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Copy of Characteristics & Expressive Features in Art

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Characteristics & Expressive Features in Art
Objective
Students will be able to describe the
characteristics
and
expressive
features artist use to communicate meaning
The features and qualities that belong to specific artwork
We can describe the artwork based on three

characteristics
:
Medium
What materials did the artist use?
Subject Matter
What do we see?
Theme
What is it about?
Characteristics of Art
Medium refers to the material the artist uses to create her/his artwork.

What are the different mediums used for:
Painting
Sculpture
Illustration/drawing
Photography
Medium
Gosia
Luna, 2013
polymer clay & gypsum
12 x 8.5 x7"
Andy Denzler
Fading Out, 2011
Oil on canvas
190 x 160 cm
JR
Women are Heroes Project, 2008
Photos wheat pasted on homes in Favela de Jour, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Subject MAtter
Subject matter
is the visual or narrative focus of the art work.

What the artist depicts.
Dorothea Lange
Migrant Mother, 1936
Gelatin silver print
11 1/8 x 8 9/16"
Georges-Pierre Seurat
Entrance to the Harbor, 1888
Oil on canvas
21 5/8 x 25 5/8"
Theme
The
theme
is the underlying idea of the artwork.

Themes could be war, politics, poverty, genre (daily life), etc....
Shepard Fairey
War by Numbers Mural
2009
Barbara Kruger
Untitled, 1990
Photographic silkscreen on vinyl
363.2 x 261.6 cm
Vermeer
The Milkmaid, 1660
Oil on canvas
45.5 x 41cm

Expressive features
Expressive features
is how an artist creates emotion in their artwork.

Expression in art can be achieved using three properties:
Sensory
- what the viewer experiences through the senses.
Formal -
how the sensory properties are organized
Technical
-

how are the materials used
Edvard Munch
The Scream, 1893
Casein/waxed crayon and tempera on paper
91 x 73.5 cm
Sensory
Sensory
properties can be described as what we experience through our senses

This includes shape, line, value, color, space, size, smell, etc...
Gustav Klimt
Death and Life, 1916
Oil on canvas
178 x 198 cm
Ron Mueck
Boy, 1999
Mixed media, 5m
Formal
The
formal
properties can be described as how sensory properties are organized to create unity, balance, imbalance, movement, dominance, etc...
Alice Neel
Andy Warhol, 1970
Oil on Canvas
60 x 40 in.
Kehinde Wiley
Kern Alexander Study I, 2011
Oil on paper
53 x 40 in.
Technical
Technical properties of artwork refers to the materials and how they are used to create an object
Swoon
Untitled, 2011
Wood block print on paper
Why do we create art?
Go back to your groups and answer the same questions as before.

This time discuss and write about the
characteristics
(
material
,
subject matter
, and
theme
) and
expressive
(
sensory
,
formal
, and
technical
) features.
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