Writing about Art: The Agony and the Ecstasy

November 11, 2016

When first learning the Language of Visual Arts, it is normal to become overwhelmed by concerns of whether we are doing it correctly.  The terms may seem confusing and difficult to comprehend.  In this podcast we discuss the challenges that come with identifying the Elements of Art and integrating them into an analysis of the Principles of Design.  Through practice, we come to better “see” a work of art or design in new and more dynamic ways.  We expand our scope to include why style and subject matter are important, the significance of historical and cultural context, and how art functions in society. While the process of writing about art can be daunting, we are rewarded with a deeper understanding of art, the artists who create it, and the arc of time within which they are made. 

Contributor: Jeremy Hockett

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The Language of Art: The Art of Seeing. (Part 1: The Elements of Art)

September 30, 2016

In this first of a two part podcast, we discuss in depth the advantages of learning the Language of Visual Arts.  Just as with music, we need to know how individual elements are used and combined to create a finished whole.  We cover the Elements of Art in detail,providing a rationale for why breaking done a work of art or design into individual elements is a necessary first step for presenting a visual description that establishes a foundation for synthesizing a formal analysis of a work of art or design.  We emphasize the process of deconstructing artworks, which will segue into the second podcast covering the Principles of Design.

  • Line
  • Value
  • Shape
  • Form
  • Space
  • Color
  • Texture

Contributor: Jeremy Hockett

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