Art Writing Basics

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Robin Cembalest
In this two-hour workshop, former ARTnews editor Robin Cembalest will share basic skills for writing about art in clear, accessible language. The class is useful for professional writers, aspiring writers, artists, educators, curators, arts workers, and arts aficionados.
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Tue, Jun 22
Tue, Jun 22
9am PT / 12pm ET
120 min
Thu, Jun 24
Thu, Jun 24
9am PT / 12pm ET
120 min
Wed, Jul 21
Wed, Jul 21
3pm PT / 6pm ET
120 min

Description

While writing is an essential skill for all arts professionals, those working in the field of visual art face particular challenges. The art space has its own distinctive language. Materials and methods can be complex to describe, while ideas and concepts might not be familiar to the general public. What are the essential qualities of the artist and the art to share with the reader, and how can a writer organize and express them?

 

Robin Cembalest, former editor of ARTnews and longtime mentor and coach, has taught generations of arts professionals to communicate effectively. In this workshop, she will share templates, building blocks, and best practices for crafting descriptions, chronicling process, and explaining context and meaning in clear, accessible language. Participants will come away empowered to improve their writing skills across all platforms.


In the first part of the workshop, Cembalest offers a brief overview of the types of art writing, as well as an action plan for getting started. In the second half, the group will participate in a collective writing exercise.

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