Art Criticism is the keen analysis, evaluation, interpretation, description and judgment of works of art. Varying in degrees of remarks from positive to negative, methods of criticism differ in their approach to the consideration of the content, context, and forms of works of art.
In general, there are five stages to critically analyze a work of art:
1: Initial exposure – gut and intuitive response upon seeing the work for the first time.
2: Description - identifying the subject matter in the work and elements employed by the artist to express it.
3: Analysis - identifying how art principles have been used to arrange the various elements of in the composition.
4: Interpretation - identifying the meaning - the artist's expression or communication of feelings, moods, and ideas in the work.
5: Evaluation - judgment; assessing the meaning of the work and artistic merit (excellence, standard, quality and level of craftsmanship).