Artwork analysis

Senior 4


  1. Sol Santayana


1- Look for a definition of “Art” written by a well-known artist, writer, philosopher, thinker or musician, of any time. Write it down and specify the author.

2- Observe the artwork of different media, form contemporary artists, presented in class. You can see it again by checking the blog:

A) Choose the artwork that you think matches the art definition in question 1. Justify.

B) Choose the artwork that you liked best.

3- Answer the following questions regarding the artwork chosen in question 2b.

A) What is it made of? Specify media (if it is a painting, sculpture, performance, installation, illustration, etc.) and technique.

B) What is represented? Describe the figures, images, what do they look like? Are they realistic, hyper-realistic, figurative or abstract?

C) How is it represented?

I- Composition: describe the organization of elements in the image (Where are they and how much space are they occupying).

II- Colour palette: describe the group of colours used, not naming each one separately but what identifies them as a group (cool, warm, light, dark, pastels, bright, saturated, de-saturated, complementary, contrast or no contrast, monochromatic, achromatic and/or polychromatic).

D) How do you look at it? Describe where you look first and how your gaze moves around the piece, and explain why.

E) How does it make you feel? Why? Describe your feelings, explain which visual resources you believe are triggering those feelings and why.

F) What do you think is the meaning or message of the artwork? Explain with your own words what you believe the artwork is expressing, what topic it is referring to and the message or comment behind it.

4-  Associate the analyzed piece of art in question 3 with a song. How are they related? What elements in the song can be considered similar to the visual art piece? Explain.

5- Together with all your classmates make a playlist in spotify with all the chosen songs.


1- Art is something we do, a verb. Art is an expression of our thoughts, emotions, intuitions, and desires, but it is even more personal than that: it’s about sharing the way we experience the world, which for many is an extension of personality. It is the communication of intimate concepts that cannot be faithfully portrayed by words alone. And because words alone are not enough, we must find some other vehicle to carry our intent. But the content that we instill on or in our chosen media is not in itself the art. Art is to be found in how the media is used, the way in which the content is expressed.” By William Joseph Nieters.


A) Ithink that this image represents the definition because the image impacts more than what is written. Show mixed emotions by just seeing the image, shows reality in which we live.





By: BORDALO ii ( from Portugal)


A) The  work is built with end-of-life materials. Where can be found in wastelands, abandoned factories or randomly and some are obtained from companies that are going through a recycling process. Also known as damaged bumpers, burnt garbage cans, tires and appliances.

B) The image I chose can be interpreted in different ways. I interpret it as something ecological, which reuses materials to recycle. I also think  that he, the artist also wants to pass a message, that is that there is always something good/bad about something bad/ugly. You as a person would never think that you could form an animal with that «garbage» and the artist wants to show you what it can and at the same time you do something good for the earth.

C) In the animale the colors are a little brownish but around the animal there are brights colours.

D) First I see the image and then I see what it is composed of. I believe that the artist wants to show that everyone is the same, in a way, but is “composed” by different things, but that does not mean that we are less or more.

E) It makes me feel happy, with hope, knowing that there are people that believe in things that we, as human beings, usually dont see or creative.

F) I believe the message is about the ecology, to reuse the materials. Also I believe that the message he wants to expresspass is that  there is always something good/bad about something bad/ugly.

4- Heal the world, By Michael Jackson. I chose this song because it talks about love, respect for others. And I think that this artist does that just by recycling, by repeating others and the planet.This are the word that represent by thoughts: “Heal the world

Make it a better place

For you and for me

And the entire human race

There are people dying

If you care enough for the living

Make it a better place

For you and for me

  1. You need to include it in the group playlist 


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