This exercise is called a response essay. Looking is not as simple as you may think. Rather than merely describe the object, you will want to analyze it. You need to ask yourself the questions:
The challenge is to analyze a work of art, separating its parts in order to understand the whole. You must resist the urge to merely describe, and instead evaluate the object.
(Further explanations and examples can be found in the Survival Guide handout)
Don’t forget to include the objective information somewhere within the paper: artist, culture, date and period; medium; size; museum. Most, if not all, will be available on the museum label found near the object.
Keep in mind that this is not a narrative essay. In other words, we’re not looking for the story of your museum visit. We’re looking for your persuasive argument about what the work you’ve chosen means and what the evidence is that it means what you say.
Remember that less-than-graceful writing will count strongly against you, as well as misspellings and typos and other signs of carelessness. Proofread. It helps to have someone else read over your draft before you finalize it. You’ll be amazed at what you miss.
Professor Comments: Great job on the rough draft! On the final skip the headings for each section as it interrupts the flow of the paper.