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Art Appreciation: What is Art, Humanities, and Art History?


Art is the expression of human creative skill and imagination. Artists tell the story of human history through art

Why should we appreciate art? We live in a visual world – it is important to be able to understand the images we see everyday. It helps to give us the gift of the freedom of choice.

Art Appreciation is the knowledge and understanding of the universal and timeless qualities that identify all great art. The more you appreciate and understand the art of different eras, movements, styles and techniques, the better you can develop, evaluate and improve your own artwork.

A way to motivate ideas and allow individuals to illustrate their feelings when they viewed an artwork.


Humanities -what it is to be a human.

1. The state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques you learn in college have a limited shelf life; mastering the humanities provides tools for extending it.

2. Strengthens your ability to communicate and work with others and fulfil your civic and cultural responsibilities.

3. Teach us to deal critically with subjective, complex, imperfect info. To weigh evidence skeptically, and consider more than one side of every questions.

4. To value creativity, build skills in writing and critical reading.

5. Understanding across barriers or race, class, gender. 

6. Appreciation for cultural heritage.

CREATIVITY- use of imagination or original ideas (individuality).


Art is the most ancient of human expressions. It can communicate across cultures and beyond the barriers of language, beliefs and time.

apperciatiNg it would be a way of saying thank you for allowing you to be you how ever you express yourself in what ever genre of art you use. Without art what would life be like. Boring, because without fashion we’ll be looking at plain colors all our lives. Without music there wouldn’t be dancing no Rythm. It all ties together so let’s continue to appreciate our art.

due to the subjective nature of art, children can learn to construct meaning and articulate their thoughts when they express, in their own words, their personal opinions. This allows students an opportunity to develop an open mind and understand that there is more than just one solution to a problem. How we are all unique in our own way.


History- record and interpretaion of past human actions (social and political).

Art- part of the present as something ppl can see and touch.

ART APPRECIATION does not require knowledge of the historical context of an artwork (reason for its creation). ART HISTORY does.

Aim of art history: determine the original context of artworks. Why these “persisting events” of human history look the way they do but also of why the artistic events happened at all. What unique circumstances gave rise to its construction.  

Date of an artwork (chronology)

Physical evidence indicates object’s age (material/technique used).

Documentary evidence – written doc. Internal evidence – person/style/cloth/object. Stylish evidence- manner.


1. Art is universal – I believe that everyone can understand art. No one sees the same thing. Everyone can see something different, but they still understand it.

should we not expect any art object (if it is good) to be easily and immediately understandable to us? It is not the artist;s job to make his meaning clear and unmistakable. It is not a sign of his filure that his work must be analyzed to be understood?

Art is universal, because it evokes an emotional response from us if it is doing the job well. The best art is beautiful and inspires awe. Or joy. But it evokes emotion.

2. Art is cultural –  Art is uniquely human and tied directly to culture. As an expressive medium, it allows us to experience wide ranges of emotion, between joy or sorrow, or confusion and clarity. It gives voice to ideas and feelings, connects us to the past, reflects the present, and anticipates the future. Visual art is a rich and complex subject, and its definition is in flux as the culture around it changes. This unit examines how art is defined, and the different ways it functions in societies and cultures.

rt is uniquely human and tied directly to culture. It takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary. As an expressive medium it allows us to experience sublime joy, deep sorrow, confusion and clarity. It tests our strengths, vulnerabilities and resolve. It gives voice to ideas and feelings, connects us to the past, reflects the present and anticipates the future. Along these lines, art history, combined with anthropology and literature, are three main sources in observing, recording and interpreting our human past. Visual art is a rich and complex subject whose definition is in flux as the culture around it changes. Because of this, how we define art is in essence a question of agreement. In this respect, we can look again to the dictionary’s definition for an understanding of exactly what to look for when we proclaim something as ‘art’.

3. Art is not nature – Nature (sky) are not works of art. A work of art is man-made, it can never duplicate nature. The closest that we can get to doing this is with a camera. But a photograph is only a record of the subject. Just like, the plastic flowers that are artificial not natural, it does not change. Nature is evanescent and always recreating itself (unchanging).

Nature is real. Birth, life, death is the cycle. Nature is beautiful and close to perfect since it was designed by God. Art is a perceived, conceived idea on many items designed by man.  Nature has been a constant scourse of models for art, but they have never tried to make an exact copy of a natural thing.

4. Art involves experience – It usually starts as an experience which the artist wants to communicate. Then the act of expressing this exp- that of creating the art object – is itself another kind of experience. Finally, when work is done, there is the artist’s gratifying experience of having accomplished something significant.

Other kind of experience, refers to what an onlooker or listener undergoes when he perceives the work of art. The perception may kindle an experience which is similar or related to that which the artist tried to express. 

5. Art as expression – the personal and social values of the artist and his penetrating psychological insights into human reality are also conveyed. His perception is not inly of surface appearances but of forces that lie underneath – hidden realities which we do not sually notice until they are “framed” for our attention. It is the discovery of these realities that the artist expresses in his art.

6. Art as a form of creation – act of combining or re-ordering already existing materials so that a new onw will formed.

7. Art demand involvement – Art is always demanding specially if you have an eye for beauty, no matter what type of artist you are, if you are good at it than be prepared to be get a huge line of art lovers wanting to buy original art prints online or in person or anywhere they can get a hand on it. Hence always being creative and thinking out of the box can be a bit draining, breaks is the key, take small breaks in between your creative work and just be creative for yourself. That way you will never find art as demanding as before.

If the artist isn’t involved, the art does not get made. And if it actually gets made, without the artist’s involvement, the end product sort of sucks.

The viewer brings their life experiences to the viewing of the art, so the viewer is involved even before they look at the work. Generally, art is not only concept, media, technique, talent (or sale’s pitch sometimes), it is also something that is perceived on some level, whether subliminal or concrete as my head. 

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