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Painting Analysis Worksheet

Content Take time to study the painting. Next, list the objects, people, places and action in the painting.



Describe the scene in the painting thoroughly and impartially.



How are the elements of art (line, color, shape, space, and texture) used?



How does the composition “work” (through emphasis, unity, variety, rhythm, balance)?

Context Consider what the painting tells you about the time and place in which it was made. State what you know about the world in which the artwork was created (history, culture, art historical information.



What do you know about the artist and his/her life?



Meaning What do art critics say about the meaning and significance of the painting?



Think about how the painting relates to your own experience. What meanings (ideas, feelings, values) does it communicate to you?