Appreciating art doesn’t have to be an art. Many people believe that you must know all the famous artists, art movements, and history to be able to appreciate art. This is not true. Anyone can appreciate art if they really want to. We have a few tips to get you started. The basic idea is just to look at the piece of art and evaluate what you see and feel.
- Look at the piece of art – When you look at the art, determine whether it is a painting, sculpture, or graphic work. Also, try and see whether it is done on canvas or identify what material it was made from. Also, look at the texture, the colors, the composition, and whether it is organized or chaotic. You can also try to look at it from different angles as some artworks change when seen from different angles.
- Know the artist and time period – Next, you want to identify who the artist was and in what year it was made. Even if you are not completely sure about the history of a painting or the different art movements, the year will give you an idea of what was happening in the world at that time. Many artists created art based on real-life events and things that were happening around them. This will give you a better understanding of the artwork.
- Try to find the meaning – Based on the name or the work as well as who the artist was and the time when it was made, you should be able to start identifying some meanings. A painting doesn’t always mean the same to everyone, but there is often a meaning that can be identified. The colors and pictures say a lot. Look for symbols and other things that could help you understand what the artist is saying. It is more difficult to find meaning in abstract works of art. In such cases, it tends to mean something different for everyone.
Once you get used to these 3 steps and you do some research on the artists, you will find it easier to appreciate art. You will also soon learn what you like and what you don’t like. It takes some practice, but soon you will love looking at art.