Higher Education

Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach, 4th Edition

  • includes CourseMate Printed Access Card
  • Margaret Lazzari Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California
  • Dona Schlesier Divine Word College
  • ISBN-10: 1111343780  |  ISBN-13: 9781111343781
  • 512 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2002
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $165.75
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Overview

EXPLORING ART offers a thematic approach to teaching art appreciation through art examples from Western and non-Western cultures. Part I (Chapters 1-5) presents foundational information. The thematic chapters (Part II, Chapters 6-15) explore art around topics that are of vital interest in students' lives today. As a result, students remain highly engaged in the study of art. CourseMate, which includes an interactive eBook, is available for this new edition.

Features and Benefits

  • While traditional media like painting, sculpture, and architecture are represented, examples of ceramics, jewelry, photography, film, and new multimedia forms have been expanded, adding to the breadth of featured artwork.
  • The global, thematic approach allows for full integration of non-Western traditions throughout the book. The popular "Connection" boxes found throughout the text cross-reference related works, artists, cultures, ideas, and themes, and help to reinforce important material and concepts.
  • Chapters in Part I present art foundations to prepare students for the thematic coverage in Part II. Themes in Part II fall into four categories: survival and beyond, religion, the state, and self and society. These themes allow the authors to place art into a variety of contexts, which gives students a sense of the diversity of meanings possible in a single work.
  • "History Focus" boxes begin each chapter in Part II, with summaries of world history events and developments in religions, technology and social structures. Each box puts chapter material into context, providing an integration of art with historical developments. Timelines in all ten thematic chapters lay out the visual progression of historical events and cultural trends. Numerous maps help students trace historical developments, and locate the geographic origins of artwork.

Table of Contents

Part I: INTRODUCTION TO ART.
1. A Human Phenomenon.
2. The Language of Art and Architecture.
3. Media.
4. Deriving Meaning.
5. Who Makes Art and How is it Used?
Part II: WHY DO WE MAKE ART?
Section 1. Survival and Beyond.
6. Food and Shelter.
7. Reproduction and Sexuality.
Section 2. Religion.
8. Deities and Places of Worship.
9. Mortality and Immortality.
Section 3. The State.
10. Power, Politics, and Glory.
11. Social Protest/Affirmation.
Section 4. Self and Society.
12. The Body.
13. Race, Gender, Clan, and Class.
14. Nature, Knowledge, and Technology.
15. Entertainment and Visual Culture.

What's New

  • An extensive revision of the Foundation chapters (1 through 5) includes expanded coverage of Media in Chapter 3, with 25% more images. This exposure to more visual examples increases students' understanding of the qualities inherent in various art media. Repeated images have been replaced with new artwork. Chapter 5 is a condensed version of formation, formerly covered in two separate chapters, providing a better flow for the entire Part I, and allowing more time to cover the theme chapters in Part II.
  • Theme chapters (6 through 15) have a new format to better present historical information and thematic content. Historical information has been reorganized and placed at the beginning of each chapter. More maps have been added to help students place artworks geographically.
  • New artists for the Fourth Edition include Arata Isozaki, Damien Hirst, El Anatsui, Judith Baca, Kiki Smith, Tony Oursler, Robert Gober, Yoshitomo Nara, Wangechi Mutu, Olafur Eliasson, Gerhard Richter, Roberto Matta, Juan O’Gorman, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. The result is increased coverage of contemporary art, especially non-Western work.
  • Chapter 12 has been expanded to include Body and Mind, covering the physical body, the psychological dimension in many depictions of the body, and also psychologically-inspired artworks.
  • Expanded captions for every image in the text provide important information in condensed form.
  • CourseMate, which includes an interactive eBook, is now available for this text. This website features interactive tutorials on Foundations (Visual Elements, Principles of Design, Style, Form, and Content); "In the Studio" video footage of art classes (Drawing, Painting, Lithography, Wheelworking, Sculpture and Plaster Casting, Architecture, Glassblowing); and helpful study aids such as Image Flashcards (most fine art images in the text, maps, illustrations), Video Study Tools, quizzes, podcasts comparing works of art through dialog, and more.
  • The instructor website now houses the Instructor's Manual with a unique integrated transition guide for teaching art appreciation with a global thematic approach. This site also provides the Test Bank with multiple-choice, matching, short-answer, and essay questions in ExamView® computerized format, as well as text-specific Microsoft PowerPoint slides created for use with JoinIn® on Turning Point® software for classroom personal response systems.

