ART ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION OF ART WORKS
Revision 2004 GRADE 8
Fulfilling Arts Analysis High Standard for Middle School


THE ART ANALYSIS standard gives evidence of understanding a work of art. These art forms can be selected from a variety of times and cultures. The project will encompass the following activities:

THE TASKS

1. Viewing multiple works by a famous artist.
2. Selecting one of the works that has appeal to the student.
3. Noting and describing your own first impressions and reactions to this artwork.
4. Interpreting what the artist may have been trying to express, based upon visual clues.
5. Making an inventory list of subject or 'visual' content.

6. Looking for design features and describing them.
7. Look for clues about method and technology relating to the work.
8. Find information about the times the artist lived.
9. Discover some pertinent information about the artist's life.
10. Understand and describe the style of art used by the artist and others who were influential in the artist's life.

GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS

This project will be typed or computer generated copy.

Use BOLD headings to organize the reports content.

Produce a cover page to introduce and describe the project.

The cover page will include a color print of your selected work.

You will include the questions in bold before you answer them.

Use complete sentences in answering questions, no numbers on the answers.

INFORMATION ON THE COVER PAGE
(MATERIAL IS CENTERED - - USE 16 POINT Helvetica or Roman font)

INCLUDE EVERYTHING SEEN IN QUOTATIONS BUT OMIT QUOTATION MARKS ON YOUR COVER

"Art Analysis, Partial Completion of middle level Graduation Standard required for Art:"

"Submitted by: _(Your Name)_____________"

"Name of the Artist: _______________________"
"Name of the Art Work Analyzed: " ________________________"
"Medium ________________________" (Oil, Watercolor, Wood Print, Fresco, etc.)

"Date or Approximate Date of the work: _____________________"

"Style or Period of the Work ______________________(example - Modern, Abstract, Realism)

WRITING THE REPORT

Working timetable: DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO FALL BEHIND ON EACH DAYS TASKS.
Day 1:
1. Look at many examples by your artist.

2. Select a typical sample of the artist's work.

3. Arrange to have a copy made of the art;

4. Record the address and details needed in order to return and continue.
5. Write down important information in a notebook.

HINT: When typing, start new pages as space requires; you may get more than 1 heading on a page, or you may get less. (USE TWELVE POINT FONT)

Working timetable: DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO FALL BEHIND ON EACH DAYS TASKS.
Day 2

task1. Write down the facts and information you will have on your cover page.

task 2. While looking at the art work you have selected write down notes that answer points on heading one.

First Reactions: (first heading) List and answer each question.

1. What was your first impression?
2. What strikes you as interesting or unusual?
3. What attracted you to the work?

4. What technology or ideology has or may have influenced the work ? (An "Ideology" may be a special interest that attracts the artist such as the excellence of human potential and learning, which was the ideology of the Renaissance. Another example, is the awe of the machine age with respect to power held by the "Futurist art movement") 5. Does the art seem to reflect a form of expression that is more, sensual, emotion or intellectual? - -choose one of the three.
6. Did you think that the art was easy or not so easy to understand?

task 3. Record notes on computer and in a paper notebook.
Too many times students lose information because of computer files being lost or deleted.

task 4. Work on notes for heading two if time allows.

Picture Content and Meanings: (second heading)

1. What does this picture seem to be about?
2. Does the work have a theme?
3. Does the artwork tell a story or express a feeling or mood, explain your choice?
4. Explain what forms or visual features you see in the work are clues to the meaning.
(Include visual elements features; forms, color selection of style that you see?)

Examining the subjects or content found in the composition: (third heading)

1. List the content of the picture, name all the things you see.
(Naming things is the usual way we describe pictures.) What about the case of abstract art? An abstract or unrealistic picture is still full of visual content but it must be identified in a different way. Try to use visual terms to describe the content. <visual elements use terms: areas, shapes, size, mass, color, tone, texture, line movements, space, light/shadow; or design elements called: illumination, contrast, rhythm, harmony, emphasis, figure/field, etc.>

Looking at design features, Organization in Space (third heading)

Form and Space.

1.Does the art suggest 2 dimensional, shallow 3 dimensional space or deep 3 dimensional space?

