Regional Art & Architecture Critique Handout

 

  1. Write a critique of one or 2 works from a gallery or museum exhibit in the Spokane area (see 2 & 3-Dimensional Art Inquiry guidelines); or
  2. Write a critique of one piece of architecture from the Spokane area (see Architectural Inquiry guidelines). *1 paper (600 words)

If you live in a different region, pick something around you.

 

 

Some Spokane Galleries & Museums

Eastern Washington University Art Gallery

Art at Work Gallery

29th Ave. Artworks

Spokane Public Sculpture Tour or Murals

Saranac Art Projects

Chase Gallery at City Hall

Jundt Art Museum (@ Gonzaga University)

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture-MAC

Spokane Falls Community College Art Gallery

 

           

      Some Significant Spokane Architecture

      Riverpark Square                                                  St. John’s Cathedral                           Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral                                 Campbell House (& the MAC)

      The Davenport Hotel                                            Patsy Clark’s Mansion                                   Spokane County Courthouse                          Jundt Art Museum

           

 

 

See Spokane Arts Commission on the Web at: http://www.spokanearts.org/ (Links to an external site.)

https://www.northwestmuseum.org/ (Links to an external site.)

https://www.stjohns-cathedral.org/visit/tour-the-cathedral/ (Links to an external site.)

https://www.gonzaga.edu/student-life/arts-culture/jundt-art-museum/hours-general-exhibit-information (Links to an external site.)

https://spokanearts.org/programs/public-art/ (Links to an external site.)

https://www.catalystspokane.com/sustainability/ (Links to an external site.)

 

 

2 & 3-Dimensional Art Inquiry

 

 

The Visual Elements Principles of Design
Line Unity and Variety/Composition
Shape Balance
Mass Emphasis and Subordination
Space Directional Forces
Time and Motion Contrast
Light Repetition and Rhythm
Color Scale and Proportion
Texture  

 

Painting, sculpture and other 2 & 3-dimensional artworks can be discussed using the following guidelines.  Write a critique using this handout as a guideline, rather than just listing the answers to each question below.

 

Observation

  1. Who is the artist? What is the title?  What is the medium used?

 

Analysis

  1. What is the artist trying to communicate?
  2. Describe the composition using the visual elements and principles of design.
  3. How is the artist using form to enhance the meaning?
  4. Is the medium important to the message?

 

Interpretation

  1. What feelings, memories, or associations does this work evoke in me? What does the artist or the art communicate to me?
  2. What is interesting about the piece?

 

Architectural Inquiry

 

 

The Visual Elements Principles of Design
Line Unity and Variety/Composition
Shape Balance
Mass Emphasis and Subordination
Space Directional Forces
Time and Motion Contrast
Light Repetition and Rhythm
Color Scale and Proportion
Texture  

 

Definition and Goal

Architecture is sometimes thought of as “the art of designing buildings.”  There are several ways to go about analyzing and interpreting architecture.  Below you will find one way.  Write a critique using this handout as a guideline, rather than just listing the answers to each question below.

 

Observation

  1. Look at the building or the place. What are your initial reactions to it?

 

Analysis

  1. What is its shape? (square, round, tall?)
  2. What lines dominate? Where do these lines take you?
  3. What scale is the building or space in relation to humans?
  4. What textures do the materials have? (rough, slick, varied, repetitive?)
  5. What colors are used? (natural, muted, coordinated?)
  6. What is the purpose? What was the building or space designed to do?
  7. What is the context? What is its physical setting?  How does it relate to the natural world and the architecture around it?

 

Interpretation

  1. What is the effect of the design inside and out? How does it make you feel?
  2. Does form follow function?
  3. Is it a work of enduring value?