• Unit 1: Defining Art

    How do you define art? For many people, art is a tangible thing: a painting, sculpture, photograph, dance, poem or play. Art is uniquely human and tied directly to culture. As an expressive medium, it allows us to experience wide ranges of emotion, between joy or sorrow, or confusion and clarity. It gives voice to ideas and feelings, connects us to the past, reflects the present, and anticipates the future. Visual art is a rich and complex subject, and its definition is in flux as the culture around it changes. This unit examines how art is defined, and the different ways it functions in societies and cultures.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 4 hours.

    • 1.1: Introduction and Definitions

    • 1.2: Form and Content

    • 1.3: Aesthetics

    • 1.4: Subjective and Objective Perspectives

    • 1.5: Artistic Roles

    • 1.6: Artistic Categories

    • 1.7: Artistic Styles

    • 1.8: Cultural Styles

    • 1.9: Perception and Visual Awareness

    • Unit 1 Wrap-up