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AP Art History PowerPoint Project by Jake Schrass. m _pollock_number 5_schrass. Alpha/#key below: m=13. 100 WELL KNOWN WORKS OF ART. #13 Pollock, Number 5. Interpreted Using The Feldman Model of Formal Analysis. Feldman’s Model of Art Criticism From the work of Edmund Burke Feldman,

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ap art history powerpoint project by jake schrass

AP Art History PowerPoint Projectby Jake Schrass

m_pollock_number 5_schrass

Alpha/#key below:


100 well known works of art


#13 Pollock, Number 5

Interpreted Using


Feldman Model of Formal Analysis


Feldman’s Model of Art Criticism

From the work of Edmund Burke Feldman,

During the late 1960’s and early 70’s

1. Description-

List the visual qualities of the work that are obvious and immediate.

“What do you see in the artwork”?

Include content and subject matter in representational works-

Include abstract elements in nonrepresentational pieces.

2. Analysis-

Focus on the formal aspects of elements of art, principles of design.

“How does the artist create a center of interest?

How does the use of color impact the painting?”

3. Interpretation-

Propose ideas for possible meaning based on evidence.

“What was the artist trying to communicate”?

4. Judgment-

Discuss the overall strengths/success/merit of the work.

How and why has this work achieved cultural value?


Jackson PollockNumber 5, 1948,

Abstract Expressionism, 96” by 48”,“painting”

New York, NY

1 description


a. painting on fiber – paint dripping

b. paint

c. Size: 96” by 48”

d. line, color, texture, space – the work is created by dripping lines across a canvas.

e. horizontal, asymmetrical

f. jagged, thick, thin, variable, irregular, intermittent, planar

g. the lines in the work are spread out in a way that creates very small organic shapes throughout the work

h. Large, flat

i. warm, cool, random, dark

j. simulated texture of lines stacked on top of each other, and real texture of lines of paint

k. This work was originally created in 1948 in New York when artists had extraneous emotion from the end of WWII.

2 analysis


a. The end of WWII, and the

victory in the war by the U.S.

b. The painting emphasizes line, color and negative organic shapes

c. repetitious, varied, chaotic, horizontal oriented, random

d. movement, lack of balance, color, line, natural shapes

e. illogical, symbolic,

f. shallow, naturalistic, random,

g. dynamic composition because the lines create a chaotic movement across the piece without leaving the area of the piece.

h. paint dripping as influenced by the artists use of paint and his imagination

i. The artist used this chaotic movement and non-complementary colors to create a feeling of comfort and confusion at the same time. He made the piece so that it looks different every time the viewer looks at it illustrating the changing emotions of this time period.

3 interpretation

3. Interpretation

a. The artists statement was to show “the artists’ emotion in his very own unconventional painting technique and feel what it brought to them” as said in the article on Totally History.

b. This work is created to give everyone an opinion about it and to show the viewer a different emotion every time.

c. The piece forced everyone to have an opinion on it; even Congress had an opinion on this odd piece.

4 judgment

4. Judgment

What sets this work apart and makes

it worth studying?Totally History

b. How does this work fit into the context of what came before and after it? Khan Academy

c. How have critics, historians, and the public reacted to this work? New York Times Article.

d. How has this work changed the way art is viewed? Pollock Critique

e. Link to AP Exam Q&A


Compare and Contrast

Pollock's Painting Technique

Pollock Slide Show

Khan Academy

Pollock Biography


Abstract Expressionism Smarthistory

Metmuseum Summary


Abstract Expressionism was a movement that began in the years following WWII. The works created in this time were characterized by non-objective imagery and strong emotions. Abstract Expressionists believed their works were made out of a primal instinct of pure emotion instead of the premeditated works of other movements.


Interesting Facts About Artist

  • He was born in 1912 in the American West
  • He was the youngest child in his family
  • Socially dysfunctional, he dropped out of high school to peruse art
  • He was nicknamed “Jack the Dripper” because of his style of dripping paint on a canvas.
  • He killed himself in a car accident while he was intoxicated.

Pollock painted Orange Head (right) out of the emotions he felt after leaving a alcoholism asylum.



1. (Pollock- Quizlet Notes-definition)