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 Aesthetics – The study of emotion and mind in relation to beauty.  Aesthetic responses are personal and unique to the individual. There are no right.

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2  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

3  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?

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5  What is criticism? › A detailed process of analysis to gain understanding and appreciation.  The 4 steps to formulating criticism are:  Describe  Analyze  Interpret  Judge

6  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.

7  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.

8  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?

9  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?

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11 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.

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13  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.

14  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  Does your opinion of this work change when you apply contextual criticism? Why or why not?

15  What is the function of Art?  What is Art’s purpose?

16 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

17  To convey a thought or feeling.  To evoke an emotional response.  i.e. Art for Arts sake

18  To convince the viewer of something.  i.e. Advertisements, political cartoons

19  Hold meaning within a particular culture.  Used during a ritual as a decoration or symbol.  i.e. Trophies, chalices, altars

20  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.

21  Recount a series of events.  Tell a story.  i.e. tapestries, murals, cave paintings

22  Expressive  Persuasive  Ceremonial  Functional  Narrative  Music  Dance  Drama

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24  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.

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