Higher Education

Understanding Art, 10th Edition

  • includes CourseMate Printed Access Card
  • Lois Fichner-Rathus College of New Jersey
  • ISBN-10: 1111836957  |  ISBN-13: 9781111836955
  • 624 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2010, 2007
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $176.50
  • Newer Edition Available
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About

Overview

UNDERSTANDING ART provides a balanced, fresh approach to art appreciation, incorporating coverage of masterworks from the past and present. Author Lois Fichner-Rathus combines a conversational writing style with exciting images from Rembrandt to Zaha Hadid in order to truly connect with students and to foster understanding of the art that surrounds them in everyday life. The Compare + Contrast feature encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills, through comparisons of works such as The "Davids" of Donatello, Verrocchio, Michelangelo, and Bernini. Students will be inspired to become as passionate about art as you are! The latest edition features new and expanded sections on religious and world art, green buildings, and conceptual art. There is also new Art Tour for Los Angeles and over 100 new images in the areas of fashion, crafts, industrial design and architecture. A comprehensive, optional, set of online tools makes it easier than ever for students to study and learn the material, regardless of their particular learning styles. It includes an interactive eBook, all images included within the text, video and audio clips, image flashcards, and much more.

Features and Benefits

  • Scales are placed next to images in the text to help students better visualize the size of each work. It is easy to see whether an image is a monumental sculpture or mural, or a figurine or miniature. This innovative feature helps students to better grasp the importance of scale which, like composition, color, line, and other terms used to describe an artwork, is a key factor in helping students understand the artist’s purpose.
  • A state-of-the-art learning environment, delivered via CourseMate or LMS-specific course cartridges (WebTutor), for a small incremental fee, provides access to additional resources including an interactive eBook, flashcards, videos, quizzes, glossary, flashcards, related links, exercises, Internet Activities, a Museum Guide, and more.
  • When students use flashcards (images in the text) to study for exams, they can access links to related videos, websites, ArtTours in Google Maps, interactive tutorials, exercises and quizzing.
  • Videos include demonstrations of various studio art techniques, YouTube clips, topical video podcasts, and three dimensional panoramic views of architecture. Interactive exercises explore the foundations of art, and quizzes provide the tools that students need to master the material.
  • "A Closer Look" helps students understand the role of art in society and in everyday life by offering insights into artists’ personalities and delving into various topics at greater depth.
  • Critical thinking is the focus of the "Compare + Contrast" section. It presents two or more works of art side by side and poses questions that help students focus on the stylistic and technical similarities and differences between two or more works.
  • The "Art Tours" highlight public art in specific cities around the world. There are "Art Tours" of Jerusalem, Rome, Paris, London, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Florence, and a new tour on Los Angeles. Each "Art Tour" ends with a note to remind students to go to the web site to obtain more information, including travel tips, maps, links to the museums and other interesting facts about that city.
  • New instructor resources to get your course up and running online.

Table of Contents

1. What is Art?
2. Visual Elements of Art.
3. Principles of Art.
4. Style, Form, and Content.
5. Drawing.
6. Painting.
7. Printmaking.
8. Imaging: Photography, Film, Video, and Digital Arts.
9. Sculpture.
10. Site-Specific Art.
11. Architecture.
12. Craft and Design.
13. The Art of the Ancients.
14. Classical Art: Greece and Rome.
15. The Age of Faith.
16. The Renaissance.
17. The Age of Baroque.
18. Non-Western Perspectives.
19. Modern Art.
20. The Twentieth Century: The Early Years.
21. The Twentieth Century: Post-War to Postmodern.
22. Art in the Twenty-First Century: A Global Perspective.

What's New

  • NEW Chapter 15, formerly "Christian Art," has been changed to "The Age of Faith." It now incorporates Islamic art and discusses Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as Abrahamic religions.
  • NEW More than 100 new works are included in the book. For example, in Chapter 5, "Drawing," half of the works shown are new. Chapter 22, "Art in the Twenty-First Century: A Global Perspective," has 18 new works.
  • NEW Several new chapter sections expand upon global and topical coverage. For example, Chapter 11, "Architecture," has a new section on "Green Buildings." Chapter 13, "Art of the Ancients," has a new section on "Art of Ancient China and India." Chapter 21, "The Twentieth Century: Post-War to Postmodern," has a new section on "Conceptual Art."
  • NEW A new Art Tour for Los Angeles, along with the Art Tours on New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Dallas–Ft Worth, enables students in nearly every section of the United States to visit art.
  • NEW New features throughout the book encourage critical thinking, such as the new Compare + Contrast feature on Kenneth Noland’s Graded Exposure and Karin Davie’s Between My Heart and Eye No. 12, in Chapter 6, "Painting".

