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Art Appreciation Exam Review

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This is an exam review for Art Appreciation. It is not all inclusive. Students should complete the review sheets and study all online lessons, including interactive exercises, to prepare for the exam.

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Art Appreciation Exam Review

  1. 1. SAMPLE EXAM QUESTIONS (This is not all inclusive. But, let’s assess your ability to apply the basic course concepts. The review sheets should be completed and the online lessons studied to prepare you for the exam.) for ARTS-1301 Art Appreciation KC Jenkins
  2. 2. What are the three general categories of art? What is the difference between content, subject matter, and context? What are the elements of art? What are the principles of design? Understand the various media listed on your review sheet. Don’t just rely on definitions. Be able to recognize examples and to practically apply your knowledge of all course topics.
  3. 3. What is a naturalistic artwork?
  4. 4. What is the difference between naturalistic and abstract artworks?
  5. 5. What is the difference between abstract and nonobjective artworks?
  6. 6. To which category does each of the following works belong? Understand the medium for each work, including how they “look.” Also be able to answer the other questions in this slide show. It is strongly suggested you review all lesson materials on Blackboard that are for topics listed on the review sheet.
  7. 7. Vincent van Gogh. Self Portrait, 1889. 57 × 43.5 cm What overall color scheme? What painting medium? (Be sure to refer to all available information for a “hint.”) Shape, mass, or shapes that imply mass? Type of balance? Dominant line direction?
  8. 8. Vincent van Gogh. Self Portrait, 1889. 57 × 43.5 cm Dominant line direction? (Just a few examples)
  9. 9. Charles T. Williams. Sculptured Composition. 1953. Welded steel. 19 1/4 x 36 1/4 inches Color Scheme? Shape or mass? This was made with which sculptural method?
  10. 10. George Segal. The Dancers, 1971, bronze with white patina. 56 x 71¼ x 106 inches Color Scheme? Shape or mass? Organic or geometric? What type of texture? How is the work unified? How is there variety?
  11. 11. Which painting medium? What is the dominant line direction? Shape or mass? Théodore Géricault. The Raft of the Medusa. 1818–1819.
  12. 12. What is happening with organic and geometric characteristics? How has the artist created a sense of space/depth? What type of balance? Théodore Géricault. The Raft of the Medusa. 1818–1819.
  13. 13. Diego Rivera. Sugar Cane. 1931. Fresco. 57 1/8 x 94 1/8". Shape or mass? Organic or geometric? Note: understand this painting technique.
  14. 14. David Smith. Cubi XII. 1963. Welded stainless steel. Shape or mass? Geometric or organic? This was made with which sculptural method? What type of texture does it have? How is there unity? How is there variety? What type of balance does this work have?
  15. 15. Which painting medium? Shape or mass? Organic or geometric? How has the artist created a sense of space/depth?
  16. 16. Which painting medium? What is the dominant line direction? Shape or mass? What is happening with organic and geometric characteristics? How has the artist created a sense of space/depth? Thomas Eakins. The Biglin Brothers Racing, 1872.
  17. 17. Shape or mass? Organic or geometric? Type of texture? Type of balance? Steady or lively rhythm? Wangechi Mutu. Hide and Seek, Kill or Speak. Mixed-media, 2004.
  18. 18. Roy Lichtenstein. Mr. Bellamy. 1961. Oil on canvas. Color scheme? Primarily what type of line? (not direction) Balance? How has the artist achieved a sense of space/depth?
  19. 19. Adolph Gottlieb. Apaquogue. 1951. Oil on canvas. Color Scheme? Shape or mass? What is happening with organic and geometric characteristics? How has the artist created a sense of space/depth?
  20. 20. Some accents of green and blue are present. But, what is the overall color scheme? How did the artist achieve a sense of space/depth?
  21. 21. What is happening with proportion? Choose a shape or color and explain how it creates rhythm.
  22. 22. What type of balance?
  23. 23. Ralph Goings. Pee Wee's Diner Still Life. 1977. Oil on canvas. 24 x 34 inches. What category? Shape, mass, or shapes that imply mass? In fact, there is a special term for artworks that look this “realistic.” What is that term?
  24. 24. Duane Hanson. Queenie II. 1988. Polychromed bronze, with accessories. Life size. FYI: In Photorealism, the viewer must often contemplate the typically ignored and unseen. What category? What color scheme? Shape or mass? Primarily organic or geometric?
  25. 25. Sandy Skoglund. The Cold War. 1999. Mixed media and live model. Dimensions variable. How are unity and variety achieved?
  26. 26. Sandy Skoglund. The Cold War. 1999. Mixed media and live model. Dimensions variable. What is emphasized and how?
  27. 27. Sandy Skoglund. The Cold War. 1999. Mixed media and live model. Dimensions variable. How are rhythm and movement achieved?
  28. 28. Sandy Skoglund. The Cold War. 1999. Mixed media and live model. Dimensions variable. What color scheme? What emotional or psychological associations do these colors typically have?
  29. 29. Sandy Skoglund. The Cold War. 1999. Mixed media and live model. Dimensions variable. An extra: The choices this artist makes creates a great sense of irony in this work. What are some examples?

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