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Art Reaction Journal

Discussion Introduction

Over the first few weeks in your An Introduction to Art Criticism textbook you have been building a vocabulary of art terms for analyzing art. For this discussion, apply what you have learned to critically analyze a work of art from the 18th and 19th centuries, using some of the language of art analysis.

Here is a review of the four-step process:

  1. Name and describe the facts. Simply identify the objects in the artwork by describing what you see.
  2. Analyze the facts. Using the language of art, describe what elements of the artwork catch your attention. These could be elements such as shapes, lines, colors, or textures.
  3. Interpret the evidence. Based upon what you learned in steps 1 and 2, what do you think the artwork is about? What ideas, moods, emotions, messages, or stories do you think the artwork communicates?
  4. Judge the work of art. Do the objects, elements, and meaning of the artwork achieve the desired result, in comparison with other works of art?


For this discussion, select one image from any of those found in Chapters 30 and 31 in our Art History textbook. Be sure to cite your reference so that we can follow your critical analysis. Follow the four-step process to describe, analyze, interpret, and judge your chosen image. Format resources and citations according to current APA style and formatting. Post your results in the discussion area.

Resources and citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting. Post your results in the discussion area.

Response Guidelines

Provide substantive responses to the initial posts of at least two other learners. Using the same four-step process and acting as an art critic, examine the selected artwork. Respond to the following:

  • Describe any additional facts.
  • Identify any additional elements that caught your attention.
  • Explain any other ideas, moods, emotions, or messages you think the artwork communicates.
  • Offer your judgment of the artwork.

Any resources and citations must be formatted according to current APA style and formatting.

discussion 2

Course Reflection

This is a chance for you to reflect on your course experiences and share them with your instructor and peers.

Post your response to the following in the discussion area:

  1. Share a question this course has generated that you would like to investigate further in your post.
  2. How would you evaluate your course experience overall? Be specific. Pose any additional questions you may have.

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