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  • Non-Media Edition

    ISBN-10: 1111838305 | ISBN-13: 9781111838300

    List Price = $259.95  | CengageBrain Price = $259.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $195.25

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Text + CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card + WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway Instant Access Code

ISBN-10: 1133423043  | ISBN-13: 9781133423041

List Price = $254.95  | CengageBrain Price = $254.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $191.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • Understanding Art
    List Price = $234.95  | CengageBrain Price = $234.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $176.50
  • WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway Instant Access Code
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ISBN-10:  1133423051  | ISBN-13:  9781133423058

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  • Understanding Art
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Bundle: Text + General MindLink for MindTap® Arts & Humanities Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1305526066 | ISBN-13:  9781305526068

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Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"I like the everyday kind of experiences that the author draws into the discussions, such as the Art Tours in major art cities around the world."

— Sandra Bird, Kennesaw State University

"Understanding Art" does take a newer view of the subject and is not just "art history lite."

— Don Bevirt, Southwestern Illinois College

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Understanding Art (Book Only)  (ISBN-10: 1111838305 | ISBN-13: 9781111838300)

UNDERSTANDING ART provides a balanced, fresh approach to art appreciation, incorporating coverage of masterworks from the past and present. Author Lois Fichner-Rathus combines a conversational writing style with exciting images from Rembrandt to Zaha Hadid in order to truly connect with students and to foster understanding of the art that surrounds them in everyday life. The Compare + Contrast feature encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills, through comparisons of works such as The "Davids" of Donatello, Verrocchio, Michelangelo, and Bernini. Students will be inspired to become as passionate about art as you are! The latest edition features new and expanded sections on religious and world art, green buildings, and conceptual art. There is also new Art Tour for Los Angeles and over 100 new images in the areas of fashion, crafts, industrial design and architecture. A comprehensive, optional, set of online tools makes it easier than ever for students to study and learn the material, regardless of their particular learning styles. It includes an interactive eBook, all images included within the text, video and audio clips, image flashcards, and much more.

List Price = $259.95  | CengageBrain Price = $259.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $195.25

Flash Drive Digital Image Library  (ISBN-10: 1133309119 | ISBN-13: 9781133309116)

This lecture and class preparation tool makes it easy for you to assembly, edit, and present customized lectures using Microsoft PowerPoint. Use these presentations as they are or edit them, adding your own notes and images to personalize your presentation. The PowerLecture also includes a Resource Integration Guide, an electronic Instructor’s Manual and a Test Bank with multiple-choice, matching, short-answer, and essay questions in ExamView® computerized format. Bring digital images into the classroom with this powerful tool! This one-stop lecture and class presentation tool makes it easy to assemble, edit, and present customized lectures for your course using Microsoft® PowerPoint®. Now Available on Flashdrive, the Digital Image Library provides high-resolution images (maps, diagrams, and the fine art images from the text) for lecture presentations, either in an easy-to-use PowerPoint presentation format, or in individual file formats compatible with other image-viewing software. A zoom feature allows you to magnify selected portions of an image for more detailed display in class or you can display images side by side for comparison and contrast. You can easily customize your classroom presentation by adding your own images to those from the text.

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111838321 | ISBN-13: 9781111838324)

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 image flashcards that are linked to interactive content so students can review related material and test themselves, Video Study Tools, Audio Study Tools, and ArtTours. In addition students can access the "Compare/Contrast" feature with interactive quizzes, "Foundations" modules that demonstrate art concepts and ideas, "In the Studio" video footage of interviews discussing the art-making process, "A Closer Look" section that presents web links that expand on material in the book, and more.

