Critical Review of an Artwork
What do you need to do?
Activity One: How do you describe an artwork?
Work in pairs
Person 1 – Choose an artwork and write a description of it, in detail – consider artistic technique and style
Person 2 – Draw/create the artwork based on person 1’s description.
Compare the two artworks – submit a picture with the description alongside it
**Use the lists of possible artistic techniques to help you describe the artwork
Individual task – Video explanation
Choose an artwork from the Art Gallery of NSW collection and answer these questions
Date it was created and original reason it was created?
Artist and any key biographical details that are relevant to the artwork?
Country of creation?
3 major events in the country at the time:
A link between the artwork and the real world:
Where can you go for help?
List of artistic techniques and types of artwork
Link with interesting contemporary Australian artworks to choose from
· Art criticism is responding to, interpreting meaning, and making critical judgments about specific works of art.
· Art critics help viewers perceive, interpret, and judge artworks.
Link to a very detailed website with lots of questions to ask about your artwork
An example of Visual analysis (not context or symbols)
Top quality information tools
Use Biography websites
British Artists of the 20th Century
Use Art Gallery websites
TATE Gallery -English Gallery
MOMA gallery – American Gallery
Use databases or review websites
Use your own thoughts and feelings