Methods for Analyzing Art



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Introduction 1:10

Understanding Art Criticism

The History of Art Criticism 2:25

Essential Vocabulary Words 2:48

The Four Steps of Art Criticism 2:56

What Students Learn from Art Analysis

Developing Higher Order Thinking Skills 3:19

Other Skills Practiced through Criticism 2:19

The Four Steps of Analyzing Art

Describing Art 3:08

Analyzing Art 2:45

Evaluating Art 3:29

Applying the Strategies

Applying Strategies to Existing Artwork 7:04

Applying Strategies to Student Artwork 5:02

Activities for Art Analyzing

Writing an Artist Statement 5:05

Writing about Others' Work 4:26


Conclusion 1:43

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Methods for Analyzing Art

3 PD Hours

  • 1 Explore the learning and benefits of analyzing art.

  • 2 Learn about the four steps of art analysis- Describe, Analyze, Interpret, and Decide/Evaluate.

  • 3 Discover activities for analyzing art from vocabulary attainment to artist statements.

In this Learning Pack, discover how to apply art analyzing techniques to your current art curriculum. Gain specific ideas to guide students through the various processes of art criticism and how to apply the strategies in relevant and exciting ways. Learn why it’s critical to have successful art analysis happening at all grade levels. Rethink the way you implement art analysis in your art room!

Connected Professional Art Educator Competencies
1.8 Utilizes knowledge of art ed philosophies in planning of content
1.9 Demonstrates willingness to expand art ed philosophies knowledge

3.5 Uses effective questioning techniques

Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Anchor Standard #8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Anchor Standard #9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.

Timothy Bogatz

Timothy Bogatz

Events Director

Tim is the Events Director for the Art of Ed, and previously worked as an AOE writer and graduate instructor. Before working for AOE, Tim taught high school art for 14 years in Omaha, Nebraska. As a teacher, he focused on creativity, problem solving, and higher order thinking skills, using Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Ceramics, and whatever other materials might be available.


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