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Module 1 of Kirkland Museum's docent training program

Module 1 of Kirkland Museum's docent training program

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  • 1. Docent Class: Module 1
    Looking at Art
  • 2. Definitions from:
    Artists, Patrons and the Public: Why Culture Changes, by Barry Lord and Gail Dexter Lord, published by AltaMira Press in 2010.
    Used with permission from the publisher.
  • 3. All objects in the photographs in this presentation are from the collection of Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver, Colorado.
  • 4. Art is a manifestation of aesthetic culture in which nature or natural properties are transformed to create meanings that can be apprehended, understood, and appreciated primarily by our senses or our imagination as an extension of our senses.
    Interior of Kirkland Museum
  • 5. The content of a work of art is the sum of
    all its layers of meaning, apparent or latent,
    explicit or implicit.
    All works of art have content; only those that are representational also have subject matter, which may be defined as what a work of art represents, if it represents anything.
  • 6. Otto Bach
    Landscape Abstraction
    c.1970
    Vance Kirkland
    Red Mountain
    1947
  • 7. The formof a work of art is how this content is realized.
    Gerald Summers
    Bent Wood Arm Chair
    1933-34
    George Montague Ellwood
    Arts and Crafts Side Chair
    c.1902
  • 8. Technique is the method by which the form is achieved.
    Vance Kirkland
    Floating Mysteries of India
    1963
  • 9. Medium is the range of techniques that the artist chooses.
    Designer Unknown
    but probably AndréeFauréMalabre
    Art Deco Jar
    c.1930s
    Studio Camille Fauré
  • 10. Style is a form that is common to more than one work of art.
    Walter Dorwin Teague Sparton Bluebird Radio
    1934
    Victor Schreckengost
    Jazz Bowl and Plate
    1931
  • 11. Function is a term applied to pieces of art that have a use beyond the intellectual or imaginative.
    Russel Wright
    American Modern Dinnerware
    1937-38
  • 12. Decorative Art is art produced or intended primarily for utility, including jewelry, furniture, pottery, and other crafts. Adapted from the American Heritage Dictionary
    Studio exhibition room
    in Kirkland Museum
  • 13. Module 1 evaluation: You may choose to complete the evaluation in written form (one page or so on each work), or set an appointment to discuss your ideas with a member of the staff.
    Please choose 2 works currently on view in Kirkland Museum. Briefly discuss the content, subject matter (if applicable), form, technique, medium, and function (if applicable), of each work.