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.