Analysing Art

By The Arty Teacher - July 10, 2020

How do you teach your students to analyse art? You can do this through a range of activities such as discussion, gallery education, research, written analysis and questioning. This blog post features my art analysis worksheets and art analysis Venn Diagrams. Both provide a structured way to approach art analysis. Each one comes with a version for the UK and the USA to allow for the spellings of Analyse/Analyze and colour/color. Just click on an image to learn more.

I am committed to being an anti-racist art teacher, however, copyright holds me back at times. Below are many ‘DWEMS’ (Dead White European Males). I can use their work as it is out of copyright. The Arty Teacher (unlike many art teachers on other platforms) doesn’t break copyright. As part of my subscription, you can access my online Venn Diagram Maker where you can make as many art analysis Venn Diagrams as you wish, using any images by any artist.

Gustav Klimt

Gustav Klimt, an Austrian symbolist painter, is captivating to analyse for his opulent and decorative style, merging symbolism, sensuality, and intricate patterns to explore themes of love, desire, and the human psyche during the turn of the 20th century.

Analysing an Artwork - Gustav Klimt
Gustav Klimt Venn Diagram

Analysing Art Edvard Munch

Edvard Munch, a renowned Norwegian artist, created a diverse body of work that delved into psychological depths, making his art intriguing to analyse as it vividly captures themes of love, death, anxiety, and the human experience through haunting and emotive imagery.

Analysing an Artwork - Edvard Munch

Claude Monet

Claude Monet, a pioneering French Impressionist painter, is fascinating to analyze for his revolutionary use of color, light, and brushwork, exemplifying a transformative approach to capturing fleeting moments and the essence of nature in his artwork.

Monet Venn Diagram


Giuseppe Arcimboldo, an Italian artist of the Renaissance, is captivating to analyze for his surreal and imaginative portraits composed of meticulously arranged objects and fruits, offering a whimsical exploration of allegory, symbolism, and the intersection between art and nature.

Archimboldo Art Analysis

Analysing Art Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch post-impressionist painter, is captivating to analyse due to his emotionally charged and intensely colourful works, reflecting his inner turmoil, unique artistic style, and profound connection with nature and the human experience.

Van Gogh’s drawings are as interesting to analyse as his painting as they are expectional in the way that they incorporate exciting mark making.

Analysing an Artwork
Van Gogh Venn Diagram

Franz Marc

Franz Marc, a German Expressionist painter, is compelling to analyse for his vibrant use of color and emotive portrayal of animals, exploring spiritual connections between nature, humanity, and the inner emotional world, particularly before and during World War I.

Franz Marc Art Analysis

Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani, an Italian modernist painter and sculptor, is captivating to analyze for his distinctive elongated figures and emotive portraits, embodying a timeless elegance and a unique fusion of influences from ancient art to the avant-garde, reflecting a poignant exploration of beauty, identity, and human form in the early 20th century.

Modigliani Venn Diagram

Wassily Kandinsky

Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian abstract artist and theorist, is intriguing to analyse for his pioneering role in abstract art, exploring the spiritual and emotional power of color, form, and composition while delving into synesthetic connections between art and music.

Wassily Kandinsky Venn Diagram

Analysing Art Henri Rousseau

Henri Rousseau, a self-taught French artist, is fascinating to analyze for his dreamlike and naive style, depicting lush jungle scenes and fantastical landscapes that invite exploration of the intersection between imagination, nature, and artistic interpretation.

Analysing an Artwork - Henri Rousseau
Henri Rousseau Venn Diagram

Analysing the Artwork of Paul Cezanne

Paul Cézanne, a French Post-Impressionist painter, is compelling to analyze for his innovative exploration of form, color, and perspective, laying the groundwork for modern art with his distinctive approach to depicting nature and still life.

Anaylsing an Artwork Paul Cézanne
Cézanne Venn Diagram

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