Welcome back from holiday break! What better way to start the new year than to think about art’s inherent function in our lives. We often take it for granted, but it appears everywhere. Art isn’t just paint on canvas; it exists in animated movies, on billboards, even in household items like wheel-thrown mugs. Many people take art for granted, so it’s important to address its presence and use.
Discussion Questions: (Feel free to answer individually or in groups.) We will include numerous answers in our next post to supplement your responses.
1. What is the purpose of art? That is, how is art used? Be sure to come up with at least three examples.
2. Think of all the formal elements that create meaning within an artwork. List at least three examples, and address various media.
3. Think how famous art from the past has become in-grained within our popular culture. Where do some images from the old masters appear? (You might want to think about Rembrandt, van Gogh, and Monet, to name a few.) Give at least three examples.
4. Do you think this incorporation of past art into our popular culture is corrupting or modernizing? Why?