Viewing & Responding to Art
Various ways of looking at Art
Select a picture from an art collection
or discuss and anyalyze the art work done by yourself or others in your class.

Questions to Stimulate Discussion and Analysis

First Reactions: Consider first impressions. What strikes you as interesting? Unusual? What attracts you to the work.

Meanings: What does this picture seem to be about? Does the work have a theme? Does the art work tell a story? Explain what you actually see in the work that makes you say this.

Visual Content: Naming things is the usual way people describe pictures. This may work on realistic kinds of art. But how do you describe the art that is abstract? An abstract or unrealistic picture is full of visual material though it is not subject to name identification. Try to use visual terms to describe the content.

Form and Space. Is the art designed for 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, depth.

Looking at "performance" skills and methods

Consider the technique the artist used. What can you point to that seems to indicate a good application of skills. (Each art form has its own set of skills.) Can you see a place where "performance" is at a high level. Consider for example, musicians who play with skill or figure skaters who skate with skill.

Design Features:

Design introduces the idea of organization, variety, harmony, contrast, etc. 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 such effects like "rhythms" cause be repeating shapes or "contrasts" caused by the colors black and red.

Describe a contrast feature>
Describe a rhythm feature>
Describe a variety feature>
How Is unity achieved in the work?
How Is repetition used by the artist to achieve harmony?
Can you find any parts which don't go well together.
( Trying to make certain pieces fit in is the hardest thing in art making. Just about every art piece has something in it that doesn't 'jell'. Can you find one of these areas and suggest a remedy?



Your Name _____________________________ Class/Hour______________________________
  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 or event
b. Tries to record an imaginary happening or event
c. Tries to express a special feeling or emotion
d. Express the effects of color or form in an interesting and pleasing way

3. The picture images probably come from:
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 picture:
a. The picture seems detailed to me
b. The artist seems to avoid details
c. Breaks up the main objects with lots of detail
d. Draws carefully with a brush to make details
e. Making details very decorative or ‘designy'

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 cut outs

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 __________________________________________________________
Re. Character: What is a trait that you value highly in a friend?