Where and when was
the art work produced? What was the prevailing social political, economic
atmosphere or lifestyle of the time? (Do not be too
vague or too brief.) What were some recent contemporary events
occurring around that time? Times change peoples attitudes. Were there
prevailing technologies that might have affected the artistic interpretation
Form and Design Features
of the Work
art terms to describe the content. <visual
elements: shape, surface, size, mass,
color, tone, texture, line, movement, space, light/shadow; or
design elements e.g.: balance, contrast, rhythm, harmony, emphasis,
figure/field, repetition, tension, movement, etc.>
Form in Space Does
the art suggest 2 dimensional or 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.
Some pictures show great distance or depth others are “shallower”
and do not go back very far into the distance.
Design introduces the idea of composition
or organization. Design generally attempts to achieve variety, harmony,
contrast, etc. within the work. Design is
about relationships of parts to each other. Visual Elements
in art use terms like "shape" or "color". But
in design we get into the EFFECTS of the interplay between elements,
like "rhythm." Rhythm is an effect caused by repeating
shapes or lines; Another effect is "contrast" caused by comparing
two elements like the colors black and red.
Describe a contrast feature; Describe a rhythm feature; Describe variety
features; How is unity achieved in the work? Is repetition used by
the artist to achieve harmony? What forms or elements are repeated.
See “visual elements” named above.
to Look at ART
Your Name _____________________________
Choose two of the Art Pictures
on display. Use the information checklists below to help you to write
about your reactions to the pictures. Use one work sheet for each
picture you use. A third painting may be analyzed for extra credit.
This work sheet goes with picture #
________, by _______________, called ______________
1. In Your own words: What do you find
interesting about this picture?
2. What does the artist try to do in
this picture? (More than one may apply)
a. Tries to record an actual happening
b. Tries to record an imaginary happening
c. Tries to express a special feeling
d. Express the effects of color or form
in an interesting and pleasing way
3. The picture images probably come
a. A personal experience
b. An event from history or literature
c. A random or accidental happening by
the artist's hand
d. The use of symbols which represent
other things or ideas.
4. The artist's use of detail in the
a. The picture seems detailed to me
b. The artist seems to avoid details
c. Breaks up the main objects with lots
d. Draws carefully with a brush to make
e. Making details very decorative or
5. The artist's use of color:
a. Emphasizing very rich bright colors
b. Limits color choices and uses only
a few select colors
c. Does not try to match the colors of
nature very closely
d. Seems to distort natural colors or
choose odd ones instead
6. The artist use of space:
a. a deep 3-dimensional space, it seems
to go back into the distance
b. space is shallow or flat, it does
not show much depth
c. there is a sense that objects are
7. What does the artist seem to be interested
in? (You supply the proper choice)
8. What can this picture teach
you, by making you aware of something?
Subject; Composition; Technique;
9. I rate this picture as(1-10) Imagination,
Meaning, Skills, Composition
Overall interest rating: (1-10)
10. Why __________________________________________________________
What is a trait that you value highly in a friend?