A former licensed financial adviser, he now works as a writer and has published numerous articles on education and business.
He holds a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in theology and has completed doctoral work in American history.
Picking up a good art history or humanities textbook will help you get started understanding the context. Once you have placed each work within the proper context and before you actually begin to write your essay, sit down with a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil and write down the similarities and differences in each work.
Questions to consider are the historical, political, philosophical, and religious differences of the time in which each work was composed.
One way is to ask students to show their comprehension of art history through writing, specifically an essay.
But busy teachers may struggle with coming up with engaging topics, and students may not have the background to identify them alone.
Consider the medium through which the piece of art was created. For instance, a comparison of any of Jackson Pollack's works with Van Gogh's "Starry Night" might yield a thesis statement indicating that both artists expressed themselves similarly by painting in a manner that revealed their inner emotions.
Van Gogh was known to cake the paint onto the canvas and create a visible texture that was reminiscent of his inner torment while Pollack's abstract art was created by slopping paint onto large canvases, often in a drunken rage.
Jared Lewis is a professor of history, philosophy and the humanities.
He has taught various courses in these fields since 2001.