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Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning

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Pamela Sachant, University of North Georgia

Peggy Blood, Savannah State University

Copyright Year: 2016

Last Update: 2022

Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

Language: Japanese

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Reviewed by Johannah Silva, Associate Professor, City Colleges of Chicago on 2/15/23

There is a table of contents and chapters that progress from "What is Art?" in Chapter 1 to theme-based chapters such as "Art and Identity", "Art and Power", etc. At the end of each chapter, there are also some questions that could help summarize... read more

Reviewed by Bianca Rawlings, Adjunct, Tidewater Community College on 11/2/22

A well composed resource that covers art and context, primarily focusing on European examples. read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One: What is Art?
  • Chapter Two: The Structure of Art
  • Chapter Three: Significance of Materials Used in Art
  • Chapter Four: Describing Art
  • Chapter Five: Meaning in Art
  • Chapter Six: Connecting Art to Our Lives
  • Chapter Seven: Form in Architecture
  • Chapter Eight: Art and Identity
  • Chapter Nine: Art and Power
  • Chapter Ten: Art and Ritual Life
  • Chapter Eleven: Art and Ethics

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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. 

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