Processes of study in the arts and humanities
Processes of study in the arts and humanities

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Processes of study in the arts and humanities

6.2.2 Representing visual and symbolic texts

We saw that when you discuss your judgements of a visual text such as the landscape painting or The Madonna and Child, you talk about its ‘composition’: the way the ‘picture space’ is organised; the relationships between ‘foreground’ and ‘background’, and between ‘figures’. You discuss the way ‘perspective’ is used in the painting to show ‘depth’; the painting's tonal range’, and its uses of ‘colour’, ‘shape’, ‘line’; ‘light’ and ‘shade’, and light ‘source’. This kind of description is based on detailed observation of the painting. But here – and when you discuss a sculpture or building, and symbolic texts such as maps, plans and music scores – you may also want to include your own sketches, diagrams or notation to demonstrate these relationships, and show precisely which elements of the text you are drawing attention to.

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