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ART 100 – Art Appreciation
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This is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections for the student with little experience in the visual arts. The course includes a brief study of art history and in depth studies of the elements, media, and methods used in creative process and thought. This course will teach students to develop a five-step system for understanding visual art in all forms based on description, analysis, meaning, context and judgment.

Subject:
Art History
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Christopher Gildow
Open Course Library
Date Added:
06/28/2020
Art Appreciation Open Educational Resource [Complete Collection of Lessons]
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This course explores the world’s visual arts, focusing on the development of visual awareness, assessment, and appreciation by examining a variety of styles from various periods and cultures while emphasizing the development of a common visual language. The materials are meant to foster a broader understanding of the role of visual art in human culture and experience from the prehistoric through the contemporary. This is an Open Educational Resource (OER), an openly licensed educational material designed to replace a traditional textbook.

Subject:
Art History
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Full Course
Provider:
East Tennessee State University
Author:
Marie Porterfield Barry
Date Added:
09/08/2021
Art Appreciation and Techniques
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This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections for the student with little experience in the visual arts. It includes a brief study of art history and in depth studies of the elements, media, and methods used in creative processes and thought. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: interpret examples of visual art using a five-step critical process that includes description, analysis, context, meaning, and judgment; identify and describe the elements and principles of art; use analytical skills to connect formal attributes of art with their meaning and expression; explain the role and effect of the visual arts in societies, history, and other world cultures; articulate the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic themes and issues that artists examine in their work; identify the processes and materials involved in art and architectural production; utilize information to locate, evaluate, and communicate information about visual art in its various forms. Note that this course is an alternative to the Saylor FoundationĺÎĺ_ĺĚĺ_s ARTH101A and has been developed through a partnership with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges; the Saylor Foundation has modified some WSBCTC materials. This free course may be completed online at any time. (Art History 101B)

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Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
Art History
Visual Arts
World Cultures
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Assessment
Full Course
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Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Date Added:
06/14/2019
Art History
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The history of Art is long and varied, spanning tens of thousands of years from ancient paintings on the walls of caves
to the glow of computer-generated images on the screens of the 21st century.

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Art History
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Wikibooks
Date Added:
02/27/2015
Art in Nazi Germany
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In this art history video Beth Harris and Steven Zucker discuss Paul Troost's House of (German) Art (1933-37) in relation to the Great Exhibition of German Art and the Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) Exhibitions of 1937 in Munich.
The House of German Art now exhibits international contemporary art in direct opposition to original National Socialist intent.

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Arts and Humanities
Art History
Visual Arts
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Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Provider:
Khan Academy
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Smarthistory
Author:
Beth Harris and Steven Zucker
Date Added:
06/24/2020
The Art of Fresco Painting in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
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Known for its durability, a fresco painting is created in "sections" on freshly laid wet plaster, allowing the painter to comprehensively portray the subject and execute designs with ease. As both the paint and plaster dry, they become completely fused. Highly popular during the late-thirteenth to the mid-sixteenth centuries, fresco painting was almost a lost art by the time this book was first published in 1846. This volume, by a recognized authority in the field, was highly influential in reintroducing fresco painting to public attention. In addition to translating descriptions of painting methods used by such masters as Alberti, Cennini, Vasari, Borghini, Pozzo, and Pacheco, the author also interprets passages from rare manuscripts on the causes of fresco destruction and how to retouch, repair, and clean these works of art. Curators and art historians will find this classic reference work of immense importance and interest.

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Art History
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Mary Merrifield
Date Added:
09/08/2021
Edo: Art in Japan, 1615-1868
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This program surveys two centuries of art and culture in the city now known as Tokyo. Ceramics, screens, textiles, prints, paintings, and armor are among the materials discussed.

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Arts and Humanities
Art History
Visual Arts
World Cultures
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Diagram/Illustration
Reading
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Provider:
National Gallery of Art
Date Added:
06/24/2020
The Elements of Art
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The goal of this unit is to introduce students to the basic elements of art (color, line, shape, form, and texture) and to show students how artists use these elements in different ways in their work. In the unit, students will answer questions as they look carefully at paintings and sculpture to identify the elements and analyze how they are used by different artists.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Art History
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Unit of Study
Date Added:
05/10/2020
Gothic Art
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The Gothic style brought both divine light and soaring height to medieval churches.

Subject:
Art History
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Smarthistory
Date Added:
09/08/2021
Guide to Italian art in the 1300s
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This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for Italian art in the 1300s.
Table of Contents
Part I. A Beginner's Guide
Part II. Florence
Part III. Siena
Part IV. Pisa, Pistoia, Rome

Subject:
Art History
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Beth Harris
Ruth Ezra
Steve Zucker
Date Added:
04/15/2021
Ideals of the East: The Spirit of Japanese Art
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Written by the foremost authority of the era on Oriental archeology and art, this extremely influential book offers a brief but concise introduction to Asian art. First published in 1883, it responded to a vogue in Western culture for a growing awareness and appreciation of Japanese artistic expressions of beauty and philosophy -- a perspective that remains fresh and valid.Author Kakuzo Okakura (1862-1913) was a co-founder of the Tokyo Fine Art School (now known as Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music) and a curator of Oriental art at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. He also wrote The Book of Tea, and together with this volume, his writings rank among the most widely read English-language works about Japan. Ideals of the East wrought profound effects on the Western understanding of the internal consistencies and strengths of East Asian aesthetic traditions. One of its major themes, the connections between spirituality and the evolution of Asian art, provided English-speaking people with the earliest lucid account of Zen Buddhism and its relation to the arts.

