Learning Exercise

Online Virtual Exhibit Tour and Painting Critique

The virtual tour, one of several online from the National Gallery of Art, allows you to navigate through panoramas of the exhibition galleries. As you walk through the space, you can select specific paintings for larger image views, close-up details, and more information. The tour is offered in a virtual reality format or in still images so students with various computer set-ups can still participate. Following the tour, the students are asked to select one painting a write a critique based on visual art elements and design concepts. A format for writing the critique is included in the assignment.
Course: EDCI 313: Art for the Classroom Teacher
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Exercise



Arts Integration and Storytelling



Online Virtual Exhibit Tour and Painting Critique

Featuring the National Gallery of Art's Virtual Tour of Van Gogh's Van Goghs




Cris Guenter, Ed.D.

Department of Education

CSU, Chico






1. Visit the National Gallery of Art
at http://www.nga.gov/

This site offers exhibits, online tours, resources, and much more.



After checking out the National Gallery web site for overall layout and navigation (The Site Map is quite good.), go to
Van Gogh's Van Gogh's at
http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/vgwel.htm
to take the virtual tour.



You will have two choices for viewing this virtual tour. One includes Apple QuickTime VR and the other has no special requirements. The virtual tour with QuickTime VR allows you to navigate through panoramas of the exhibition galleries. As you walk through the space, you can select specific paintings for larger image views, close-up details, and more information. The audio segments are available in either RealAudio or wav formats. The first page at this virtual tour has clear information and direct links for plug-ins and downloads should you need them. If you select the "no special requirements tour" you will still see the same images. It offers a static view of the paintings on
each exhibition wall. Each painting can be selected for larger image views,
close-up details, and more information. Requirements: 800 x 600 resolution
and a frames-enabled browser.




2. While viewing this exhibit, select a specific Van Gogh painting that catchesyour eye and that you like. Identify your selection by its title and year. Then using some of the visual art elements and design concepts (Color, Line, Shape, Texture, Form, Pttern, Space, Contrast, Light, Composition, Perspective, Foreground, Middle Ground, and Background, and Balance--symmetry or asymmetry) give reasons why you think you like the painting you chose. Perhaps the audio commentary provided background information that made a difference. If this is so, explain.



Use the following outline to help you in developing your written critique. It should be at least four paragraphs in length, but no longer than three pages. Good writing skills are expected so remember to proofread.




DESCRIBE--Describe the facts, what you see in the painting--lines, shapes, textures, colors, objects.


ANALYZE--Look at the way the facts are put together or designed--balance, light areas, focal point, illusion of space, dark areas, rhythm created by repetition.


INTERPRET--What is the purpose or meaning of the art work? Review points your description and analysis. These are the clues to the meaning and purpose of the painting.


JUDGE--Judge the painting. "I like or don't like this art work because....."




3. Using a designated bulletin board forum, listserve, or e-mail method established by your instructor, submit your well-written and organized critque by the due date established by your instructor. Be prepared to discuss your choice and comments you wrote in your critique.



Extension:

The instructor may wish to involve the student teachers in this review process beyond their initial critique by having them conduct peer reviews, individually or in pairs, of the submitted critiques. Then an overall class discussion could be conducted to reflect on what has been learned and how it can be applied in future lessons and teaching.


Disciplines

Technical Notes

You need a frames-enabled browser; 16" monitor (800 x 600 resolution) or larger; resized window to maximum width at 800 x 600 resolution; bandwidth considerations: file sizes vary from approximately 2k to 150k; allocate as much memory to your browser as possible. Also, virtual tours can be viewed with version 3.x of QuickTime or higher on any browser version 3.x or higher. Audio portions of the virtual tour are available in RealAudio (RealPlayer) or wav formats.
The opening page of the tour has direct links to any plug-ins or downloads you might need.

Requirements

Basic understanding of visual art elements and design concepts;
ability to navigate on the internet; writing and proofreading skills

Topics

Van Gogh, Critique, Visual Art Elements and Design Concepts

Learning Objectives

1. Students will take the virtual tour of Van Gogh's Van Goghs presented by the National Gallery of Art and review several pieces of artwork by the artist.
2. Students will follow-up their virtual tour with a written critique of a painting from the online exhibit. The critique will be based on visual arts elements and design concepts and will follow a basic format.
3. Students will demonstrate good writing skills in constructing their critique.