(Hint: 2 dimension space has a flat and cut out look such as a silhouette. 3 dimensional art has modeling, roundness, and depth.) Design Features; Design introduces the idea of organization, variety, harmony, contrast, etc. Design is about relationships of parts to each other.

Working timetable: DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO FALL BEHIND ON EACH DAYS TASKS.
Day 3

task 1. If you do not have a colored printer request that Pinkney make a reprint of your art image. You will have to write the U.R.L. address accurately and neatly on a note sheet and give it to Pinkmeister to do for you.

task 2. Continue with next headings and write both in handwritten and on computer file the information that will make up your report.

(Return to the same computer each day so that you can open and not lose your file)

(Visual Elements are different from design elements . In design we get into EFFECTS like "rhythms" caused by repeating shapes or - -"contrasts" caused by using two colors black and red.)

1. Describe some elements in which contrasts can be found.

2. Describe a how rhythm (rhythmic) features occur (intentional repetition of an element)

3. Describe where variety can be found.

4. How is harmony or unity achieved in the work?

5. How is repetition used by the artist to achieve harmony?

6. Is there a dominant color in the art? If so what is it?

7. Is there a point that seems to be emphasized? How is this emphasis achieved? (Size, color, line, other.)

8. Does the artist achieve texture? If so explain the texture effect.

9. Is the form of balance formal, informal or radial? (Evenly divided; unevenly divided, balanced like a wheel.)

Working timetable: DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO FALL BEHIND ON EACH DAYS TASKS.

Day 4

1. Continue on all headings until completed

2. Back up and guard and secure all written content

Artistic Skills in the work (heading)

1. What are some features you can point to that show an impressive level of skill?

2. What can this artist do that you would wish to be able to do?

3. Are there some methods in the work of art that you question as good artistic method?

4. Are there methods or techniques which are new to you or that you don't understand?

5. Why do you think this style of art came to be?

Social, Cultural and Historical context (heading)

1. Where and when was the art work produced?

2. What was the prevailing social polictical, economic atmosphere or lifestyle of the time?

(You will need to do some investigation to find this information? Do not be too vague or too brief.)

3. What were some contemporary events that occurring this same time period?

4. Times change peoples values and attitudes. What were some new technologies that might have affected the artistic interpretation or methods?

5. You are living in the 21st Century how do you think society has changed from the times the artist lived?

Biographical Features of - - - - - - - - - - life (artist's name) (heading)

1. What are some key biographical details about the artist.

2. Who were individuals who influenced the artist and how?

3. Did the artist have challenges or problems to overcome during the years in his or her lifetime?

4. Might war or politics have been a factor in the artist's life?

5. What is a key understanding or legacy that this artist has left for humanity?

Working timetable: Day 5
1. Start to edit and type the first draft version of the report
Working timetable: Day 6
1. Work on finishing the draft
2. Print all pages of the draft (pages should be numbered, *see "Help" for your Word Processor
3. Turn in the draft with a cover page but with no picture on cover page
4. If your draft is not turned in no problems can be discovered and fixed.

Working timetable: Day 7 and 8
Revise and correct errors discovered on draft report

Working timetable: Day 9
Turn in completed report with corrections, cover page, and colored reprint of art.

SELF CHECK LIST (USE BEFORE TURNING IN FINAL DRAFT)

Art Analysis and Interpretation
Check off the required features that you have completed.

Student's Name ____________________
I have all the items required for my heading on the cover page. Yes No
I have written in whole sentences expressing questions in complete statements Yes No
I have included the questions before each was answered Yes No
I have written about my first general feelings and reactions Yes No
I have expressed my sense of the meanings or motives of the artist Yes No
I have discussed the performance "skills" that the artist displays Yes No
I have expressed what I think the meanings may be based upon visual content Yes No
I have discussed and analyzed the work as a composition using visual terms Yes No
I have described how harmony is achieved Yes No
I have described some visual "contrasts" Yes No
I have described particular design effects displayed in the work Yes No
I have written about the historical and social context of the work Yes No
I have included some biographical information about the artist Yes No
I think this project was quite easy to do Yes No

Used in Middle School Classes, Wheaton Area Schools, Minnesota, Charles Pinkney, Instructor




2009