Encountering the Arts
Encountering the Arts is an interdisciplinary humanities course that integrates the study of the various visual, verbal and performing arts. This broad perspective fosters awareness of the elements common to all the arts as well as the distinctive characteristics of each art form. Works of art will be considered in relation to certain major cultural traditions, to genres and to several historical periods. Point of view will be emphasized to show how artists shape their material and how performers reshape a work as they interpret it.
Dennis J. Sporre, Perceiving the Arts: An Introduction to the Humanities, 6th edition, 2000.
Designed for students who have little or no knowledge of the arts, this well-illustrated, basic handbook of terms and concepts helps develop discriminating artistic perception for approaching, analyzing, and evaluating works of art.
Dennis J. Sporre, Artsguide: World and Web, 1st edition, 2001
The text is an introductory exploration of basic artistic concepts and terms to assist with "travel" to the arts in physical, imaginary, or cyber ways. In so doing it treats uniformly the arts of architecture, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, music, theatre, dance, and film.
1. The Arts, Perception and Criticism
2. The Human Process
The Visual Arts
3. Pictures: Painting, Printmaking and Photography
The Performing Arts
5. Music and Opera
The Environmental Arts
9. Landscape Architecture
The Language Arts