Saturday, December 6, 2014

Module 16 Final Blog Posting!

1.) My expectations for this course were to learn something about art that I didn't already know.  i also wanted to be able to identify some artists that I wasn't once familiar with.  Yes, these expectations were absolutely met.  I now am aware of multiple artists that I had never even heard of before this class, and I have also learned many new terms, art curator being the top one that i really was unaware of until this class.

2.)although I don't believe there can be a cookie cutter definition of art, to me, art is a piece of work someone creates, and is inspires others, weather they are fellow artists or not.   My initial posting was very general, where as now I feel much more confident in my knowledge of what art really is.

3.) My favorite artist s Andy Warhol.  In my initial posting i never mentioned an artist because I did not have a favorite.  I love Warhol because of his fun and laid back artwork, while also he was the first artist we talked about that I could relate to.

4.) This online course went very well for me.  i was apprehensive at first, and now I would feel good about taking another online course as long as I had another reliable and accessible professor.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Project 4 Reflection

This project really took quite a while for me.  I found it very difficult to find 10-15 images that I felt fit my theme of science is art.  Although both fields are extremely related, finding pictures that I could explain why and how so was a challenge.  I really did enjoy looking through Artstor and viewing all the different types of digital art there was available to me.  The most difficult part of this project for me was explaining how the artwork related to my theme.  I enjoyed doing this because it forced me to understand Artstor and other links that could lead me to many databases full of art that I had no idea existed prior to this project.  Being an art curator for this project was also enjoyable.  I thought that the way I organized my pictures made sense, and flowed nicely.  It was a very pleasant task to re arrange and play with this project until I felt it looked the way it should, as a real art curator would do when creating an exhibit.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Video Responses Module 13 and 14

1.)Main ideas from The Lowdown on Lowbrow:

Lowbrow became applied to artwork after being used in relations to paintings having nude girls in them.  The term was not well liked.  Many artists who create lowbrow material, like the meaning of lowbrow surrealism more so.  Lowbrow is associated with pornography.  Newbrow is now becoming a term as well.  Surrealism is a huge part of what Newbrow art is becoming.  comic books, and tattoos are a huge impact from lowbrow art.

Displaying modern Art: The Tate Approach:
Displaying art is a Key component in art  How people perceive the art is very much based on how it is presented.  Artists explore the political and social receptiveness of the museums often before their artwork is displayed.  Concerns of how the artwork would be displayed is very great when dealing with an artist and the artwork.  Displaying modern art is what the curators are responsible for.  Each section should provide a theme or principal theme for each exhibit.

An Acquiring Mind
Montebello, an art curator explains how he decides to display the artworks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  This video goes on to run through certain artworks and their importance.  The expertise of the curators is considered the most valuable of all knowledge in the museum.

2.) Some parts of each of these videos related to my exhibition.  They all spoke about the importance of order of the works of art are displayed, and the paths that lead to acquisition.  I took a lot of time designing my project to flow well with each artwork making sense for the place that I had placed it.

3.) My opinion of these films were that they added to my depth of understanding of what an art curator does daily, and what their overall impacts are.   I learned a great deal from these short films that I was unaware of previously.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Module 12 Video Responses

1.) The first video I chose was the Art of Henry Moore.  I picked this specific video simply because I need have heard of this person/artist.  I wanted to know what he was all about, and his significance.

The second video I chose was the Andy Warhol video.  This was an easy choice for me because I always was interested in this artist, and thought it might be a nice review of the information I had already learned based on a prior unit in an art class I took in high school.

2.) Henry Moore was an incredibly impacting artist of the 20th century.  He lived an average childhood, and then began to develop his liking to art.  Henry Moore has created multiple sculptures and works of art that influenced other artists.  I found it extremely interesting that Moore created sketches and drawings of his memories from world war II, rains, bunkers and etc.

Andy Warhol is one of the  most famous artists that I am aware of, this video helped recreate Warhol's works and explained his printing process.  Andy Warhol was a part of the pop art movement, he once said he never wanted to be an artist, he wanted to be a tap dancer.  Later in life he decided to become a famous artist.  He would use magazine clippings and what not to begin his famous works.  Marilyn Monroe's face made him famous.

