How to interpret works of art

Refer to the assigned reading from the textbook and required videos as examples of how to interpret works of art.

Select a work of art of your choice from Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspectivea website listed on the ART101 Museum and Images WebsitePreview the documentView in a new window document located in your classroom or from your local art museum. Contemplate the work of art, and discuss your interpretation of the art based on the characteristics of the corresponding movement in your art journal entry. Pay close attention to style, media (materials), methods, subjects, and any other details that make this work significant, using appropriate art terminology and taking care to correctly cite information that you use from the textbook or any other source. Be sure to include your personal reaction to the work of art and an image of the work. Include an image of the work of art you have chosen in your journal.

TIP: To fully contemplate the work of art using what you have learned about art and art appreciation, it is recommended that you examine the work of art for at least ten minutes, taking note of your reactions and observations throughout your examination. Use these notes to compose your journal entry.

You will construct an art journal using Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. The Ashford Writing Center’s How to Make a PowerPoint Presentation (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. can help you to put together an attractive and successful PowerPoint presentation.

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