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    How do I improve my writing ability for art history papers/essays?

    Hello,

    Could you please suggest some books to mprove( art history) essay writing skills?

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    Re: How do I improve my writing ability for art history papers/essays?

    I'm using the book by Wesley Kisting (http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Effect...CW9BH09KN2B6YM). This book is the best guide to writing essays. Also you can check websites like http://historyessay.org/format/ to find some general information on format and structure of an essay. But my personal tip is just read more. The more you read, the better you write.

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    Re: How do I improve my writing ability for art history papers/essays?

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    essay writing skills.


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    Hello, Sondra:

    Here is some advice that I have collected over the years from writing experts.

    1. Write short sentences.

    2. Use words that do NOT send people running to their dictionaries.

    3. Avoid foreign expressions, if possible.

    4. After you have written your essay, review it. You will be able to cut out a lot of unnecessary words. Then review it again and cut out more words. Cut! Cut! Cut!

    Believe it or not, some students think that they can sit down, dash off an essay, and then hand it in to the instructor. Unbelievable!

    5. Do not write: "I am now going to tell you ...." Just tell them. And don't write: "And in conclusion ...." Just conclude and then stop.

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    Re: How do I improve my writing ability for art history papers/essays?

    Writing about art history is going to require knowledge of a good deal of specialized jargon.

    Parser's suggestions #2 and #3 may not apply as much when writing about this particular subject, as many of the names for the various techniques and terminology in art are loan words from other languages, particularly Italian and French.

    You could start by focusing on vocabulary, making sure you know all the words for materials and techniques. It also encompasses architecture, so there will be a good deal of architectural vocabulary to familiarize yourself with as well.

    The other aspect of art history involves the history - make sure you're familiar with all your basic art periods, styles, and movements.

    Having sat through numerous art history classes as a student, it's mostly remembering names (of artists, styles, movements, and techniques) and dates.
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