Journal One

Can you help me understand this Art & Design question?

Please write a short essay/critique, answering questions below. Answers must be in complete sentences and in essay/paragraph format. Please do not number your responses or include questions. Your goal is to submit a full page of writing while utilizing at least 10 or more terms from the textbook.


Begin by writing all of the credit line information in complete sentences in the first paragraph:

What is the title and who is (are) the artist(s)?

When was the work created?

Briefly describe the work without using value words such as “beautiful” or “ugly.”

Describe the subject matter. What do you think it’s about? Are there recognizable images?


Describe how the work is organized:

Visual elements: How does each aspect of the piece affect the presentation of the subject and

impact the viewer?

a. Line: Are the How are the lines arranged: horizontally, vertically, diagonally, or are they curvilinear?

b. Shape: Are the shapes in the work geometric or organic?

c. Value: Is the work, overall, light or dark? Is there a distinctive pattern of light and shadow?

d. Form: Are the figures in the work represented as dimensional and solid, or are they

stylized/simplified and flattened?

e. Color: What hues, values, and intensities of color are utilized in the piece?

f. Texture: What sort of tactile impression does the surface of the work suggest to the


If the work has subjects or characters, what are the relationships between or among them?


Describe how the work makes you think or feel:

Does the work remind you of other things you have experienced (i.e., analogy or metaphor)?

How does the work relate to other ideas or events in the world and/or in your other studies?

Judgment or Evaluation:

Present your overall opinion of the work’s success or failure:

What qualities of the work make you feel it is a success or failure?

How original is the work? Why do you feel this work is original or not original?