(Answered) HUMN3030N Week 2 Discussion: Critic of the Arts

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 3, 4
  • Lesson
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook)

Initial Post Instructions
Select a work of art from any of the chapters in our textbook, and write a response that analyzes the art through the lens of a descriptive critic, an interpretive critic, and an evaluative critic. What different things would these critics have to say? Use the following guidelines:

  • Descriptive Critic: Address at least 3 different elements of art and/or principles of design.
  • Interpretive Critic: This will require research so that you can understand the subject, meaning, and intent of the work.
  • Evaluative Critic: Use the standards of perfection, insight, and inexhaustibility (as described in the text).

Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least one peer. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Provide feedback on whether you agree or disagree with their criticism. Explain why. Build on their posts by providing additional insight of your own. If your peer selected the same artwork as you, make sure to address new point or develop existing points in more depth.

Writing Requirements

  • Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
  • Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside source)
  • APA format for in-text citations and list of references


Descriptive Critic: Address at least 3 different elements of art and/or principles of design

Emphasis: It is clear the artist intended to have the figure’s clothing and body shape stand out indicated by the bright color he chose for her dress. The dress clings closely to her body, emphasizing her body shape in the bright orange color. In addition, the female is centered and takes up most of the painting, reiterating that she is the main focus of the work of art.

Balance: Balance is created in this piece through symmetry of space, color, and texture. The subject is centered and creates a square of color in the middle. Behind her, there is a heavy and dark, yet equally spaced lounge, draped equally on both sides with her long, curvy hair. Beyond that, the eye is drawn to the cream background of the floor and wall, again balanced by both color and space. The sunset on the water behind the wall is balanced in color and symmetry. The plant in the top right corner is balanced, or offset, by the reddish toned rug in the bottom left corner.

Movement: The movement in this piece is soft and flowing as suggested by the curved lines in the orange dress, hair, and blankets behind….Please click the icon below to purchase the full answer at only $5.