3.)  Both videos gave background on the wrists.  They both referenced the time frame that the artists were impacting.  The pop art movement, and the 20th century included here.  The text explains the significance of both of these factors.

4.) These videos were relatively interesting.  I now have a lot more knowledge on Henry Moore, for I have never even heard of him before this module. The Andy Warhol video did not really give me any new information, but did broaden my thoughts on how exactly he came to be.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Module 11 Project

Step 1: The Exhibition

The exhibit I viewed was called Presence By Janelle Lynch at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

The theme of this exhibit was nature.

Step 2: The gallery

The type of lighting included spotlights on the ceiling to highlight some of the art and wall sconces.
The walls were mainly different shades of white, a subdued white and grey at times.
Walls and tile floors were the main interior architecture of the gallery.
The gallery provided a nice flow throughout, each exhibit path led from one to the other in a very nice manner.

Step 3: The artwork

The artworks were organized in almost a line form.  All the pictures were mainly hung at the same height as out walked your way through each section, pleasantly spaced out.
The artworks were similar in their framing choices.  Also, certain exhibits follow a certain color tone.
The artworks differ in the fact that they are all different mediums.  There were some done by watercolor, while others were photographs and some were sketches and prints.
The artworks are framed under glass with a metal or wood frame while other pieces were table top framed under glass.
The artworks are identified and labeled by a large white square stating the artist, name of the piece, and some information regarding the exhibit and piece.
The artwork is evenly spaced out to give enough room for the viewer to see each piece one at a time.

Step 4: Art criticism exercise

Janelle Lynch
Presence 1
Burchfield Penney Art Center

1.) This photograph has beautiful lighting that captures the reflection of the trees, I liked this photograph because of the disposition of the bent tree opposing the straight lines.
2.) Trees, water, reflection in the water, multiple different shaped and sized branches based on nature.
3.) Line, is used in this photograph in the natural line shapes that the trees form, the lines seen here are not exactly straight.  Contrast is also seen from the light background to the darker values of the trees in the foreground.
4.)This photograph reminds me of the teeth of a comb.  The tree branches hunched over could represent the curve of the comb while the other seemingly straight trees remind me of the actual teeth of the comb.
5.) I believe the artist was trying to capture the spring image here, I believe she wanted to show the snow melting by the water pooled up under the trees, an the branches damaged over from a harsh winter.

Janelle Lynch 
Presence 3
Burchfield Penney Art Center
1.)This photograph captures a time in nature very well.  I am drawn to the one tree in the foreground, I liked this picture because of this.
2.) This photograph shows many trees in a space but the main tree you take notice of is the center tree in the photograph along with the vine that is wrapped around it in a swirling manner.
3.)Movement by the vine is shown here.  The shape of the line of the vine draws your eye to move around the swirls of the vine and tree.  This photograph is also showing balance because even though you are drawn by the center tree, it is balanced on both the left and right sides of the photograph because of the trees in the background.
4.) The center tree looks figure like, almost as though it is dancing. 
5.) I believe the artist was trying to say in this photograph the nature within us is similar to the nature around us. I came to this conclusion because of the center tree appearing to be dancing with the vine.

Janelle Lynch
Presence 13
Burchfield Penney Art Center
1.) This photograph has beautiful colors in it, and captures the trees changing colors in a subtle way.
2.) This picture has various amounts of colors and leaves from light to dark.  The sun is peaking through the trees giving a soft effect to the painting.
3.) Color is used here by the different tones of the leaves from red oranges to greens, texture is also present because the background looks light and soft while the foreground looks rough and darker.
4.) This reminds that life is full of changing moments, as the trees go through the seasons of change so do people.
5.) The artist was perhaps trying to say with this photograph that transformation is inevitable.  

I probably enjoyed this art gallery experience a little less than just going as a viewer to look at artworks on display.  Noticing the architecture, the lighting and space etc. while these things help to bring the artwork to life, I found myself focusing more on the surroundings than the art, which is not what I would have liked to have done.  However, looking at the gallery in this way allowed me to realize the importance of the display space, and all that comes with it for the art to properly be showcased. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Module 11 Video responses

1.) I chose the Picasso and Matisse video first because I wanted to broaden my knowledge on Matisse.  I did not know much about him prior to watching, and was interested.  Also, Picasso being the famous artist that he is, I believed it would be interesting seeing how they compared the two.

