How to Write an Interesting Art History Essay: Tips & Tricks

Essays are a big part of the student experience; especially the more one continues their education. One particular subject that tends to require a multitude of essays is art history. Thankfully, art history is a vast subject that has many wonderfully interesting topics to write about. The problem for many students, however, is that it is…. Well, history. Therefore, it often seems that there is nothing new to write about for essays and research papers. However, there are many ways to make an art history essay interesting and new. Listed here is several tips and tricks for this very purpose.

Choosing a Topic

The first step to writing an interesting art history essay is choosing an amazing topic. Thankfully, there is a multitude of great topics to choose from within this subject. Always be sure to choose something that you are already interested in. No matter what field you are in, it is natural for everyone to gravitate toward a particular area. For art history students the list of possibilities include:

  1. Paintings
  2. Sculptures
  3. Pottery
  4. Photography
  5. Different mediums
  6. Specific styles
  7. A specific artist
  8. Modern art in comparison to ancient art
  9. A specific time period
  10. Replication
  11. Uniqueness

And so many other things. The more the author cares about their topic, the more the reader will care. Passion and creativity are key for art history essays.


It was once said that “the devil is in the details”. This is very true of essays. The more details that are added, the better. Just be careful not to make the essay overly technical. No matter what topic you choose, search out little know details and facts that many students do not take the time to research.


When writing an art history essay here are a few things to remember to help keep the essay interesting. Do not overuse terms, phrases, words, quotes, or statements. Keep the flow of the essay and make sure there are no interruptions. Use new ways to describe even the simplest of details. Use your own interpretation of the topic alongside that of those who came before. Remember to properly cite all references used and proofread the entire essay multiple times. Edit, edit, and then edit again. Make sure all name, titles, and works cited are properly spelled. Go over the grammar with expert precision. Look at sentence structure and make sure the essay has a good flow to it. Finally, make it your own.

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