How to go from a gut reaction to thinking about art – and why bother?

Scroll down for essays on sculpture, painting, film, and introducing your kid to art.

Sculpture

Painting

  • How to Analyze and Appreciate Paintings (Kindle) – Via discussions of Holbein’s Sir Thomas More and Bellini’s St. Francis in the Desert, we work through a series of questions to help you systematically observe the details of a painting, state what effect they have, and set them in the context of the rest of the work. As we go, we work out tentative themes and then a final statement of the theme; and finally, we evaluate the works in emotional, esthetic, philosophical, and art historical terms.
  • And more: How art jumped from representational to abstract in barely a century; brief overviews of landscapes and still-lifesEven more: the Painting page on this site.

Film

Have a blast talking to your kid about art!