How do you create an artwork with meaning a viewer can interpret? The choices you make about your technique, your color scheme, and your subject must be intentional. Begin by brushing up on your art observation skills. Look carefully at The Ambassadors on page 6. Consider the symbols Holbein uses to create a narrative. Then think about how you might use symbols in your own work. You’ll select three to five objects to create a still life arrangement. Choose items that have symbolic meaning that is personal for you but that any viewer can understand. For example, clocks usually symbolize the passage of time. But for you, a clock might represent your dislike for early mornings. Make a few loose, gestural sketches to work out your ideas. Be sure to think about how your chosen objects relate to one another. Discuss your ideas with your classmates to ensure that your chosen symbols come across as intended.
Tip: Keep your preliminary sketches quick and simple.