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How to Look at Great Art-Tools for 10-12

How to Look at and Understand Great Art - Tools from Lectures 10-12

Lecture 10. Drawing - Dry, Liquid, and Modern Media (10-12-2018)

Notice how the drawing is made:
⦁ What purpose does the drawing serve? Is this perhaps a preliminary sketch for a painting, or is it meant to stand alone as a work of art?
⦁ What kinds of lines is the artist using: contour, cross-hatching, other?
⦁ What medium is the artist using: chalk, pencil, charcoal, ink, ink wash, metalpoint, pastel, computer?
⦁ Is the drawing in black and white or in color?

Ask yourself:
⦁ How do the artist's choices of line and medium affect my response to the drawing? What if those choices had been different?

Lecture 11. Printmaking - Relief and Intaglio (10-12-2018)

Notice how the print is made:
⦁ What is the subject of the print?
⦁ What was the purpose of the print (for a magazine or book, to be sold as an individual work)?
⦁ Which printing process did the artist use:
1. Relief (wood engraving, woodcut, linocut)?
2. Intaglio (metal engraving, etching, drypoint, mezzotint, aquatint)?
3. Planographic (lithograph, silkscreen, or monotype)?
⦁ Is the print made in black and white or color? Is the color part of the print process, or was color added after it was printed?
⦁ Is the print numbered? Does that mean anything?

Ask yourself:
⦁ How do the printmaker's choices of subject, color, and printing process affect how I respond to the work?

Lecture 12. Modern Printmaking - Planographic (10-12-2018)

Notice how the print is made:
⦁ Which printing process did the artist use:
1. Relief (wood engraving, woodcut, linocut)?
2. Intaglio (metal engraving, etching, drypoint, mezzotint, aquatint)?
3. Planographic (lithograph, silkscreen, or monotype)?
⦁ Is the print numbered? Does that mean anything?

Ask yourself:
⦁ How do the printmaker's choices of subject, color, and printing process affect how I respond to the work?