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Interpreting the Work


In this lesson you will learn how the participants in a visual critique discuss their interpretations of the work.

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Source: Image of Critique, Creative Commons Image of Aboriginal Art, Creative Commons

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Hi, everyone. My name is Mario. And I'd like to welcome you to today's lesson on interpreting the work.

So today, we're going to learn how participants in visual critique discuss their interpretations of the work. So feel free, as always, to pause, fast forward, and rewind at your own pace. And when you're ready to go, let's get started,

OK, so this is going to be quick and easy. Now, the next step in the critique process is for the participants to share their first reactions. And at this point, however, the discussion should not include any judgments.

Participants in a critique are going to share their perceptions of style and cultural references in the piece being viewed. And then they're going to continue by sharing any personal perspectives or meaning that they find in the peace.

So as an example, a participant might say, I really like the use of pattern and texture in the piece. There's a good sense of movement and direction as well. And it gives a similar look to aboriginal art. To me, it seems to imply spring time and the constant change of seasons.

So everybody's going to interpret a piece in their own way. And again, in this step, it's about how a viewer perceives and interprets a piece. And oftentimes, a facilitator will use these topics as questions for the group, making sure that everyone has a chance to respond and give their own opinion about a piece and how it speaks to them.

Well, everyone, that concludes today's lesson, believe it or not. There's no key term for this lesson. Hope you've enjoyed this quick rundown on interpreting the work. My name is Mario. And I'll see you next lesson.