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Transcript of Art Criticism
What do you see
in the picture?
A man sitting on a
chair. He's looking
in a mirror. He has
paint brushes and
an easel. Pictures
are tapped to the
side of his drawing.
Elements and Principles
•Color •Line •Shape
•Space •Texture •Value
The Principles of Design
•Balance •Emphasis •Movement
The Art Elements
During the interpretation stage you formulate a hypothesis as to the artists intent or meaning.
Investigating the elements of art
and the principles of design.
In this stage, You get to determine
which elements and principles
the artist has stressed the most in the work and how.
The principles of design
are used as a way to control the elements
What could the artwork represent, symbolize or possibly mean?
What idea is being explored?
This is your final educated informed opinion of the artwork you selected. You now have the necessary information and insight to debate your position. After the investigation, Do you appreciate the selected artwork or artist? provide good reason Why or why not.
The Art Criticism Method
is a 5 Step Process of discovery.
These steps will guide you along the way to help you develop an informed opinion of the artist or artwork.
lements and Principles
The greatest thing about critiquing art is that we all have different opinions as to what is beautiful or aesthetically pleasing. (aesthetics)
The crucial things that you bring to the discussion or investigation of an artwork are your personal connections, triggered memories, life experiences, or other unique associations. These are vital when determining a judgment or developing an appreciation for the selected work or artist.
Memorize the 5 Steps
Elements and Principles
To begin your investigation use the websites below to help pick your artist and artwork. You may use other resources such as
of the artist or the selected artwork.
Investigating the artist's background information and discovering their motivations and reasons why they do what they do. Search out information
as to the artworks relation to Time, Place and Culture.
(Analyze the Formal Qualities)