Writing about art is based on a sustained practice of rigorous analysis when first encountering an art object and the subsequent composition of prose that articulates that specific artwork’s aesthetic, social, and historical value. Through a close study of art objects and exhibitions, and by reading exemplary texts, you will master the fundamental requirements for writing about art. The course explores writing structure, tone, and point-of-view, as well as the professional vocabulary used to intelligently describe and analyze contemporary art exhibitions and practices under the guidance of the instructor, and in an exchange with fellow students via a mid-course peer workshop. This course also allows you to practice art writing by generating and revising your writing weekly, constructing a body of prose that will lead to a final essay.
Please note this course is a writing workshop. Students should have a strong proficiency in the English language.
You’ll walk away with:
- Knowledge of contemporary art writings that contribute to exhibitions, auctions, and public conversations about art.
- The vocabulary and writing techniques applicable to a variety of spheres that require a written analysis of art.
- A completed and revised review, which could be used to showcase your writing skills and further your career in the arts.