Weeks 1 and 2: Why we Study Art and What Art Actually is
Weeks 1 and 2: Why we Study Art and What Art Actually is 101
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Julia Walker on Saturday February 20, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 101 at Grand Valley State University taught by Geoff Burd in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 10 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Art in Art at Grand Valley State University.
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Date Created: 02/20/16
Weeks 1 and 2: Why we Study Art and What Art Actually is Art helps us: o Understand life experiences o Discover how choices made by artists create purpose and anything created by their hands is intended to satisfy some needs beyond basic needs o Addresses certain meaningful aspects of living o Understand value o Survive to thrive Art exists because it provides some evidence of human existence Art is present in majority of cultures Art releases dopamine (happy neurons) causes positive physiological effects Art is not defined by just appearance There is NOT one solution to every problem according to art Art is on a constant continuum o Simple to complex or dull to profound o The boundary in art (this continuum) is fluid o Fine-art: special category, may satisfy additional needs and targets our needs for self-actualization o What separates fine art from other phenomena in the world to satisfy this higher order which is self-actualization o Examples of fine art: paintings, sculptures, film, photography Applied-art: focuses on the practical, more an direct art that has variety that satisfies lower needs o Can be viewed as comfortable or common o Examples of applied art: graphic design, advertising, crafts Separation of applied to fine art occurred during the Renaissance o In this time objects that were seen as fine art were from paintings to ceramics and were usually ranked as different symbols of status o Applied art addressed utilitarian portrayals/interests Visual communication of design is an important type of fine-art** o Clear and direct communication
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