Introducing Art, Student Edition by Gene Mittler, Rosalind, Ph.D. Ragans, Jean Morman Unsworth,

By Gene Mittler, Rosalind, Ph.D. Ragans, Jean Morman Unsworth, and Faye Scannell

Introducing paintings invitations scholars to work out the ways that artists from many cultures and eras have interpreted such matters as nature, animals, humans, locations, gadgets, occasions, tales, celebrations, and myth. Theyll know about the weather and rules of artwork, in addition to the media and methods used to create artwork.

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Lesson 5 Making a Tessellation 35 LESSON 6 Unity in Art You have probably witnessed the pluses of teamwork. When members of the school basketball team play as one, they usually win. When members of the marching band are “in sync,” they put on a great performance. This idea of acting as one is important in art, too. When you look at a successful work of art, you do not see parts. You see a well-designed whole that has unity. This is the arrangement of elements and principles of art to create a feeling of completeness or wholeness.

This is especially true for artists. Natural light often inspires them to paint with certain colors and to depict objects, shapes, and shadows in specific ways. For French artist Henri Matisse (1869–1954), it was the quality of the light that led him to Morocco, a nation in North Africa. Matisse wanted a place where natural light would be constant day to day so that he could continue his experiments with color on canvas. Morocco was perfect, he believed, because the sun shines there as reliably as a lamp.

Susan and Paul Hirschbiel, Dr. and Mrs. Paul Mansheim, Robert McLanahan Smith III. 40 Art Media and Techniques “ “ Technology has become the body's new membrane of existence. — Nam June Paik (b. 1932) E very musical instrument has its own voice, or characteristic. You can identify a guitar by its twang, a flute by its fine clear line of sound. The materials of art, called art media, also have their own characteristics. Wood can be carved. Clay is pliable. Watercolor is transparent and thin. Tempera, acrylics, and oils are opaque and thick.

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