Project #106600 - M1 Discussion - The Visual World

Discussion: The Visual World

Introduction: The most crucial way for you to demonstrate your learning in this course is by fully participating in the discussions. I expect the discussion to be student-centered and student-led. You should raise your own questions and respond to each other in a collaborative manner. If you are not certain how to proceed, please read/review How to Create Good Discussions.

I have provided reflection and thinking points below. You are welcome to begin your discussion based on any one of them. However, as you read through A World of Art, Chapters 1-3, you should be able to discover additional statements, ideas, or insights about the visual world.

This discussion will stay open throughout the course. However, any questions or responses posted after the 3 week closing date will not be considered in your course evaluation. You may continue the discussions for as long as you find them to be productive.

"All people are creative but not all people possess the energy, ingenuity, and courage of conviction that are required to make art. In order to produce a work of art, the artist must be able to respond to the unexpected, the chance occurrences or results that are part of the creative process. In other words the artist must be something of an explorer and inventor. The artist must always be open to new ways of seeing."   (Sayre, 7th ed p. 4)

The world of art has become so vast and varied that artists today have a myriad of material and media they can use to create works that are increasingly complex, refined, or far reaching.

For many people, the main purpose of art is to satisfy our aesthetic sense, our desire to see and experience the beautiful. But art often represents other truths, other realities that seem to have little to do with a purely aesthetic response to the world. Art is never created in a vacuum and artists are confronted with influences and ideas which they evaluate in the context of their creative process.

  • Thinking Point How would you define art?  What does it mean to you?
  • Thinking Point: Influence  How did the masks at the Trocadero influence Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" - either through form, subject, or content? Do you think the work would have the same impact had he not seen them? Why?
  • Thinking Point: Conventions How do ethnocentric beliefs and conventions influence the viewer's interpretation of a work of art? How would you compare the different works in Fig. 5, 25, 35 and 36.  Which do you respond to the most?
  • Reflection: Most of us take the visual world for granted. We assume that we understand what we see. The idea of visual literacy centers on the relationship between words, images and objects in the real world, the idea of representation, the distinction between form and content in art, conventions in art, and iconography. One of the tools needed to further our discussion is called conventions: habitual or generally accepted ways of seeing. All cultures develop a traditional repertoire of visual images. It is not always easy to understand another culture's visual conventions. 

 

NOTE: The book needed for this discussion is A WORLD OF ART by Henry M. Sayre

Subject Art
Due By (Pacific Time) 02/05/2016 12:00 am
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