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“The Power to Look” Post

I chose to evaluate the second video “The Power to Look” by Art Institute of Chicago. This video meets these 3 standards of intellectual quality like clarity, significance, and relevance. 

Clarity is one of techniques used by presenters, their content is clear and understandable. Presenters show us three artworks and teach people how to look from a new angle at the whole picture, and how to interpret the meaning of it. By illustrating these examples, people are learning how to perceive art and how to build a connection with the artist. I like the example of “Paris Street; Rainy Day” by Gustave Caillebote, back in 1877, the painter had access to camera lucida allowing him to paint the Parisian modern life in a unique way. 

This video has a significant information about how to look and understand artworks. It shows people how they can perceive the beauty in an unusual way. It has a significant description the example of Nigerian Crown made by Yoruba ethnic groups. When we look at the Crown’s form and patterns, we become informed about King’s royal power and his ancestral connections. Moreover, the birds on it, represent the essential support of women in the community. The author is describing the significance of Crown’s details. 

Presenters show relevant tools how to help viewers to improve their skills and experience when they look at artworks. It answers to people’s question about what they are doing wrong about understanding and finding the meaning behind the artworks. 



our lives run by standards, some of them are good standards and some are bad standards. In the video, ” The Power Look”, by Art Institute of Chicago meets three standards of intellectual quality, clarity is the most important intellectual standard to explain the crown from Nigeria in every possible detail, the details on the video are so deep and that is the depth standard, the last standard is the breadth they covered all the views on the artworks.

Yoruba is one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa and they had a unique crown for their king. clarity is what it been used in the video to describe the crown of Yoruba’s king, the video explained the birds on the crown which represent essentials support of women in the community and the top bird represents the king’s senior wife. the technique that the presenter used in the video was the clear word technique. this takes us back to the reading Chapter 1.3 “Intellectual Standards for Quality” when the speech is clear the audience can follow the path that the speaker is communicating.

Breadth is the second intellectual standard the presenter used in the video. ” Paris Street, Rainy day,” by Caillebotte, the video considered most views in this painting. the painter born into the Parisian upper-class family; Caillebotte was the wealthy man in this painting he had access to tools like camera lucida which enable him to picture the changing world in a new way. in his painting, it shows rich people in the front and working-class people in the back. In the textbook, breadth means how wide the topic has been discussed. in the video, the presenter has been discussed the painting in breadth way, from the painter’s name to the Paris project all have been discussed.

Logic is what makes a thing clear and makes sense. In the video, the presenter makes a great sense while explaining the artworks. Before watching the video, I thought arts is only drawing, choosing the right color, and how awesome the painting looks. Now after all the logic that been used in the video to explain these arts, I changed my mind in how to look at arts. For example, Sherman’s picture is an art that carries a message to everyone that looks at it. Her message is how the society used to value the women. At first, I just saw a woman cowering on the ground and didn’t make any sense to me, but after the logic that presenter used in the video to explain her message, it becomes an art that makes sense to me.

Overall, Logic, clarity and breadth are what the presenter used to explain the three-art works in the video.





Blog Post #1 How Art Can Help You Analyze

After carefully watching the all three videos list from the course schedule I decided to 1elaborate about the TED-Ed video “How art can help you analyze” by Amy Herman which the narrator regarding skills that can be gained from analyzing art that could be used in the real world which can be useful and help save lives. While I orginally did disagree with this claim I am having second thoughts on this. Moving onward based from the textbook English Composition, the “Intellectual Standards for Quality” factors nine categories for evaluating the intellectual quality of the a work. The nine standards to keep in mind are clarity, precision, accuracy, depth, breadth, logic, significance, relevance, and fairness.

Based on this standard out of nine elements I have chosen three of these categories that compliment the standards of intellectual quality presented in the video that meet the standards set. In the video I found that the Intellectual Standards used were logic, breadth and relevance.

Foremost when it comes to logic, The vivid detailed animations with the simple yet concise narration by Amy Herman demonstrates the method of analyzing the art work of “Time Transfixed” by Rene Magritte in 1938 with the situations eerily to a crime scene or similar examining a patient X-Rays where this is a repeating occurrence. On top all done in a precise and calm method that transitions on to each point and detail without any senseless way in a well benevolent and structured manner .

