Presentation on theme: " Aesthetics – The study of emotion and mind in relation to beauty. Aesthetic responses are personal and unique to the individual. There are no right."— Presentation transcript:
Aesthetics – The study of emotion and mind in relation to beauty. Aesthetic responses are personal and unique to the individual. There are no right or wrong Aesthetic responses. When evaluating a work of art aesthetically you must consider 3 things: › Subject – What you see (or hear) › Composition – How it is arranged › Mood – Message or feeling that is portrayed
What is your initial reaction? Do you like it? Do you dislike it? What is the subject? How is it arranged? What is the mood? After considering these things has your initial opinion changed? How?
What is criticism? › A detailed process of analysis to gain understanding and appreciation. The 4 steps to formulating criticism are: Describe Analyze Interpret Judge
Description is a detailed statement of exactly what you see when you closely examine a work of art. This in not an interpretation of what you think the artist may have wanted you to see, but what is actually there. Description is very factual or objective.
Examine how the elements of the discipline have been used by the artist in the work. To do this effectively we will study the elements of each discipline … however you may already be doing it subconsciously.
Interpretation uses both description and analysis as a foundation. An interpretation seeks to explain the meaning of the work. What do YOU think the ARTIST is trying to say?
This is your personal evaluation based on the understanding you have gathered in the first three steps. What is the objective of the work? Is it achieved? Does the work have some sort of value? › A beautiful work of art › Conveys a message › Affects the way you see the world?
Objective Subjective Objective statements or observations are factual and can be supported by evidence. › There is a man in the center of the painting wearing a red garment. › The man is holding three swords. Subjective statements or observations are based on opinion and are influenced by the person making them. › The men to the left of the painting are eager to go to war. › The women despise war.
Formal criticism focuses on the work itself. Analysis of what is there and nothing more. Contextual criticism takes other factors into account. Culture The people it represents and what it says about them. The artist’s life and opinions.
What is your opinion of this piece using only formal criticism? In 2005 a Danish newspaper published several political cartoons depicting Muhammad. This act caused a national controversy, with cartoonists getting death threats and attempts made on their lives. The most recent being in January of 2010. Does your opinion of this work change when you apply contextual criticism? Why or why not?
What is the function of Art? What is Art’s purpose?
Function Purpose For this class we shall consider the FUNCTION of art to be the forces that compel an artist to create. › Enjoyment/Entertainment › Political/Social Weapon › Artifact › Therapy Monetary compensation is a secondary concern. We will interpret the PURPOSE of art to be the impact it has on its audience. › Expressive › Persuasive › Ceremonial › Functional › Narrative
To convey a thought or feeling. To evoke an emotional response. i.e. Art for Arts sake
To convince the viewer of something. i.e. Advertisements, political cartoons
Hold meaning within a particular culture. Used during a ritual as a decoration or symbol. i.e. Trophies, chalices, altars
Primary purpose is not to serve as a piece of art but something else. Giving beauty to every day items or necessities. i.e. furniture, clothing, gourmet food.
Recount a series of events. Tell a story. i.e. tapestries, murals, cave paintings
Expressive Persuasive Ceremonial Functional Narrative Music Dance Drama
Two Dimensional › Drawing Pencil/Graphite Ink Pastels (oil or chalk) Colored Pencils › Paint Watercolor Tempera Oils Acrylic › Textiles Fabric Yarn Fibers › Photography › Computer Generated Three Dimensional › Clay › Wood › Glass › Metal › Stone › Plaster Mixed Media › 2 or more different types of media used together in the same work.