Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning

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Pamela Sachant, University of North Georgia
Peggy Blood, Savannah State University

Pub Date: 2016

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Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

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Reviewed by Peter Spooner, Instructor, Lake Superior College, on 5/22/2018.

With eleven chapters in just under 300 pages, the text provides a comprehensive framework with which to explore the topic of art appreciation. It … read more

 

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Reviewed by Arianne Fernandez, Full - Time Lecturer, LaGuardia Community College, on 5/22/2018.

The range of topics this book covers provides a great resource for teaching students the basics of visual art and introducing them to various media … read more

 

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Reviewed by Jonathan Johnson, Associate Professor, Otterbein University, on 5/22/2018.

This textbook is ambitious and covers a lot of ground—both theoretically and historically. The thematic (as opposed to purely chronological or … read more

 

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Reviewed by Dina Pizzarello, Adjunct Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Community College, on 5/22/2018.

This textbook would be a wonderful source for any beginner art or art appreciation class. It does not delve too deeply, but that is a plus for the … read more

 

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Reviewed by Renee Couture, Assistant Professor of Art, Umpqua Community College, on 2/2/2018.

This book covers just about everything needed for teaching students the basics of visual literacy and introducing them to art. This text has a range … read more

 

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Reviewed by Eleanor Johnston, Academic Skills Librarian, Staffordshire University, on 2/2/2018.

This texts provides a comprehensive introduction to the world of Art and contains 11 chapters, thematically arranged, to give an overview for … read more

 

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Maynard, Adjunct Professor, Rhode Island College, on 2/2/2018.

This books is not an historical survey, but it offers a wide range of artworks from throughout history and the world to elucidate major themes and … read more

 

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Reviewed by Victoria Hutson, Art Faculty, Lake Superior College, on 2/2/2018.

This book covers a broad range of areas that are typically included in a college level art appreciation book. Because it covers so many different … read more

 

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Reviewed by Nancy Pettigrew, Associate Instructor, Tidewater Community College, on 8/16/2017.

For an art appreciation textbook, there is no set of required information that must be included and, therefore, a textbook's comprehensiveness is … read more

 

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Reviewed by Samantha Moore, Adjunct Instructor, Art History, Northern Virginia Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The text covers information listed in the table of contents adequately. Content is arranged thematically as is common in art appreciation courses. … read more

 

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Reviewed by Isabelle Havet, Faculty, Linn-Benton Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The textbook thoroughly covers the topics of each chapter, and each chapter has enough range that it could easily be supplemented and ideas expanded … read more

 

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Reviewed by Hilary Galián, Instructor, Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The text covers a broad survey of art including many art forms. Photography, digital media and relational aesthetics examples are lacking throughout … read more

 

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Reviewed by Sasa Miljevich, Adjunct Instructor (Fine Art), Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

The text is organized thematically and covers some of the areas of Art. Some of the content is overly simplified , and some important artistic … read more

 

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Reviewed by James Jewitt, Manager and Instructor, Arts Minor, Virginia Tech, on 6/21/2017.

This text successfully manages the difficult task of synthesizing a plethora of approaches when studying art and its history. It considers numerous … read more

 

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Reviewed by Joe Macca, Adjunct Faculty, Portland Community College, on 6/21/2017.

While the text covers such a vast amount of visual art history, genres, meaning, symbolism, materials, etc., because it's so much, it can only very … read more

 

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Reviewed by A.D. Rocha, Fine Arts Advisor and Instructor, Washington State University, on 6/21/2017.

The text presents its themes in an order that is easy to follow. The examples provided are relevant and serve well to illustrate the concept. The … read more

 

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Reviewed by Aderonke Adesanya, Associate Professor, James Madison University, on 6/21/2017.

The text is a bold work in terms of content coverage. It focuses on the nuts and bolts of learning about and discussing art and its context, and … read more

 

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Reviewed by Stephanie Wirt, ACA Art History Adjunct Professor, Reynolds Community College, on 2/9/2017.

This text does cover the material its title implies at an introductory level. More depth could be used in some areas. In the chapter on describing … read more

 

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Reviewed by RADFORD THOMAS, Ph.D., PROFESSOR OF ART, VIRGINIA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, on 2/9/2017.

Content adequately covers the subjects it purports to include. However, there is no comprehensive index. A brief list of Key Terms is included within … read more

 

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Reviewed by Renee Garris, Adjunct Professor, J Sargent Reynolds Community College, on 2/9/2017.

The text covers Art in a thematic approach. It explains concepts in an easy to understand manner.… read more

 

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Reviewed by Deborah Cibelli, Professor , Nicholls State University , on 12/6/2016.

