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Book: World of Art
0001 Jun 1
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Book.World of Art

Principles of works of art

  • Form: the overall structure of the work;
  • Subject Matter: what is literally depicted;
  • Content: what it means.

Roles of the Artist

  • Artists help us to see the world in new or innovative ways.
  • Artists make a visual record of the people, places, and events of their time and place.
  • Artists make functional objects and structures (buildings) more pleasurable and elevate them
    or imbue them with meaning.
  • Artists give form to the immaterial hidden or universal truths, spiritual forces, personal

Representational art

if the subject matter is recognizable
Images of things, not the things themselves
work of art that portrays natural objects in recognizable form


more the representation resembles what the eye sees.


less a work resembles real things in the real world.

nonrepresentational or nonobjective

when a work does not refer to the natural or objective world at all.

Art Examples

  • How two different cultures might understand and value the same work of art in different ways.

    • Christo & Jeanna-Claude- The Gates Project for Central park, New York City 2003.

  • new or innovative ways

    • Kusama, Firefly Room

  • Visual Record

    • Ahearns & Torres, Pat&Monet, Gar Saint-Lazare

  • Functional Objects

    • Kwei, Orange Cocoa Pod Coffin

  • giving form to immaterial ideas

    • Picasso, Seated Bather & Jan van Eyck, Ghent Altarpiece

  • Art, Politics & Community

    • Dread Scott, the proper way to display an American Flag, Andy Warhol, Race Riot, Jasper Johns, Three Flags, Faith Ringgold, Gold Bless America

Critical thinking

Visual literacy

Critically think about images and clearly convey how visual art affects you using language.
the relationships among words, images, and objects in the real world; the idea of representation; and the distinctions among form and content in art, conventions in art, and iconography
ability to comprehend and discuss visual images

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