What does art-science have to offer?
What does art have to offer?
Art juxtaposes meanings that are recognizable and
clear with those that are ambiguous and layered.
Contemplation/analysis leads to:
- Developing critical and creative thinking
- Meta-analysis skills
- Increased skills in detailed observation and
- Increase in speculative thinking and the consideration
of multiple possibilities.
- Articulating your thoughts leads to growth
Types of art viewers, from research by research
by Abigail Housen.
- senses, memories, personal associations, concrete
observations, emotional linkages.
- judgments are based on what is known
and what is liked.
- they seem to enter the work of art and become
part of its unfolding narrative.
- build a framework for looking at works of art
- using own perceptions, knowledge of the natural
world, personal values (social, moral and conventional world)
- Works valued and related to what is expected
within personal world view and a sense of what is realistic.
- Emotional linkages less important, the viewer
begins to distance emotionally.
- identify the work as to place, school, style,
time and provenance.
- decode the work using knowledge of art history
- the work of art’s meaning and message
explained relative to art history classifications.
- a personal encounter with a work of art.
- Exploring the work, letting its meaning slowly
- appreciate subtleties of line and shape and
- critical skills predominate overfeelings and
intuitions -- let underlying meanings of the work—what it symbolizes—emerge.
- Each new encounter with a work of art presents
a chance for new comparisons, insights, and experiences.
- Knowing that the work of art’s identity
and value are subject to reinterpretation, these viewers see their own
processes subject to chance and change.
- combine personal contemplation with views that broadly encompass universal