The parts of a system are interrelated. When one part changes, the whole changes. If you change the words in a song … is it the same song? If you change the colors in a painting … is it the same painting?
A work of art can be thought of as a system in which all the elements create a composition or design. The design creates a visual unity using the Principles of Art. Analyze the artwork by describing how the artist used the principles to create the design.
What is the theme, or underlying meaning of the work? The theme and the subject are not necessarily the same thing. The theme is the meaning and the subject includes all the objects you see in the work.
Was the work of art successful in being realistic, evoking emotion, or creating a well organized design?
Step 1 - Describe the Elements Step 2 – Analyze the Design Principles Step 3 – Think about the Meaning Step 4 – Define the Purpose Step 5 - Was it successful? Step 6 - Do you like it or not?