Saying What You See : How to Talk and Write About Art

Author(s): Alison Annals, Abby Cunnane and Sam Cunnane

Practical & Art History

Artworks are a form of communication. The communications of an artist, like all other forms of communication, are often mysterious and complex, but each artistÂs works are the best way he or she knows to say those things. If it could be easily expressed in words, the artist would do it that way with much less effort. It is not surprising, then, that when we come to talk or write about art, we often find ourselves talking about things that are difficult to express.
Luckily, responding to art is analogous to reading written works. The more of it you do, the better at it you get. Saying What You See is for anyone who has to  or wants to  reflect on, respond to, and evaluate artworks, their own and othersÂ. It will be particularly useful for students working at NCEA Level 2 and above in the areas of Art History, Design, Graphics, Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture and Visual Art.


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Winner of PANZ Book Design Awards: Educational Book 2009.

Contents: Preface -- What is the point of art?-- What is this book about? -- Chapter 1 Working with and around images and ideas -- Looking critically/Listening critically/Reading critically -- Chapter 2 Understanding what an assignment requires -- Decoding the words/Gathering and processing information -- Chapter 3 Communicating ideas -- Visual diaries/Group discussions/Oral critiques/Seminars/Briefs/Essays.

General Fields

  • : 9780733993268
  • : Pearson Education New Zealand
  • : Pearson Education
  • : March 2009
  • : 240mm X mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alison Annals, Abby Cunnane and Sam Cunnane
  • : Paperback
  • : 1st Edition
  • : very good
  • : 120
  • : illustrations