Writing 2LK—Academic Writing Linked to Art History 6B

Instructor: James H. Donelan
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00-12:50, HSSB 1224
Enroll Code: 54064
Email: donelan@humanitas.ucsb.edu

1310 Girvetz Hall
Office Hours: Tuesday 1:00-1:50, Wednesday 1:00-1:50 or by appointment.
Bernstein and Yatchinsin, Writing for the Visual Arts
Ruszkiewicz, Hairston, Seward, SF Writer
Readings from Art History 6B

Course Description: The course will explore the fundamental forms and styles of academic writing in essays related to the content of Art History 6B. In addition, students will improve their reading and critical thinking skills through class discussion and exercises.

Requirements: The course requires regular attendance, active participation in class discussion and activities, and timely completion of all assignments. Students must also complete all Art History 6B reading assignments for use in Writing 2LK.
You will write three in-class essays, a three-page paper, a five-page paper, and a seven-page paper. Your grade will be determined as follows:

  1. First in-class essay—5%
  2. Second in-class essay—10%
  3. Third in-class essay—15%
  4. First (three-page) paper—15%
  5. Second (five-page) paper—20%
  6. Third (seven-page) paper—25%
  7. Participation and completion of homework assignments—10%
In addition, please observe the following rules:

I: Terms, Definitions, and Sentences: Description

Week 1:
Handout: Robert Hughes, "Hans Holbein"
In-class: Writing sample and logistics.

Reading: Bernstein and Yatchinsin, Chapter 1; Gardner, xiii-xxvii
Homework: One-paragraph definitions of "humanism" and "International Style."
In-class: Terms, periods, and styles.

Week 2:
Reading: SF Writer, Chapters 8 and 13
Homework: One-page description of an art work.
In-class: Comparing definitions; building better sentences.

Reading: SF Writer, Chapters 9 and 10
Homework: Rough draft of analysis.
In-class: Peer review; prose style and sentence combining.

Descriptive Analysis Due

II: Paragraph Development: Comparative Interpretations of Visual Art Works

Week 3:
Reading: SF Writer, Chapters 11 and 12; Re-read Gardner 648-654.
Homework: One-page essay on an artist-patron relationship and its effect on a work.
In-class: Difficult sentences; analytic reading and introduction to comparisons.

Reading: SF Writer, Chapters 2 and 4
Homework: Find and explain three comparative thesis sentences from the readings (one paragraph each).
In-class: First In-class Essay

Week 4:
Art History 6B paper due in section this week.
Reading: SF Writer, Chapters 3 and 17
Homework: Prospectus and rough outline of comparative essay.
In-class: Working with outlines; commas.

Reading: SF Writer, Chapters 4, 5 and 18
Homework: Three well-formed topic sentences, including a thesis statement.
In-class: Second In-class Essay; introduction to colons and semicolons.

Week 5:
Reading: SF Writer, Chapter 6
Homework: Introductory paragraph and full outline.
In-class: Working with thesis sentences.

Readings: Bernstein and Yatchisin, Chapter 3
Homework: Midterm questions and study guide.
In-class: Midterm preparation.

Week 6:
Art History 6B midterm today.
Library visit. Class meets in Davidson Library.

Readings: Bernstein and Yatchisin, Chapter 6
Homework: First half of rough draft.
In-class: Editing and revision.

Week 7:
Homework: Full draft of essay.
In-class: Final peer review; introduction to thematic essays.

2/21 Interpretive Essay Due.

III: Constructing an Argument: Thematic Essays

Readings: SF Writer, Chapter 22
Homework: Prospectus of thematic essay.
In-class: Research and argument.

Week 8:
Readings: SF Writer, Chapters 23 and 24.
Homework: Working bibliography.
In-class: Quotation embedding; citation methods.

Readings: SF Writer, Chapter 24 (review)
Homework: Reading notes; outline.
In-class: Topic and thesis development with research.

Week 9:
Homework: Draft of introduction and full outline.
In-class: Third In-class Essay

Group Meetings.
Art History 6B paper due.

Week 10:
Homework: First draft of essay.
In-class: Peer review; oral presentations.

Final class.
Homework: Second draft of essay
In-class: Evaluation and discussion of W2LK.

Thematic essay due.