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Critical Analysis Practice

Honors Art

Please write examples of the 3 types of critical analysis for the following images. The three types are: Contextual, Formal and Intuitive.

These are defined by the PA State Standards for the Arts & Humanities as:

  • Contextual Criticism: Discussion and evaluation with consideration of factors surrounding the origin and heritage to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Formal Criticism: Discussion and evaluation of the elements and principles essential to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Intuitive Criticism: The use of sequential examination through comparison, analysis, interpretation, formation and testing of hypothesis and evaluation to form judgments.

Another way to think of these is:

  • Contextual: Aboutness. What is the piece about? Time period, activity, etc.
  • Formal: Elements and Principles of art & design (Elements: line, form/shape, value, color, texture, space; Principles: Emphasis/focal point, balance, repetition, movement/rhythm, porportion/scale, contrast, harmony).
  • Intuitive: Emotional (no defense required).

Use the following format (you will have a list of 9 artists with 3 responses each):

Artist name:


Image info:

The images  are on my Schoology site.

  1. Guernica, Pablo Picasso (1937), 11 ft. x 25.6 ft.
  2. The Gleaners, Francois Millet (1857), 2 ft., 9 in. x 3 ft., 8 in.
  3. Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II (Michael Jackson), Kehinde Wiley (2009), 128 in., x 112 in.
  4. Picasso, Marisol Escobar (1977), 51 in., x 27 in., x 28 in.
  5. We Came to America, Faith Ringgold (1997), 74 1/2 in., x 79 1/2in.
  6. Titanic Orange Sea, Katherine Bradford (2012), 10 in., x 10 in.
  7. Migration Patterns, Bonny Leibowitz (2016), 6 ft., x 10.5 ft.
  8. The Wounded Deer, Frida Kahlo (1946), 8 3/4 in., x 11 3/4 in.
  9. The Laboring Immigrants in the City, Jacob Lawrence (1941), size unknown

Recontextualized Object: student work

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National Portfolio Day, Philadelphia

Cat, Katie & Margo visiting the National Portfolio Day in Philadelphia.


Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead

As most of you know November 1st and 2nd are the dates for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Smithsonian has a nice informative and interactive site to check out. The Meaning of the Altar.

Here is another cool link to Museo Dolores Olmedo from Google Arts and Culture.

Donna I.

Donna I.

Recontexualized Object

Essential Questions:

  • How does communication occur?
  • What is the relationship between content and context?
  • What is meant by “creative process” ?
  • How might the artist inform the creative process and how might the creative process inform the artist?

Performance Tasks:

  • Use additive and subtractive marking making techniques to create a series of timed observational drawings of an object of choice (brought from home).
  • Identify and delineate interesting visual relationships in drawing series.
  • Extract delineations with scissors.
  • Create two 24” x 36” collages using extracted delineations.
  • Create two 24” x 36” drawings from the collages & incorporate text as a design element.
  • Revisit the collages and embellish at will.
  • Create/construct something from left over scraps remaining from original timed studies.
  • Participate in discussion in which the original questions are revisited. Consider the significance of the overall experience and its relationship to the world around you.