Paper 1: Analyzing artwork
Length: 300 to 500 words typed (1-2 paged double spaced 12 pt. type size)
Below are examples of the types of questions you might ask. I do not want you to specifically answer each question in your remarks. I want you to interpret your chosen
artwork in a way that works for you.
Part I Description
Start looking at the artwork
What is the title of the work?
What is it? (painting sculpture photograph weaving mixed media etc.)
What is the media/ what is it made of? (for example what is the type of paint
used; is canvas or paper used; are beads ribbon or organic materials
included; etc.) Who is the artist?
The artist is (Talat-2014) Samuel James Pierce 3D painted lithograph with transparency. located in Stewards University art building. PLEASE FIND ATTACHED PICTHER
FOR THE ART PIEASE.
When was the work created?
Is the style of the artwork realistic (duplicating real life) abstract (a stylized
version of real life) non-objective (nothing like real life at all such as shapes
What is happening in the work i.e. what do you SEE not your interpretation?
(For example you might say about the Mona Lisa A seated woman is staring out at the viewer. She is smiling mysteriously. Her hands are folded and she appears calm
Do you have any information about the artist personally? Why he or she created the work? Anything that influenced him or her in creating the work?
Note: Often artists include an artists statement which is usually found next to the
work. They may also include a statement about their work generally which is often found near the visitors book in our gallery. When you are checking to see be sure
to sign the visitors book.
Part II Analysis
Look at the artwork from a design elements perspective
What kinds of colors did the artist use? Monochromatic cool warm primary
secondary etc.? What impact do they make in your opinion?
What is the size of the work? How does this affect the viewer in your opinion?
What kinds of lines does the artist usehorizontal vertical diagonal? Short long
medium? Curved straight? What impact do they make in your opinion? What kinds of shapes do the lines create? What impact do they make in your
What movement (rhythm) do the shapes and lines create? What impact does this
What is the relationship of positive to negative space? What is the greatest
interest in positive space? What impact does that make in your opinion? Is the artwork balanced or unbalanced? If balanced is it symmetrical? What
impact does this make in your opinion?
Note: Realize that you are describing the design elements but you are also discussing their impact in your opinion. The describing without the discussion is
Part III- Your interpretation of the work
This part asks for a personal but educated and in-depth interpretation of the artwork what does it say or mean to you after the thorough analysis you have done
above. Here are some examples of the types of questions that you might consider discussing in your presentation on this section:
What drew me to this artwork?
What adjectives would I use to describe my response to the artwork e.g.
disturbing confusing joyful etc. Why?
What is my personal response to the form (colors shapes lines etc.) of the
What is my personal response to the content of the artwork?
Do I think there is symbolism in the artwork? What does this mean to me?
Is there aesthetic value (beauty in a broad sense) to the artwork? In what way? Does the artwork remind me of something in my personal life? How does this
affect my experience with and interpretation of the artwork?
How does the artwork affect me emotionally i.e. what does it make me feel?
How does the artwork affect me intellectually i.e. what does it make me think?
Part IV- Evaluate the work
Judgment the final step is often the first statement that is expressed about an artwork before it has really been examined. Judgment in that case is neither informed
nor critical but simply an opinion. This goes well beyond a first reaction of I like/hate it.
What kind of value does this work have? Whats its purpose? What are emotional and expressional values? To whom is this valuable?
What do you think about the work? Dont be afraid to express your opinion.
How does this sculpture affect the environment around it?
How would the piece change if it were in different location? If it were in-doors?
Does public art need to appeal to the masses?