Art and Our World Overview

In this learning pathway, we look at how artists express and interpret our world and how art relates to and interprets nature, the body, identity, sexuality, politics, and power.

Topics are:

  • Identity
  • Self-portraits
  • The natural world
  • Social and collaborative art
  • Politics, conflict, and war
  • Memorials
  • Peace



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

  • Describe how what we know is reflected in works of art.
  • Understand how artists use the natural world as a vessel for human experience.
  • Explore how art is a medium for self-identity.
  • Explore the limits to representation of the body.
  • Consider the idea of primordial couples and ties to human procreation.
  • Describe sexuality in art seen through different cultural perspectives.
  • Identify issues of propaganda in art.
  • Describe examples of art used to communicate political statements.
  • Explain art’s use as a form of protest