By Kelly D. Summerford.Hard
copy found in ShowcaseNow Issue 8-2
How to look at Art:Part I
Eighth: What seems to be hiding in this composition?
Ninth, Why do you think this thing seems to be hidden?
Tenth, What are the feelings and meanings this artwork brings out? Is the artist
engaged in the subject? Does the art work have anything to say, or to “mean.” Does
it tell a story? Does it suggest a movie, or a book or a character? Why did the artist
spend his or her time creating this piece?
Eleventh, What title did the artist give the painting? What title would you have
Twelfth, What other things interest you about this artwork? The color, the strokes,
Thirteenth, If the owner were willing to sell this piece, how much would you give
him or her for it?
Fourteen, Do you think this piece will be appealing to you in 10 years, 20 years?
Do you like this piece more than the one next to it?
These are just a few ideas to ponder as you look at a piece of art. Most importantly,
don’t let anyone else decide for you? Give yourself time. There is no reason to hurry
in thinking about art. And something you hated yesterday might take on a new significance
Do you agree with these ideas? Do you disagree? Do you have other thoughts to add?
Personal experiences that illustrate one or two of the suggestions? If you’d like
to share them, please send them to me at Kellyarticles@showcase now.net. Let’s explore
art! Let’s analyze it and decide for ourselves the ways it enriches our lives and
the value of our community.