Art Criticism (Continued)


(Paraphrased from Art: Images and Ideas by Laura H. Chapman)

Step 1. Description:  What do you see?

Take time to look at the work and describe it objectively.  Objective means that you can point out each object or thing you describe

Step 2. Analysis:  How is the work planned?

Analyze the evidence.  Look for relationships similarities, differences or repeated patterns in what you have seen.  You should be able to observe all of the connections you find within the work.

Step 3. Interpretation:  What are the main expressive qualities?

In this step, you formulate a hypothesis a good guess about the meaning of the work.  A good interpretation explains the experience you get from the artwork.

Step 4. Judgment:  What are the strengths and weaknesses?

A critical judgment can be made after you have interpreted an artwork.  Judging art is always a matter of being fair and logical.


Check for Understanding!

When students have demonstrated that they understand the different forms of Art Criticism please answer Questions 3 & 4 on the Study Guide.  Click on the "NEXT" button to move on to the "Philosophies Section."