Unit 8: Other Worlds – Mortality, the Spirit, and Fantasy
Humans use art to capture ideas about worlds outside our own. Art is often a vehicle for myth, which use narrative to convey truths about human nature. Art also expresses hard to articulate aspects of spirit worlds which are products of religious practices. Cultures use iconography to symbolize abstract ideas like dreams, love, power, and emotion, and societies call on the artist to create them. Art also plays a significant role in ritual and ceremony. In this unit, we will learn how human thought, belief, and imagination are materialized through art.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 4 hours.