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