Writing

In addition to print and online resources, drop by the library to access the Writing Centre and Drop-in Tutoring.

Working on your artist statement? Need help with an art history essay or advice on writing about art? Browse the library catalogue for inspiration and support. Make an appointment with the Writing Centre or visit us during Drop-in Tutoring hours.

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Some highlights from our collection:

Line Color Form: The Language of Art and Design by Jesse Day – a brief primer for visual learners in design theory and terminology with hundreds of illustrations and minimal text as well as section on formal analysis, focusing on how to express observations in writing. Excellent source for students and ESL artists.

A Short Guide to Writing About Art by Sylvan Barnet – classic (9th edition) student guide to “seeing and saying”.

How to Write About Contemporary Art by Gilda Williams – comprehensive guide to writing about contemporary art aimed at student and arts professionals, this How-To covers styles and content with practical tips (from academic essays to press releases and wall labels) and snappy titles like “Fear is the root of bad writing” and “The road to hell is paved with adverbs”.

Inspiring writing in Art and Design: Taking a Line for a Write by Pat Francis – Inspired by the studio and using ideas from creative writing practice, this book explores principles of writing in art and design, but mostly offers practical exercises and examples to support those who may have less experience in writing.  A play on Paul Klee’s words to “take a line for a walk” this book hopes to help students loosen up their writing and have a bit of fun.  

Social Medium: artists writing 2000-2015 edited by Jennifer Liese – Highlighting “artists writing”, NOT artists’ writings, the work in this anthology represents those who have substantial practices in both art and writing and offer “surprising insight, sharp analysis, formal play, historical import, ethical urgency, quixotic sensibility provocation or revelation”.

Artist Scholar: Reflections on Writing and Research by G. James Daichendt – With a focus on MFA students, this history and guide for artists discusses ways to improve work through critical writing.