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WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1133113419 | ISBN-13: 9781133113416)

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; image flashcards that are linked to interactive content so students can review related material and test themselves, Video Study Tools, Audio Study Tools, and ArtTours. In addition students can access the "Compare/Contrast" feature with interactive quizzes, "Foundations" modules that demonstrate art concepts and ideas, "In the Studio" video footage of interviews discussing the art-making process, "A Closer Look" section that presents web links that expand on material in the book, 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; image flashcards that are linked to interactive content so students can review related material and test themselves, Video Study Tools, Audio Study Tools, and ArtTours. In addition students can access the "Compare/Contrast" feature with interactive quizzes, "Foundations" modules that demonstrate art concepts and ideas, "In the Studio" video footage of interviews discussing the art-making process, "A Closer Look" section that presents web links that expand on material in the book, and more.

List Price = $172.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $172.00

Student Supplements

Understanding Art (Book Only)  (ISBN-10: 1111838305 | ISBN-13: 9781111838300)

With balanced coverage of masterworks from the past and present, UNDERSTANDING ART will guide you through the world of art, using a wide range of beautifully-reproduced images from Rembrandt to Zaha Hadid. Learn to think critically about works of art through the Compare & Contrast feature, which compares works such as The "Davids" of Donatello, Verrocchio, Michelangelo, and Bernini. You will gain a new understanding and appreciation of the classics, as well as the art that surrounds you in everyday life in fashion, crafts, industrial design, and architecture. The optional online environment provides a state-of-the-art experience for exploring and studying the world’s great works of art and architecture. It includes an interactive eBook, all images included within the text, video and audio clips, image flashcards, and much more.

List Price = $259.95  | CengageBrain Price = $259.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $195.25

LMS Integrated for CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 128537021X | ISBN-13: 9781285370217)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in your art course in one place. Read your eBook, take notes, review flashcards, view videos, and take practice quizzes—all online with MindLink for CourseMate.

List Price = $162.00  | CengageBrain Price = $162.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $162.00

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111838321 | ISBN-13: 9781111838324)

The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in one place. Read your textbook, take notes, review flashcards, watch videos, and take practice quizzes online with CourseMate. You will find image flashcards that are linked to interactive content so you can review related material and test yourself, Video Study Tools, Audio Study Tools, and ArtTours. In addition you can access the "Compare/Contrast" feature with interactive quizzes, "Foundations" modules that demonstrate art concepts and ideas, "In the Studio" video footage of interviews discussing the art-making process, "A Closer Look" section that presents web links that expand on material in the book, and more.

List Price = $162.00  | CengageBrain Price = $162.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $162.00

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1133113419 | ISBN-13: 9781133113416)

WebTutor offers real-time access to an interactive eBook and a wide range of study tools, including image flashcards that are linked to interactive content, Video Study Tools, Audio Study Tools, and ArtTours. Now it is easier than ever for you to review related material and test yourself. You can also access the "Compare/Contrast" feature with interactive quizzes, "Foundations" modules that demonstrate art concepts and ideas, "In the Studio" video footage of interviews discussing the art-making process, "A Closer Look" section that presents web links that expand on material in the book, and more.

List Price = $172.00  | CengageBrain Price = $172.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $172.00

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133113435 | ISBN-13: 9781133113430)

WebTutor offers real-time access to an interactive eBook and a wide variety of study tools, including image flashcards that are linked to interactive content so you can review related material and test yourself, Video Study Tools, Audio Study Tools, and ArtTours. In addition you can access the "Compare/Contrast" feature with interactive quizzes, "Foundations" modules that demonstrate art concepts and ideas, "In the Studio" video footage of interviews discussing the art-making process, "A Closer Look" section that presents web links that expand on material in the book, and more.

List Price = $172.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $172.00

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Blackboard MindLink for MindTap Art Instant Access for Fichner-Rathus's Understanding Art, 10th engages you to produce your best work – consistently. By seamlessly integrating course material with videos, activities, apps, and much more, MindTap creates a unique learning path that fosters increased comprehension and efficiency.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lois Fichner-Rathus

Lois Fichner-Rathus is professor of art in the Department of Art and Art History of The College of New Jersey. She holds a combined undergraduate degree in fine arts and art history, an M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, and a Ph.D. in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of specialization include contemporary art, feminist art history and criticism, and modern art and architecture, as well as the theory and foundations of art and design. Dr. Fichner-Rathus is also the author of the Cengage Learning textbooks UNDERSTANDING ART and FOUNDATIONS OF ART AND DESIGN. She teaches study-abroad programs in Paris, Rome, Spain, and Cuba and resides in New York.