Art History Writing Tutors Return and Will Hold Three Workshops!

9 Sep

Although the Arts and Science College Learning Center has offered subject-specific assistance in the past and continues to do so in biology, chemistry, math, languages and the like, in recent years our own Department has taken the lead in providing art history-specific tutoring to its undergraduates. The program kicked off in October 2008 and, according to our students’ feedback, has already proven to be a great success.

Without exception, our tutors are all graduate candidates at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU’s graduate art history program. A tutor is available in the Department of Art History, every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 12.30 to 2pm. Students may see them on a walk-in basis.

This semester sees the return of two outstanding tutors:


Marci Kwon is a Fourth Year Ph.D. Candidate specializing in 20th and 21st Century American Art.  She is also a former alumna of NYU’s Department of Art History, where she received her B.A. in 2007.  She is currently working on her dissertation about Joseph Cornell and the vernacular in American art. Marci can be see on Mondays and Tuesdays.


Rachel Boate  returns on Wednesdays. Rachel graduated with high honors from the University of Virginia, where she studied Art History and French Language and Literature. At UVA, she conducted research for the University Museum’s education and curatorial departments, and also worked as an editor for the campus-wide journal of Art History. After graduation, she spent time abroad as an Art History teacher to Francophone high school and university students in Lyon, France, and as a tutor and independent researcher in Berlin, Germany. Rachel is now working towards her Ph.D. at the Institute of Fine Arts, where she focuses on 20th-century Europe. She is particularly interested in cultural manifestations of national identity, and art in the service of politics in France and Germany from roughly the 1930s-1950s.

In addition to the one-on-one tutoring sessions, Marci and Rachel will hold three writing workshops in the fall semester. They will be on Wednesdays – 9/18, 10/16, and 11/20 from 12:30 – 2:00 in the Department of Art History.
The first workshop (Wednesday, September 18) will cover art history writing basics and is geared toward students taking their first art history course, or those looking for a review. We will discuss ways to describe, analyze, and write about works of art, and also offer tips for tackling the different types of writing assignments you might encounter in your courses.

The second workshop (Wednesday, October 16). In preparation for mid term exams and/or papers, we will offer some study tips, practice mock slide comparisons, and suggest some ways to develop exam essay responses under strict time constraints. We will also discuss how to form a thesis statement and develop a strong argument that runs through your papers.

The final workshop (Wednesday, November 20) will focus on the research process—from brainstorming paper topics to editing final drafts. Points of discussion will include library research resources, incorporating research into papers, bibliographic citations, etc.

Questions will be welcome at all workshops and presentation materials will soon be available online. An update will be posted here, on Fields of Vision, as soon as the materials are available.


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