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Discussing Artwork

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A step-by-step tutorial for a visual arts critique

A step-by-step tutorial for a visual arts critique

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  • 1. How to Discuss Artwork 4 Easy Steps to master the Art Critique!
  • 2. 1. Describe 2. Analyze 3. Interpret 4. Judge
  • 3. Step 1: Description •What kind of artwork is this? Who created this artwork, and what is the title? When was this artwork created? What are some major events in history that occurred at the same time this artwork was created? List the literal objects in the painting (trees, people, animals, etc.) Consider the significant art elements that are present in this artwork and BALANCE CONTRAST EMPHASIS VARIETY HARMONY MOVEMENT GRADATION UNITY RHYTHM DEPTH PROPORTION COMPOSITION Step 1: Description -What kind of artwork is this -Who created it, and what is the title? -When was this artwork created? What major events in history occurred around this time? -List the objects you see (trees, people, shapes, etc). -Consider the significant art elements that are present in this artwork and describe them: LINE TEXTURE SHAPE COLOR FORM VALUE SPACE PATTERN
  • 4. 1. What objects do you see? 2. Describe the texture of the brushstrokes. 3. Are the colors neutral or saturated? 4. How are dark and light values used in this painting? 5. What path do your eyes take in this painting? Umberto Boccioni Still Life with Glass and Siphon 1914
  • 5. Step 2: Analysis In this step, consider the most significant art principles that were used in the artwork. Describe how the artist used them to organize the elements. BALANCE CONTRAST EMPHASIS VARIETY HARMONY MOVEMENT GRADATION UNITY RHYTHM DEPTH PROPORTION COMPOSITION
  • 6. 1. How is movement created in this print? 2. Can you find repeating shapes that create rhythm? 3. Does the size of objects describe depth in this image? How? 4. Is this print balanced? Why or why not? 5. Do the tones in this print create high or low contrast? Katsushita Hokusai The Waterfall where Yoshitsune Washed his Horse 1832
  • 7. Step 3: Interpretation Based on what learned so far about the artwork, what do you think the artist was trying to say? Why did this artist create this artwork? What do you think it means? What feelings do you have when looking at this artwork? Do you think there are things in the artwork that represent other things- symbols?
  • 8. 1. What do you think the artist is trying to say? 2. What do you think it means? 3. What feelings does this work give you? 4. Do you see symbols that might represent something important? Ida Applebroog Mother I am Ill 1993
  • 9. Step 4: Judgment Do you like this artwork? Do you think it is an important artwork? Would you display this artwork in your home? Does this belong in a museum? Explain why you feel the way you do about this artwork based on what you have learned about it.
  • 10. 1. Do you like this artwork? 2. Do you think it is a good artwork? 3. Would you display this in your home? 4. Is this artwork good enough to put in a museum? 5. Why do you feel this way? Friedensreich Hundertwasser The 30 Day Fax Picture 1994
  • 11. 1. Describe 2. Analyze 3. Interpret 4. Judge 5. Additional Comments Ellen Gallagher Millie Christine from “Deluxe” 2004-2005
  • 12. Gianlorenzo Bernini Apollo and Daphne 1622-25 1. Describe 2. Analyze 3. Interpret 4. Judge 5. Additional Comments
  • 13. Ingres Josephine-Eleonore-Marie-Pauline de Galard de Brassac de Bearn 1853 1. Describe 2. Analyze 3. Interpret 4. Judge 5. Additional Comments
  • 14. Fred Wilson Safe House II (Speak of Me as I Am) 2003 1. Describe 2. Analyze 3. Interpret 4. Judge 5. Additional Comments
  • 15. Frida Kahlo The Two Fridas 1939 1. Describe 2. Analyze 3. Interpret 4. Judge 5. Additional Comments
  • 16. Cai Guo-Qiang Inopportune:State Two 2004 1. Describe 2. Analyze 3. Interpret 4. Judge 5. Additional Comments
  • 17. Gustave Caillebotte The Garden at Petit Gennevilliers in Winter 1894 1. Describe 2. Analyze 3. Interpret 4. Judge 5. Additional Comments
  • 18. Piet Mondrian Broadway Boogie Woogie 1942-1943 1. Describe 2. Analyze 3. Interpret 4. Judge 5. Additional Comments
  • 19. Jaques-Louis David Death of Marat 1793 1. Describe 2. Analyze 3. Interpret 4. Judge 5. Additional Comments
  • 20. Richard Diebenkorn Ocean Park No.54 1972 1. Describe 2. Analyze 3. Interpret 4. Judge 5. Additional Comments

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