The Art Critic

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There is a criteria professional’s use when critiquing art work. Our opinions may not agree at all with theirs.  Most professional art critics follow the four principles of art. Personal choices can influence their selection but a professional should be open minded and choose good art. Artworks fall into two main categories: successful and unsuccessful.  The artwork that demonstrates success for the use of art elements and principles, but is rejected because of subject matter may not fit in the category.  Sometimes the subject matter of an artwork will cause a viewer to completely reject the artwork without any consideration of the use of the art elements and principles. Other times you may choose the artwork for a different venue and be accepted and sometimes rewarded.
The four basic evaluation principles are subjective, but may help you understand how art is selected for exhibiting. The four principles are:
DESCRIPTION: subject matter and If there is no subject, describe the shapes and colors
ANALYSIS/DESCRIPTION: the design elements, value and the range of value, the line showing expression or movement, would you take away or add anything to this artwork?  Why or why not?
INTERPRETATION: The main idea the artist is expressing, the mood or emotion which the work portrays, the reason why the work was created
EVALUATION: Is this a good piece of artwork. The work should support all of the above to be successful

These are questions you should asked yourself
What is your main idea ?
How are the design elements used and organized?
What is the strongest part?
When viewing your finish piece would you take away or add anything to this artwork?
Is the artwork good or not?
By asking yourself these questions will help you develop your own style .

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