Be a Media Critic

In the Be a Media Critic section, take a closer look at types of media like photography, radio, film, and television. Record your answers to the Write About It questions in a notebook or a digital document.

Use the word banks: Media ArtsPhotography  | Film and TV

Google Drive/Classroom Users: You can go under File and select "Make a Copy" or "Print" to access the Artopia Media - Write About It worksheet.

Type
Critical Viewing: Cigarette Ads | Artopia
Critical Viewing: Cigarette Ads | Artopia

Photo

Critical viewing means taking a closer look, not being critical. It means that you are an active, rather than passive viewer. Active viewing means that you study the elements, in this case, an...
Film - Felix the Cat | Artopia
Film - Felix the Cat | Artopia

Video

The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg (1936) A Closer Look Animation is a series of stills that fool the eye into thinking it sees movement. The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg is a cel animation...
Film - Love | Artopia
Film - Love | Artopia

Video

A Closer Look Comedy is sometimes funnier if you can't see everything. Filmmaker Lynn Cornfoot uses off-screen action to increase the comic effect in her film Love. We can only imagine what the Wife's...
Film - Nosferatu | Artopia
Film - Nosferatu | Artopia

Video

A Symphony of Horrors (1922) A Closer Look F.W. Murnau shot much of Nosferatu on location in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, using real landscapes and towns and an actual castle. This was unusual...
Film - Spider-Man | Artopia
Film - Spider-Man | Artopia

Video

The Peril of Doc Ock (2004) A CLOSER LOOK Some words of wisdom from the makers, SPITE YOUR FACE PRODUCTIONS. Tim: Really, the best way to learn animation is to just play around until it looks good...
Media Arts Word Bank | Artopia
Media Arts Word Bank | Artopia

Document

line – a long thin continuous mark or stroke color – a component of light, the sensation of primary and secondary hues, tints, and shades as created by light and pigments, reflecting or absorbing...
Media Arts: Film and TV Word Bank | Artopia
Media Arts: Film and TV Word Bank | Artopia

Document

composition – the arrangement of the elements (subject and other objects) in a scene or photograph contrast – the range of difference between highlights and shadow areas in an image focus – the clear...
Media Arts: Photography Word Bank | Artopia
Media Arts: Photography Word Bank | Artopia

Document

composition – the arrangement of the elements (subject and other objects) in a scene or photograph contrast – the range of difference between highlights and shadow areas in an image focus – the clear...