Module 7 Non-Western Art Forum on Non-Western Art

Forum_ Non Western Art

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The list below is just a guide. If you have other cultures / topics that would be of interest, throw them into the class. 

You may also use a different topic for your written assignment, but should check with me on if your chosen topic meets the requirements of the theme of this module.
All of the web sites below can help you research art topics.


Witcombe     Art History Resources on the Web

Metropolitan Museum Website/Timeline of Art History

Use the above link, and explore a great new web based Art Education site.  

Mr. S.


1. Islamic art is included in the early medieval Art History, with Early Christian, Byzantine; and Jewish art. 

Do you feel that the essential qualities of Islamic art distinguish it from or connect it to Western art?


2. Indian art is such an interesting comparison to the art of the West.

What are the primary subjects found in the Art of India?

Give at least three examples of subject matter common to the art of India.


3. Discuss the development of the representation of Buddha in Eastern art.

Note the treatment of the figure and the drapery in a Chinese Buddha, and that of an Indian Buddha.


4. What Japanese architectural principles have influenced western architecture?


5. Name three major art forms of the North American Indians.

Discuss in depth three specific artworks created by Native Americans.


6. What was the purpose of Navajo sand paintings?


7. Describe briefly the function of masks in the cultures of Africa, Oceania; and the North American Indian?

8. How do the roles of art and the artist differ in African Art as compared with those from Western art.

Give one specific example that is representative of African cultures.


9. How do the pyramids of Pre-Columbian America compare in structure and function with those of Egypt and Mesopotamia.

Give one specific example of each type.

A very few years ago, an art history book would hold the art created essentially by white men living in western cultures. Now we are trying to have a more global view of the world as we enter the 21st Century.

Art historians are rewriting texts to include the diversity found in the wonderful woven quilt that is humanity.