Analysis

 
How to read a painting

Step 1 - Description

What is the name of the artist?

What kind of an artwork is it?

What is the name of the artwork?

When was this artwork created?

Name some other major events in history that occurred at the same time this artwork was created.

List the literal objects in the painting.

Consider the significant art elements that are present in this artwork and describe them:

LINE, TEXTURE, SHAPE, COLOR, FORM,

SPACE, PATTERN

Step 2 - Analysis

In this step consider the most significant art principles that were used in the artwork.

Describe how the artist used them to organize the elements.

BALANCE, CONTRAST, EMPHASIS, 

HARMONY, VARIETY, UNITY, GRADATION

MOVEMENT, RHYTHM, PROPORTION

DEPTH, COMPOSITION, EMOTION

Step 3 - Interpretation

Based on what you have learned so far about the artwork, what do you think the artist was trying to say?

Why did the artist create this artwork? 

What do you think it means? 

What feelings do you have when looking at this artwork? 

Do you think there are things in the artwork that represent other things - symbols?

Step 4 - Judgment

Do you like this artwork?

Do you think it is a good artwork?

Is it an important artwork? 

Justify your opinions. Explain why you feel the way you do about this artwork based on what you have learned about it.

Critical analysis

After going through the process write a four paragraph critical study on the artwork using your information.

1st paragraph: Describe the artwork

2nd paragraph: Analyze the artwork

3rd paragraph: Interpret the artwork

4th paragraph: Make a judgment about the artwork and back it up with good information.