How To Write a Visual Analysis Paper

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They say writing is a form of expression. But in some cases, people write not only to express but to clearly explain something. Hence, the use of words in expressing an artist’s work is a common practice. More writers take on the challenge of writing a visual analysis paper.

A visual analysis paper is created to clearly present a thorough and detailed assessment of the work that is being studied. It provides a summary analysis of the study. One advantage of using visual analysis is that users can use art to visualize their reasoning. Artists are very creative, but not all people could fit into the artist’s thoughts as he was creating his piece of art. Hence, a visual analysis paper would serve as a tracking analysis of the artist’s concept of his work.

Today, universities consider this form of learning analysis as a convenient way to get a better understanding of artwork. Hence, many are aspiring to learn the craft of writing this form of paper. In fact, there are some people who search for paper examples online. Here are some useful tips on constructing your own analysis paper. 

  1. Know your assignment. You have to carefully study the artwork to effectively write a visual analysis paper. Conduct an extensive study of your assignment and look for its historical background and a brief description or caption given by the artist. 
  2. Study every detail. Writing a visual analysis is similar to conducting a camera analysis study, where a person studies every angle and shot of the subject in a photograph. In the same way, you have to carefully study everything about the artwork. If it’s a painting, study the medium used or the object of the artwork. Pay attention to the brushstrokes and painting techniques like engraved, carved or cast. As a writer, you also have to be attentive to the space and composition. By doing so, you are creating an analysis of the artist's work. On your first observation, jot down notes so that you would not miss any important details. When you look or study the artwork again, you might have a different perspective or thoughts. But once you have taken down notes, you can simply confirm or reject your first observation. 
  3. Use the appropriate words. In every field, there are terminologies used. Again, you can learn all these if you did your thorough research. You may keep a sample analysis paper which would serve as your reference. The general rule in writing any formal paper is that you have to be concise and carefully place all the data in order. There should be coherence in your words, sentences or phrases.
  4. Proper identification and proper tone. Make sure you will not miss important details such as the artist’s name, the title of the work and the beginning of your analysis. Since visual analysis is a formal paper, you should write it in the third person. Avoid using “I” or “me” unless you are instructed to use these pronouns.
  5. Review your analysis. Always double check your analysis paper by proofreading your material. This is to check if there are typographical and grammatical errors in your writings.

If you follow these basic tips, you are ready to write your own visual analysis paper! Enjoy studying the artwork and writing your paper.


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