Week 5 Discussion Humanity

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Week5 Discussion Humanity

Perceptionof Art

Myperception about art has changed significantly as my understanding ofdifferent aspects of art grows. As a result, I have a different viewabout art compared to when I started the course. Most importantly, Iam able to appreciate art as a human activity. Throughout history,humans have produced various forms of art for various reasons. Inevery human society, there are diverse forms of art (Prettejohn,2012). I have also been able to understand the various reasonsmotivations and reasons why individuals create work of art. Forexample, an artist can be motivated by the need to entertain othermembers of the society, express his skills, imaginations and skills.I have also been able to understand the historical significance ofart and the influence of different aspect of human civilization onart. For example, the earliest forms of art in human civilizationwere visual arts. This involved the creation of images throughpainting, curving and construction (Dutton, 2009). As human societiesbecame more sophisticated, other forms of art emerged. Technologicaldevelopment throughout human civilization has had a huge impact onart. The emergence of modern technology such as interactive media hasled to the emergence of modern forms of art, which includesliterature, music, and films. Similarly, the role of art in thesociety has changed. For example, in the past, art focused onreligion and culture. In the modern society, the aesthetic value andentertainment aspect of art is more important (Candy &amp Edmonds,2012). Another important aspect of art that I have able toappreciate is the fact that art involves mastery of skills. In everyhuman civilization, a distinct type of art developed. This wassupported by the existence of differentiated skills among artists whocan be compared to crafts men and scientists. The most importantlesson that has changed my perception of art is my ability to analyzea piece of art. For example, the Mona Lisa was a portrait from the15thcentury Italian society (Carbon &amp Hesslinger, 2013). However,during the course, I have learnt how to critically analyze the art.


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