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SYLLABUS FOR COURSE OBJECTIVES, READINGS, AND REQUIREMENTS.
Study material for EXAM 1:
What is Art?
The creation of beauty; the aesthetic quality of harmony.
1. Visual enrichment of life.
2. Creation/search for beauty
3. Emotional, intellectual, religious stimulation.
4. Harmony or unity in
Images: L. DaVinci/Mona Lisa, Kenya Woman(Masai Tribe),Classical Greek Sculpture
Means for expression and communication.
1. Direct expression of feeling or making a statement.
2.The cause of feeling in an audience.
3. Symbolizes our feelings.
4.Way of bringing clarity to, or intensifying our life experiences.
5. A means to creating order from the chaotic experiences of life.
6. Method for social commentary, protest for change.
Images: F. Kahlo/Diego In My Thoughts, R. Mapplethorpe/Self-Portrait,J. Chicago/The Dinner
Party, A. Warhol/Four Marilyns, M. Chagall/I and the Village, J. Holzer/Inflammatory Essays-
detail, Matisse/Piano Lesson,
The historical record or artifact.
1. Acts as a mirror of the society it was created from.
2. Becomes a visual analog to the qualities of a culture.
3. Creates a pictorial representation commemorative of its time, place, style accepted by
Images: Statue of Liberty, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Statue of Pharaoh Khafre, Sphinx, F.
Ringgold/Tar Beach, E.Hopper/Nighthawks, R. Hamilton/Just What Is It That Makes Today’s
Homes So Different, So Appealing?
An instrument for control, change, propaganda, celebration, magic, contemplation.
1. A means for changing the way we see or think things to be.
2. A vehicle for proposing the change - propaganda.
3. A way of lifting the human spirit, reminds us of our humanity.
4. Vehicle for the power of magic, or religious grace or enlightenment.
Part of a ritual.
5. An object for contemplation, introspection.
Images: E. Delacroix/Liberty Leading the People, Betye Saar/The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, M.
Duchamp/Fountain, J.L. David/The Oath of the Horatii, Marat at His Last Breath, The
Pantheon, Prehistoric Cave Paintings, Rothko/Blue, Orange, Red
II. Styles of Art; Levels of Understanding. It should be understood that one manner is not
inherently better than another, only different.
from the audience to
understand and appreciate the artwork.
This includes the artworks that have been created in a manner that the subject looks
"real" to us.
Includes artworks that depict the visual appearance of things as we expect to see
them in the world.
The reality is visual and not literal, of course, since it includes the
distortion of things to create the illusion of realism.
Includes the uniqueness of the subject,
characteristics that give it