Art Criticism Assignment Follow the four steps of art criticism. Make each step a separate paragraph in your paper. 5-8 sentences in a paragraph should be sufficient. Use this opportunity to impress with your newly developed art vocabulary. Begin your paper with the credit info of the artwork you are critiquing. (Artist, title, date, media, size, location) Description-. What do you see? Be sure to avoid making any judgments or interpretations here- stick to the facts Don’t write things here like: ‘The artist did a good job drawing the subject’s eyes.” (that’s judgment) or: “The artist is showing how society is affected by…” (that’s interpretation) Instead say something like “The eyes are very detailed with…” Could I identify this painting among others by reading your description? Analysis: You are explaining how the artist has put together or arranged the artwork in this paragraph. You should be describing the artist’s use of the art elements and principles- so refer back to Chapters 4 and 5 in the text if you need. Interpreting- What is the message or meaning of the artwork? It is perfectly acceptable to use your own imagination here- just base what you say on the things you noticed in the first two steps. In interpreting, there is not one single right answer- some answers may be better than others, but all interpretation is subjective. Judging- In evaluating artwork- you must form your opinion, then use supporting reasons to back it up. State specific reasons why you think the artwork is strong or weak- well made or not. You may point out positive features, and negative qualities. Often, this judgment will depend on your view of art and what you value- Do you prefer art to be well organized, with the elements and principles carefully composed? Or are you drawn to art that has a strong message or emotional content? Maybe you value technical skill or creativity over other features. Cultural and societal aspects will also influence your preferences. AVOID: Overused and slang words that really aren’t very descriptive of anything- like good, or cool, neat, awesome…. fantastic…. you get the idea. Use your thesaurus. Use your art vocabulary. This website will help you begin thinking about art criticism- the link is also provided in your assignment folder as a PDF. It poses several questions to be considered as you critique a work of art- but don’t think you must address them all in one paragraph. Pick and choose the pertinent ones to get you started. A Paragraph for each. (Describe, Analyze, Interpretation, and Judgement). Choose 2 or 3 questions for each paragraph. Describe: Tell what you see (the visual facts). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What is the name of the artist who created the artwork? What kind of an artwork is it? What is the name of the artwork? When was the artwork created? Name some other major events in history that occurred at the same time this artwork was created. 6. List the literal objects in the painting (trees, people, animals, mountains, rivers, etc.). 7. What do you notice first when you look at the work(s)? Why? 8. What kinds of colors do you see? How would you describe them? 9. What shapes can we see? What kind of edges do the shapes have? 10. Are there lines in the work(s)? If so, what kinds of lines are they? 11. What sort of textures do you see? How would you describe them/ 12. What time of day/night is it? How can we tell? 13. What is the overall visual effect or mood of the work(s)? Analyze: Mentally separate the parts or elements, thinking in terms of textures, shapes/forms, light/dark or bright/dull colors, types of lines, and sensory qualities. 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. Suggested questions to help with analysis: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. How has the artist used colors in the work(s)? What sort of effect do the colors have on the artwork? How as the artist used shapes within the work of art? How have lines been used in the work(s)? Has the artist used them as an important or dominant part of the work, or do they play a different roll? What role does texture play in the work(s)? Has the artist used the illusion of texture or has the artist used actual texture? How has texture been used within the work(s). How has the artist used light in the work(s)? Is there the illusion of a scene with lights and shadows, or does the artist use light and dark values in a more abstracted way? How has the overall visual effect or mood of the work(s)? been achieved by the use of elements of art and principles of design. How were the artists design tools used to achieve a particular look or focus? Interpretation: An interpretation seeks to explain the meaning of the work based on what you have learned so far about the artwork, what do you think the artist was trying to say? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What was the artist’s statement in this work? What do you think it means? What does it mean to you? How does this relate to you and your life? What feelings do you have when looking at this artwork? 6. Do you think there are things in the artwork that represent other things-symbols? 7. Why do you think that the artist chose to work in this manner and made these kinds of artistic decisions? 8. Why did the artist create this artwork? Judgment: After careful observation, analysis, and interpretation of an artwork, you are ready to make your own judgment. This is your personal evaluation based on the understandings of the work(s). Here are questions you might consider: 1. Why do you think that this work has intrinsic value or worth? What is the value that you find in the work(s)? (For example, it is a beautiful work of art, conveys an important social message, affects the way that I see the world, makes insightful connections, reaffirms a religious belief, etc.) 2. Do you think that the work(s) has a benefit for others? Do you find that the work communicates an idea, feeling or principle that would have value for others? 3. What kind of an effect do you think the work could have for others? 4. Does the work lack value or worth? Why do you think this is so? Could the reason you find the work lacking come from a poor use of the elements of art? 5. Could the subject matter by unappealing, unimaginative, or repulsive? 6. Rather than seeing the work as being very effective or without total value, does the work fall somewhere in-between? Do you think that the work is just o.k.? What do you base this opinion on? The use of elements of art? Lack of personal expression? The work lacks a major focus? Explore your criticism of the work (s) as much as you would any positive perceptions. Realize that your own tastes and prejudices may enter into your criticism. Give your positive and negative perceptions. Virtual Gallery Exhibit Entrants to be juried 1 Ceramics 2 Sculpture 3 Painting 4 Painting 5 Painting 6 Sculpture 7 Ceramics 8 Ceramics 9 Sculpture 10 Sculpture 11 Ceramics 12 Ceramics 13 Print 14 Ceramics 15 Sculpture 16 Drawing 17 Sculpture 18 Photography 19 Sculpture 20 Painting 21 Sculpture 22 Mixed Media 23 Drawing 24 Sculpture 25 Mixed Media 26 Mixed Media 27 Drawing 28 Sculpture 29 sculpture 30 Mixed media 31 Watercolor 32 Photograph 33 Painting 34 Print 35 Painting 36 Digital collage 37 Fiber 38 Ceramics 39 Ceramic 40 Painting 41 Painting 42 Painting 43 Photograph 44 Mixed media 45 Ceramic 46 Photography 47 Photography 48 Print 49 Drawing 50 Print Analy CHAPTER 4: THE ELEMENTS OF ART (BASIC INGREDIENTS) Line Shape/Mass Light Color Texture/Pattern Space Time/Motion CHAPTER 5: THE PRINCIPLES OF ART (RULES FOR ARRANGING THE ELEMENTS) Unity and variety O Balance Emphasis and Subordination Proportion and Scale

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