Looking and Writing: A Guide for Art History Students

Looking and Writing: A Guide for Art History Students

By: Marilyn Wyman (author)Paperback

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For students taking courses in Art History and Art Appreciation. Also appropriate for any course that includes visual communication. Looking and Writing is an introductory guide for students who are engaged in writing a visual analysis for the first time. Although it is written informally with the beginning student in mind, it provides the reader with the technical vocabulary appropriate for visual analysis. Guidelines for the selection, analysis, and presentation of an image found in a museum or gallery setting or an on-line site form the core chapters of the text. Other chapters discuss the use of symbols, the cultural precepts of how we process visual information, suggestions for writing and proofreading an essay and the structure of a proper bibliography.

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About Author

Marilyn Wyman, Instructor in Art History and American Studies in the School of Art & Design, San Jose State University, received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Her areas of interest include American, Modern, and African Art as well as studies in American culture. Since 1989, she has worked extensively in South Africa. Dr. Wyman's recent publications include: "The Harlem Renaissance and the Affirmation of Identity" (1989): "The Lay of the Land: A Comparison of 19th Century Landscape Tradition in the United States and South Africa" (1990); "The Deracinated Worker in California Depression Murals" (1995); "Mechanisms of Power: Native American and Zulu Imagery in Popular Culture" (1995); and "African American Ties in the Development of Urban Black Culture in South Africa" (1996).


1. Looking and Seeing. 2. Looking for Meaning. 3. Understanding Formal Elements. 4. Principles of Design and Composition. 5. Applying Art History's Tools. 6. Using the Internet to Look at Art. 7. Writing Your Essay. 8. Citing Sources and Resources.

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/07/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780130983596
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 88
  • ID: 9780130983596
  • weight: 172
  • ISBN10: 0130983594

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