Secondly in terms of breadth, Amy Herman illustrated several viewpoints on this topic. She had exhibited at the very least three different perspectives that could benefit from art. The nurses and doctors would be able examine an x-ray more accurately or diagnose a patient illness or law enforcement agents identifying a suspect or interrogating a suspect. All of these are just a couple of real life scenarios in our daily lives which she elaborates on how art could help improve across many fields gain new analytical skills solve complex real world situations from a different perspective.

Finally but not the least was the relevance to the original thesis. The video was definitely relevant in helping further her point. She gave a range of detail and information that was very convincing and accurate portraying how art is a tool helping you get better at your analytical skills which helps in the real world that’s demonstrating how it’s relevant. It supports her thesis that skills can definitely be gained or used as a way to further assist anyone who may need such skills in their daily lives. Thus accomplishing what she intended to do from the start.

P.S. I hope this was great as it took me all night just to figure this out which almost had me pulling my hair. 😫

Intellectual Standards for Quality

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Intellectual Standards of Quality


Building the Foundation of my academic Writing intellectual standards for quality is important because we need clear understanding and organizing. Intellectual standards have applied to thinking critically and checking the quality of reason about a problem, issue, or situation .There are some intellectual standards that are most essential : clarity, precision, accuracy, depth ,breadth, logic, significance, relevance, and fairness. When I watched the video, I found three criteria of Intellectual Standard that are focused in the video are clarity, logical and precision.


To begin with, clarity focuses the thinking to be explained well so that it is easy to understand. The video which I watched is “Why Arts Matters”. It has shown the fact :  how art can help in our life and to inform the audience about the importance of art in society through history. Art could be defined in many ways to the audience. The producer has organized the idea that is clear to the audience. The video shows different kinds of opinion in different people about why art is important. For example, Some People think that people look at art because we live in a visual world. Understanding and looking at art is thinking about the way images communicate in all kinds of ways is important to being alive today as the speaker says .Furthermore, we can feel the nature that birds are beside me that makes a better person. We have a clear understanding about the concept of arts. We clearly understand what we believe, and why we believe it. The speaker uses simple words in the video and the topic is specific. we know the more specific we are, and the more likely readers are to understand as the text mentions in clarity that I find in video.


The reason I think it is logical. Logical means evidence is reasonable and makes sense step by step and what they talk about is all true. For example, the speaker says that the only way of looking at art is going to museums. But maybe sometimes art is everywhere, in the street, If you look at architectural places, or everything. you really do not need to go to a museum to see art. What we see here is logic because evidence is reasonable and combined with evidence that makes sense is called logical thinking. Furthermore, the speaker says, we can spend time looking at things such as newspaper photos and It is everyday life. The video tells us to notice art. Art is everywhere It is on the wall, Street, building and movie. This video has sufficient evidence about the topic. As we know, logic has made sense to the audience. The topic and evidence inspire people. It influences the audience that the speaker agrees with the evidence.. This is the way of catching readers’ interest about the subject. It makes topics realistic and convincing. Convincing readers through logical reason and real facts that are connected to the text. All the evidence shown is logical.

Significance is one of the most important elements that I found in the video. The video “smart history” gives enough answers to the question about why art matters. The arts matter because they help us see the world from different perspectives. They give us empathy and help us understand people, places , periods, and history. The arts ignite something in brains that I cannot explain, but I know It is essential for life as video showed. After watching the video, I feel that art is the way to being alive . We feel nature, birds, and know about history. The video encourages people looking at the art ; that is the significance of video. Because of these facts, we understand why art matters.

“How Art Can Help You Analyze”

After watching three videos about important aspects of art, my attention was drawn to Amy Herman’s video “How Art Can Help You Analyze”. I agree with the author of this video that art is a great tool in developing visual observation skills. Amy Herman helps to develop these abilities to people of various professions in which it is necessary to be able to see hidden details. For instance, she is a mentor for police officers, doctors, and nurses.

Let’s go back to the video and review the content and briefly try to evaluate how this video meets the standards of intellectual quality. According to an article proposed by Professor Fess, “Intellectual Standards for Quality”, there are nine universal intellectual standards that use in verifying the quality of reasoning. This list of judgments includes elements such as clarity, precision, accuracy, depth, breadth, logic, significance, relevance, and fairness.  It sounds intimidating, but these judgments work as a catalyst for critical thinking.

Straightaway, I would like to highlight three elements of the intellectual standards of quality; significance, depth, and relevance. Important to realize, the main task of the video to show the significance of art in everyday life. In other words, Herman described how art helps to master the skill of visual observation. The author gave a number of examples that it is necessary to change the perspective of thinking in order to see a more detailed picture of what happened in the past or to prevent emerging problems.