I chose the expressionism video secondly because expressionism has always peaked my interest... t me it was always like the way the artists' broke the rules of art, and still got a way with it.

2.) The first video spoke about what intrigued the artists, and how they begun.  Picasso had an intellectual approach while Matisse came from a very different approach, more personal I believe.  Picasso Invented the first collage while Matisse wanted to bring Picasso down.

Madonna was a highlight in this video. The expressionism in this painting is a wonderful example of ecstasy despair and anxiety. Themes of life works by Munch show expressionism, paining was his obsession, so much that it led him to a nervous breakdown. Many arts done by multiple artists have been shown to affect people in all different ways based on their expressionism.

3.) These videos spoke about different ways of creating art, which is a common theme in our text.  Expressionism is an entire section worth of theories and examples that the second video I watched displayed.  Picasso and Matisse, being of famous are of course good reference points for this video, and our textbooks as well.

4.) These films were rather lengthy, therefore I found myself losing focus every once awhile, however they did a great job covering the topics they claimed they would.  I now feel much more confident in my knowledge on Matisse which was a subject I knew nothing about whatsoever.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Module 10 Mask Project

These are examples of Topeng Bali masks.  The reason I chose these as one of my mask inspirations because I found them to be unique, colorful, and dramatic looking.  Some depict animal forms or peoples faces with different expressions.  These masks use the element of color which allows them to sick out more than the average mask.

This Aztec mask shows a lot of expression in the facial features.  You also notice, the texture that was created on the mask, that looks like it could have been made from clay.  There are multiple topical features, which makes one want to touch it.  You can clearly see the symmetry in this mask which is also something that draws me to it.  Again, the colors in this mask are vibrant and allow the mask to stick out from the rest, which is another reason why I chose this as my second inspiration piece.

This last mask I chose is from Mexico.  This is called the Candelario Owl.  I really liked the color in this mask once again.  Also the artist uses shape in this mask by elongating the nose.  It is very enticing to look at.  The contrast of colors present here also makes me like the mask.

4.) In my finished mask I used the elements and principles of color, pattern, repetition, texture and shape.  For my use of color for the mask I chose bright vibrant colors that I was drawn to.  With my inspiration masks in mind, I thought I would use the colors red, blue, and yellow, while using black as my outline color.  I used the same pattern for the eyes and ears following a circular shape while also trying to give it dimension and texture by gluing the pieces of Himalayan salt to the mask.  This is also why I elevated the eyes, nose and ears.  I used the shape of a monkeys head in mind, using curved lines, and circles.  You'll find the repetition in the eyes and ears by repeating the pattern, giving the mask a symmetrical look.

5.) While trying to find my inspiration for this mask, I found it interesting reading about the many cultural purposes of masks.  In making my own mask, I wanted to add a little bit of myself in it, so I chose to do it with a monkey in mind, because they are my favorite animal.  Color was a huge influence on each mask I researched, and I wanted to ensure that I would incorporate that into my final mask.  Overall, I really enjoyed being able to create my own mask, and was very pleased with the final outcome!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Module 10 Video Review

1.) I chose to watch the video on Hinduism because I know that those who of the Hindu religion have made beautiful art before, and I was curious to see what some of those creations may look like.

I also chose to watch the video on African art because I know this week we are going to be asked to make masks and the first thing I think of when I think of African art is tribal masks,  I figured this video could help me in my mask creations.

2.) In the African art video it went on to explain how everyday life incorporates art.  The sculptures, masks, and buildings or architecture that is present in their area all incorporate their style of art.  The aesthetics are some of the most important features in African art.

In the Hinduism video, the art of India is presented.  This art contains some carved stone shrine like features, and is extremely religious based.  Some of the Hindu art is even erotic, this surprised me greatly.

3.) Both videos were culturally relevant, which is what the text brought up as well.  Both the african art, and the Hinduism art have many culture aspects that made the art aesthetically recognizable and pleasing!

