Art Analysis of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

27 02 2012

Edward Hopper's Nighthawks

The painting above is one of my favorite paintings of all time. Even if you haven’t seen the original, you’ve likely seen it referenced in many different media. The world is full of versions of this painting in Lego, featuring old film stars, with additional quotes added for entertainment. All of these homages are done because of the way this painting has resonated with the people who have seen it.

So now it’s time for you to look at it, really look at it, and see what you see.

I have an example of an art analysis prepared for you on another painting. If you want a head-start on this analysis you may see me before tomorrow’s class to get a copy of it, otherwise I’ll pass them along tomorrow. And from today you have a week to analyze this piece in your IWB and here on the blog. One of the responses may be a summary of the other. Once you guys have completed your analysis, I’ll provide you with my own and allow you the opportunity to reflect and revise your first analysis, which I will evaluate formally.

Just a little taste of those homages I mentioned.


To IB blog or not to IB . . . blog,

15 09 2009

. . . that is the question. Ok, we’ll see how this goes, how it evolves, how it develops or how it dies. 

 Edward Hopper

Edward Hopper

A week ago today we met for the first time, and in that week we have put together a whole toolbox worth of supplies, talked about the many and varied uses of your Investigative Workbook (aka Sketchbook), and taken many notes on the first few of the different “Elements of Art”

The Elements of Art are currently our focus. We need to make sure we all have the basic building blocks in place for our artwork, we need to put feathers in our wings before we try to learn to fly. But remember that end goal, once we have the feathers, we will learn to fly, and once we can fly we can go anywhere.

What “feathers” have we got now? Well by this point we should understand the uses and impact of Line, we should have an understanding of Value and it’s application. And most recently we spent a couple days on Color, and in doing so came to understand the terms; primary, secondary, tertiary, Complement, Split-Complement, Warm/Cool, Hue, Shade, Tint, Intensity, Triads, Monochromatic, and Analogous.

Not bad for one week, eh?