(Paraphrased from Art: Images and
Ideas by Laura H. Chapman)
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
Analysis: How is the work planned?
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.
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
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
Questions 3 & 4 on the Study Guide. Click on the "NEXT" button
to move on to the "Philosophies Section."