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3rd grade VPA-Comparing paintings

3rd grade VPA-Comparing paintings

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Author: Jennifer Lafollette
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Visual Arts: 3rd grade, 1.4 Compare and contrast two works of art made by the use of different art tools and media (e.g., watercolor, tempera, computer)

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Tutorial

Why do we compare paintings?

Think about two pieces of artwork.

  • What do you notice that is different?
  • What do you notice that is the same?
  • Did the artist use the same materials?
  • Does each painting have the same viewpoint?

Does the answer to any of these questions make you like one painting more than the other?  This is why we compare art.  To try and understand what the artist is trying to communicate through their work. 

What do I compare?

You need to look at the following items in both paintings.

  • What media did the artist use? (watercolor, oil paints, pastel paints, drawing with pencils)
  • How did the artist use the space on the canvas?
  • Does the painting flow? (does it all go together well?)
  • Does the painting make you feel a certain way.

Examples online

Here is an example you can view online about comparing pieces of artwork.

Practice comparing

'Fishing boats, Key West' by Winslow Homer (watercolor)

'Fishing boats' by Winslow Homer

 

'Surf, Isles of Shoals' by Childe Hassam (Oil on canvas)

"surf, Isles of Shoals' by Childe Hassam

 

'The Kearsarge at Boulogne' by Edouard Manet (Oil on canvas)

'The Kearsarge at Boulogne' by Edouard Manet

Comparing different versions

A famous painting by Johannes Vermeer titled 'Meisje met de parel' (girl with a Pearl Earring) has had many versions of the painting made over the years.  Compare the different versions and make sure to note the differences.

Original (oil on canvas)

'Girl with the pearl earring' by Johannes Vermeer 

'Girl with the pearl earring' by Lazaros Tsaktsiras (watercolor)

'Girl with the pearl earring' by Lazaros Tsaktsiras (watercolor)

'Girl with the pearl earring' by elldog00

'Girl with the pearl earring' by elldog00