Flocci - Visual - Art Appreciation

art appreciation compass


  1. What attracts me towards art? What I like in Paintings?

  2. What is more important - visual impression, meaning or popularity of the artist?

  3. How all can one compare two artists or two paintings etc?

  4. How all does history effect the art of that period?

  5. How does art help the society?

  6. What all can i learn from an artist?

  7. How can i combine art of different artists to form my own art?

  8. How is art sold - how / who decides the cost of a painting?

  9. How do people choose what to paint (the subject of their painting)?

  10. How does the medium chosen effect the visual qualities of the painting? What are the characteristics of different mediums?

  11. What all one has to do to become an art dealer?

  12. What story does any painting that I like tells me?

  13. Why do I not like some - even famous - paintings?

Flocci Activities

KGQ, Mi & TS

Raw Material



#3, Math-Logic, Analysis

Across centuries people have painted same subjects with surprisingly different styles - and that is what makes art so amazingly beautiful..

Take portraits done by two totally different artists - say Rembrandt and Raja Ravi verma. Using a Venn diagram map how the portraits are painted similarly and differently. Remember to focus on style of painting - not on the person painted!

Compare these two paintings with a photo (say own photo).

#6, Visual, Application

Each painter has some method, some process - that becomes his or her style - one can “copy this method - just to get familiar with the magic of that painter

Applying some basic elements of Van Gough’s paintings - Create a quick Art - Use links in store.

Tear up your work into 5-6 pieces and arrange & paste it on a larger chart - to create a totally different effect!

#11, People, Evaluation

Art collector have to simultaneously bend to popular demand while promoting unique and path breaking work. How they balance this - is obviously the art of the art dealer.

Children get to see a collection of about 20 paintings (this could be a slide show, or paintings in a book or printouts. For this children choose 2 paintings that will be popular, will sell easily and two that may not be popular but are different and remarkable - hence worth promoting. Add tow more paintings which you think will not anyway sell. Now they go and ask as many people as possible - as to which out of the 6 will they buy (only one). After the survey - see how the value they put on paintings is same / diff as that of the public.

Children can make their own paintings and try to sell them :-)

#1, Self, comprehension

One likes or dislikes things on the basis of emotions and art to a large extent is about the feelings it evokes in the viewer. Its same a flower in the garden, if i like looking at it - i like it. Period. No analysis is required, no justification is necessary, art is all about the emotive connection.

Put up an emotions chart for reference. If req run through the chart once - recalling the vocabulary of different feelings. Show children a slide show of paintings - for each painting let them put down the feelings that the painting evoked in them. No feeling is also an okay response.

If required children can also jot down what in the painting or painintg style caused that specific feeling - for example a dark colour choice can cause fear.


Van Gough art ideas

Painting Slide show