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  1. 1. MODULE 15COURSE REVIEW Art 100 Understanding Visual Culture
  2. 2. 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?
  3. 3. 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?
  4. 4. 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?
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. 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?
  8. 8. part 3 domains photography media and technology material culture design architecture urban planning
  9. 9. 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?