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Chapter One. Art in your world. What is Art?. A work of art is the visual expression of an idea or experience created with skill. Perceive : To become deeply aware through the senses of the special nature of a visual object. Edvard Munch. The Sick Child. Some Background Info.

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Chapter one

Chapter One

Art in your world

What is art
What is Art?

  • A work of art is the visual expression of an idea or experience created with skill.

  • Perceive: To become deeply aware through the senses of the special nature of a visual object.

Edvard Munch.

The Sick Child

Some background info
Some Background Info

  • Painted in 1885

  • Portrait of his older and favorite sister who died of tuberculosis years earlier at the age of 15.

  • What has the artist done to focus your attention on the sick child?

The purposes of art
The purposes of Art

  • Personal function: To express personal feelings.

  • Social function: To reinforce and enhance the shared sense of identity to those in a family, community, or civilization.

  • Spiritual function: To express spiritual beliefs about the destiny of life controlled by the force of a higher power.

Purposes continued
Purposes Continued…

  • Physical function: To create/invent functional art.

  • Educational function: Art is sometimes used to provide visual instruction. When not everyone could read, artists would use symbols to provide information.

Why do artists creat
Why do artists creat?

  • The urge to create is universal!

  • Artists: Creative individuals who use imagination and skill to communicate in visual form.

Where do artists get ideas
Where do artists get ideas?

  • Nature

  • People and World Events

  • Myth Legends

  • Creative Techniques

  • Artists of the past

  • Ideas commissioned by employers


*The Lackawanna Valley

*George Inness

*Morning Suprise

*Terry Redlin


The Symbols in this picture tell a story:

*The gothic window represents the couple’s European heritage.

*The pitchfork represents their determination.

*American Gothic

*Grant Wood

Real world events
Real World Events

*Twin Towers Crying

*Tone Granberg

Myths and legends
Myths and Legends

Depicting the return of a legendary hero, Ulysses.


Creative techniques
Creative Techniques

Jackson Pollock

Artists of the past
Artists of the past

*Las Meninas

*Pablo Picasso


*Las Meninas

*Diego Velazquez


Ideas commissioned by employers
Ideas Commissioned by Employers

*Leonardo Davinci

*Ginevra de’ Benci

Commissioned by her husband at the age of 16.

The language of art
The Language of Art

  • Symbol: Something that stands for, or represents, something else.

  • Elements of Art: Basic Visual symbols in the language of art.

    • Line

    • Shape and Form

    • Space

    • Color

    • Value

    • Texture

  • Principles of Art: Rules that govern how artists organize the elements of art.

    • Rhythm

    • Movement

    • Balance

    • Proportion

    • Variety

    • Emphasis

    • Harmony

    • Unity


  • Subject: The image viewers can easily identify in a work of art.

  • Nonobjective Art: Art that has no recognizable matter.

  • Composition: The way the principles of art are used to organized the elements of art.

More vocab
More Vocab

  • Content: The message the work communicates.

  • Credit Line: A list of important facts about a work of art.

  • Medium: The materials used to make art.