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Starry Night by Vincent VanGogh

Lesson on critiquing a work of art using the artwork Starry Night by Vincent VanGogh.
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Asuka Gallardo

on 8 November 2011

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Transcript of Starry Night by Vincent VanGogh

How to
Critique a
Work of Art Interpret Describe Analyze Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh Judge What distinctive shapes are there? What medium is used? what you see. medium: materials used to create the artwork. "The Starry Night by Vincent VanGogh is an oil painting. There are 11 stars in the sky and the silhouette of a tall object in the foreground. The night overlooks a small town. In the center of that town looks to be a very tall cathedral." using elements
and principles of art. Elements
color: has hue, intensity, and value

form: the shape of 3-dimensional objects

hue: the color name

intensity: the strength of the pigment

line: straight, curved, zig-zag, thin, smooth

shape: organic, geometric: square, circle, triangle

space: deep, shallow, flat; can refer to how much of the canvas or
surface is covered and how much is blank, which is also
referred to as negative space

texture: real or imagined surface treatment of a piece of artwork,
such as smooth, rough, or furry

value: the range of lightness or darkness in a color; relationships of
tone: dark, middle range, and light Principles
balance: can be symmetrical, asymmetrical,
formal, informal, or radial

contrast: a difference in value, color, or texture;
creates a feeling of variety in a piece

emphasis: the focal point in the piece; where
the viewer's eye looks first; what grabes the
attention of the viewer

movement: how the artist gets the viewer to
look at all of the parts of the work; may cause

pattern: repetition of color, texture, or line; related
to rhythm

rhythm: involves repetition of one or more of the
elements of art, as in music

unity: how the piece works together as a whole what it means. oil paint Pastels "The starry night takes up most of the painting. The color in the work is dark, but in contrast the moon and stars are very bright. The reflection of light throughout the work makes it feel bright and happy. The lines swirl in the sky and throughout the work giving it a peaceful flow." Why do you think the artist created this? What is the artist trying to say? How does the artwork make you feel? Does this artwork accomplish what it was meant to? Is it a work of art? Why do you or don't you consider it art? What is your aesthetic view? Emotionalist: is your judgment based on
emotion?
Formalist: is your judgment based on
what artform was used?
Imitationalist: is your judgment based on
how realistic the artwork is?
"The cathedral in the center of the pictures makes me think that there is a religious inspiration to the painting. The big beautiful sky seems to put the size of the town, and us into perspective. We are very small. I think this is a painting about the enormity and peaceful serenity of God." "I am an emotionalist and this painting stirs my emotions. This work makes me feel peaceful and happy. This painting is a romantic expression of the beauty of God in our lives and how his presence can bring peace. This is a beautiful work of art. "
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