Art definitions, artistic roles, and visual thinking/Overview

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Appreciating art
This module provides a basic understanding of how art is defined and the different ways it functions in societies and cultures.

This module covers the following topics:

  • Basics: Form and content, aesthetics, subjective and objective perspectives
  • Artistic roles
  • Artistic categories
  • Artistic styles
  • Perception and visual awareness

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Upon successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Define art within a cultural perspective.
  • Explain the difference between objective and subjective.
  • Explain the different roles art plays within different cultures.
  • Define the term subject matter.
  • Define the categories realistic, abstract, and non-objective.
  • Recognize, evaluate, and describe artistic styles.
  • Discuss the meaning of aesthetics and its relationship to cultural conventions.
  • Identify and discuss issues of visual awareness.

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This learning pathway includes these activities:

  • Experience with Art
  • Art in Everyday Life
  • Art and Other Worlds
  • Analyze a Work of Art
  • Descriptive Questions

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Assignment 1, Part A: Style, Form, and Content (5%) is included in this module.