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 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



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




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



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


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


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.