4.) My opinion of these videos is that both were informative, and somewhat interesting.  There were a few surprises in each video that made me think about the art in a more culturally relevant way than I had before.  Each video was useful in my learning.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Module 9 Video responses

1.) I chose to watch The Drawings of Michelangelo for my first video because I was curious about Michelangelo the draftsman, and the creator.  I have heard so many people mention Michelangelo's name but I was never sure exactly what he was responsible for other than some art.

I also chose to watch Leonardo Da Vinci: The Renassiance almost for the same reason.  I know Da Vinci, but not enough about his influence.  I was curious at the very least.

2.) The drawings of Michelangelo showed that his artwork was incredibly more detailed than we believed.  The sense of many figured that were sculpted by michelangelo by using the crosshatching and being much more specific to give you a greater knowledge on what it his he was creating.  

Da Vinci wore many hats.  He was one of the driving forces within the renaissance.  Da Vinci was able to move people through his artwork which is an incredible feat and one of the reasons why we are still speaking about him in todays times.  Da Vinci used more than just art but geometry, math, architecture and so much more that made his art incredible.

3.) These videos helped me further understand what it is that Da Vinci and Michelangelo did in not only the art world, but in general.  The ambitious artists created such an impact on people in their times, and even still today.  

Hand Artwork Module 9

1.) Using my hand as the subject matter for this project was fun.  I was able to look at my hand in much greater detail than usual.  I see my hands everyday so to really have to focus on them for a long period of time was interesting.

2.) I chose to do this project using pencil.  I simply chose this media because it was the easiest available to me and I also wasn't sure how great I would do with holding the charcoal in my left hand when it came to drawing then.

3.) Creating this drawing with my non dominant hand, my left, was extremely difficult.  It almost hurt to do this.  I was not used to this feeling at all and was incredibly impaired while trying to create the image of my right hand.  it was comical for those watching at the very least.  

4.) I believe both of these hand drawings are subpar.  They both are done okay but could be better.  It is obvious with which hand I completed each drawing and I wish it weren't.  The drawings came out well enough to tell it was a hand however!

5.) The only reason I would consider using my left hand to create art in the future would be to strengthen my skills and put me out of my comfort zone.  If I was looking for quality artwork, though, I would most definitely not use my left hand!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Module 8 Video Response

This week we were asked to respond to two videos

1.) I chose to watch The Measure of All Things: Greek Art and the Human Figure because I had heard before that Greek art is what inspired a lot of body model painting.  when i think of artists painting a picture or sculpture of a human I immediately link it to greek artists.  I wanted to know more about this.

2.)For the first required video, More Human Than Human, they discussed how seagulls were an influence for artists when creating images of humans that were distorted.  This video also explained how many artworks keep most of the human figure in appropriate shapes and sizes but will only distort certain things for a reason such as the chest, and stomach on a female.

In the second video that I was able to choose it explained that the change in greek art from religious to more human centered was legendary and impacted much after.  The idea goes on to say that the greeks had an ability to depict a soul in their.  Greek artists attempted to capture movement, it tries to convince you it is close as it can be to humanity.

3.) The videos relate to the readings in the text because both talk about the impact of Greek art creations, those specifically of human anatomy.  The videos and book prove that the Greek art was monumental and able to help Western art grow.

4.) The films were extremely interesting when they showed the pictures of the art and explained why certain pieces were distorted.  I believe that the videos allowed to help me learn more so than the texts.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Module 7 video response

Architecture: The Science of design:

1.) This video explained the science of architecture, the fact that the buildings can't only just look nice, but are made of steel skeletons that will surely hold the building up.  The video went into depth of the parts of the architecture of the building and techniques of building skyscrapers.

2.) This video relates to the text in the sense that it talks about architecture being an art, but a scientific art.  Both sources acknowledge the amount of work that goes into architecture.

3.) This film was very interesting and helpful because it went beyond the art aspect of architecture. I learned the science and details that need to happen to create a building.  This film made me appreciate architecture more because to showed how crucial each step is.

