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1.1: Introduction and Definitions Discussion Topic 1: Exposure to Art

What has been your prior exposure to visual art? Has it been primarily from your family? School? Social activities? Personal explorations?

Do you make art? If so, what kind? What is the medium you use? What kind of style is it? Who is your audience? If you haven't made any art, have you ever ...

Discussion Topic 2: Defining Art

How do you define art? 

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2.2: The Individual Artist Discussion Topic 3: The Artistic Process

Watch a few videos about how artists work and what they say about their processes. Then make a list that covers the following information:

  • List the artists you viewed.
  • Who surprised you the most?
  • Which artist was most concerned with the process of making the work?
  • Which artist was most concerned with...
3.1: Objective vs. Subjective Meaning Discussion Topic 4: Form and Content

Do you think you will have honed your skills at finding meaning in art by the end of this course? As you think about how to respond, consider what this accomplishment means to you. Can you find meaning in art? What role do you play in your attempt to find meaning? What role does the artist play?


4.3: The Principles of Design Discussion Topic 5: Objective Description of Artistic Principles

Search for two works of art from an online gallery. The first work should be two-dimensional, and the second should be three-dimensional. For each one, write four sentences that describe the elements present in the work using the Formalist Method. This method describes what you see in a totally ...

5.1: Two-Dimensional Media Discussion Topic 6: The Medium is the Message

Marshall McLuhan's quote that "the medium is the message" helps us understand the frontiers and limits of the tools we use. Artistic media are not only extensions of our creativity; they are avenues that help us define changes in scale. For example, the introduction of painting extended what ...

5.2: The Camera Discussion Topic 7: Here a Photo, There a Photo, Everywhere a Photo!

Photography changed and challenged the notion that art is a precious object – we can reproduce photographs by the thousands and millions. We began to regard art as something that is commonplace rather than a unique work. Further investigations into photographic technologies, such as attempts to ...

Discussion Topic 8: Film Study

The film industry has become a major part of our economy. Like other artistic mediums, it reflects and anticipates the culture surrounding it, although many would argue Hollywood has a culture all its own. Now, independent films (those made outside of the big Hollywood studios) have a larger ...

5.3: Three-Dimensional Media Discussion Topic 9: Form and Content

For thousands of years, sculpture has (literally) been the bedrock of three-dimensional art. Carved from stone or wood, or cast in bronze, so often figurative and, from a Western cultural perspective, in a realistic style.

The advent of modern art in the first half of the ...

6.8: Green Architecture Discussion Topic 10: Gone Green

Research and explain three examples of sustainable technologies and green architecture. These could include energy production sources, architectural design, engineering, or urban planning models.

What are your reactions to these examples? What is the context surrounding them? For example, how will...

8.3: Spirituality Discussion Topic 11: Art and the Spirit

Find an artwork from a culture other than your own that represents a form of spirituality. Explain why you chose the work you did and how it represents the spirit. You will need to understand the context in which the artwork was made and how it is used within the culture.

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