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2-3 Critique Archangel w Gun

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Art critics are masters at looking and asking questions. They are like detectives. Be an art critic detective and answer the questions that the art critic asks

Description: Searching for Internal Clues

  • What do you see? What subject matter? What is happening in the picture? Look closely. 

           I see an angel with a gun, it is an angel who seems timid and is ready to shoot someone with his gun, 

  • What art elements do you see? What lines dominate the art work? (straight, curvy, other

           The element of art i see is a painting, curvy lines dominate the art work. 

  • What shapes dominate the artwork? (geometric, organic) 

           geometric shapes dominate the artwork 

  • What colors dominate the picture? Name them.


     Name the patterns/texture that you find.

              a pattern i realized is the artist likes to use circles as you may notice if you look closely 




  • How has the picture (art elements) been arranged? (Artists repeat lines, shapes, colors, and patterns in exciting ways to make an artwork more interesting.) 

              the artist has a repetition of circles 

  • How are the shapes arranged? (symmetrical, triangle, vertical, circular, grid) Use tracing paper to find the major directional flow.

             the shapes are arranged symetrically 

  • How are the colors arranged? Are the colors predominantly light or dark? Are they bright or dull? 

             the colors are actually kind of dull 

  • How is the space arranged? (flat, overlapping, or deep dimensional) 

              the space is sort of deep dimensional 


  • How did the artist make this picture? (draw, paint, collage, model or carve, other) 

         the artist painted this painting 

  • What materials did he use? (clay, wood, oil, acrylic, charcoal, other) 

          the artist must have used charcoal because of his choice of color 

  • Interpretation: What does this painting mean to you? 

           to me this painting means not everyone who calls themselves an angel is exactly an angel 

  • How do the colors make you feel? (mood) 

            it makes me sort of feel like im in the authors time frame 

  • How does it feel? (touch) Like  it makes me feel skeptical

  • How does it sound? Like loud and unbearable
  • How does it taste? Like it tastes like rebellion
  • How does it smell? Like gun smoke
  • What do the colors symbolize (for example, blue can mean
  •             rebelion and digracefulness 


    It is not important that we like or dislike an artwork, but that we try to understand why it is famous. Art critics find this artwork important or significant for art history for one, two of all of the following reasons.


    • Imitative. The artist tried to accurately describe the subject matter--the event, people, objects.
    • Formalistic: The artist experimented with the art elements (shapes, colors, space) in an unusual way.
    • Emotionalism. The artist emphasized the mood or symbols.
    • Functionalism: The artist intended the work to be useful, religious, educational, or propaganda.


    Who would appreciate this work? (Grandmother, the minister, a policeman, Native Americans)

    • I think religions such as christians, catholics, baptists,ect. would appreciate this art work 



    Group Members: Timothy, Malik, Emerson



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