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Year 8 Frames Exploration

An in-depth exploration of the Frames, a key critical and historical study tool within the current NSW Visual Arts Syllabus. This presentation is designed to breakdown the understanding of how students use each Frame in written responses to artworks.

Alicia Hinds

on 8 August 2013

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The Frames
Four different ways to rediscover an artwork.
Have you ever looked deep into an artwork
wondering why the artist made such a creation?
Have you questioned the influences, beliefs, life
experience, memories and the culture the artist grew from?
Childhood events and experiences

Family, carers, teachers, friends and influencers.
Technology and
inventions of the time.

The politics and the economy at the time of the work's creation.
To unlock the secrets to a work of art we need to learn about the artist and his/her experiences.
Trends, values, style
and practices of other artists that influenced
the maker. Did the artist belong to an artistic movement?

Historical events and happenings of a state, national or international level that affected the artist emotionally and physically.
This analysis is referred to as
the cultural frame
How does the work challenge or reflect the culture at the time?
What are the views, values and/or beliefs of the society that surrounded the work?
Is the artist part of a movement or a style?
How has the work been influenced by political, economic and technological factors?
Within the cultural frame, we look at the influence of society
or the cultural background of an artwork. An artwork may reflect
aspects such as religion, politics, social status, race, gender, etc.
Have you ever studied an
artwork from a far then taken
a closer look?
What details did you miss?

Artists often create their own visual language using codes symbols and signs to convey their meaning.

We can interpret these works by analysing the elements of line, direction, shape, size, tone, texture, and colour.
Structural Frame
How to create an structured written response to an artwork
Explain what affect it has on the artwork and you as a viewer.
"In the artwork the viewer can see....."
elements | signs | symbols | codes
"The use of ................ is evident in the artwork."
If in doubt, explore your
in the
dictionary and theasaurus and write a large list
of words for future reference.
What about a word cloud?
Where can the element, code, sign or symbol be found in the artwork?
Be specific
Give a Reason
The moustache has created humour in the artwork because the Mona Lisa was always considered a beautiful example of the female figure rather than the male figure. It makes us rethink what is considered beautiful.
Have you argued over a
belief or opinion?
The Subjective Frame
How do we know whether
a work of art is good?
Piet Mondrian,
Composition with Red, Yellow, Blue and Black
1921, oil on canvas.
Vincent Van Gogh, "The Starry Night"
1889, oil on canvas.
Anish Kapoor, "Memory," 2008,
sor-ten steel.
Louise Bourgeois,
"Maman," (Mummy)
bronze, 9m.
George Seurat,
Detail from
"Parade de Cirque"
Jeanie Baker, "Mirror," (Anzac Bridge)
mixed media collage,
Walker Books, 2010.
JeongMee Yoon, "Pink and Blue Project,"
found objects, 2006.
Time to bring out your inner detective!
The subjective frame is to do with an artist's emotions and imagination. It requires us to react to an artwork in a personal way, responding to our feelings.
What feelings does the artwork evoke?
How does the work make you feel?
What do you feel is the meaning of this work?
What ideas or experiences can you relate to this work?
How does it capture your imagination?
The Cultural Frame
Have you ever tried to explain art?
Give it a try now.
Post Modern Frame
Mass Media and popular culture of our time often use images and words from the past for new purposes, or they are given a new meaning. This idea of appropriating (copying and adapting) has influenced many contemporary artists.
What is the contemporary context of the artwork?
Where is it now and what is the artwork worth ($ or cultural value)?
Has anything happened to it recently?
How has the contemporary world changed its meaning?
What texts, artworks, theories or ideas has the artist appropriated or referenced in the work?
What has this artist copied and what ideas have been borrowed?
How has he changed the context of the original work?
Without a backgrund understanding of Surrealism and Psychoanalysis,
would you react differently to this painting? Why/Why not?
Where do you see this icon? What does it represent?
If you weren't exposed to the ipod or any form of earphone technology,
would you be able to understand it? Why/Why not?
How has the artist used appropriation?
If viewing this image before the 2000s how would you interpret the artwork?
Will this image be understood in years to come?
Would you consider this beautiful?
How has the artist borrowed from the original
and adapted to make his own interpretation?
How did you respond when you (the audience) saw these contemporary appropriations?
Is this art?
What about this? Is it art?
What is the artist attempting to comment upon?
What are the Frames?

What do the frames help us to do?

When should we use the frames?

How could we improve this presentation?

What would you like to see in this presentation that would benefit your learning?
Evaluation of the Presentation
The Cultural Frame is about the values of the culture in which the work of art was created. Culture can be understood as ideas that are held by different groups of people. Through this frame we look at how artists are influenced by ideas of nationality, religion, gender, class, art movements, fashion and politics.

If we view an artwork from a cultural point of view, we are looking at the
SHARED values, attitudes or ideas
behind the artwork.
Shock of the new?
The SUBJECTIVE frame refers to a person’s personal perspective or opinion, particular feelings, beliefs, and desires. It is about looking at something and deciding if you like it or if you don’t based mostly on emotion and individual preference. Think about how the artwork makes you feel when you look at it and consider your own individual reaction in comparison with others. When we look through the Subjective Frame, we are looking from our OWN point of view.
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