Key Learning Items

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the basic concepts and terminology of Art History as a discipline
  • Investigate and apply the fundamental questions we ask when looking at an art object
  • Discuss, collaborate, and generate understanding as to the meaning of works of art and architecture

Key Questions to Ask

While you are reviewing the content of this module, consider the following questions:

  • What year was the artwork created?
  • What is going on in history when the artwork was created?
  • How should I look at art?
  • How should I describe art?
  • What is the special language that is used to describe art?

Key Vocabulary Terms

  • circa
  • two-dimensional
  • three-dimensional
  • representational art
  • abstract art
  • non-representational/non-objective art
  • portrait
  • still life
  • landscape
  • seascape
  • cityscape
  • illusion of space
  • perspective (one point)
  • foreground/middle ground/background
  • horizon line
  • vanishing point
  • sculpture: relief, intaglio, in the round (free standing)

Here are links to art history glossaries that will help you better understand the above key vocabulary terms.