The next aspect of intelligent quality standards is the depth of thinking. There is one inexplicable moment in art: the artist hides a deep meaning in his works, and the viewer always tries to find this meaning. Perhaps this is an artist’s game with the viewer. As an illustration, in the video, the author tried to help the audience feel the depth of the painting by Rene Magritte, “Transformed Time”. Herman was able to influence the audience and directed their thoughts in a completely different direction, listing the obvious details, asking the simplest questions and eliminating the apparent inconsistencies.

The last element is relevance. The first thing to remember, art surrounds us everywhere. Certainly, art will always be relevant at all times. Herman persuades the audience that art helps to develop relevant skills which could be used in the real world citing as an example the doctor’s ability to recognize a disease by visual signals.

In conclusion, I would like to add a little rhetoric about art. In order to quench our thirst, we need to find a suitable source of water. In the world of art, there are many sources, just find the right one and get inspired.

Why Art Matter

After watching the video “Why Art Matter”( why look at art) describes a lot of things about art and the way we look at it. Art matters in our lives because we live in a visual world however, it is a mirror to reflect the culture and society. Art communicates in different ways which is important to being alive today. It connects the contemporary word.  Looking at some  art attracts that sort of attention to an environment which makes us feel better. In the video three categories of intellectual standard are shown clarity, breadth and significance. It shows us clearly how art helps in every sector or in every profession. Art  is not just a picture of the subject it is a package of  hidden  massage. In the video it shows in detail how the art helps everyone in their personal and  professional life for the doctors,nurses and law enforcement agents that show painting ,sculpture and photography as tools to improve their visual acuity and communication skills which are critical during investigation and emergencies. In addition,it helps to be more aware,alert,present space. Art is detail of so many things that can be absorbed if we really just take a moment and just let it come in,and listen.It is clear from the video that art is everywhere, in the street, in a park, in a building or in a movie so the art is not just at museums. 

The video let out many aspects of art and how it affects our daily lives. The reason the producer uses  breadth in the video is to connect the contemporary word. An artist uses a point of view to comfort us with a stem gaze or sight lines to hint at something we don’t see. From photography, Yoruba crown to caillebotte’s panoramic Paris, and Shenman’s provocation film helps to give an artwork meaning.’ Although, such arts explains the importance of visual stimulation and symbolism. The Yoruba Crown symbolizes the power of the king’s ancestors whose power is seen in both this world. Similarly , Paris street, Rainy Day 1877 is a powerful  art for expressing social classes, where people wear a suit in the street and other working class people relate how Parisian modern life ended in the 19th century. The art tries  to show the contemporary world. Cindy Sherman  approaches herself as a subject and she suggests a range of female roles. In “Untitled Film Still,# 92  She shows the creativity of female subjects without any title.

Overall, the standards of intellectual quality is very important because it measures the overall value of a scholarly effort and it helps to develop a deeper understanding of the art or any subject. The author tries to convey information accurately so that the audience can rely on them and can expand their deep understanding to the author and their work.


The Power to Look

The title of the video The Power to Look, is slightly misleading. The video is about the power of looking closely, but also the power of the artist to command a spectator’s view. With this in mind, the Art Institute of Chicago is able to meet at least three standards of intellectual quality: logic, relevance, and depth.

The speaker’s argument makes sense. For example, the photograph Untitled Film Still #92 by Cindy Sherman is meant to depict the scene of a vulnerable girl in a movie. The distraught look on her face, her position on the floor, and the viewers position looking down at the girl all contribute to Sherman’s vision. The speaker relates this to “the power directors have placing their audience in a scene.” Her argument is logical and seamlessly flows from evidence to conclusion.

Additionally, all of the speaker’s evidence is essential to the main idea. The veil of the Yoruba crown has a deeper meaning, as the viewer is shielded from the gaze of the king. The Paris Street, Rainy Day painting shows, upon closer look, the distance between the upper class and the working class. Untitled Film Still #92 intentionally put the viewer in a position of dominance over the subject of the photo. Each piece of art relates back to the significance of  attention to detail, and the artist’s affect on the viewer.

Lastly, the speaker’s argument is sufficiently complex. She uses three different mediums of art to support her claim. She uses the crown from the Yoruba, the French panoramic painting, and the work of an American photographer to support her idea that an artist tells the viewer how to interpret their work. She deeply explores each medium used diversify her argument by showing how widespread the power of an artist is.