Subject:
Art History
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Kakuzo Okakura
Sister Nivedita
Date Added:
09/08/2021
Idols Behind Altars: Modern Mexican Art and Its Cultural Roots
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Art critic, historian and journalist Anita Brenner (1905-1974) is acknowledged to be one of the most important and perceptive writers on the art, culture, and political history of Mexico. Idols Behind Altars is her influential historical and critical study of modern Mexican art and its roots. It was one of the first books to afford Mexican art the same serious considerations as European and Asian art and remains indispensable for anyone interested in the subject. The works of such major figures as Diego Rivera, Jóse Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Francisco Goitia and Jean Charlot are examined in the cultural context of pre-Columbian times through the 19th century. Brenner's astute analysis of Mexican history, her keen insights into revolutionary politics, and her passionate advocacy of Mexican art infuse this book with seminal importance. 117 illustrations--including some early photographs by Edward Weston--enhance the text.

Subject:
Art History
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Anita Brenner
Date Added:
09/08/2021
Introduction to Western Art History: Proto-Renaissance to Contemporary Art
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In this course, we will study important movements and some influential artists in Western art history. It begins with the Proto-Renaissance in Italy in the 13th century and continues through to the late 20th century, providing a framework for considering how and why certain artistic movements emerged in certain places at certain times. Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to: identify the major styles of works of art in the West from the Italian proto-Renaissance through contemporary art; explain how political, social, and religious ideas inform art styles and images; explain prevalent artistic and architectural techniques developed through the period covered; eiscuss formal aspects of works of art in terminology basic to the field; recognize important artworks and describe them in terms of their form, content, and general history of their creation. (Art HIstory 111)

Subject:
Art History
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Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Author:
Individual Authors
Date Added:
06/14/2019
Introduction to the History of Modern Art
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Modern art begins in the middle of the 19th Century, in the 1850s, and lasts until approximately the 1960s. After that, once the vocabulary of modernism has been established and fully explored, the art made in the 1970s and 1980s is called post-modern art. Art made within the last 15-20 years is generally called contemporary art.

Subject:
Art History
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Author:
Sharon Jordan
Date Added:
09/08/2021
MUS 108 - Music Cultures of the World
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This course is a survey of the world's music with attention to musical styles and cultural contexts. Included are the musical and cultural histories of Ociania, Indonesia, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Course Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of diverse peoples, cultural communities, and traditions while reflecting upon and challenging individual and societal ethnocentrism.
2. Describe and discuss music using appropriate terminology relevant for the field of ethnomusicology.
3. Analyze and identify music from a global intercultural perspective using analytical and critical listening skills.
4. Explain artistic, social, historical, and cultural contexts of world music.

Subject:
Art History
Performing Arts
World Cultures
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Linn-Benton Community College
Author:
Linn Benton Virtual College
Date Added:
09/10/2020
Photographic Visual Diary: Visual Elements of Art and Principles of Composition in Your Daily Life
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This is an introductory project that addresses identifying the Elements of Art and Principles of Composition in immediate surroundings and provides these terms a real-time life application. The project is interactive and exploratory, requiring individual observation of a students' physical world. This project can be modified to include more images, changes in grid template and combined to include both Elements and Principles together; incluiding identifying other terms in art such as mediums. The project can be used in an online formatted course or a face to face environment. Including Art Appreciation, Art Orientation, Two-Dimensional Design and Three-Dimensional Design studio courses. 

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Art History
Graphic Arts
Visual Arts
Graphic Design
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Xuchi Eggleton
Date Added:
09/22/2021
Smarthistory Guide to Byzantine Art
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The “Beginner’s guide” introduces foundational concepts, such as the chronology of Byzantine history, sacred imagery, and wearable objects. Subsequent sections are arranged chronologically, covering the Early Byzantine period (c. 330–700), the Iconoclastic Controversy (c. 700s–843), the Middle Byzantine period (843–1204), the Latin Empire (c. 1204–1261), and the Late Byzantine period (c. 1261–1453) and beyond.

These sections include thematic essays on Byzantine art and architecture, essays that focus on key works (subtitled artworks in focus or architecture in focus), and essays that explore Byzantium’s relationships with other cultures (subtitled cross-cultural perspectives). Finally, we have included questions for study or discussion to encourage teachers, students, and other readers to engage with videos and other content on the Smarthistory website which could not be included in this book format but which we believe richly compliments what is presented here.

Table of Contents
I. A beginner's guide
II. Early Byzantine art and architecture, c. 330-700 C.E.
III. The Iconoclastic Controversy, c. 700s-843 C.E.
IV. Middle Byzantine art and architecture, c. 843-1204 C.E.
V. The Latin Empire, c. 1204–1261 C.E.
VI. Late Byzantine Art and Architecture, c. 1261–1453 C.E.

Subject:
Art History
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Dr Alicia Walker
Dr Andrew Casper
Dr Anne Mcclanan Dr Evan Freeman
Dr Beth Harris
Dr Beth Harris Dr Steven Zucker
Dr Courtney Tomaselli
Dr Evan Freeman
Dr Magdalene Breidenthal
Dr Nancy Ross
Dr William Allen Dr Magdalene Breidenthal Dr Andrew Casper Dr Paroma Chatterjee Dr Allen Farber Dr Ariel Fein Dr Evan Freeman Dr Beth Harris Kalliroe Linardou Dr Elizabeth Macaulay Kathleen Maxwell Dr Anne Mcclanan Dr Robert G Ousterhout Dr Nancy Ross Dr Courtney Tomaselli Dr Nicolette S Trahoulia Dr Alicia Walker Dr Steven Zucker
Date Added:
09/30/2021