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Art Appreciation 7

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Running head: WHAT IS ART?

Understanding Art: Eight Forms of Art

This paper will define art using internet and resource tools. Given eight types of art define and give one example and elaborate. 1. Painting
2. Sculpture
3. Architecture
4. Photography
5. Printmaking
6. Conceptual Art
7. Installation Art
8. Performance Art

Art is interpreted by each individual differently, what you may see, I may see something else. What the artist put on canvas or sculpts describes their feeling at that particular moment, however once again the observer may choose to feel or describe something different. “What Is Art” defines art as the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance and also the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings. (, 2010) This definition is two of twenty-two definitions defined on the online dictionary. The two definitions were selected because it related to the subject at-hand. Merriam-Webster online defines art as the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also as works so produced. Artists use paintings as a form of communication; whether the painting is elaborate or just a mere scribble, it is something that is illustrated by someone to tell a story or show emotions. Art is delivered in eight different forms. “Painting”

Painting is defined as the work produced. One historical painting that always stuck out in my mind is the Mona Lisa. Mona Lisa is what I consider art, when I realized that I was taking Art Appreciation to obtain my degree, this was the first work of art that came to mind. Leonardo DaVinci exemplifies what art is and will ever be. Even though it is a mere painting of a woman, the history behind the artist plays a major role of the painting and my selection. (Museum of Science, 2010) “Sculpture”

The second form of artwork is sculptures. Sculptures are art of carving, modeling, welding, or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions, as in relief, intaglio, or in the round. (, 2010). Who would ever thought to use car part to create such as a unique exhibit? On that note, I choice Alastair Gibson’s Carbon Art Inspired Sculpture for the sculpture example (Carbon Art 45). His experience with car parts lead him to create unusual fish sculptures; shiny, vibrant and life-like sculptures. His sculptures are not like the historical rock figures we know as sculptures, which set him apart from the historical sculptors. “Architecture”

Architecture is the third form of art. First instinct of architectural designs took me to Italy and New York City. Both places have unusual yet beautiful buildings of art. I choice the 1889 Eiffel Tower in Paris as the architectural design to elaborate on. This structure is the immense definition of art, the structural itself speaks for itself. The wrought iron structure was the tallest building in the world until the Empire State building came along forty years later. “Photography”

National Geographic house captivating photographs that set art to a high standard. The fourth form of art is at a click of a button is photography. There are tons of photographs that are memorable and help to tell a story. The 1985 National Geographic magazine cover photography stood at attention; a young Afghan girl with that glass-like stare set chills down my spine. I can remember this magazine selected by my 8th grade History teacher for discussion. We discuss the effects of war on children and why war is possibly necessary. This discussion is quite vivid in my mind as a type; it seems like yesterday, even though it was 26 years ago. “Printmaking”

The fifth form of art is printmaking, defined as the art or technique of making prints, esp. as practiced in engraving, etching, drypoint, woodcut or serigraphy. Merritt Mauzey’s lithograph of Andrew Goodman was a distinct type of print making. The print of Andrew Goodman symbolized the freedom of slavery and his remembrance of the historical and painful events of the past. (Georgetown Collections, 2000) “Conceptual Art”

Conceptual art is the sixth form of art, this type of art is what I describe as cartoon work. Conceptual art is considered a figment of the imagination brought to life. Since, I am fan of history I choice the famous Superman however in a new update version. (Nunoxei Images, 2010). “Installation Art”

Seventh form of art is Installation Art; this type of artwork is created and put together on site. I choice a Beatrice Wood’s piece for this art form, it is a simple but hard-labored clay work by one of California’s leading ceramic artist. (Beatrice Woods, 2008). “Performance Art”

The last form of artwork is the Performance Art; created at the drop of a dime. Performance art in general is what you make it and how someone else visualizes it. The Blue Man Group is one of the more favorable performance art that I can remember. (Blue Man, 2008) “Winding-up”

How do you see art? Your visualization of art could be different from my visualization. Art is what we make and how we visual it to be. Art interpretation is what sets us apart from each other just like our body characterization. The eight forms of art exemplifies art as a whole, each different in its own way but yet similar. Either beautiful or strange the meaning of art in a dictionary or in our mind symbolizes what we want it to be. Art is awesome because of the various interpretations, either love it or hate, you have eight forms of art to help with the decision. Grasp the forms and begin interpreting!

Alastair Gibson Carbon Art. (2010). Automotive Inspired Sculpture. Retrieved on March 26, 2010 from
Art. (2010). In Online.

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Art. (2010). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
Retrieved March 28, 2010, from Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts. (2008). Currents; Contemporary California Clay. Retrieved on March 28, 2010 from Blue Man Group. (2008). Retrieved on March 27, 2010 from Discover France. (2008). The Eiffel Tower, France. Retrieved on March 26, 2010. Famous Phots that Changed the World. (2002) A Life Revealed-National Geographic Magazine. Afghan Girl Retrieved on March 27, 2010 from Nunoxei Images (2010). Retrieved on March 28, 2010 from
Museum of Science. (2010). Leonardo da Vinci At The Museum. Retrieved on March 26, 2010
Printmakers A to Z, Selection of Georgetown’s Collections. (2000). The Fairchild Gallery, Georgetown University Library. Retrieved on March 27, 2010 from

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