How Should We Look At Art

Chapter 2
TEKS 1A, 3A, 4B
Chapter 2:1
TEKS 1A, 3A, 4B
As a Student
•I will identify factors that might
determine whether or not something is art.
•I will describe the aesthetic experience and why
it is important.
•I will consider the role of philosophy in the study of art
•I will review vocabulary from previous chapter.
Art, Aesthetic, Medium, Principles of design
•I will learn new vocabulary
Philosophy, design
Philosophy of art-the asking and
answering all kinds of questions
about art.
Design-logical harmonious
relationship among all the parts of
an art work
Aesthetic experience -enjoying
something for its own sake
Art criticism-a systematic discussion of
an art work involving, usually four stages:
1, description, 2 analysis, interpretation,
and 4, evaluation
Description-the facts of the work, what
does it have, objects, people, shapes, and
colors that you can see
Elements of art-the building blocks of
art—and how to recognize them
Analysis-pointing out the relationship
among these things…do they clash or
harmonize? Are they balanced, Is there a
variety? Is there unity without monotony?
Principles of design-visual
relationship in the art.
Composition-the way the subject matter
along with lines, shapes, colors,
placement, and so forth have been put
Interpretation-define the meaning
of the work of art
Evaluation-determine the quality or
lasting importance of a work
Formalism-using the elements and
principles as a criterion in art
Expressiveness-how effectively the
work expresses or reflects a theme or
originality-the judgment of how
new, or has it been done somewhere
else in some other medium before.
Ogata Kenzan, Water jar with design of maple leaves, c. 1731-43
Buff clay, white slip, iron pigment under transparent glaze and enamels over glaze, lacquer additions, lacquered wooden lid
Today’s art can be almost anything.
Can anything be ART?
What do you notice about this jar?
What qualities catch your eye?
Bruno Andrade, Days Ahead, 2003 Acrylic in panel, 14’x 18’
The artist claims natures charm has given me a keener sensibility and a point of reference,
for my quest of inner truths.
The jar probably was a water jar because it has a lid.
Ogata Kenza ran a ceramic studio. He experimented with glazes and potter forms
Look at the forks on the table.
Which do you prefer?
Describe why in detail.
Describe the forks in detail.
This chapter will teach you ways to
criticize even the simplest forms of art.
Which fork would you rather eat with and why?
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