4.) I chose this film simply because the title interested me.  I wanted to understand more in a scientific specific way about the architecture process.

Last Call For Planet Earth: Sustainable Development and Architecture

1.) This film went over our need for change to protect our environment.  Architecture/building has a huge impact on our resources and environment and we can improve certain things in order to maintain a healthy environment.  This is in everyone's best interest.

2.)Design and our environment are huge innovative things we need to acknowledge. Both the text and the video discuss the consciousness of saving our environment from unnecessary depletion.

3.) This film was extensive, however it gave me a more in depth view of the innovative strategies we are coming up with to improve our environment.  Overall, it was very informative.

4.) I chose this film because the synopsis mentioned how innovation is crucial and I immediately agreed.  I thought this one would be the most interesting to me.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Module 6 responding to my peers

2.) Both blogs I viewed I agreed with their principles and element pairings.  I agreed apprehensively at first however.  Many of the pictures to me, at first, seemed to work better with a different element until I looked to their explanations.  Each one made sense.  After looking through two other projects I realized there were so many different applications to these pictures that could be applied creating a conclusion that they were more fitting to that particular element.

3.) In the second blog I viewed we had three pictures that were the same.  I thought this was pretty cool.  I was able to see his reasoning for choosing that particular painting versus mine, and they were quite different.  It just goes to show, that art really does affect all people in different ways.

4.) There weren't really any images that my peers selected that I wanted to know more about.  I had seen each of those images already and didn't pick them for a reason.  Although the responses to those images were interesting the works themselves did not pique my interests.

5.) It is always nice to see what other people are thinking.  Reading my peers' responses helped me organize my ideas better.  I liked seeing what others thought about the same things I had been asked.  None of our responses were the same which I believe was interesting.

6.) There are no comments on my blog currently.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Logo Module 5

1.) I thought creating my logo was incredibly hard.  I had to pin point one thing that represents myself well enough in order to even begin to think about my logo design.  That was the most difficult part.

2.) First I thought about the kinds of things that represent teachers, such as books, apples, rulers etc.  I then used those symbols to start my first sketches. My first idea was just an open book but after realizing that it looked too plain I decided for my second sketch I would incorporate the ruler and pencil into the logo.  As I was drawing that, it hit me that I could place the ruler and pencil in the form of an "L" which could create a cleaner look.  The third sketch nailed it when I finally added my name, and a little about myself, creating a combination logo design.

3.) I discovered while creating my logo that close proximity is incredibly important.  I also discovered that each time I tried the logo got better and better.  Small changes added up to create one great piece.

4.) I learned that the logo design really has to connect with the product it represents.  The powerpoint was most helpful.  I found the videos somewhat helpful but truly gained most of my logo creation knowledge from the powerpoint provided.

Module 5 Art Gallery Visit Response

Jose Parla
Blooming City Marks, 2014

A.)This artwork made an impression on me because of how chaotic it looked, it drew my eye in to follow the pink swirl within the work.
B.)I felt a connection with this piece because of how busy looking the work was.  I am incredibly busy all the time working full time and going to school.  This piece really, I felt, captured this feeling of chaos.
C.)I would like to know where the artist started when doing this piece, and if the final outcome of this work is what the artist expected it to be?

Jesus Rafael Soto
Bois-tiges de fer, 1964

A.)This artwork made an impression on me because it was different than all the rest.  This piece had a draw to it that the others lacked.  The three dimensional aspect was incredibly interesting.
B.)The connection I felt with this piece was in the changing element that it displayed I found myself intrigued in this artwork for longer than I did with the others.
C.)I would like to know if the artist intentionally wanted this piece to have an optical illusion to it?

Millie Chen
The Miseries and Vengeance Wallpapers

A.) This wallpaper piece went on for a long stretch of wall.  This made an impression on me.  The size of the piece was interesting.
B.)Each part of this wall paper told a story as you walked on.  This allowed me to make my own connections to the art of what that story may be based on the drawings.
C.)I would like to know much more about this piece because it peaked my interest in wall paper art.

