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Introduction to Art and Art History

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Art is the aesthetic expression of an idea or experience, formed with human skills through the use of a medium. A medium is any material from which art is made.

Any definition of art should be understood to be a concept, rather than a fact. Art can be an object........a certain quality in things......or an experience.

Art, like life itself, need not be defined or understood to be enjoyed. It must simply be experienced. Art is not something apart from us. It grows from capacities we all possess. If you have ever experienced something intensely and wanted to share that experience with others, you have been where art begins.

There are several components to the study of art, from the "how to's" and materials to the history of the artistic experience of humankind.

Any and all of these components may be incorporated into a number of short series.

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