Writing for Visual Artists
“I intend to paint large moveable pictures which will function between the easel and the mural.” Jackson Pollock, Guggenheim Application (1947)
As visual artists, our work is tied to the written word whether we like it or not. (Even "Untitled" is a title.) We write artists' statements, catalogue texts, project proposals, and grant applications. Surviving and thriving as an artist often depends on how well we can write about our work.
In Writing for Visual Artists, students will learn how to write about what they do as artists and why they do it. We’ll review key elements of art writing, including clarity in form and syntax, concrete detail, narrative, and structure. We’ll focus on the artists’ statement in all its variations, whether as project proposal or manifesto. Inspired by modern and contemporary examples, we’ll do in-class and take-home exercises, sound out new ideas and give feedback. Students will leave with the tools to write concisely and authentically about their visual art practice, and with ideas for further art-writing experiments.
This class is open to artists and writers of all levels of experience.
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