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Inspiring Writing in Art and Design

Taking a Line for a Write

When art and design students are asked for statements to accompany their work, reflective journals, or critiques, reviews and essays, they often freeze up because they have to put their thoughts in writing. Although these students are comfortable expressing themselves visually, they lack confidence working with words. Inspiring Writing in Art and Design is a practical aid for those students who are disheartened or overwhelmed by having to write. Pat Francis provides short writing exercises and creative writing techniques for tutors to use and which will help art and design students develop their ability to verbally articulate the concepts and aesthetics behind their art. Using Francis’s examples, students will build confidence and skills that can help them succeed in presenting their work and themselves in, and beyond, the studio world.

256 pages | 50 line drawings | 7 x 9 | © 2009

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Table of Contents

Résumé of the Book
Connecting Inspiration, Theory and Practice
The Process Visual
1 - Principles
Practice and Process
The Writer: Self and Others
Finding a Voice
2 - Practicals
Keeping a Journal
Warm Ups and Preparations
Generating Ideas
Developing Ideas
Starting Pieces of Work
Working Towards Essays, etc.
The Final Points in the Writing Process
Specific Pieces of Writing
3 - Examples
Metaphors: Flies in Amber
Dialogue - Inspired by Beethoven
An Internal Dialogue- On the Evening of a ’Wasted’ Day
My Process of Writing
An Example of the Process of a Piece of Written Work: from Rough to Publication
Editing a Few Words
The Puppeteer
How We Are
’Learn to Read’ Exhibition: Tate Modern. Opening day 19 June 2007
Brass Prom: Combining Senses
Analysis of Words to Help Inform Work and Generate Research
Words in Arguments
Titles - Examples
Looking at the Blurb for Geoff Dyer’s The Ongoing Moment
Reflections on an Article
Patchwork Text: Women Travellers
Photos from an Album
Writing PAD
The Illustrations
A Selection of Works on Writing and Inspirations
Books that are Facsimiles of Journals, Extracts on Jouranls or about Journal Writing
Books to Help with Writing Styles and Techniques
A Selection of Key Reference Books

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