Let us practice looking at art in a more formal manner.
1. Please watch this video: http://jodipatterson.net/vocab
Note the general vocabulary (elements and principles of art) relevant to the art field.
2. Now let us practice formally looking/talking about art. Scan the online “An Eye for Art” text to find an image that interest YOU.
3. List the chapter section, page number, artist name, artwork title, date, size, and media (acrylic, graphite, etc.) of the image you like from the text.
4. Look at the image slowly and carefully for at least 2 minutes.
5. After taking time to look, write a paragraph that outlines what YOU see in the image. These descriptors are the "elements" of design (line, shape, color, texture, form).
6. Next, look how the image is composed - what is being repeated? Where does your eye go first? Are things balanced symmetrically or other? These types of words are your PRINCIPLES of design.
7. Underline the elements and principles of design in your descriptions.
8. Lastly, reflect upon how you felt (or what you learned) about spending quiet time looking carefully at an artwork.
(The text is presented via seven PDF chapters titled Studying Nature, Exploring Places, Examining Portraits, Telling Stories, Observing Everyday Life, Questioning Traditions, Playing with Space.)