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 2: The Principles of Design)

October 7, 2016

In Part 2 of The Language of Art, we discuss how to recombine the Elements of Art into an analysis of the Principles of Design.  This podcast explains why we study great works of art and design as part of aiding us in our perceptual abilities.  Understanding how to exercise our descriptive and analytical skills results in a greater capacity to perceive the world around us.  With practice, this process becomes internalized, intuitive and second nature.  By studying, describing and analyzing works of art and design, we become more keenly attuned as artists and designers ourselves. 

  • Balance
  • Contrast
  • Movement
  • Emphasis
  • Rhythm and Pattern
  • Scale or Proportion
  • Unity or Variety

Contributor: Jeremy Hockett

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