Ali Banisadr
Contact, 2013

A.)The color in this painting jumps right out at you.  It was impossible for me not to have an impression by this work.  The colors and size say it all.
B.)I connected with this piece because it reminded me of war.  So many parties involved, and not a clear view f what really is going on.
C.)I would be interesting in knowing how long it took the artist ti create such a huge, detailed painting.

Theaster Gates
Civil Tapestry 5, 2012

A.)This piece was created out of old fire hoses.  This made a huge impression on me.  It was incredibly interesting to think that real firefighters used these and now it is art.
B.)Firefighters are risking their lives everyday to keep us safe, so I was able to connect with this piece by appreciating the art used from their worn out hoses.
C.)Where were these hoses from would be one question I would like to know the answer to?

Milton Avery
Bucolic Landscape, 1945

A.)I really enjoyed this painting.  It made a happy impression on me.  The cow in this picture symbolized normalcy to me.
B.)I made a connection with this picture due to the normalcy of the cow but the surreal effect of the background.
C.)I would like to know more about this picture to find out how the artist intended for this painting to affect people

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Module 4 Project

1.) I thought creating the value scale and color wheel were both very enlightening assignments.  They both taught me more about shades and color than I was already aware of.  I thought creating both of the projects helped me realize how much goes into creating values of colors and shades.

2.) I enjoyed working with the paint the best.  I liked to work with the paint because this is a media that I do not use often.  I was able to play around with colors, and simply have fun while color mixing.  

3.)The most important discovery was realizing that what we all think are our primary colors is actually false.  I was unaware of the differences in a color wheel when created with cyan yellow and magenta verses the normal red blue and yellow colors.

4.) I learned from the videos how subtle one color change can make such a grand difference.  I thought the videos were extremely helpful while creating these projects step by step they allowed me to successfully complete both the color wheel, and the value scale.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Project 1

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1.)  Unity:  This metal work represents unity due to the balance of the three squares evenly distributed while the framework joins them together to create a unified piece of art.

2.) Value: This photograph has a wide degree of light and dark, the contrast of the lightened face with the darkness of the background gives value to the photograph.

3.) Line: The branch creates a complex shape leading your eye from the base of the stalk to the top.

4.) Form: The bowls have a three dimensional shape with wide depth and width.  The stacking of the bowls allows the form to be seen.

5.) Color: The painting demonstrates multiple realms of color within it.  The piece defines its shape through the vines and color  of lines against the bright yellow background.

6.) Space: The two light sconces show how the space between them affects your view of the objects and the area around them.

7.) Emphasis: This painting draws your eye to the mask, and woman's eyes due to the contrast of colors and the fact that the mask is three dimensional.  The artist wants you to notice the woman's eyes in this painting and puts emphasis onto them using the mask.

8.) Balance:  This women in the painting is off center however the painting displays balance because she carries her red hair over to the left side drawing your eye through the whole canvas.

9.) Contrast: The softness of the kitten is in contrast with the harsh shadow lines.  Therefore, giving a play on textures between soft and hard, the contrast of the two create a harmonized picture.

10.) Proportion:  The tomatoes in this photo represent proportion, they are each different shapes and sizes, however they are still all in proportion within the size of the basket.

11.) Pattern: The criss crossing of the lattice shapes in the foreground play against the soft grass in the background.  The repetition of these shapes across the photo create pattern.

12.) Texture:  The texture in this photo is represented by the surface of the flower.  The petals have a soft texture that is obvious while the center of the flower shows a hard and pointy exterior texture.

13.) Shapes: Although the color in the stained glass is varied, the shapes are defined through the black outline of each shape allowing for the form of each shape to be seen.

14.) Movement:  This piece allows for the eye to start at the base of the art where the branches are thicker, drawing you to follow it through the carving so your eye moves freely from one end to the other.

Overall, throughout this project experience I was able to realize many artistic elements and principles are obvious in everyday items.  I also noticed that some pieces can have more than one element or principle apply to them.  I found this interesting because it made me more aware of the objects that surround myself.  I now pay attention more so to the objects and what elements and principles of art may apply to them.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Module 3 Colors and Emotions

1.) Colors are the reflection and refraction of light on objects.  Color has many effects on emotions.  As explained in the video and texts, red is thought to bring feelings of being trapped.  Red can also convey feelings of anger, while blue has a more calming effect.

