Discussion Topic 5: Objective Description and Subjective Analysis

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Find two works of art from this list of online galleries. The first work should be two-dimensional, and the second should be three-dimensional. For each one, write four sentences describing the elements present in the work using the Formalist Method. This method describes what you see in a totally objective way. Do not refer to any subject matter. Remember, be objective in your descriptions. An example might be; "The work uses a majority of organic shapes", or "It uses the complimentary colors yellow and violet for contrast".

Then, for each work, write one sentence that describes your subjective reaction. An example might be "the artwork has a chaotic feeling to it", or "looking at the work made me feel lonely".