Last week our eighth graders learned about the life and artistic style of Vincent van Gogh. Through examining his life we were able to have an open discussion about mental health and how people can view the world differently based on their own life experiences. Below I have featured two “WUW’s” (Write Up Wednesday Art Critiques) that I think will express how art can inspire and affect people in varied ways. It reminds me of a video I have all my new classes watch called, “What Is Art For?” which I will link below. After reading these insightful critiques, check it out so you can have a deeper understanding of what Art is for.
Art Critique of “The Starry Night”-
Vincent van Gogh
Written by: Emily Doolittle Costa
It is a starry night and the wind is blowing. Up in the sky, there is also some clouds. Underneath the glow of the waning crescent moon is a village. In the village, there is a white church with a steeple on top of it. The village is surrounded by mountains.
The painting has a lot of texture because of the painting technique, impasto. This painting has mostly cool colors with some warm colors. The sky has a swirl pattern. The houses are painted with lines.
I think the painting is about always having light to guide you. When times seem hopeless and you feel like there is no way out of a hole, there is always a light to give you hope. Even in the darkest night you can look at the sky and know that the Creator of the heavenly lights is our ultimate Light to guide us.
I love this painting because of the painting technique. There are not many warm colors, so your attention is mostly drawn to the sky because of the warm colors. It also gives me hope.
Art Critique of "Starry, Starry Night"
by: Vincent Van Gogh
Written by: Leila Morrison
The painting is of a night view of a village. A bush covers the bottom left corner of the piece showing the dimension. A steeple stands high above the town. The night sky shows a cold, sad night with few stars and little to look up to. The moon is dim and barely lights the town. Rolling mountains are visible in the background. The patterns of the wind give the piece depth and texture. The colors show cold and depression. The swirling gives an anxious affect to this painting. The way this piece is painted with such detail reminds me of a perfectionist with anxiety and OCD. The darkness reminds me of bipolar depression and it’s ups and downs. The swirls remind me of schizophrenia and the way your days blend together within the intricate disease. This piece is good, and hints on the artist’s infatuation with Christianity and his struggle with mental illness.
Be sure to check out the "What Is Art For?" Video below.
In our Eighth Grade Art History Class, we are learning the proper way to observe and critique pieces of art. After having learned the basics of Feldman’s Art Criticism, I have challenged the class by encouraging them to write their own Art Critique with the intent to publish on this website. I am so excited for you to read about these Art Pieces from the mind of a middle school student. Below you will find the Art Piece and Critique of the Art Piece.
Enjoy, share your thoughts, and be inspired with us,
Art Critique of “Colors of My Past”-Leonid Afremov
Written by Jacob Barger
Description: The painting is of a woman walking down a sidewalk in what looks to be a park. There is a building off to the right and a bench on the sidewalk. The painting is very colorful and has a vibe of warmth and beauty. It looks like it is raining in the painting as well and the woman is using an umbrella.
Analyze: The painting uses a contrast of warm and cool colors giving a “good” feel to the painting. The artists shows space really well by making many objects far in the back of the painting. The painting also has a consistency of cool colors mainly at the top and warm at the bottom to direct your eyes to the warmer colors.
Interpret: I think the artist made the painting to show beauty in simple things. This is because the painting is of a simple sidewalk yet he made it so beautiful with the colors. He does this very well with the contrast of colors.
Judge: I really love this painting because it is very bright and gives off a feeling of warmth and hope. I enjoy it’s field of view of us seeing a regular sidewalk but it is made to look very beautiful. I also like the painting because it is a regular day-to-day thing but the artist put beauty in it to stand out.
Well, we do art! But there's much more to it than that.
The State of Georgia has standards for every course and Visual Arts is no exception. So, along with the State Standards each grade is seperated into different Art themed courses. I have designed these courses to build upon eachther year after year. For example, 6th Grade starts by learning a plethora of Art Mediums and the basic techniques in which to use them.
7th Grade then builds on top of that knowledge and learns how to compose a cohesive piece using The Elements and Principles of Art.
Then 8th Grade takes all their knowledge and will apply it to Art History and Art Appropriation. Students will learn to glean from famous artisits and attempt to recreate famous techniqes and famous pieces of Art.
Check out the gallery link to see student art from last year and new art from this year as we progress through each 9 weeks!