Art Criticism (PowerPoint) by xiaohuicaicai


									Art Criticism
What is an art critic?
   What do you think of
    when you think of a
   Do you think of
    someone who is mean
    and finds everything
    they can wrong with an
Anyone can be an art critic!
   Art criticism is the
    process of evaluating
   The process does not
    have to be negative.
   In art criticism you
    follow four steps to
    make a judgment about
    an artworks success.
Why art criticism?
   Art criticism allows you to
    judge an artwork more

   This allows you to make a
    judgment that is based on
    factual information instead
    of simply opinion.
   Making judgments based on
    fact instead of opinion is
    much stronger and more
    thorough way of looking at
When do I use art criticism?
   Art criticism is appropriate to use whenever
    you are asked to judge an artwork.
   With a few changes it could also be used to
    judge music, literature or drama.
   The process prepares you for making other
    judgments such as decisions about major
    purchases such as cars and homes. The
    more you practice making a educated
    informed judgment, the easier it will be for
    you to make important decisions!
Four Steps to Art Criticism
   Step One- Describing
   Step Two- Analyzing
   Step Three- Interpreting
   Step Four- Judging

Click on any of the links above to jump directly to that step or just advance the
    slide show to go through each step individually!
Step 1- Describing
In the first step you give a description of the artwork. You
 Size, Medium, and Process (found in credit line of artwork!)
 Subject and Objects in the artwork (tell what you see)
 3 Elements of Art (be sure to explain how the artist used
           For a reminder of the seven elements of art, use the
    following link to Mrs. England’s website to view an element
                          of art PowerPoint!
                        Back to Steps!
Step 2- Analyzing
In this step you explain how the artist organized the
   artwork (the composition.)
Choose three principles of design and be sure to
   explain how the artist used them with the elements
   of art!!
   For a reminder of some of the principles of design
    follow the link below to Mrs. England’s webpage for
          a PowerPoint on the principles of design!
                     Back to Steps
Step 3- Interpreting
In this step you explain the mood or meaning of
  an artwork.

Be sure to explain and justify your answer,
 don’t just put “the artwork looks sad”!

           Back to Steps
Step 4- Judging
In the final step you make a judgment of whether or not the
   artwork is successful based on one of three aesthetic
 View #1- Subject- The artwork is successful only if it is
 View #2- Content- The artwork is successful if it creates
   a strong mood or feeling.
 View #3- Composition- The artwork is successful if the
   artist successfully used the elements and principles
   together to make a good composition.
Remember you only pick one view and you justify you
                        Back to Steps
Now you try!
Use the artwork on the next slide to complete
 the four step art criticism process!!

For even more practice follow the link below to
  Mark Harden’s Artchive website, choose your
  favorite artist and artwork and try it out!
Credit Line-
George Caleb Bingham, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri,
1845, oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/2 “, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New

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