Art Structure Essay

Art Structure Essay

Art Essay Guide

Compare the work of two artists’ (and your own work?)

You could use the document on the next page to type into if easier.

Refer to artist using last name! Discuss artwork NOT pieces

Do not plagiarise – always reference

Images – use to support what you say about the artwork e.g. to point out energetic mark making, use of colour/ visual similarities with other artists.

Always include the image like this. A minimum of 3 images per artist.


“Mona Lisa” 1503-1519, oil on paper by Leonardo da Vinci


“Mona Lisa” 1503-1519, oil on paper by Leonardo da Vinci


You can circle/ point to sections and discuss at side

You can crop into the image to highlight brushstrokes/ objects/ mark making

If you want to make reference to an image it is best to say Smith painted and used a range of media associated with memories of her Grandma, such as buttons and scissors, these can be seen in image 1 “Lost and Found” 1998.

Quotes – use quotes to support what you are saying e.g. to point out what the
artist said about their choice of media, what they said about their own intention. As a guide use a minimum of 3 quotes per artist

E.g. Rauschenberg combined a variety of media and disciplines as he wanted his work to reflect the world. Rauschenberg says “I think a painting is more like the real world if it's made out the real world”

Footnotes – use at end of quote to reference where it’s from see below
Bibliography –At end of essay list all websites/ books
STRUCTURE - Minimum of 1000 words.
Introduction. Say what you are going to discuss and compare

1. Intentions & subject matter.
1a. Discuss your 1st artists intentions, what is their aim? (shock, political, creative, environmental, personal memories, explore colour? Form?)
1b. Discuss your 2cnd artists intentions
1c. Compare, are they similar/ different

2. Influences
2a. What/ who...

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