Art Criticism Model.
_The Art Criticism Model (from Bates, Jane K. (2000). Becoming An Art Teacher. Pages 211-212.) Use this model as an outline for reflection about your artwork and the artwork of others.
- Motivation: The
presentation of an artwork.
A: What art form is the object? (painting, sculpture, print, etc.)
B: What tools and media were used? (paint brushes, ink, clay, etc.)
C: What processes or techniques were used? (impasto, wet on wet, etching, etc.)
- Identification: What
objects comprise the subject matter?
A: Identify the subject matter. (portrait, still life, landscape, etc.)
B: Take a visual inventory of the objects in the composition. (house, tree, person, etc.)
- Description: What are the
elements? (Art elements = blue-titled posters)
A: Qualities of colors. (light, dark, cool, warm, bright, dull, blue-green, etc.)
B: Qualities of lines. (long, short, curved, straight, hard, soft, broken, jagged, etc.)
C: Qualities of shapes, spaces, and forms. (organic, geometric, flowing, angular, small, large, sharp, etc.)
D: Qualities of textures. (hard, soft, scratchy, smooth, shiny, etc.)
- Analysis: What are the
design principles? (Art principles = red-titled posters) How
have the parts been arranged using these principles?
A: Balance / Proportion.
B: Emphasis and Subordination.
C: Contrast and Transition.
D: Rhythm, Repetition, and Pattern.
E: Unity / Harmony.
- Interpretation: What is the
meaning? Discover a personal meaning by considering these
A: What do you think this work is about?
B: Does this work have meaning to you because it reminds you of experiences in your life?
C: What emotions do you feel as you view this work?
D: If you could become a person or object in the work, what might you tell us?
E: What do you think the artist was trying to convey? What is he or she saying to you?
- Evaluation: How is the
quality? The teacher presents criteria and other artwork
with similar characteristics to provide standards by which to judge
the quality of the work. Students evaluate quality by doing the
A: Refer to criteria on which to judge quality.
B: Compare the work with similar works on established criteria.
C: Judge the quality of the work by ranking it (1st, 2nd, 3rd, or most successful to least successful) with the other works on the specified criteria.
D: Consider the standards being assessed using rubrics.