The Art Market

Before you get started, please read our Welcome Letter!

I. Course Info

II. Student Writing Assignment

III. Course Calendar

IV. Feedback

V. Recording Audio Feedback

Course Information


A historical and analytical study of the way art objects have been produced and marketed. Peculiarities of the product, applicable sales techniques, and pricing procedures. Attention to the role of dealers, auctioneers, the art of criticism and formation of preferences, and innovation. Comparative and longitudinal examinations of the evolution of practices, institutions, and the regulatory environment in art markets.

Student Writing Assignment

Here is information about the kind of writing students will be doing in this course and the expected context for that writing. This should help both students and their readers understand the aims of this particular writing task.

Context for student writing assignment

What are students writing? Research papers
For whom? Readers with an interest in the Art Market, Art dealers, Economists
Where would such writing typically be found? The Economist
Why would someone usually read it? To learn about interesting legal or economic issue related to the art business

Course Calendar

Oct 5: topic statement due to professor, revised and finalized by Oct. 26

Oct 29: student-reader matches are announced

By Nov. 1: Introductory Meeting is scheduled

By Nov 7:  Introductory Meeting completed

By Nov 20: Student sends short “sketch” draft to reader; reader gives feedback ASAP but no later than 1 week. (Please see note on Feedback  below)

By Dec 1: Student sends full-length draft to reader; reader gives feedback ASAP but no later than Dec. 5.  (Please see note on Feedback  below)

By Dec 7: Students and readers to meet (via webcam, skype, phone…) to discuss revisions and feedback.

Dec 10 –Final paper due to Prof. De Marchi and to reader

Note to Students: The earlier you submit the drafts the more time you will have to make use of reader feedback before turning in your work to your professor! You can also ask whether your reader will be available to give you less formal input at other points in the process, such as when you are considering options or developing particular ideas or wording.

Readers: While you should provide feedback at the stages outlined above, you may also offer to give feedback  or chat informally with the student about the work in progess at other moments during the student’s work on this paper. At some point,  feedback should be given either in person, webcam or phone to allow for discussion.


Giving feedback for students in the Reader Project requires special considerations.

READERS: Here is what we suggest you do before you look at a draft:

  1. Read our guide to giving feedback
  2. Let the student know what form of feedback you plan to use.
  3. If you choose to do a recorded think-aloud response, please see How to Do a Think Aloud Response before you begin. We’re more than happy to walk you through the technology!  Just contact the Project Manager to set up a time for a phone or webcam consultation. An instructional video on how to record this response is also available. Many readers and students have found this kind of response to be interesting and useful.
  4. If you choose not to record a Think Aloud Response, when you email the student any written feedback,  we would greatly appreciate it if you would also send a copy to Project Manager to help with our assessment of the project!


  1. Find out whether your reader is planning on doing a “think-aloud response” for you. If so, please read “How to Use a Think-Aloud Response: A Guide for Students.”
  2. Regardless of the type of feedback your reader provides, it is crucial that you maintain ownership of the document. This means that you should take the reader’s comments seriously, but that you should decide on (and take responsibility for) all changes to your document. When in doubt, ask your instructor.


Recording Audio Feedback

To record or listen to audio feedback for this course, click the link below.  Then enter your name in the upper box marked SCREEN NAME and click SUBMIT.

Enter voice recorder >

If the recorder page does not open, or if it does not work properly, contact the project manager immediately (see the CONTACT US tab).

If you want to practice using the recorder, click here.