2.)  The idea of color that fascinates me the most is the theory that emotions can be driven straight from the colors we see.  Certain colors appeal to us based on how even the light has been distributed in that particular fiber that creates color.

3.) As June continued to change her painting based on the fact that she believed it wasn't capturing the right color tone she wanted demonstrates what was most impacting on me.  The simple change of one tone of red to another made the painting have a completely different feel.  Color is a psychological thing, it has so many meanings, symbols and ideas.  The color creates the feeling for the artwork as June mentions.

4.) Feelings effect art directly.  The biggest impact made to me in the second video was about the power of perspective color art on feelings.  The artist will create a work of art with full attempt to convey an emotion, or intensify the religious stories for example. However, the perspective of the viewer can be completely different than the feeling the artist intended for. The video mentions perspective stands for man thinking differently than what he is.  This applies to art for no one thinks the same thing about a piece, unless told to do so, of course.  The color is the first symbol of emotion to pick up on.  Humanity has its own radiating power to understand the message of the painting to the best of their ability.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Videos and Article response Module 2

1.)Aesthetics: Philosophy of the Arts video main points:

Aesthetics is the philosophical study of beauty and art

theory of musics' effect on body and will was an important contribution on aesthetics.

Plato brings to the art world, the idea of beauty.

Hutcheson believed the human being has sense of beauty and harmony.  The perception is from an inner sense that registers with an outer sense.  The inner sense is thought of by him as innate and spontaneous.  

Part of us has to be oblivious to what is happening to enjoy art.  We need to forget about other things to focus on the art of something.

CARTA: Evolutionary Origins of Art and Aesthetics: Neurobiology, Neurology and Art and Aesthetics

Symmetry of our human bodies themselves help contribute to the origins of art.

Science and art meet in the human brain
the point of art is to deliberately exaggerated the image in some way to produce pleasing effects on the brain
universal principals that cut across culture in art.  

Article points:

There are universal key things that we all believe are beautiful, symmetry is one of these.
Exaggerations of what we believe are beautiful become more pleasing to us.
The brain responds strongly to what we see and know in nature.
It is our brains that are able to make sense of the art examples: black outlines of items.

2.) I believe Plato had the most important role in aesthetics with his idea of beauty.  Plato the Greek philosopher from 428BC.  Plato brings to attention that art is copying to convey the beauty in an object.        Plato considers art as something that furthers you from the truth.  Although this sounds bad at first the truth here is that Plato was able to identify what other philosophers came up with decades later.  The idea that you have to let part of yourself go to enjoy the aesthetics of art.  One cannot appreciate literal art they need to invest some imagination into it.  I chose Plato because he began to turn the wheels in thoughts on art.  He had many ground breaking theories that apply to art and aesthetics today.

3.) Changeux and Ramachandran spoke about the brain and art.  They both made me realize many theories of art and our bodies and brains that I would not have originally linked.  Both scientists spoke of symmetry and how we all universally find it appealing.  Perhaps we enjoy symmetry because all animals we know are symmetrical.  Also both went on to speak about the perception of what we already love in a hyperbole is what we look for as beauty in art.  I enjoyed these lectures for the fact that they made sense to me combining science and art.

4.) The videos and article relate to the reading by acknowledging the history of art and explaining why we may perceive art the way that we do.  Symmetry was brought up multiple times in each of the texts and videos.  As all went on the idea that asethetics comes from nature and copies of it is prevalent.  

5.) The films and the article were interesting to say the least.  Each source gave a further understanding of different takes on aesthetics.  The first video helped enhance my information from reading the text about the history of aesthetics and art.  while the scientific lecturers helped me understand why the art appeals to us in the way that it does.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Day One of Blogging

Creating my Gmail account was very simple for me considering I had already had my email through Gmail.  Setting up this actual blog became a little difficult or me at times only because I was familiar with how to do so.  I expect to learn in this course more about art, and techniques and to broaden my knowledge.  This is my first fully online course so i was a bit apprehensive when signing up for it, however, I feel as long as I keep up with all the messages and work that I will do well!