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Understanding Art Criticism. Image: Wiradjuri : www. atasteofaus.com Art Criticism is studying, understanding and judging works of art. Why Critique Artwork?. Solving art mysteries is one of the jobs that art critics set out to accomplish.

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Understanding art criticism

Understanding Art Criticism

Image: Wiradjuri : www. atasteofaus.com

Art Criticism is studying, understanding and judging works of art


Why critique artwork
Why Critique Artwork?

  • Solving art mysteries is one of the jobs that art critics set out to accomplish.

    • What if you don’t know what an artwork is communicating?

    • How can you figure it out?

  • Following the steps of art criticism can help you discover lots of clues to really understand and appreciate a work of art.


  • The Steps of Art Criticism

  • In each step of art criticism, you are answering

  • a different question. The four steps of art criticism are:

  • Description: What do I see?

  • Analysis: How is the work organized? (Use the elements and principles of art to support your ideas

  • Interpretation: What is the artist trying to communicate?

  • Judgment: Is this a successful work of art?


Step 1 description
Step 1. Description

Look at the work of art here.

What do you see???


Remember only what you s ee
Remember Only What You See!

  • Circles

  • Dots of all sizes

  • An aboriginal animal

  • Colors (white,red,yellow,orange,black)


Step 2 analysis
Step 2. Analysis

  • Look Again At The Artwork You Are Critiquing…..

How is the work arranged?

Break down the painting into its composition, or the way the art principles are used to organize the art elements.


Elements of art design
Elements of Art/Design

Line

Shape

Color

Form

Space

Texture


Elements of art design1
Elements of Art / Design

Line :curvy ,rhythmic patterns

Shape: geometric / organic

Form : flattened

Space:crowded space, flattened plane

Texture: patterns

Color: red, yellow, orange, black white


Principles of art design
Principles of Art/Design

  • Unity

  • Balance

  • Contrast

  • Emphasis

  • Movement

  • Rhythm

  • Proportion


Principles of art design1
Principles of Art/Design

Contrast : red-orange, black/white

Emphasis: centered lizard large size

Unity: color, shape & line

Movement: curved, dotted circles varied sizes of circles

Rhythm: repeated- curved pattern dots of color

Balance: circles symmetrical

Proportion: lizard dimensions, realistic


Step 3 interpretation
Step 3. Interpretation

What do you think the aboriginal artist is trying to communicate?

Give your opinions based on the clues you have collected.

What ideas, moods emotions and stories do you think the artwork communicates?


Interpretation
Interpretation

In the Aboriginal Dreaming

Wiradiuri

  • The lizard is the main focus and is emphasized with color and surrounded by repeated circles and colorful dotted patterns.

  • How do the rhythmic repeated circles and dots make you feel?

    Do they help the art move?

Aboriginal Dreaming


The colors red and orange usually make one feel warmth because they are warm colors and are associated with the sun and fire, but also because the color red has a physiological affect that excites and stimulates.

More energy is reflected from warm colors than from the cooler ones. "Warm" colors - red, yellow and orange - traditionally are thought to offer feelings of heat, whether psychological ,imaginary or real


How would you feel about the painting if it was green or overwhelmingly blue instead of red?

Do you think a change in color would change the dreaming symbolism or meaning?

Think about it??

The color blue might change the location to water instead of the sky, sun or fire.


The artwork is limited in terms of perspective. The lizard is very flat. However, the dotted, rhythmic patterns and variety of colored circles helps to make the picture move. This work is cheerful, bright and happy.


Step 4 judgment
Step 4. Judgment is very flat. However, the dotted, rhythmic patterns and variety of colored circles helps to make the picture move. This work is cheerful, bright and happy.

Do you think this artwork is successful ? Why or why not?


Judgment
Judgment is very flat. However, the dotted, rhythmic patterns and variety of colored circles helps to make the picture move. This work is cheerful, bright and happy.

What reasons can you give for your idea of why this is a good or bad artwork?


4 step critique review
4- Step Critique Review is very flat. However, the dotted, rhythmic patterns and variety of colored circles helps to make the picture move. This work is cheerful, bright and happy.

  • Description: What do I see?

  • Analysis: How is the work organized? (use the elements and principles to support your ideas).

  • Interpretation: What is the artist trying to communicate?

  • Judgment: Is this a successful work of art?

    Remember: You must complete steps 1,2,&3 completely, before you can finally judge whether a piece of artwork has merit and is successful.


Final judgment
Final Judgment is very flat. However, the dotted, rhythmic patterns and variety of colored circles helps to make the picture move. This work is cheerful, bright and happy.

The aboriginal work of art Wiradiuri is colorful and with its array of warm color, offers the viewer exciting and happy emotions . The central figure of the lizard floats peacefully in the artwork. The repeated dot patterns, characteristic of the Papunya tribe allow the circles to continually move like a true dream floating in ones mind. The artwork is well balanced and is unified. I think that this piece of art demonstrates that the artist is well versed in his craft. And I feel that this is is an excellent example of an aboriginal dreaming.


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