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The video “The Power to Look” can be analyzed by the intellectual standard categories, that are stated in the article “Intellectual Standards for Quality”. When judged by the categories of Precision, significance, and logic, the video is regarded up to standard. The video portrays different artists and there ability to focus the reader’s attention. The artist Gustav Caillebout utilized precision through technology to accurately depict the social classes and the margin between them. Photographer Cindy Sherman utilized director-like camera shots to express feelings such as hopelessness and vulnerability, which is relevant to the reader since their perspective is what causes that emotion. Lastly, many artists specifically portray their subject’s gaze using logic. The look in the eyes of their subjects’ portrays questions to the viewer as to what else can be seen off-frame.

The power to Look

In the video “The power to Look” by The Art Institute of Chicago the presenter talks about the visual qualities of three artworks, the artist use strategies to make us think more deeply about setting, social position, culture, etc. This connects the artist and the viewer. These three artworks are the Yoruba Crown, “Paris street, rainy day” and the Sherman photo. The Intellectual Standards for Quality are the requirements to evaluate the quality of a scholar work like essays, reports or even a presentation; there are nine standards, but I choose three Clarity, Depth and Breadth.

In the “Yoruba Crown” the presenter expresses with clarity the ethnic of the crown, and the characteristics of the crown like its beaded veil so people don’t feel intimidated by the king’s gaze, also the abstract faces adorning the crown represent the king’s ancestors and the bulging eyes representing the power of the ancestors to see in our world and the supernatural world conveys the deep knowledge about the subject, the birds representing the woman’s support for the community and the king’s wife on the top representing a hierarchy. The content of this presentation covers different aspects in this community like their beliefs and their hierarchy.

In the painting “Paris street, rainy day” by Caillebotte, the presenter said that this painting “was always meant to be seen in an art gallery” by this one could infer that the social class and the resources of this artist makes the painting more sophisticated and maybe more valuable for an art gallery; with access to tools like the camera lucida he achieved to picture in a new way which covers the complexity of the modernization in Paris. When the presenter said “the radiating plan allowed oficials to more easily control the way different social classes interacted” demonstrates a deep knowledge about the social organization in the Parisian modern life at the end of the 19th century, and also she explains how the perspective of the painting puts this upper-class couple in the front plane while the working class is in the background.

And lastly in the Sherman’s photo, at first the presenter gives a briefly introduction about the photographer Cindy Sherman and her work “Always casting herself as a subject, Sherman suggests a range of submissive female roles”, however I would have liked to know why she interpreted submissive females roles, maybe it was a critique of the patriarchy of the time, but we do not know. In “untitled film #92” she arranges the shot so the viewer is looking down at the female from a position of power, but the presenter reminds us that she is the one directing our viewing experience, this considers the breadth of perspectives of this shot.


Intellectual standards are standards what applied to thinking, especially checking the quality of reasoning about a problem, condition/situation or an issue. A standard can help to measure how accurate something is. However, there are nine Intellectual Standards: Clarity, Accuracy, Precision, Relevance, Depth, Breadth, Logic, Significance, and Fairness.

First one is Clarity. I really think that this is the most important Intellectual Standard to checking the quality of a statement. Clarity is the first and opening standard. If a statement is not clear, we cannot decide whether it is accurate or not. For example: ‘’The boy was playing’’. Here its unclear. In the sentence it loses clarity because we don’t know what the boy was playing, where and when. So the statement is unclear. On the other hand, if we re-write the example like this: The boy was playing soccer at afternoon in the nearest playground. Here the statement is clear because we can easily understand the boy was playing soccer. Clearly, Clarity is the major standard I think.

Another one is Accuracy. This standard helps to find the truth of a statement. Or it verifies the information. For example: If someone says he is honest, it can be true or false. Here if we verify him by doing a test on him, we can easily find out his identity. Then his statement will show the actual outcome. If he passed the test of his honesty, then it has accuracy or truth, correct information.

One more standard is Logic. It’s important for clear or reasonable statement. Especially logic is a strong point for arguments. Accurate reasonable logic of an argument can give victory. For example: An entrepreneur tells about a specific skin care product and give a logic that the product is the best and has long-lasting results with good benefits. But if he finds out the product is suitable only for some persons not for everybody, then the logic is totally wrong. Here he can put his logic by finding/creating a skin care product which is good for everybody with good evidence so that his logic can be accurate.

Clearly, the intellectual standards have importance in may ways. It helps to upgrade our critical thinking. It helps us in our daily life, academic performance also workplace.