A Short Guide to Writing About Art, Eighth Edition, The best-selling text of its kind, equips students to analyze pictures (drawings, paintings, photographs), sculptures and architecture, and prepares them with the tools they need to present their ideas in effective writing. This concise yet thorough guide to "seeing and saying" addresses a wealth of fundamental matters, such as distinguishing between description and analysis, writing a comparison, using peer review, documenting sources, and editing the final essay. This text is a perfect complement to any art course where writing is involved.Coverage of essential writing assignments includes formal analysis, comparison, research paper, review of an exhibition, essay examination. Clear step-by-step writing instructions guide students though the research and writing processes, showing students how to use (and not abuse) the terminology of art history, and how to cite sources, solve issues of style, and use proper manuscript form. Sample essays, with analytic comments by the author, demonstrate the strengths of effective writing.