These are the directions for the Writing in the Humanities Art Analysis Essay for ENC 1101 – Composition 1 at St. Petersburg College.

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As you move through these directions, please be sure to read thoroughly and to take notes, especially on ideas that are new to you or on material about which you might have questions that your instructor can help you address.
Image from University of Arizona Museum of Art
Table of Contents
? A Few Words About Genre
? Starting The Essay
? Organizing the Essay
o Paragraph 1
o Thesis
o Paragraph 2
o Paragraph 3
o Paragraph 4
o Paragraph 5
? Developing the Essay ? Outlining the Essay ? Audience, Style, Language ? Researching the Essay ? Formatting the Essay ? Peculiarities in Writing about Art ? Essay Length ? Example Essay ? Additional Resources: Writing Aids
A Few Words About Genre: The term genre is used in music, literature, and art to define works that share certain conventions or subject matter. For instance, film critics use broad terms, such as romance, horror, or drama, but those terms often become more focused to a more narrow form of film, such as romantic comedy, sci-fi thriller, or war drama. These more narrow forms define a genre. Similarly, in writing–even academic writing–genres exist. They may show up in a humanities, psychology, or biology course and range from a simple descriptive essay to a comprehensive IMRAD science report. The humanities and other fields require deep forms of
analysis, whether it be rhetorical analysis, cultural analysis, or statistical analysis, or even a SWOT analysis. In this assignment, you will perform an art analysis, where you will describe and analyze the content, form, and context of an image. The skills used here are transferable to many other acts of writing and communication. In fact, since so much of writing is situated–that is, the writer’s message is based on rhetorical elements such as audience, context, or conventions–writing in a variety of genres gives writers practice in adapting their message to the situation. To learn more about genres, see this resource. Starting the Essay:
Back to Table of Contents 1. Click on this link for pre-selected images from SPC’s Online Library database, ArtStor. You may need to disable popup blockers to see the ArtStor viewer with all of the images. Alternatively, you can view the images as a PowerPoint or PDF, but ArtStor’s viewer offers greater ability to focus on the subject. 2. If necessary, log in with your Borrower ID (Student Number) and PIN (last four digits of your SSN or 9999 if international student); 3. Note: To access the images, you may need to click on “allow popups” in your browser and then reload the page for the photos to show. In ArtStor, you can zoom in and zoom out on the photos, seeing components of the photo not easily seen from afar. See these icons to zoom: Also, be sure to read the long version of the caption by clicking on 4. Select an image about which you think you can perform an effective analysis and compose 500-700 words. Don’t worry if you are not sure how to perform an analysis. You will learn more through these assignment guidelines and through the course modules! 5. To download the image, you will need to register for free in ArtStor. Note: if you wish to discuss an image, not found among the pre-selected choices but otherwise found in the ArtStor database, then ask your instructor for approval. Your instructor may also consider the option of visiting a museum for this assignment. Please ask for clarification.