Instructor:
Thomas Stanley
tstanle1@gmu.edu

Office Hours: by appt.
School of Art Building AB2014

Writing
for
Artists

395.003 | Tue-Thur 12:00-1:15 | AB 1005 | Fall 2012 | 3 credits

This course is designed to build competency in those kinds of writing most essential to the working life of artists. It is not an English course, but rather a set of readings and written exercises intended to strengthen the student's ability to build arguments about art and to incorporate those arguments into the specific kinds of written documents most integral to an arts profession.

Updates
Tuesday, 8/28:
Welcome. Your syllabus is now available. Here's a link to an article about Rachel Corrie's death. I was incorrect in stating that the wrongful death suit being waged by Ms. Corrie's family had been ruled upon by Israel's highest court. Reading one is brief; please complete by next class.
Monday, 9/4: I've only received process journals from a scant handful of you. Guidelines for essay one are below.
Thursday, 9/6: Reading two and three are posted below. Essay one due today.
Wednesday, 9/19: The order Cetacea includes the marine mammals commonly known as whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Cetus is Latin and is used in biological names to mean "whale"; its original meaning, "large sea animal", was more general. Your next reading (4) is available. Please read and reread this short essay by Saul Williams on the future of language and be prepared to discuss its implications for your work as an artist and writer. Also, your syllabus has changed -- the calendar has some adjusted due dates for assignments and readings. Instructions for essay two are also in place. It is due in a week. Will hand back your most recent targeted responses next class
Wednesday, 9/26: Essay two is now due on Tuesday, October 2. Reading five is available.
Monday, 10/22: Your artist profiles are now due on Thursday, October 24. For most of you this draft will serve as the basis for revision. A set of example profiles has been provided below. Remember to use your three lists as a basis for building a compelling profile.

 

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GMU Library writing-related InfoGuides

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