What I Have Learned in Module 1 and 2

Topics: Aesthetics, Art, Visual arts Pages: 3 (1179 words) Published: June 9, 2013
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What I Have Learned In Modules 1 & 2

In module 1, I found it to be a scary week for me. Not really understanding art, it can make it a tad nerve wrecking for me especially since I know it’s not my forte. To some people they can look at art and understand somewhat of the meaning behind the artist’s work of art. I cannot see this in all images I see. Art to me sometimes will catch my eye and pull me in and then my imagination opens up and I see crazy visuals of the work. This is something that module 1 did teach me. Before, I was not allowing my imagination to open up. The first week of class learning about the roles of an artist was interesting to me. The artists follow four traditional roles in art which are record the world, give form to abstract ideas, give form to hidden truths, and help us to see the world in new and innovative ways. This to me was interesting because everyone should know that most art work comes from some historical background of something or it has a good meaning behind the piece of art. Knowing that was a role, I understood this role. The part that still gets me in this is the give form to hidden truths. This is the kind of art that catches my eyes as it is a challenge to see what everyone else is seeing. They also follow three traditional functions of art which are education, entertainment, and art about art. Some of the works of art we view under this topic were quite interesting as well. The ones that stood out more to me were, Albert Bierstadt’s, Rocky Mountains done with oil on canvas from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York. The less traditional function is art about art, but in the new era you would think it would be a higher pick. The piece we viewed for this was done by Kasimir Malecich of a self-portrait in 1915, and was from the Stedulijk Museum in Amsterdam. Understanding art in some ways is the only way I feel that you can really truly know what you’re looking at. Having my own personal preferences and...


Cited: Sayre, H.M. 2007. World of Art. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall
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