ART-101 An Introduction
(This Calendar is subject to change)
Week #1
Week #2
  • Read in Sayre's A World of Art 
Week #3
  • Read in Sayre's A World of Art 
Week #4
  • Read in Sayre's A World of Art 
    • Chapter 7
    • Chapter 8
    • Chapter 21
Week #5
Week #6
  • Read in Sayre's A World of Art 
  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10 Drawing
  • Chapter 12 Painting (re-read)
  • The Elements of Design
  • Formal Analysis (Review of Concepts)
  • Week #7
    Week #8
    • Read in Sayre's A World of Art 
      • Chapter 1
      • Chapter 18 
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    Week #10
    Week #11
    Week #13
    Choose a question and post an answer to the bulletin board.
    Then respond to someone else's post.
    Please type the question into your response.

    There are some scholars and teachers who refer to African and Oceanic Cultures as "primitive."  Here's how Webster's Dictionary defines it,

    prim.i.tive adj [ME primitif, fr. L primitivus first formed, fr. primitiae first fruits, fr. primus first--more at prime] (14c) 1 a: not derived: original, primary b: assumed as a basis; esp: axiomatic <~ concepts> 2 a: of or relating to the earliest age or period: primeval <the ~ church> b: closely approximating an early ancestral type: little evolved <~ mammals> c: belonging to or characteristic of an early stage of development: crude, rudimentary <~ technology> d: of, relating to, or constituting the assumed parent speech of related languages <~ Germanic> 3 a: elemental, natural <our ~ feelings of vengeance --John Mackwood> b: of, relating to, or produced by a people or culture that is nonindustrial and often nonliterate and tribal <~ art> c: naive d (1): self-taught, untutored <~ craftsmen> (2): produced by a self-taught artist <a ~ painting> -- adv -- prim.i.tive.ness n -- prim.i.tiv.i.ty n ²primitive n (15c) 1 a: something primitive; specif: a primitive idea, term, or proposition b: a root word 2 a (1): an artist of an early period of a culture or artistic movement (2): a later imitator or follower of such an artist b (1): a self-taught artist (2): an artist whose work is marked by directness and naivete c: a work of art produced by a primitive artist d: a typically rough or simple usu. handmade and antique home accessory or furnishing 3 a: a member of a primitive people b: an unsophisticated person

    Given the definitions and the things you've studied in the previous section, 

    1) Do you think that African cultures and their art are "primitive" or do you propose a different label or name to describe their art?

    2) Do you think Picasso had the right to borrow African forms and put them in his art?