Assignment: BEGIN A CONVERSATION ABOUT PAINTING
Think critically about the artistic process.
Reflect upon subjective opinions verses objective observations.
Gain a better understanding of appreciating art.
Choose a piece of artwork for you and at least one other person to have a conversation about.
1 Gaze at the image for a minute in silence.
Record all responses to the artwork and submit these notes to Ms. Bean. (This could be jotted down on a piece of paper or it could be printed out from a computer if you would prefer to converse on-line.) STAPLE RESPONSES TO THIS PAPER AND TURN IN FOR WEDNESDAY 1/11/12.
Glance over the artwork. With a quick once-over, is there anything you notice that stands out? If something jumps out at you that is probably important to the artist’s message. In contrast, the exact opposite can be telling: is there little or nothing that stands out?
Think about different elements of art. Select one at a time and go through as many of them as you like. Elements include: Line, Texture, Color, Shape (square is an example), Form (box is an example), Space, and Value (shading). Start with color and ask yourself, for example, is the blue in the artwork moody or bright and happy?
Connect artistic choices to meaning. What is the context of this painting? Do you think it is personal? Political? Historical? Emotional? Experimental?
Talk about what elements in the painting that have connotations that you can connect to?
Last step (optional): Pass judgment. Knowing a bit more about the artist’s toolkit, do you feel s/he was effective in conveying a message or idea? Why or why not?