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  • 1. ContentThis presentation aims to introduce to you what we will be learning in class all quarter. We will be discussing artworks, why they are made, what they mean and what makes them good (or valuable or pretty or important).
  • 2. In order to discuss an artwork intelligently, we need specific vocabulary. Today’s presentation will introduce the basics, throughout the quarter we will spend more time on the specifics.
  • 3. Follow alongThe first worksheet (content) is a companion to this presentation. I recommend filling it out during or after you watch this presentation.The content worksheet will be a quick reference you can use all quarter—ask questions right away if you can’t finish the worksheet.
  • 4. ContentThe meaning of a work of art -what it is about
  • 5. What is this artwork about?(not just whatdoes it show, butwhy was itcreated? Howdoes it make youfeel? What doesit mean?)
  • 6. Content = Subject + Form + Medium+ Composition + Formal Elements + Context + Style + Intent
  • 7. All these things can affect the meaning of this artwork: A man standing on rocks Stormy water, mist Only a few colors (Is it cold?) Oil painting 19th century (Romanticism) Dark rocks & light skyYou are seeing it in art class Rectangle (How big is it?) The man is in the center How he is dressed
  • 8. SubjectWhat is shown in a work of art -what it is of
  • 9. A man standingon a rocklooking out overwater
  • 10. A manstandingon a rocklookingout overwater
  • 11. The same subject doesn’tnecessarily mean the same content.
  • 12. Subject can be abstract or imaginary, it can be a landscape or scene, there can be more than one subject in an artwork.
  • 13. What is the subject?
  • 14. A subject can even be just color or lines
  • 15. SubjectIconography: study of subjects
  • 16. Knowledge of iconography would help you recognize the man in these paintings.
  • 17. Some subjects have special meaning. If you are familiar with iconography of Christiansaints, you might recognize St. Francis by his brown robes, halo, and animals.
  • 18. Formal ElementsThings that make up the artwork -line -color / light-texture -space / shape -motion
  • 19. Formal ElementsThings that make up the artwork -line -color / light-texture -space / shape -motion
  • 20. Formal ElementsCan be arranged to create a subject or composition
  • 21. Formal ElementsWe will study these more during week 2, 3 and 4.
  • 22. CompositionHow the Formal Elements (stuff) in an artwork are arranged
  • 23. Composition -Balance -Repetition-Scale -Emphasis -Unity
  • 24. Composition (Emphasis)Composition can organize an artwork andmake it more attractive or more interesting
  • 25. Composition (Scale) We will study more aboutcomposition during week 4 and 5.
  • 26. Media (medium)The materials that were used to make the artwork
  • 27. ClayCement Pencil PaperPaint, etc
  • 28. We will begin studyingdifferent media in the middleof the quarter.
  • 29. Form**What the artwork looks like**
  • 30. The form of most paintings is aflat rectangle, but it doesn’t have to be.
  • 31. The form of a sculpture can be even more varied.
  • 32. Form can be very simple and describe theshape or the general type of artwork: alady, a rectangle, a swirl of leaves, alandscape or a portrait.
  • 33. Style = surrealismStyle =fauvismForm = Landscape
  • 34. StyleCharacteristics of a work or group of works
  • 35. StyleAn individual artist or a group ofartist can have a unique style.We will study art movements andstyles in art history towards the end of the quarter.
  • 36. Style = Surrealism Style = surrealismStyle =fauvism Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory”Form = Landscape Style: Impressionism Claude Monet Style = Japanese Ink Painting
  • 37. ContextWhere (and when) the artwork is displayed (also: title, price, lighting, etc)
  • 38. a glass piece in a garden has very different content than a glass piece in a galleryDale Chihuly
  • 39. Dale ChihulyUnion StationTacoma, WA
  • 40. Slides in anational art museum Carsten Höller at Tate Modern
  • 41. We often see artwork in the context of a gallery or museum.This quarter we will visit artworks in the Larson Gallery (as well as other locations on campus).
  • 42. IntentWhat the artist wants the artwork to be
  • 43. Title = Pompeii
  • 44. Title = Pompeii
  • 45. Now, what is the content of this piece?
  • 46. Content: Subject Form Medium Composition Formal Elements Context Style Intent “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” by Caspar David Friedrich
  • 47. ContentWould it be changed by: -crayon instead of oil paint? -the man in the corner instead of the center? -seeing it 30’ tall in a park? -knowing it was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci?