Higher Education

The Art of Writing About Art, 2nd Edition

  • Suzanne Hudson University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Nancy Noonan-Morrisey
  • ISBN-10: 128544258X  |  ISBN-13: 9781285442587
  • 208 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2002
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $81.75



THE ART OF WRITING ABOUT ART serves as a quick reference for students writing various types of essays, research papers, exhibition reviews, and even examinations. The premise of the book is that students in all disciplines, not just English, should be required to write well and that their instructors should hold these writing assignments to high standards. THE ART OF WRITING ABOUT ART not only emphasizes skills in college-level composition, but also in verbalizing the experience of art -- the historical, social, economic, and political forces that shape art and artists; art theory; and the interplay between artist and viewer.

Features and Benefits

  • This text provides numerous examples of writing about art, including samples written by arts and humanities students, artists, and professional writers.
  • The book helps students in the planning stages by offering numerous topic suggestions, research techniques, templates for planning and outlining essays, exercises in evaluating the workability of thesis statements, and advice in organizing the evidence for their assertions.
  • Students are given assistance in developing introductions, conclusions, and body paragraphs; citing sources in the MLA and footnote numbering documentation styles; and in finishing touches of writing titles, revising, editing, proofreading, and formatting papers.
  • Art-related examples are used to demonstrate principles of grammar and style particular to the discipline.

Table of Contents

1. Responding to Art.
2. Principles of Effective Writing.
3. Writing Analytically.
4. Writing the Exhibition Review.
5. Writing Arguments.
6. Writing Research Papers.
7. Writing the Essay Examination.

What's New

  • The second edition of THE ART OF WRITING ABOUT ART contains many updates and improvements. All of the illustrations are in color, making for a more attractive book that more readily facilitates discussions about art.
  • This edition also contains the work of more contemporary artists, such as painter Tom Wesselmann and photographer Shadi Ghadirian.
  • Every chapter, including the grammar and style handbook, is enhanced with exercises designed to assist students in verbalizing their responses to art and to reinforce their understanding of concepts. For example, the section on theories of art criticism is followed by an exercise in applying those theories; instruction on the organization of essay introductions is followed by an exercise in recognizing effective organizational patterns; instruction in syntax is followed by an exercise in reshaping awkward sentences.
  • Eight new student-written essays represent a level of writing that students can achieve with diligence and by following the instructions in the textbook.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Suzanne Hudson

Suzanne Hudson has taught college English for 15 years, including courses in theatre, playwriting, literature, and composition. She has written three college composition textbooks: WRITING ABOUT THEATRE AND DRAMA, THE ART OF WRITING ABOUT ART, and THINKING AND WRITING IN THE HUMANITIES.

Nancy Noonan-Morrisey

Nancy Noonan has taught college art history and humanities for 15 years. She speaks about the strategies of art and artists to corporations and organizations through her company, Artful Solutions. Nancy also is the co-author of the book, HOW TO BE A SUPER ACHIEVER: 12 STRATEGIES FOR UNLEASHING YOUR SUCCESS.