A work of art may exceed words, but it often needs them in order to be documented, circulated, supported, and better understood. This course will guide you in expressing your ideas about art with clarity and style. You will look at a range of styles and genres, from artist statements and proposals to press releases, catalogue entries, and short and long form criticism. You will study key texts on art, from poetic statements to critical analyses, and discuss practical strategies for communicating more effectively with potential audiences. Weekly writing assignments, with one-to-one feedback, will move you through the various stages of developing a text, from idea to professional submission. This hands-on approach will provide you with the diverse writing techniques necessary for translating visual art into written language. The course is taught in English. A good, working knowledge of written and spoken English is required.
By the end of this course:
- You will gain familiarity with major critical texts and debates.
- You will learn how to generate ideas and expand them into publishable text.
- You will master effective composition and editing techniques.
- You will develop an essay in a format of your own choosing.