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How to study for an art history exam and get an A
It's not just memorizing and looking at pretty pictures! Here are some tips from an art history student, who knows!
How to study for an art history slide comparison exam
This is an entirely different kind of exam than more college tests. Therefore, you have to study differently. But if you've never experienced one of these, you may have no clue what to do. Here are tips written by an art professor who uses this slide comparison exam. Included is how to study, what 2 images make a good comparison, and how to develop a conclusion.
How to survive Art History exams
Specific hints with examples to help you have a good sense of periods and movements. "Be ready with the Why, not just the What." See how to implement study tips for Art History.
Tips for Art History students   PDF file PDF file
6 tips! Remember it is HISTORY!
Writing an Art History Paper   NEW
This resource not only details the 3 kinds of writing, but provides an art work and writing sample for each. So which one will you choose to write? A formal analysis? A research paper: either an iconographic analysis or a biographical paper? Or maybe a comparative analysis. This is an excellent resource to should what each one is.
How to Do Things with Pictures. A Guide to Writing Art History   PDF file PDF file  NEW
This superb guide to both looking and writing is from Harvard University, Department of History of Art and Architecture. Looking includes chapters on Finding the object
Taking notes
Asking questions
Research. All this before the 2nd part on Writing!
Well worth it to download this comprehensive guide of 42 pages.
Visual Analysis   PDF file PDF file  NEW
Artwork included! Not only does this resources detail what you are supposed to do, it shows you how to support your ideas with specific visual details. Plus you get more links to helpful resources in visual literacy. This is a must have resource!
Writing a Formal Analysis in Art History   PDF file PDF file  NEW
Get the list of formal elements of Painting and of Sculpture. Then you can write your thesis statement. Dreading this? See an example of an effective thesis statement.
Writing a Compare/Contrast Art History Essay
Get tips on these parts: identify, style, function/symbolism, cultural context and more. Then check out the Compare/Contrast worksheet resource next.
Writing About Art   PDF file PDF file
Did your prof assign an Iconography paper? What is that? There are at least 4 different kinds of papers for Art.
Art History
5 different kinds of papers from provenance to theory/criticism. Get the guidelines here.
Compare/Contrast Worksheet
Fill in the boxes on this worksheet to gather the data and organize your compare/contrast essay!
Analysis of an Original Artwork
What do you mean - this is not a description? The prof wants a formal analysis. What's that?
Writing in Art History
What kind of sleuth work is required? Iconography/Iconology? Find out what the professor is talking about before writing your paper. This handout will help clarify terminology and the writing paper for you.
Process of writing an art history paper
This includes how to do research for art history!
Visual Analysis Tips
Now what do I say about the painting? Here is an excellent page of tips of things to cover in your analysis. Works like a checklist.