How Artwork Communicates: Formal Analysis

Goals: To look closely at a work of art

To form an opinion about the overall impact of the work

To explain how the formal elements of the work achieve this impact

To use apt and varied vocabulary

To compose insightful writing that is fresh and engaging

To communicate as concisely as possible


a) Select one work of art from an artist on the Artist List on TITANium.

{{{ Artist : Henri Matisse }}}

{{{ Work : Woman with a Hat, 1905 }}}

b) Look closely, take notes and free-write about your first impressions.

c) Identify the most important formal elements and how they function.

d) Identify your main point and supporting points (thesis and observable facts). For example, if this was the work you were discussing:


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