Looking and Writing: A Guide for Art History Students / Edition 1

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Overview

Looking and Writing is an introductory guide for students asked to write a visual analysis for the first time. Written with the beginning student in mind, the text provides guidelines for the selection, analysis, and presentation of images found in museums, galleries, or online settings. Other chapters discuss the use of symbols and signs in communication and the cultural precepts of how we process visual information.

Looking and Writing includes:

  • a step-by-step list of questions that should be considered when looking for a visual image on which to write
  • suggestions for using images from online museum and Internet sites
  • skill tests that ask students to apply the vocabulary and lessons introduced in the chapter
  • the presentation of a variety of analytic methodologies drawn from the humanities and the social sciences
  • ten images drawn from a variety of world cultures and media as well as web addresses for additional images mentioned in the text
  • a list of suggested readings on visual analysis and composition
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130983596
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/12/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the 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).

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Table of Contents

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.

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