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ARTH 203 Lecture 1: What is Art? (Week 1)

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ARTH 203 Lecture 1: What is Art? (Week 1) ARTH 203

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These are notes that I take to supplement the artwork seen in class.
Introduction to Art
Miranda Becht
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Art, history




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Oby Igwe on Friday August 26, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ARTH 203 at University of Louisville taught by Miranda Becht in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 42 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Art in Arts and Humanities at University of Louisville.

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Date Created: 08/26/16
What is Art?    Examples Comparing the Theme of Water...      Hokusai­ 1832: T​ he Waterfall  ● symbolizes the life of the everyday person  ● peaceful  ● small art piece    Egyptian:   ● dangerous feel for nature  ● rapid waters  ● coffin artwork relating to the afterlife    Frederic Church­ 1857: ​Niagara  ● oil on canvas  ● large  ● for exhibition to show beauty of the new American frontier  ● can invoke nationalism    Louise Nevelson­ 1972: ​White Vertical Water  ● large, for exhibits  ● paint on wood  ● made by collecting wood scraps  ● curves suggest a cascading waterfall  ● emulates sensations by a river  ● fish swimming  ● splashing waves      What is Visual Art?    It allows us to see the world in different ways...        Elements of Art  ● considered the "building blocks"/ "vocabulary"  ● What are they?      Principles of Art  ● the "rules of grammar"  ● What are they?         2D vs. 3D  ● The difference can be shown between shape (2D) and form (3D)  ● Mario 1981 vs. 2016 example    (Elements of Art) Line:   ● gives structure, movement, and cohesion  ● can be used to direct attention to the art  ○ can "create energy"  ● Quality is determined by its orientation, direction, degree of continuity, and by the  material used.  ○ Has it's own distinct quality  ○ horizontal, vertical, curves, diagonal  ○ can give off different feelings  ● Direction of the line implies movement  ● Line weight is used to accentuate direction  ● continuity or linear flow can reduce/ enhance direction    Types of Line:   ● Actual Lines:   ○ Line seen, calligraphic lines  ○ Can add high energy  ○ Wu Guanzhong­ 1984: Pine Spirit  ● Contour Lines:  ○ Used to define shape  ○ Lines are defined by inner and outer shape  ● Implied Line:  ○ "Begs" the viewer to be actively involved  ○ Pikachu image  ○ Sauerkids­ 2006:​ he Devil Made Me Do It  ○ Implied Line of Sight:  ■ 2D artwork of a 3D statue    Line Networks  ● Used to create the illusion of 3D form  ● "Hatching"  ○ Makes one to see volumetric objects  ● "Cross­ Hatching"  ● "Cross­ Contours"  ● Vincent Van Gogh­ 1888: ​ edroom in Arles  ○ Lines give painting 3D space and motion  ○ Small linear perspectives gives an idea of believable space  ■ Not seen with the bed; lines make it look "chaotic"     


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