One of the first things
we like to do when we encounter a work of art is to decide whether
we like it or not. Our reactions to artwork are individual. Going
beyond an initial response and discovering the reasons underlying
why we like or dislike an artwork can be clarified by using the
elements of art.
Art students use the
elements of art to analyze a piece of art before responding to the
more sensory information. Students also use the
of art to help articulate and refine their visual perceptions.
While viewing a particular
sculpture there are many exercises that can enhance understanding:
- look quickly, then turn your back. In your mind
or with a friend describe the work without looking until you can't
think of anything else.
- turn and look at the sculpture again for over
- when you look again what new things did you
- View the sculpture with a friend
- Use the elements of art and add a comment in
- Compare and contrast your list with your friend
and discuss the differences and similarities
- After viewing one sculpture, visit another sculpture.
- Come back to the first sculpture and describe
the similarities or differences using the elements of sculpture.
- If you can touch the sculpture, rub you hands
over the surface and describe how it feels
- Look closely as if using a magnifying glass,
then step back 10 feet and look again
- If possible walk under it, through it, and stick
your hand in the negative spaces