Feldman’s

method
HOW TO LOOK AT ART

how do we categorize art?

PABLO PICASSO

PABLO PICASSO

“les demoiselles d’avignon” 1907 oil on canvas

“Le guitariste” 1910 oil on canvas

“first communion” 1895/1896 oil on canvas

Perceptual

Perceptual
• realistic

Perceptual
• realistic • the way things
actually look in real life

Perceptual
• realistic • the way things
actually look in real life

• from “perceive”

or “perception”

expressive

expressive
• recognizable but not “real”

expressive
• recognizable but not “real” or simplified

• exaggerated

expressive
• recognizable but not “real” or simplified

• exaggerated • expresses an
idea or feeling

non-objective

non-objective
• “non-object”

non-objective
• “non-object” • nothing is
recognizable

non-objective
• “non-object” • nothing is • just the
recognizable elements and principles

Feldman’s

method
has 4 steps

Feldman’s

method
has 4 steps

d A I J

Feldman’s

method
has 4 steps

d A I J
describe

Feldman’s

method
has 4 steps
analyze

d A I J
describe

Feldman’s

method
has 4 steps
analyze interpret

d A I J
describe

Feldman’s

method
has 4 steps

d A I J
describe analyze interpret judge

step 1: DESCRIBE

step 1: DESCRIBE

step 1: DESCRIBE
just the facts, ma’am

DESCRIBE

DESCRIBE

a. artist

DESCRIBE

a. artist b. title

DESCRIBE

a. artist b. title c. date

DESCRIBE

a. artist b. title c. date d. medium

DESCRIBE

a. artist b. title c. date d. medium e. descriptive sentence

DESCRIBE

a. artist b. title c. date d. medium e. descriptive sentence f. 3 most important elements of art

step 2: analyze

step 2: analyze

step 2: analyze
a pattern emerges

analyze

analyze

3 most important principles of design

analyze

3 most important principles of design

analyze

3 most important principles of design

and to talk about a principle, you must mention an element

step 3:

interpret

step 3:

interpret

step 3:

interpret
the plot thickens

interpret

interpret

a. it the art perceptual, expressive, or nonobjective?

interpret

a. it the art perceptual, expressive, or nonobjective? b. what is your claim for the interpretation of this artwork? support “a” and what you think the meaning or the intent of the artwork is with at least one element and one principle]

interpret

a. it the art perceptual, expressive, or nonobjective? b. what is your claim for the interpretation of this artwork? support “a” and what you think the meaning or the intent of the artwork is with at least one element and one principle] support your opinion with evidence from the describe and analyze steps.

step 4: judge

step 4: judge

step 4: judge
an ulterior motive

judge

judge

a. counterclaim

judge

a. counterclaim
1. alternate element of art

judge

a. counterclaim
1. alternate element of art 2. alternate principle of design

judge

a. counterclaim
1. alternate element of art 2. alternate principle of design 3. alternate interpretation

judge

a. counterclaim
1. alternate element of art 2. alternate principle of design 3. alternate interpretation

b. conclusion]- address counterclaim and reaffirm claim

judge

a. counterclaim
1. alternate element of art 2. alternate principle of design 3. alternate interpretation

b. conclusion]- address counterclaim and reaffirm claim support your opinion with evidence from all three previous steps.

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