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"I was thrilled to read the text! I believe art is best appreciated by students if it is thematic because that is how the students have been exposed to art so far in their lives. I love the thematic approach. I think non-western arts and cultures are well represented throughout the textbook. Women and gender issue are addressed directly and clearly, in culturally appropriate manner." -- Aditi Samarth, Richland College

— Aditi Samarth

"The most difficult aspect of Art Apprec is placement of concepts into history. What I love about this book is the format of grouping art into subjects: 'food, shelter, etc.,' which immediately makes the topics more digestible and less intimidating." -- Lynn Peters, Moraine Valley Community College

— Lynn Peters

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Instructor Supplements

Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach  (ISBN-10: 1111343799 | ISBN-13: 9781111343798)

EXPLORING ART offers a thematic approach to teaching art appreciation through art examples from Western and non-Western cultures. Part I (Chapters 1-5) presents foundational information. The thematic chapters (Part II, Chapters 6-15) explore art around topics that are of vital interest in students' lives today. As a result, students remain highly engaged in the study of art. CourseMate, which includes an interactive eBook, is available for this new edition.

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Art CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111343829 | ISBN-13: 9781111343828)

Cengage Learning’s Art CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study tools, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Use Engagement Tracker to monitor student engagement in the course and watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. An interactive eBook allows students to take notes, highlight, search and interact with text-specific embedded media (such as quizzes, flashcards, and videos). Resources include interactive foundations modules that demonstrate the most essential visual elements, principles of design, style, form, and content; image flashcards of fine art featured in the text, maps, and illustrations; video footage of art classes, such as drawing, painting, lithography, wheel working, sculpture, plaster casting, architecture, glassblowing; interactive timelines that allow students to look at themes chronologically; Video Study Tools narrating the iconography and themes of key works of art and comparisons; podcasts comparing works of art through dialogue; glossary term flashcards, critical thinking essay questions, internet exercises, chapter quizzes, and more.

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With the WebTutor™ text-specific, preformatted content and total flexibility, instructors can easily create and manage their own custom course website. Instructors can provide virtual office hours, post syllabi, set up threaded discussions, track student progress with the quizzing material, and much more. Student resources include access to an interactive eBook; interactive foundations modules that demonstrate the most essential visual elements, principles of design, style, form, and content; image flashcards of fine art featured in the text, maps, and illustrations; video footage of art classes, such as drawing, painting, lithography, wheel working, sculpture, plaster casting, architecture, glassblowing; interactive timelines that allow students to look at themes chronologically; Video Study Tools narrating the iconography and themes of key works of art and comparisons; podcasts comparing works of art through dialogue; glossary term flashcards, critical thinking essay questions, internet exercises, chapter quizzes, and more.

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ArtBasics: An Illustrated Glossary and Timeline  (ISBN-10: 0534641016 | ISBN-13: 9780534641016)

A brief introduction to the basic terms, styles, and time periods, ARTBASICS is a handy reference for any beginning art student. Presented with full-color fine art images and high quality line art depicting the styles and techniques discussed, it is useful for art history, art appreciation, humanities, and design courses. A four-color world map and fold-out timeline are also included. This handy supplement can be sold separately or bundled FREE with any new Wadsworth Cengage Learning Art/Humanities textbook.

