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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.

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Art History
Material Type:
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)

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
Art History
Visual Arts
World Cultures
Material Type:
Assessment
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Reading
Syllabus
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
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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.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Art History
Visual Arts
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
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.

Subject:
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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Textbook
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.

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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 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.

Subject:
Art History
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Smarthistory
Author:
Anne McClanan
Evan Freeman
Date Added:
09/30/2021
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