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Writing Across the Curriculum: Descriptive Writing

Select two prints, or a print and a photograph, from anywhere within the site. Compare the colors, subject matter, and styles. Use details and figurative language to convey the feel of the scene. Use your imagination to include sensory details such as smell and touch. Use one or two similes or metaphors if possible.

Rich, evocative language makes a description come to life, but don't use big words just to sound fancy. Every word should add something to the description. Try to create a picture that is so vivid a reader could easily pick the print from a large group of prints on the same subject matter.

High School Students: Pick one Currier and Ives print and one oil painting of a related subject, either by an American or European painter working in the same era. Describe both by comparing and contrasting them. What differences are there because of the different techniques? Compare the visual impression each makes on you, the viewer.

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