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Unit 7: The Arts

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    “The arts”refers to the theory, human application and physical expression of creativity found in human cultures and societies through skills and imagination in order to produce objects, environments and experiences. Major constituents of the arts include visual arts (including architecture, ceramics, drawing, filmmaking, painting, photography, and sculpting), literature (including fiction, drama, poetry, and prose), performing arts (including dance, music, and theatre), and culinary arts (including cooking, chocolate making and winemaking).

    Some art forms combine a visual element with performance (e.g. cinematography), or artwork with the written word (e.g. comics). From prehistoric cave paintings to modern-day films, art serves as a vessel for storytelling and conveying humankind's relationship with the environment.

    1. Use (your instructor will give you a code for this question.) What would the world be like if we weren’t able to artistically express ourselves?

    Here are the essential questions for this part of this course.

    1. What is the purpose of literature, performing arts, visual art, culinary arts….
    2. How does a song, piece of art, or a dance communicate with us?
    3. What is “art” and why do individual cultures place so much value on its continuing evolution?
    4. What inner and outer factors influence how we express ourselves artistically?
    5. What kinds of responsibilities does an artist have to an audience or a consumer?
    6. Do audiences and consumers have any responsibility towards artists? If so, what are they?
    7. How can we use the arts to inspire positive action?
    8. What can the art forms of cultures other than our own teach us about ourselves and about life?
    9. Why should I care about the arts?
    10. How does creating and performing in the arts differ from viewing the arts?
    11. Does art have boundaries?
    12. Does art define culture or does culture define art?
    13. Do audiences and consumers have any responsibility towards artists? If so, what are they?
    14. What can the art forms of all cultures teach us about ourselves and about life?


    This page titled Unit 7: The Arts is shared under a CC BY-NC license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Lori-Beth Larsen.

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