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How to write outstanding art papers?

Everyone appreciates art in some way - whether your preference is for visual, performance, or fine art. Everyone has different taste when it comes to the arts and your preferences say a lot about your personality and the way you relate to the world. You might be thinking that you do not have any connection to the arts at all, but we all know that is not the case. I am sure that you can dig deep down and find one piece of art, music, or dance that has touched you or at least made you think about something in a new way.

If you are going to be writing an art paper then you should tap into that feeling you remember having when a piece of art touched you or moved you in a particular way. This will help you to understand the work you are writing about in a more in depth and experiential way.

Some basic questions that you can ask yourself before starting to write are:

  • When was this piece created?
  • What style is it in?
  • What was the artist's life like?
  • What political conflicts were going on at the time of this piece of art?
  • How does this make me feel?

Some of these questions are simple and seem like common sense. Of course you will need to know when and where a painting was made if you are going to write about it. Make sure that you do not end up writing your entire paper as a list of facts about the art, though.

You should look into the political conflicts of the time period or you should imagine/research the artist's life so that you might get some insight into the meaning of the piece. Of course, this is never a direct translation and you should not think that the artist's life always influences the meaning of the art.

Here are some tips for what to write about:

  • The theme of the art
  • How it has caused cultural change
  • How the art has affected you
  • Any new thoughts the art has made you have

Writing your paper about the relevance of a work of art will not only make it much easier for you to write a complete and comprehensive paper but it will also make your paper much more interesting to whoever will be reading and scoring it.