SURVEY OF THE ARTS
An Introduction to the Arts and Humanities
Laura Loveday
Art and the Eye of the Beholder
• Art and Audience
• Art and Artist
• Art and Intention
The arts strive to weave our
exper...
Art within humanities
• Art is how our ancestors recorded
the world around them in a time
before cameras
• We record thing...
Science vs. Humanities
• Seeks to describe reality
• Attempts to create a
universal concept
• Measurable and
quantitative
...
What would you guess about the person
who owns these items?
Concerns of art
• Creativity
• Aesthetic communication
• Symbols
Fine art and applied art
• Fine art is lauded for its aesthetic quality
• Applied art includes architecture or handicrafts...
Art’s purpose and function
Among art’s purposes:
1) Provide a record
2) Give visible or other form to feelings
3) Reveal m...
Aesthetic perception and response
1. What is it?
2. How is it put together?
3. How does the work appeal to our senses?
4. ...
1. What is it?
2. How is it put together?
3. How does the work
appeal to our senses?
4. What does this work
mean?
Picasso believed a
painting was a “sum of
destructions”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1f7nHsQMFk
1. What is it?
2. How is it put together?
3. How does the work appeal to our se...
Criticism of art
• Plato vs. Aristotle
• Renaissance examined moral worth of art and its
relationship to nature
http://www...
• The late 1800s disregarded traditional criticism
• Today, we evaluate art based
through a “lens”
• Formal criticism – considers no external conditions or
information
• Contextual criticism – considers related informatio...
• Artisanship – Is the work well made? Understand the
medium and the style
• Communication – Evaluate what the artwork tri...
Art brut, or “outsider art”
• Idea developed by Jean
Dubuffet in the 1940s and
Roger Cardinal in 1972
• Work created by th...
Style
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  1. 1. SURVEY OF THE ARTS An Introduction to the Arts and Humanities Laura Loveday
  2. 2. Art and the Eye of the Beholder • Art and Audience • Art and Artist • Art and Intention The arts strive to weave our experiences into coherent bodies of knowledge and to communicate them to others
  3. 3. Art within humanities • Art is how our ancestors recorded the world around them in a time before cameras • We record things the same way today: in how we dress, what music we listen to, the buildings we work and live in, or what we write • You can tell what a culture valued by their artwork
  4. 4. Science vs. Humanities • Seeks to describe reality • Attempts to create a universal concept • Measurable and quantitative • Seeks to describe humankind’s experience of reality • Gives form to emotion • More analytical approach
  5. 5. What would you guess about the person who owns these items?
  6. 6. Concerns of art • Creativity • Aesthetic communication • Symbols
  7. 7. Fine art and applied art • Fine art is lauded for its aesthetic quality • Applied art includes architecture or handicrafts with a decorative purpose
  8. 8. Art’s purpose and function Among art’s purposes: 1) Provide a record 2) Give visible or other form to feelings 3) Reveal metaphysical or spiritual truths 4) Help people see the world in new or innovative ways Among art’s functions: 1) Enjoyment 2) Political and social commentary 3) Therapy 4) Artifact
  9. 9. Aesthetic perception and response 1. What is it? 2. How is it put together? 3. How does the work appeal to our senses? 4. What does this work mean?
  10. 10. 1. What is it? 2. How is it put together? 3. How does the work appeal to our senses? 4. What does this work mean?
  11. 11. Picasso believed a painting was a “sum of destructions”
  12. 12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1f7nHsQMFk 1. What is it? 2. How is it put together? 3. How does the work appeal to our senses? 4. What does this work mean?
  13. 13. Criticism of art • Plato vs. Aristotle • Renaissance examined moral worth of art and its relationship to nature http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vufba_ZcoR0
  14. 14. • The late 1800s disregarded traditional criticism • Today, we evaluate art based through a “lens”
  15. 15. • Formal criticism – considers no external conditions or information • Contextual criticism – considers related information outside the artwork, such as facts about the artist, social and political conditions, etc. Evaluating art
  16. 16. • Artisanship – Is the work well made? Understand the medium and the style • Communication – Evaluate what the artwork tries to say and if it was worth the effort. Does it offer a profound or unique insight?
  17. 17. Art brut, or “outsider art” • Idea developed by Jean Dubuffet in the 1940s and Roger Cardinal in 1972 • Work created by those outside of mainstream art culture • Artists may be self-taught • May illustrate extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or fantasy worlds
  18. 18. Style

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