The text is organized thematically and does not offer a chronological survey of the history of art. Chapters discuss forms and materials, the … read more

 

Table of Contents

Chapter One: What is Art?
1.1 Learning Outcomes
1.2 Introduction
1.3 What is Visual Art?
1.4 Who is Considered an Artist? What Does It Mean To Be An Artist?
1.5 The Role of the Viewer
1.6 Why Do We Make Art?
1.7 Concepts Explored in Later Chapters
1.8 Before You Move On
1.9 Key Terms
Chapter Two: The Structure of Art
2.1 Learning Outcomes
2.2 Introduction
2.3 Art Specific Vocabulary
2.4 Art Forms
2.5 Form and Composition
2.6 Before You Move On
2.7 Key Terms
Chapter Three: Significance of Materials Used in Art
3.1 Learning Outcomes
3.2 Introduction
3.3 Utility and Value of Materials
3.4 Precious Materials, Spolia, and Borrowed Glory
3.5 Liquidation of Treasures
3.6 Wood, Inlay, and Lacquer
3.7 Intrinsic Values and Enhanced Worth of Metals
3.8 Rare Materials and Prohibited Uses
3.9 Material Connotations of Class or Station
3.10 Before You Move On
3.11 Key Terms
Chapter Four: Describing Art
4.1 Learning Outcomes
4.2 Introduction
4.3 Formal or Critical Analysis
4.4 Types of Art
4.5 Styles of Art
4.6 Before You Move On
4.7 Key Terms
Chapter Five: Meaning in Art
5.1 Learning Outcomes
5.2 Introduction
5.3 Socio-Cultural Contexts
5.4 Symbolism and Iconography
5.5 Before You Move On
5.6 Key Terms
Chapter Six: Connecting Art to Our Lives
6.1 Learning Outcomes
6.2 Introduction
6.3 Aesthetics
6.4 Expression (Philosophical, Political, Religious, Personal)
6.5 Unification/Exclusion
6.6 Communication
6.7 Protest and Shock
6.8 Celebration and Commemoration
6.9 Worship
6.10 Information, Education, and Inspiration
6.11 Before You Move On
6.12 Key Terms
Chapter Seven: Form in Architecture
7.1 Learning Outcomes
7.2 Introduction
7.3 Residential Needs
7.4 Community and Government
7.5 Commerce
7.6 Worship
7.7 Before You Move On
7.8 Key Terms
Chapter Eight: Art and Identity
8.1 Learning Outcomes
8.2 Introduction
8.3 Individual vs Cultural Groups
8.4 Before You Move On
8.5 Key Terms
Chapter Nine: Art and Power
9.1 Learning Outcomes
9.2 Introduction
9.3 Propaganda, Persuasion, Politics, and Power
9.4 Imagery Of War
9.5 Before You Move On
9.6 Key Terms
Chapter10: Art and Ritual Life
10.1 Learning Outcomes
10.2 Introduction
10.3 Exterior Ritual Spaces
10.4 The Sacred Interior
10.5 Masks and Ritual Behavior
10.6 Funerary Spaces and Grave Goods
10.7 Before You Move On
10.8 Key Terms
Chapter Eleven: Art and Ethics
11.1 Learning Outcomes
11.2 Introduction
11.3 Ethical Considerations in Making and Using Art
11.4 Censorship
11.5 Ethical Considerations in the Collecting and Display of Art
11.6 Before You Move On
11.7 Key Terms

About the Book

Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning offers a comprehensive introduction to the world of Art. Authored by four USG faculty members with advance degrees in the arts, this textbooks offers up-to-date original scholarship. It includes over 400 high-quality images illustrating the history of art, its technical applications, and its many uses.
Combining the best elements of both a traditional textbook and a reader, it introduces such issues in art as its meaning and purpose; its meaning and purpose; its structure, material, and form; and its diverse effects on our lives. Its digital nature allows students to follow links to applicable sources and videos, expanding the students’ educational experiences beyond the textbook. Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning provides a new and free alternative to traditional textbooks, making it an invaluable resource in our modern age of technology and advancement.

About the Contributors

Author(s)

Pamela Sachant is an art history professor at North Georgia College & State University located in Dahlonega, Georgia.

Peggy Blood is Director of Confucius Institute and Full Professor in the Department of Fine Arts Humanities & Wellness. Prior to SSU she Directed satellite campuses (Fairfield &Travis AFD) for Chapman Universities in California. Her area of specialization is Fine Arts, Higher Education & Administration. She is a Fulbright Specialist & Fulbright Specialist Program Peer Reviewer, and reviewer for other academic fellowships and scholarships. Blood is a visiting scholar at Jiujiang University in Jiujiang, China.