Art Opens Up The Worlds Analysis

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Course Reflection The quote on the back of the book is “Art opens up the worlds: the world of many cultures, the past and present worlds, the world of the human heart and mind,” (Lazzari & Schlesier, 2008). That quote in my opinion does a good job of summing up the course and stating what you learn from the course and book. A few major topics covered in the book are “what is art?”, making, using and preserving art, and the state, self, and society. In the first unit we learned about “what is art?” The book describes art as “a primarily visual medium that expresses ideas about our human experiences and the world around us,” (Lazzari & Schlesier, 2008). To help describe what art is the book goes over the major areas of art function, visual…show more content…
Making art starts with an artist. Artist can either go to school or can be folk artist who are untrained artists that have learned their skills from other people. Then most artists pick a medium that they like and want to work with. An example of a famous artist is Leonardo Da Vinci, an example of his art from the book is Proportions of the Human Figure. That art work was first featured in an old anatomy book from the 14th century. There are many different uses for art including “to enrich lives, to be spiritually potent, to educate, to support or protest existing power structures, to entertain, and so on,” (Lazzari & Schlesier, 2008). Preserving art is very important in today’s society because we put a lot of value on beautiful things. Museums do many things to keep the art safe and…show more content…
This unit was divided into two different sections. The first one was about the state; how art pertains to the government and war and how art can be used to protest the government. An example of this type of art is Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will, this film still shows the German army during World War Two in an effort to scare other armies. The next section was about our bodies, minds, and the world we inhabit. A good example to show what this section was Vincent Van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet, this piece of art shows the viewer what Dr. Gachet was really feeling in the moment that Van Gogh painted
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