Using Form+Theme+Context® as a Balanced Way of Seeing®, any work of art can be deciphered as we discover layers of meaning. For example, let’s focus on the artwork The Great Wave and take time to carefully look and fully see what’s there. Then, consider the visual evidence you discover and and look deeper to discern the artist’s big idea, point of view, and relationships to other subjects. Finally, building on this viewing process, we can find more information about the artist, time period, place, etc. and discover the authentic nature of the artwork by exploring its contexts, significance, and relevance–in its own time period and today.
Download the FTC Great Wave Palette here.