Humanities: Art and Visual Arts

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The Meaning and Scope of The Humanities
Humanities
The word humanities comes from the latin humanus, which means human, cultured and refined. To be human is to be have or show qualities like rationality, kindness and tenderness. It has different connotations in different historical eras. Today, however, we know of humanities as a loosely defined group of cultural subject areas. Unlike other subjects, it is not a group of scientific or technical subjects. The Scope of Humanities

The humanities is a many-faceted subject. It is consist of the visual arts, literature, drama and theater, music, and dance. 1. Visual Arts
The visual arts sre those that we perceive with our eyes. It involve not only painting and sculpture but include such things as clothes, household appliances, and furnishing of our homes, schools, and buildings. They may be classified into two groups; graphic arts (flat or two-dimensional surface) and plastic arts (three-dimensional).

a. Graphic Arts
Broadly, this term covers any form of visual artistics representation, especially painting, drawing, photography, and the like or in which portrayals of forms and symbols are recorded on two-dimensional surface. Printers also use the term graphic art to describe all process and products of the printing industry.

b. Plastic Arts
This group includes all fields of the visual arts in which material are organized into three-dimensional forms.

2. Literature
The art of combining spoken or written words and their meanings into forms which have artistics and emotional appeal is called literature.

3. Drama and Theater
A drama or play is a story re-created by actors on a stage in front of an audience.

4. Music
The art of arranging sounds in rhythmic succession and generally in combination. Melody results from this sequence and harmony from the combinations. Music is both a creative and a performing art. The common forms are song, march, fugue, sonata, suite, fantasy, concerto and symphony.

5. Dance
Dance involves the movement of the body and the feet in rhythm. Some important types include ethnologic, social or ballroom dances, ballet, modern and musical comedy.

Method of Presenting of Arts Subject
1. Realism
In painting, this is the attempt to portray the subject as it is. Even when the artist chooses a subject from nature, he selects, changes, and arranges details to express the idea he wants to make it clear. Realists try to be as objective as possible. Here the artist’s main function is to describe as accurately and honestly as possible what is observed through the senses. However, in the process of selecting and presenting his material, he cannot help being influenced by what he feels or thinks.

2. Abstraction
It means “to move away or separate.”Abstract art moves away from showing things as tey really are. The painter or artist paints the picture not as it really looked. The picture is not just like life. It is not “realistic.”

This is used when the artist becomes so interested in one phase of a scene or a situation thet he does not show the subject at all as an objective reality, but only his idea or his feeling about it.

3. Symbolism
A symbol in general is a visible sign of something invisible such as an idea or a quality. It can be simply an emblem or sign like: % to represent percent, a lion to represent courage, a lamb to represent meekness.

4. Fauvism
This was the first important art movement of the 1900’s. the fauves flourished as a group only from about 1903 to 1907 but their style greatly influenced many later artists. Henry Matisse led the movement and other important fauves included André Derain, Raoul Dufy, George Rouault, all from France.

5. Dadaism
A protest movement in the arts was formed in 1916 by a group of artist and poets in Zurich, Switzerland. The Dadaist reacted to what they believed were...
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