This is a package of all the six eBooks in the Virtual Art Academy® Building Block™ about critiquing art: Concept and Visual Music & Poetry.
When you learn to become aware of the poetry in a painting you will begin to see paintings in a new light. You will also start to understand why certain master paintings in museums are considered a masterpiece. It is this element of poetry in addition to the music of a painting that distinguishes a master painter. When you master the ideas in the Concept course unit, your paintings will start to communicate much more emotion and feeling, and come to life. They will become much more meaningful.
The discussion of Visual Music & Poetry is at the highest level of painting and can only be appreciated when you have a feel for each of the nine Building Blocks. However I think if you are an absolute beginner you need to understand these main ideas right away so that you know how to evaluate paintings when you see them in galleries or on the internet. As you progress through the program, this topic will become clearer and clearer
Course Unit 1 – Types of Concepts
emotional – aesthetic – descriptive – narrative – complex – message
Course Unit 2 – Creating a Concept
subordination – relationship – emphasis – concept simplification – exaggeration – choosing subject matter – developing a style – creating a concept
Course Unit 3 – Visual Music and Poetry Model
five components of the model – pure naturalism to pure abstraction – making poetry and music work together – far and near music
Course Unit 4 – Visual Music and Poetry Master Critiques
critiques of 16 old master paintings – learning from the top old masters – critiqued according to the Visual Music and Poetry Model.
Course Unit 5 – Visual Music and Poetry Student Critiques
critiques of 12 student paintings – critiqued according to the Visual Music and Poetry Model.
Course Unit 6 – Visual Music and Poetry Art History
art periods since 500AD – level of visual music and poetry in each period – artists working in each period.