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What does it mean to be visually literate?. Demonstrating Visual Literacy. Why should I understand art?. Being inquisitive is a good quality that tends to expand your understanding of what it means to be a human being.

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why should i understand art
Why should I understand art?
  • Being inquisitive is a good quality that tends to expand your understanding of what it means to be a human being.
  • Art often attempts to present something meaningful, universally important, and timeless as it relates to being a human being.
  • Understanding art often means that you are participating/exercising your mind with challenging experiences which can help develop your ability to think critically.
  • Artistic expression can be among the highest forms of intelligent demonstration.
what could all of this mean
What could all of this mean?
  • Could it not mean this?: One who aspires to make or interact with the best in Art is aspiring to challenge themselves to be a part of the most well-rounded opportunities for thinking and living.
  • What does it mean to be visually literate? Answer this in your DW with a sentence or two.
  • What could this mean for those who choose to remain visually illiterate? Discuss and write at least 50 words in your DW.
what is art
What is Art?
  • Art is an idea expressed through a medium.
  • What are characteristics of good and bad art? Is it good just because your mother, father, family, or friends say it is good? Discuss this in your DW with at least 40 words.

Jean Michel Basquiat

what makes art good related terms
What makes Art good? Related terms…
  • Cliché/Trite: A superficial or overused expression or idea
  • Timelessness: Unaffected by time: ageless
  • Universal: Applicable or common to all purposes, conditions, or situations
how do i better understand art
How do I better understand art?
  • Describe
  • Analyze
  • Interpret
  • Judge

Jean Michel Basquiat

understanding art
Understanding Art
  • Describe: What do you see? Collect information about the work. Don’t forget to read the title.

Damien Hirst, Cow

understanding art1
Understanding Art
  • Interpret: Why do the subjects exist and how do they relate to the intention of the artist?
  • Context?
  • Why, why, why , why?

Paul Cadmus, To the Lynching, 1935

understanding art2
Understanding Art
  • Judge: What does this piece mean? Why is or isn’t this piece good?

Pablo Picasso, Guernica

how do i know if something is really really good
How do I know if something is really, really good.
  • You will never forget it.
  • It will not be trite or cliché.
  • It will touch you deeply.
  • You might say, “How did she/he come up with this?”
  • You might say, “If anything in this piece is changed or removed, it will weaken it.”
  • It will challenge you or change you.
  • It will communicate in a very unique or rare way.
modernism and postmodernism
Modernism and Postmodernism
  • Modernism: The use of nontraditional innovative forms of expression of the arts during the 20th century.
  • Postmodernism: Of or relating to art , architecture, or literature that reacts against earlier modernist principles.