The Critical Process

  •   The Critical Process   

    The critical process is the way in which we look at art. There are four steps to the critical process:

    • Describe: What do you see? Use the elements of art, and just state the facts.
    • Analyze: How is the artwork put together? What materials did the artist use?
    • Interpret: What is happening in the picture? What is the artist trying to say/tell us? What do you think?
    • Judge: Do you like it? Why or why not?

    Notice that the last step is to judge the artwork, which most of us do first when we are criticizing a work of art. It is important that when looking at art, we look at the "whole picture" before jumping to a conclusion or judging the work.