Artist's statement
Teaching philosophy

Stained glass works

Children and Youth

Aesthetic experience
Philosophy of art
Art criticism
Child art & artists

Two Methods of Art Criticism

Stanley Horner's Method

Try to forget everything else and imagine that you are entering the space/time 
surface of this work of art. Can you tell me about your trip when you return.

Try to describe what you were feeling at each stage of your journey through the 
work. From where did you enter the image? Can you tell me where you went and
where you stayed longer, and/or places that you stayed a way from? How would 
you move in that space? What kind of noises do you hear? Did you touch or hold 
any part in the painting?

Situate yourself somewhere in the work. Imagine that you are one of the objects 
or beings within the work. How would you feel? How do you out here respond 
when you hear/ see the other you inside the work? Can two of you dialogue? 

If you were the artist, how would you change this work? What parts would you 
keep? Any? Some ? all? 

Feldman's critical process

Describing, naming and listing what is there. What do you see? What are the
components in this paintings, name all the visual elements? What kind of shapes?
Lines? What and how the material has been manipulated?

Describing relationships between elements already listed in stage one. Look 
for the following principles: contrast, similarities, size, movement, space, rhythm 
and repetition. Is there a shape that is repeated? What space is created by the
arrangement, flat or deep, open or close, overlapping? How does your eye move?

Explain the underlying idea, concept, aim, purpose or mood. What does the art 
work means to you? What is the message?

Based on a point of view of what art is, could be a personal philosophy, students
decide on the value and significance of the art works. Some criteria for 
judgment are: 
  • Literal: Imitationalism, realistic, representational
  • Formalism: Organization, composition, art elements, principles
  • Expressivism: emotional, content, message, ideas, mood, feelings
  • Instrumentalism: Art for function, religion, politics