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Art is Us 2015 week 6

The sixth session of the “Art is Us” art history class for Spring 2015 was held on Thursday, April 23. We discussed the homework assignment, a comparison of Titian’s Venus of Urbino and Manet’s Olympia. The presentation covers artwork from the Neo-Classic, Romantic, and Realist periods. In Neo-Classic work we see a return of characteristics from the Greek Classic and Renaissance periods, and a return of Greek Hellenistic and Baroque in Romantic, both with new interpretation and worldview. The Realist movement takes a whole new approach, of “art for art’s sake,” rather than to represent the world around us. Works by Ingres, David, Gericault, Delacroix, Turner, Millet, Courbet, Manet, and others are featured. For homework, there is a quiz, and new comparison and tribes homework assignments.

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Art is Us 2015 week 5

The fifth session of the “Art is Us” art history class for Spring 2015 was held on Thursday, April 16. Paintings from the Renaissance and Baroque were compared, and parallels to Greek Classic and Hellenistic art were identified. Underlying human qualities of reason and passion are associated with these two archetypal movements. Examples of Baroque and Northern Renaissance art were presented and analyzed. There are new comparison and tribes homework assignments.

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Art is Us 2015 week 4

The fourth session of the “Art is Us” art history class for Spring 2015 was held on Thursday, April 9. We saw examples of art and architecture from the late Gothic, early Renaissance, High Renaissance, and Mannerism periods. Several principles articulated by German art historian Heinrich Wölfflin were introduced.

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Art is Us 2015 week 3

The third session of the “Art is Us” art history class for Spring 2015 was held on Thursday, April 2. We discussed the homework assignment comparing two Gothic sculptures, and viewed a presentation covering over 1400 years of art and architecture, from Roman to Early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic periods. We’re starting to see some themes repeat.

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Art is Us 2015 week 2

The second session of the “Art is Us” art history class for Spring 2015 was held on Thursday, March 26. We played another game, designed to increase awareness of our thinking processes. We discussed examples of natural and controlled gardens. Characteristics of ancient Greek art were presented in the lecture, and a format for comparing works was provided. These classes are introducing themes to watch for in art, and training us to be independent and objective observers of art.

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Art is Us 2015 week 1

The first session of the “Art is Us” art history class for Spring 2015 was held on Thursday, March 19, with 15 people attending. Dick’s goal for the course is for students to develop an eye for independent viewing of any artwork, to be able to look at any painting and bring an objective analysis to it – more than just “I like it” or “I don’t like it.” Dick is an artist, not an art historian, and will emphasize visual and tactile aspects. The course is not about names, dates, and other facts, which can be easily found on the internet and need not be memorized.

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Color Relationships 2015 week 6

The sixth and final session of the Color Relationships class for Winter 2015 was held on Friday, February 13. We analyzed a photo with colored shadows, and critiqued the colored light and shade homework assignments. A quiz provided a review of course concepts. Dick gave an introduction to his upcoming art history class.

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Color Relationships 2015 week 5

The fifth session of the Color Relationships class for Winter 2015 was held on Friday, February 6. We critiqued the white light and shade assignment. The phenomenon of colored light was introduced through a demonstration, discussion, and video presentations. Students will define their own assignment and criteria for a colored light illusion.