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Art Through The Ages, Part 2
Julie Cole
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Date Created: 01/20/16
UCCS: Art History 1001: Art Through the Ages, Part II (on-line) Julie Cole Spring Jan. 19- May 14, 2016 Week 1 ­Tuesday, January 19­ January 22, 2016 1. Textbook Reading:  A. Basic Properties of Art: Art is a material object having both form and content. It  is then described and categorized according to style and medium. i. Form­ Encompasses qualities of Line, shape, color, light, texture, space,  mass, volume and composition (all known as formal elements).  a) Line and Shape b) Color­ comprised of hue, value, and saturation. ­Hue­ color ­Value­ Lightness or darkness of the Hue ­Saturation­ Intensity or a color’s quality of brightness or  dullness. c) Texture­ tactile or touch perceived. Can describe the texture  perceived or the actual texture of the paint. d) Space­ can be actual (3D) or can be imaginary such as two  dimentions. e) Mass and Volume f) Composition­Organization or arrangement. Foreground, Middle  ground and background. ii. Content: B. Introduction:  2. On­line Resources: A. Why look at art?­ The history of representing the body in Western culture.­history­basics/beginners­art­ history/v/why­look­at­art  i. Art causes higher visual acuity ii. Art is everywhere, and it does not need to be seen at a museum to be  called art. iii. Art is about looking deeper at details and finding meaning. B. The Skill of describing­ i. Key to understanding Art: Describing what you see. ii. Why is Describing so Important? a. It’s the best way to begin to understand a work of art (or any image for that matter) b. Pause the video and note what you see: ­  Van goh’s Starry Night ­  A town at night ­  A spire  ­  Swirled stars c. Here’s what you can see by paying close attention: UCCS: Art History 1001: Art Through the Ages, Part II (on-line) Julie Cole Spring Jan. 19- May 14, 2016 ­ The sky takes up most of the painting. ­ The colors are mostly blue, black, and yellow. ­ We look down and see a small town with some simple homes  surrounding a church. ­ The town  lies in a valley, surrounded by rolling hills. ­ It looks like there are lights on in some of the houses. ­ The sky is filled with stars that seem to shine through the  darkness of the sky. ­ There is a moon that shines golden like the sun. ­ The spire is actually a cypress tree, and it dominates the  foreground, towering over the landscape. ­ The town lies between this dark form in the left foreground and the brightly lit moon on the upper right. ­ In many places the brushstrokes look like lines that curve and  swirl­ all of nature seems to be in motion, to be alive. ­ Even the cypress tree looks like flames. ­ Notice the church steeple is the only form besides the cypress  tree that rises above the mountains. What doe this all mean? ­ Often, in modern art, there is not just one meaning, but many. ­ With art that is older, before the modern period (before ~1800), works of art had more specific meanings, often to educate or  inspire devotion. ­ Art was also used to consolidate or change political power, (we still use images to do that.) ­ Art can help us remember someone we care about, or it can  help us remember ourselves. ­    In the modern era, works of art can mean many things, often  very personal for the artist, but art almost always says  something about what it means to be human.        It also tells us about the time the artist lived in and it can even  tell us about what we can expect from the art itself. Did Starry Night help you to think about its possible  meanings? ­ C. Looking at paintings Video­­ content/getty­museum/getty­paintings/v/looking­at­paintings i. How do you tell a story in a picture and indicate a series of events? UCCS: Art History 1001: Art Through the Ages, Part II (on-line) Julie Cole Spring Jan. 19- May 14, 2016 ii. Architectural Elements­ to divide the story into segments. Present goes  in the foreground as the future is at a distance in the background. As if to  say the future is far off and the present is near. a) Composition­ placement of figures can help tell who or what was  important. b) Birds eye view (form of perspective)­ Creates the illusion of  space on a flat surface. c) Sazon­ Showed depth is an illusion by using varying depths. d) Artists and Color ­Artists use color to unify elements, to draw our attention to  specific details and express emotion. ­Warm colors appear to expand and reach towards us (reds, orange, etc) ­Cool colors appear to recede visually, this helps to create depth. e) Highlights and Shadows ­Light from a central point, creates strong highlights and shadows.  Shadows convey a sense of volume and highlights provide clues  about surface and shape. Light tells who was important, add drama and can be used to create depth. f) Texture­ gives a 3D effect as where tactile is more realistic; ­texture provides for more movement.  ­Smooth art reflects light differently than textured art and thus  color is used rather than texture to create highlights and shadows.


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