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Interpreting the Work

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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What's Covered

This tutorial will briefly discuss two elements in the critique process:

  1. Sharing Reactions
  2. Sharing Perspectives & Meaning

1. Sharing Reactions

In the critique process, participants must share their first reactions. 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.

2. Sharing Perspectives & Meaning

Next they will continue by sharing any personal perspectives or meaning that they find in the peace. 

Take a look at the image below:

Everyone will interpret a piece in their own way. In this step, it's about how a viewer perceives and interprets a piece. 

ExampleSomeone may view the image above and say, "I like the use of pattern and texture in this piece.  There is a good sense of movement and direction as well.  This feels similar to aboriginal art.  To me, it seem to imply springtime and the constant change of season."  

Oftentimes, a facilitator will pose questions to 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, that concludes today's lesson on interpreting work. This lesson was short, but covered the importance of sharing reactions, as well as sharing perspectives and meaning that they see in a particular piece or design.

Keep up the learning and have a great day!