Arts and Humanities M. Cox Introduction to Humanities.

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Slide 1 Arts and Humanities M. Cox Introduction to Humanities Slide 2 What are the Humanities? Humanities is the study of Human activity. Slide 3 Humanities These are the broad areas of human creativity and study, essentially involved with values and generally not using scientific standards Humanities are subjective Science is objective Slide 4 Humanities In Medieval times, the term Humanities, distinguished that which pertained to human from that which pertained to God During this time, mathematics, sciences, the Arts, and philosophy were considered humanities. Slide 5 Humanities Theology and related subjects were dealt with divinity These were the study of God. Slide 6 Humanities Today the Humanities are those broad areas of human creativity that are distinct from mathematics and the hard, sciences. Slide 7 Five Areas of Humanities Visual Art Drama Music Dance Philosophy Slide 8 Aesthetics The study of the beauty of Art Slide 9 Art Should clarify or reveal values As you deepen your understanding of values, you will deepen your understanding of what art is all about. Taste is an exercise in values. Slide 10 Art The arts are a subset of the Humanities. Slide 11 The Arts The arts are non-restrictive. They are communicative. They are entertaining. Slide 12 Taste Taste is improved by education. You gain appreciation by understanding the background information about a work of art. A sensitivity to the art form will intensify your response. Slide 13 What is a work of Art? Slide 14 Subject The part of the work that can be easily recognized Subject can be a person or an object Slide 15 Form The artists unique way of using the elements, principles and media in the work. Slide 16 Content Most important part of any work. The message the artist is trying to communicate. The content may be an idea or a theme. Ex. Patriotism, love, anger Slide 17 Theories of Judging Art Slide 18 Imitationalism Thinks art should imitate what we see in the real world. Slide 19 Formalism Feels that the elements and principles are the most important part Slide 20 Emotionalism Believes that the art must appeal to the viewer through their emotions.

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