This handout discusses a few common assignments found in art history courses. To help you better understand those assignments, this handout highlights key strategies for approaching and analyzing visual materials. Evaluating and writing about visual material uses many of the same analytical skills that you have learned from other fields, such as history or literature. In art history, however, you will be asked to gather your evidence from close observations of objects or images. Beyond painting, photography, and sculpture, you may be asked to write about posters, illustrations, coins, and other materials.
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This can cause confusion for both students and instructors, since the whole concept of the essay, as a genre, is broad and loosely defined. In fact, I would call it a meta-genre, and it can be broken down into many sub-genres, such as research papers, literacy narratives, profiles, case studies, issue analyses, and ethnographies. Most textbooks, this one included, will include a few of these subgenres in an attempt to teach you different approaches to writing essays. Regardless of which subgenre it is, there are a few key conventions that make an essay an essay and not, say, a short story or a poem or an instruction manual. All essays, be they boring or fun or long or short, all probe at something. They question.
All the famous writers became famous not because of their significant talent, but because they spent a lot of time practicing their craft. If you are not ready to dedicate all your life to writing, you still need to know how to write an art essay. There are a lot of reasons for it, but the reality is always the same — you want to get the best grade in essay writing.
White and his dog Minnie. If it also happens that you attend Cornell, whose first president was Andrew D. White and to his friends as Andy.