The Feldman Method of Art Criticism
Step 1: Description
Describe what you see in the art work. Describe
exactly what you see, in enough detail that your
audience could visualize the artwork from your
words. Do not use judgments or opinions.
Here are a few things to consider when writing
Artist, Title, Date
Step 2: Analysis
Examine the relationships between the
Elements of Art by citing the Principles of Design
The Principles of Design
Balance is the equilibrium of
various elements in the work
Emphasis is given to a
center of interest, which
might be the largest,
brightest, or lightest subject.
Repetition is the use of line,
color, or a motif in more than
one place in the composition
Movement can be the
illusion of motion in the
artwork, or the path the
viewer takes starting with
Contrast shows the difference
between the Elements of Art
(Line, Color, Shape, Value,
Form, Space and Texture)
Unity is the harmony between
all of the visual elements in a
Questions to ask yourself when completing an
How does the artist visually organize the composition?
What is in the foreground, middleground, background?
How has the picture been arranged?
What colors are used and how have they been arranged?
What shapes are there and how have they been arranged?
Are there any leading lines and if so, where is your eye lead,
Is there any use of contrast? If so where?
Is there any use of pattern? If so where?
Is there a sense of space or perspective?
Are there any special techniques employed by the artist?
Step 3: Interpretation
What do you believe was the goal of the
What message is he/she trying to make?
What was the artist’s intention?
Is there a mood or feeling being
Use research, Description and Analysis
to support your opinions.
Step 4: Judgment
What Aesthetic Classification
does the artwork illustrate?
Support your decision with
Description, Analysis and
Rendered from Direct
Capturing a mood or feeling,
sharing a story or idea
Focus is on the organization
of the Elements of Art