Introduction to Humanities: What is Arts?

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  1. 1. THE ARTS Human100: Introduction to Humanities
  2. 2. WHAT IS ART? ART comes from the Latin language ars which means skill or craft. It constitutes one of the oldest and most important means of expression developed by human beings and has been a part of every society across the globe.
  3. 3. WHAT IS ART? The arts represent an outlet of human expression, usually influenced by culture, and driven by human creative impulse. Major constituents of the arts include literature including poetry, novels and short stories, and epics; performing arts among them music, dance, opera, theatre and film; and visual arts including drawing, painting, and sculpting. Some art forms combine a visual element with performance (e.g. film) and the written word (e.g. comics).
  4. 4. WHAT IS ART? From prehistoric cave paintings to modern day films, art serves as a vessel for storytelling and conveying mankind's relationship with its environment. Pre-historic Paintings in the Cova dels Cavalls cave in Valltorta, Spain
  5. 5. Art is an imprint of peoples past, present and future civilizations.
  6. 6. CHARACTERISTICS OF ART Many of us assume that a work of art should be beautiful, and even arts entire purpose is to be beautiful. However art serves a variety of functions encompassing more than physical beauty.
  7. 7. CHARACTERISTICS OF ART Art is about experience Art is uniquely individual Art reflects a societys culture Art is produced by all people and speaks to us at our most human levels of feeling and responding Art is not nature and is not intended to be nature Art is always about something Art is dynamic
  8. 8. THE ARTISTS TASK Create places for some human purpose
  9. 9. THE ARTISTS TASK Create extraordinary versions of ordinary objects
  10. 10. THE ARTISTS TASK Record and commemorate George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln
  11. 11. THE ARTISTS TASK Give tangible form to the unknown
  12. 12. THE ARTISTS TASK Give tangible form to feelings and ideas
  13. 13. Artist refresh ones vision and help see the world in new ways.
  14. 14. CLASSIFICATION OF ART Visual Arts Drawing Painting Photography Architecture Sculpture Literary Arts Short Story Novels Poems Comics (both Visual and Literary) Preforming Arts Music Theatre Dance
  15. 15. VISUAL ARTS The visual arts are art forms that create works that are primarily visual in nature, such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, filmmaking and architecture. Also included within the visual arts are the applied arts such as industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design and decorative art.
  16. 16. LITERARY ARTS Literature, in its broadest sense, is any written work; etymologically the term derives from Latin literature / litteratura "writing formed with letters", although some definitions include spoken or sung texts. Literature can be classified according to whether it is fiction or non-fiction, and whether it is poetry or prose; it can be further distinguished according to major forms such as the novel, short story or drama; and works are often categorized according to historical periods, or according to their adherence to certain aesthetic features or expectations (genre).
  17. 17. PERFORMING ARTS Performing arts are art forms in which artists use their body, voice, or objects to convey artistic expressionas opposed to visual arts, in which artists use paint/canvas or various materials to create physical art objects. Performing arts include a variety of disciplines but all are intended to be performed in front of a live audience.
  18. 18. ACTIVITY In a sheet, answer the following questions: 1. Define arts base on your own understanding. 2. Explain one significant characteristic of arts that strike you most.