Critiquing Art – The 4 Stage Analysis This year, I’ve taken up art as a subject, which I havn’t done for 3 years. Being in a senior grade, we learn about the theory of art and how to properly critique something. Recently, we’ve been studying The 4 Stage Analysis and I feel it’s a very great way to critique a piece of art. I hope you read this, and use the information to help. The FOUR steps of the critiquing process are Description, Analysis, Interpretation and Judgment. This order helps you to organize your thoughts and to make intelligent and educated statements about a work of art. It is very important that you are familiar with Elements of Art and Principles of Design as they will provide you with the vocabulary and knowledge necessary to critique art intelligently. Please remember that not all people are going to agree with everything you may say. People bring into the Art Critiquing Process their own sets of stored knowledge and experiences that are unique to them. Often the first thing you do when you look at a work of art is to say “I like it” or “I think that is a terrible piece of art!” It is very difficult not to jump to your opinions first. However, in order to make intelligent statements and educated guesses, we must follow the Art Critiquing Process and begin with Description… The FourStages Description - simply means to describe the picture. Tell what you see. Talk about the subject, the medium and any information you have gotten from reading the Credit Line, if there is one. This is NOT the place to add your opinions. You must be objective, like a detective who is surveying the scene of a crime and writing down only what she sees. The next step of the Art Critiquing Process is... Analysis - Here is the section where you will express your thoughts about what the message of the artwork is. What idea does this work represent? This section relies on your knowledge of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design to articulate in an intelligent manner the information or clues you see in the work. Interpretation - is the next step. Here you are invited to express your opinions about what you think the artist meant. Now you have the opportunity to discuss what this work means to you. Judgment - is an important section. Here you can express your opinion. What do you think about this piece of work? Is it successful? Do you like it? You should be able to give some reasons as to why you like or do not like a work of art. I hope this tutorial improves yoir Critiquing!