinds of writing, but provides an art work and writing sample for each. So which one will you choose to write? A formal analysis? A research paper: either an iconographic analysis or a biographical paper? Or maybe a comparative analysis. This is an excellent resource to should what each one is.
How to Do Things with Pictures. A Guide to Writing Art History   PDF file PDF file
This superb guide to both looking and writing is from Harvard University, Department of History of Art and Architecture. Looking includes chapters on Finding the object
Taking notes
Asking questions
Research. All this before the 2nd part on Writing!
Well worth it to download this comprehensive guide of 42 pages.
Visual Analysis
What is visual literacy? Here are 5 questions to ask when interpreting / reading an image.
Visual Analysis Tips
Now what do I say about the painting? Guidelines include PICTURES WILL ANSWER IF YOU ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, SCULPTURE WILL SPEAK , and ARCHITECTURE CAN BE ARTICULATE, TOO . Learn what the concepts are AND the questions to use to get more information. A must have checklist!
Writing a Formal Analysis in Art History   PDF file PDF file
Get the list of formal elements of Painting and of Sculpture. Then you can write your thesis statement. Dreading this? See an example of an effective thesis statement.
Writing About Art   PDF file PDF file
Did your prof assign an Iconography paper? What is that? There are at least 4 different kinds of papers for Art.
Art History
5 different kinds of papers from provenance to theory/criticism. Get the guidelines here.
Analysis of an Original Artwork
What do you mean - this is not a description? The prof wants a formal analysis. What's that?
Crafting an Essay
Don't know what to say in an Art History essay? Here are the directions with suggestions, including adding an interesting title with the point of the essay. Remember to engage the reader, i.e. your professor!
Writing in Art History
What kind of sleuth work is required? Iconography/Iconology? Find out what the professor is talking about before writing your paper. This handout will help clarify terminology and the writing paper for you.