MODULE 15COURSE REVIEW Art 100 Understanding Visual Culture
part 1 definitions m1-4 Definitions What is “visual culture”? How is it different from art? From craft? From decoration? From other kinds of artifacts? What is art? How have different cultures defined it differently? What is its relationship with rituals and ceremonies? What has art become in the modern world? Where do you find it? Who looks at it? What uses does it serve?
part 2 skills what is formal analysis? what are some of the key formal qualities to look out for in two and three-dimensional visual works why is it important to observe images in close detail?
part 2 skills what is semiotic analysis? what is a signifier? signified? how do signifiers and signifieds work together to create possible meanings for visual forms? how do I choose which signifieds are most likely for a given work of art?
part 2 skills what is contextual analysis? how does the reading of the work change if the context is thought to be historical? military/political history social/cultural history history of everyday life labor history history of images, such as painting, or photography
part 2 skills what is contextual analysis? how might the reading of a work change if the context is considered to be: the society’s attitudes toward gender, race, class, ethnicity, or disability?
part 2 skills How do these various approaches work together (or at times, against each other), to produce an interpretation? What is an interpretation? What makes something a good interpretation, rather than a mediocre or lousy one?
part 3 domains photography media and technology material culture design architecture urban planning
part 3 domains What unique qualities are possessed by each domain that differentiates it from other domains present on the list? With what specific problems or challenges does this domain deal? What are some of the tensions experienced within this domain, and what creative solutions have been proposed to address those tensions?