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Art appreciation is a procedure that is followed to make one aware of all the good and bad qualities one sees, reads and hears about a work of art. It is a way to respond to works of art that speak intelligently about a work of art and communicate knowledgeable about a work of art. Art appreciation means a quiet and deep thinking about the artworks. This would allow us to talk intelligently about the artworks.
There are four main stages or stages of understanding of art. These steps are followed in a sequential order for better appreciation of works of art. They are:
i. Identification of the work (title, artist, date, size, medium, location).
ii. List of objects in the work (naming and description of the physical properties of the objects).
III. Technical characteristics (types of materials, tools, design / composition and styles).
iv. Interpretation (meaning of the work).
i. Identification of the work
• State what the work is, eg Leather.
• Enter the title of the work, eg A suitcase for an artist.
• Enter the name of the artist, e.g. Sharon Baah Acheamfour (If the artist is unknown, please indicate that the artist is unknown or anonymous).
• Enter the date or period at which the work was performed, e.g. March 2013.
• Specify the size of the work, e.g. 40 cm length × 20 cm width × 5 cm height.
• Specify where the work can be found, its location or who owns it, e.g. at the West African Examination Council in Kumasi or at the British Museum in London.
ii. Inventories of items at work
• Name and describe all objects displayed in the work, eg. It has three parts with inner compartments for a sketch pad, pen, ruler and an eraser. The outer cover has the inscription MY OFFICE and a Sankofa Adinkra symbol on the back of the switch case.
• Specify the properties of the objects in the work, eg. The clutch bag is shaped like a paw blade. The natural marbled leather is used for the work and the Sankofa Adinkra symbol is embossed on the back of the suitcase.
III. Technical characteristics of the work
• Specify materials and tools used in the execution of the work, e.g. leather, glue, zipper, brooch, synthetic lining, punching tools, thread, mallet, soldering iron, scissors, Velcro, cutting knife and brush.
• Specify the method or methods used by the artist, e.g. patchwork technology finished with crochet. The artist also used embossing and soldering technology to design and write the inscription "MY OFFICE".
• Specify the nature of the composition or design, e.g. there is balance and unity in the placement and arrangement of the embossed design and the soldered inscription.
iv. Interpretation of the work
• Specify the atmosphere created in the work, eg. the dye used for marbling the leather was purple dyes on cream natural leather. The interplay between dark and light shades of leather used for the work indicates unity that exists between the different cultures in Ghana.
• Relate the articles in the work to the cultural background of the artist or work, eg. The Adinkra symbol used in the work is typical of Asantes of Ghana. Therefore, it indicates that the artist may be an Asante from Ghana. The reason for using the Sankofa Adinkra symbol which means "It is not wrong to choose ideas from the past" is to serve as a reminder to the artist who would use the clutch bag to constantly check the objects he places in the clutch bag so as not to forget something important document or object. But if he forgets, it won't be wrong for him to go back and get it.
• Specify the uses or functions of the work, eg the clutch bag will be used by the artist to hold their drawing tools and materials.
Valuation is very relevant in our lives. For example, it helps us to judge and evaluate works of art without judging them. In addition, we deepen our understanding of artworks as the activity helps us understand the philosophical meanings behind the artworks. In addition, it makes us knowledgeable in stories, techniques, tools and materials as well as designing various visual arts. In addition, it helps us to understand and appreciate the cultures of different groups of people and thereby promote friendships between people with different cultures. Finally, it helps us to know different works of art as well as artists with different backgrounds.
Art appreciation must be encouraged in various educational institutions, especially in the arts, where there is a large pool of artistic productions that require critical thinking of the design elements and their essence. This deepens the importance and relevance of art in society.