Appreciating art

This learning pathway provides a basic understanding of how art is defined and the different ways it functions in societies and cultures.

This learning pathway covers the following topics:

  • Basics: form and content, aesthetics, subjective and objective perspectives
  • Artistic roles
  • Artistic categories
  • Artistic styles
  • Perception and visual awareness



Upon successful completion of this learning pathway, you should be able to:

  • Define art within a cultural perspective.
  • Explain the difference between objective and subjective.
  • Explain the different roles art plays within different cultures.
  • Define the term subject matter.
  • Define the categories realistic, abstract, and non-objective.
  • Recognize, evaluate, and describe artistic styles.
  • Discuss the meaning of aesthetics and its relationship to cultural conventions.
  • Identify and discuss issues of visual awareness.