Throughout the lectures I was introduced to schools of art, theories, artists and more that assisted me in establishing an appropriate vision of the nature. The lecture materials included historical styles, systems of rules and coherent artistic ideas that helped me to derive out and insight of my individual self-contained project.
There was a wide range of styles of art to traverse over from the lecture materials. Us as students of art developed an understanding of the doctrine that knowledge is limited to experiences and those encounters are made by observation of tangible forms of art. The module maintained an equilibrium between theoretical framework and their applications. We
encountered theories, their historical contexts and compatibilities. For example, Bauhaus was a school of design established in Weimar in 1919. The school faced hostility from the Nazi regime that led it to close its doors in 1933. The cohort and developers of this school and their ideas of functional designs in applied arts fled the radicalism of the Nazis where they did not find a supporting environment to nurture, flourish and express themselves. The applied arts aim at producing aesthetically appealing and intellectually stimulating designs and this is one of the noble messages of art.
Within our learning sessions we also discussed ideas about reading images Connotation- symbol of passion and love. This image holds a lot of disguised symbolism.
The denotation of this image is that it is an image of a man and woman on their wedding day. He holds her hand and she hold up her ruffled dress. There what looks to be their pet dog looks on in the foreground. The connotation of this image is if you look closer into it you notice hidden meanings beyond the denotation. If you look in the middle of the man and woman you see a candelabra with only one candle in it. This refers to christ as a single light. The pet dog symbolises faithfulness and fidelity. Fido a generic pet name for a dog- latin for faithful. Having the shoes to the left and them in bare feet suggest they are standing on holy ground. Behind the man and woman is a mirror which reflects the setting. It is decorated with the 10 scenes from Passion of Christ. As you can tell this is a very religious
During later lectures we learnt about vanishing points and the impact of perspective, this being the art of drawing a solid object on a two-dimensional subject.
MASS NOUN. The art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other: the theory and practice of perspective [AS MODIFIER]: a perspective drawing.
The appearance of viewed objects about their relative position, distance from the viewer, etc. A trick of perspective.
1.the art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface to, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a point. [as adj.]: a perspective drawing. see also linear perspective and aerial perspective. A picture drawn in such a way, esp. one appearing to enlarge or extend the actual space, or to give the effect of distance and a view or prospect.
here is Albrecht Durer’s interpretation of a Rhino. The image was based on a description and brief sketch of an Indian Rhinoceros. Durer had never seen a Rhino before but as you can see from the written description you can recognise what it is. However, he draws a small twisted horn on its back, and gives it scaly legs. None of these features are present in a real Rhinoceros.
With the course of this module I gained practical skills in interpreting art pieces and identifying theories like abstract-impressionism, cubism, fauvism, symbolism and much more. Speaking of theories and art movements, there are a lot of key characteristics in each art movement that makes it unique from the others. For instance, Abstract expressionism, is an art movement in experimental nonrepresentational painting as well as photography which defined the artistic climate where photographs for American were produced. For example, the intriguing features of this movement attained a singular prominence in the world of art for decades for being expressive and turbulent yet elegant. Gorky for instance, was one of the deriving forces of this movement as well as Picasso and Miro and more. Another key element in this module was symbolism or application of symbols in art which began as a French literature movement that aimed at representing ideas and emotions by figures unlike realism and naturalism. Another similar topic that was studied during this course is iconography. In the history of art, this field focused on studying and interpreting figural representation or symbols. I personally find symbolism, iconography and incorporation of calligraphy fascinating and creative. Later in the course of the module I came across techniques in photography such as different components in the structure of a photograph. Those components are perspective, position details, leading lines, patterns, symmetry and more. I learnt that those feature in paintings and photographs enhances the meaning of the art and can be used to deliver specific messages.
The lecture materials were very informative, simulating and engaging. I had the opportunity to learn from them and explore thought-provoking theories that I was able to utilise and apply in my project in meaningful manner.
From the lectures I learnt many theories to which I incorporated within my work. This short research focuses on looking at how symbolism, geometrical illusions, purposeful errors and iconography are applied in the field of Fine Art in order to suggest resemblances. The unique characteristics of the selected painting will be discussed in terms of how historians, critics, academics and specialists interpret the features of it. I have incorporated some of the elements that Paul Cezanne used in his painting. For example, Cezanne committed deliberate errors to construct an artistic illusionistic effect in drawing the table lines. I integrated a black background to derive a perceptually adequate representation of the intended shape. The photo was capture in such a way where the dark background makes the visible part of the apple resembles a toroid. This geometrical shape could have been achieved in more precise way if the stalk was removed but I left it there to show where the toroid is originated from.
From the lectures I learnt the term ‘Visual Literacy’ is credited to John Debes, co-founder of the International Visual Literacy Association. Debes’ definition of the concept is, “Visual literacy refers to a group of vision-competencies a human being can develop by seeing and at the same time having and integrating other sensory experiences.”
Within lectures we also explored ideas of hidden symbolism I do love to use mirrors for self-portraits. Don’t use your camera’s flash with a mirror as it won’t give a nice result!
I took this photo in the big shop for furniture I use a mirror is a natural lighting in afternoon I was happy in this photo in my opinion The camera lens is third eye in a composition that has come to epitomize the modernist role of photography in creating a new vision.
The tasks in this module and working with groups to complete work opened the doors for me to explore how it is like to be a member of a group working on a given task. I improved my interpersonal skills, communication techniques, time management. Yes, there were obstacles and challenges in exchanging comments and ideas with some team members. However, my teammates and I managed to complete the task successfully and efficiently. We used group chats to discuss ideas and assign tasks. This task taught me that time management is the key to succeed in and if you are working with a group, communication is crucial to have high degree of successfulness. Being adaptable to the changing circumstances and approachable are important personal characteristics for each team member to have. During this module I was introduced to multiple theories which I was required to understand and demonstrate my understanding of them in my work. The theoretical aspect of the course paved the path for me to strengthen my background in photography and eventually improve my photography skills by incorporating the practices and techniques of different movements. The experience was very practically enriching in terms of improving skills and proficiency.
There are ups and downs for everything and for this module I came across difficult times where I ran out of ideas or felt shortage of perception and assistance. However, I managed to display adequate understanding and performed good from the practical point of view. I gained confidence in communicating with classmate and lecturers and gained the ability of distinguishing between different schools and movements. Now I can differentiate between various artistic techniques and has become more capable of separating between elements and how to apply them to my work. In conclusion, I made my best in implementing the different compounds of the lecture materials to my work and showed appreciation, subtlety and good level of development.
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