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  • 1. Feldman’s method a way TO LOOK AT ART
  • 2. your art 1 midterm exam
  • 3. Feldman’s method has 4 steps dA I J describe analyze interpret judge
  • 4. step 1: DESCRIBE just the facts, ma’am
  • 5. DESCRIBE a. artist b. title c. date d. medium e. descriptive sentence f. 3 most important elements of art
  • 6. DESCRIBE tips for describing When describing COLOR, include… • its name (red, green) • its value (light, dark) • its intensity (bright or dull color) • also use warm/cool, complementary colors, primary colors, secondary colors, analogous colors, etc. When describing SPACE, think about… • does it feel “flat” or “deep” ? what is in the foreground, middle ground, and/or background? • also use positive and negative space When describing SHAPE, think about… • is it geometric or organic? When describing FORM, think about... • how has the artist used SHAPE and VALUE to make something look three-dimensional?
  • 7. step 2: analyze a pattern emerges
  • 8. analyze 3 most important principles of design and to talk about a principle, you must mention an element example: The REPETITION of BRIGHT ORANGE COLOR throughout the painting helps the viewer’s eye to move from the bottom left corner, through the middle, and finally, to the top of the painting.
  • 9. analyze tips for analyzing (Remember to include what element shows your principle!) When describing MOVEMENT, remember… • this is about VISUAL movement - as in, how does your eye move across the image? When describing BALANCE, think about… • is it symmetrical or asymmetrical? When describing UNITY, think about… • how has the artist created a sense of “oneness”? When describing PROPORTION, think about... • how do the elements visually relate / compare to each other? CONTRAST vs. EMPHASIS • CONTRAST is when things are different, EMPHASIS is when something specific stands out
  • 10. alert: new information
  • 11. “first communion” 1895/1896 oil on canvas “les demoiselles d’avignon” 1907 oil on canvas “Le guitariste” 1910 oil on canvas PABLO PICASSO
  • 12. Perceptual •realistic •the way things actually look in real life •from “perceive” or “perception”
  • 13. expressive •recognizable but not “real” •somehow exaggerated or simplified -
  • 14. non-objective •“non-object” •nothing is clearly recognizable •just the elements and principles
  • 15. step 3: interpret the plot thickens
  • 16. interpre a. it the art perceptual, expressive, or nonobjective? Why? Be specific. b. what is your claim for the interpretation of this artwork? explain what you think the meaning or the intent of the artwork is and “prove it” mentioning at least one element and one principle
  • 17. step 4: judge finding the motive
  • 18. judge a. counterclaim 1. come up with an alternate interpretation (meaning or intent) 2. “prove” this one mentioning at least one element and one principle b. conclusion 1. which one is stronger, your claim or your counter-claim? 2. why?
  • 19. the end. you rock.