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The Museum Experience - East  (ISBN-10: 0495188689 | ISBN-13: 9780495188681)

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Student Supplements

Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach  (ISBN-10: 1111343799 | ISBN-13: 9781111343798)

EXPLORING ART uses art examples from around the world to discuss art in context with religion, politics, family structure, sexuality, entertainment and visual culture.

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Art CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111343829 | ISBN-13: 9781111343828)

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WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111680132 | ISBN-13: 9781111680138)

WebTutor™ offers real-time access to an interactive eBook and a full array of study tools, including image flashcards of fine art featured in the text, maps, and illustrations so you don't have to make your own, as well as quizzes, podcasts, and many other study aids. Unique interactive modules on foundations topics demonstrate the most essential visual elements, principles of design, style, form, and content; video footage brings you into art classes such as glassblowing and lithography; Video Study Tools narrate the iconography and themes of key works of art and comparisons; and interactive timelines help you look at themes chronologically.

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WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111680124 | ISBN-13: 9781111680121)

WebTutor™ offers real-time access to an interactive eBook and a full array of study tools, including image flashcards of fine art featured in the text, maps, and illustrations so you don't have to make your own, as well as quizzes, podcasts, and many other study aids. Unique interactive modules on foundations topics demonstrate the most essential visual elements, principles of design, style, form, and content; video footage brings you into art classes such as glassblowing and lithography; Video Study Tools narrate the iconography and themes of key works of art and comparisons; and interactive timelines help you look at themes chronologically.

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ArtBasics: An Illustrated Glossary and Timeline  (ISBN-10: 0534641016 | ISBN-13: 9780534641016)

A brief introduction to the basic terms, styles, and time periods, ARTBASICS is a handy reference for any beginning art student. Presented with full-color fine art images and high quality line art depicting the styles and techniques discussed, it is useful for art history, art appreciation, humanities, and design courses. A four-color world map and fold-out timeline are also included. This handy supplement can be sold separately or bundled FREE with any new Wadsworth Cengage Learning Art/Humanities textbook.

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The Museum Experience - East  (ISBN-10: 0495188689 | ISBN-13: 9780495188681)

The Museum Experience is now available by regions of the country! This practical handbook will enrich your museum visits, providing everything from a primer on museum etiquette to preparation tips on how to make the visit more constructive. Individual museums within the region are discussed including a review of its background, collection, and highlights. A handy appendix lists by state prominent museums throughout the U.S.

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The Museum Experience - Southeast  (ISBN-10: 0495188697 | ISBN-13: 9780495188698)

The Museum Experience is now available by regions of the country! This practical handbook will enrich your museum visits, providing everything from a primer on museum etiquette to preparation tips on how to make the visit more constructive. Individual museums within the region are discussed including a review of its background, collection, and highlights. A handy appendix lists by state prominent museums throughout the U.S.

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The Museum Experience - Midwest  (ISBN-10: 0495188670 | ISBN-13: 9780495188674)

The Museum Experience is now available by regions of the country! This practical handbook will enrich your museum visits, providing everything from a primer on museum etiquette to preparation tips on how to make the visit more constructive. Individual museums within the region are discussed including a review of its background, collection, and highlights. A handy appendix lists by state prominent museums throughout the U.S.

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The Museum Experience - Southwest  (ISBN-10: 0495188662 | ISBN-13: 9780495188667)

The Museum Experience is now available by regions of the country! This practical handbook will enrich your museum visits, providing everything from a primer on museum etiquette to preparation tips on how to make the visit more constructive. Individual museums within the region are discussed including a review of its background, collection, and highlights. A handy appendix lists by state prominent museums throughout the U.S.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Margaret Lazzari

Margaret Lazzari is an art critic and writer whose books include Art and Design Fundamentals and The Practical Handbook for the Emerging Artist. An active artist, Margaret's drawings and paintings have been exhibited extensively throughout the United States.

Dona Schlesier

Dona Schlesier taught for 27 years at Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa, where she is now Professor Emerita. Her drawings and multimedia have been exhibited nationally and internationally.