Reception with State Representative Mary Jo Daley

Matt, Representative Mary Jo Daley, Emily & Dr. Crisfield

Matt, Representative Mary Jo Daley, Emily & Dr. Crisfield

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

Whimsical Critters, 3D Expression, sec 2

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Whimsical Critters, 3D Expression, sec. 1

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Haiku Box: 3D Expressions

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