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  • 1. Chapter 1.1- The Impulse for Art to make, to experience, to understand

2. Last class appreciation=recognizing good qualities of something or someone, having full understanding art appreciation=recognizing good qualities of art and having understanding of art knowledge leads to increases appreciation knowing context (circumstances of work) appreciation does not mean like rationale of course (discernment of good= being good) 3. Why Art? Making Experiencing Understanding 4. Utilitarian made to be useful rather than attractive attitude or method synonyms = practical, functional, pragmatic, utility 5. Utilitarian-plus 6. Ellen Dissanayake 7. Ellen Dissanayake created field of study that looks at biological and evolutionary reasons why humans make art only holds undergraduate degree (no PhD) began studies independently as housewife of biologist husband first to take a serious Darwinian look at art and human ornamentation as genuine adaptation 8. Dissanayakes observations art is universal takes up vast resources and time gives pleasure similar to sex, food , intimacy young children engage in art sponaneously 9. Dissanayakes conclusions natural selection long ago rendered art a standard component of human behavior evolutionary advantage for survival (Darwin had hunch with the Bowerbirds) art is tied to ritual making-special how we use art today is very different than in the past 10. Dissanayakes evidence Paleolithic/ Neolithic Record 11. The Acheulean hand axe made by Home Erectus (500,000-200,000 b.c) many extremely symmetrically fashioned any intrinsic element like a fossil is featured utilitarian-plus 12. Jamon period storage jar, Japan 2500-1500 BC 13. Socio-biological Play inherent in children inventiveness, make-believe, imitation, movement play is for its own sake ties in with desire for novelty and entertainment learning social behavior art derivative from play 14. Socio-biological Ritual involves all the arts (multi-media) elevated experience, separate from ordinary unified experience, everyone participates important for social cohesion of tribe hunting, healing, life markers, religious 15. vsArt in Past Art Today part of everyday life separate from everyday life everyone participates specialists called artists socially cohesive, unchanging ever-changing, need for the unique communicates a communitys ideals communicates an individuals ideals Artmaking special 16. making special Dissanayake coined to describe human tendency to differentiate between the ordinary and more than ordinary root of art again, biologically programmed via evolution involved in ritual, toolmaking, symbol making promotes social cohesion which increases chance for survival 17. making special game Class enacted the making, experiencing and the understanding Introduced idea of utilitarian-plus vs art 18. The aesthetic experience Ferris Bueller video a feeling or set of feelings one gets encountering stimuli varying degrees of delight, exhilaration, increased awareness, feeling fully present to savor, attention is fixed, captivated perceiving something that you have no desire to change, just extend like making special, heightened state 19. Aesthetics field of philosophy concerned with the nature of beauty and art finding agreeable definitions, broad appeal the aesthetic experience is more personal, can apply to the generally agreed beautiful (faces, nature, art) but could also apply to the irregular, grotesque, scary, unusual, perplexing, the everyday, fleeting 20. Johannes Vermeer The Milkmaid c. 1658 21. Johannes Vermeer The Girl with the Pearl Earring c. 1665 22. Andy Goldsworthy 23. Andy Goldsworthy 24. Tara Donovan 25. "Good art is not what it looks like,but what it does to us."- Roy Adzak