Ch 21: Elements of Visual & Performing Arts

About This Chapter

Use video lessons to enhance your knowledge of the elements of visual and performing arts. Review various topics ranging from artistic expression to visual art themes and moods.

Elements of Visual & Performing Arts - Chapter Summary

How is balance achieved in visual and performing arts? What can these art forms express? The lessons comprising this chapter allow you to develop a deeper understanding and a broader sense of the characteristics and aspects of these forms.

Through examples and illustrations, these lessons will provide you with the opportunity to enhance what you might have already learned or to discover new facts about these topics. Upon completion of your review, you should be able to:

  • Explain the specific elements of visual and performing art pieces and the ways in which they impact perception
  • Details ways that unity and balance are reached in a given piece of visual or performing art
  • Identify narrative and meaning in the performing arts
  • Understand the theme, mood and tone of a visual art piece
  • Apply strategies for determining the thesis and narrative of performance art
  • Compare the theme and mood of two different performance art works
  • Discuss how art is a form of communication

Watch the video lessons as many times as needed to confirm your prior knowledge or to determine what you have learned. Take self-assessment quizzes to check what you have retained from these lessons and to see if you need further review of any of the material. Instructors can be easily contacted if you have any lesson-specific questions and your Dashboard can be used to track your progress as you move through the lessons in this chapter.

6 Lessons in Chapter 21: Elements of Visual & Performing Arts
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Performing Arts: Characteristics & Functions

1. Performing Arts: Characteristics & Functions

Performance based arts include both some of the most traditional and most avant-garde forms of expression in the world. In this lesson, we'll take a look at some examples of performance arts and see what defines them.

Unity & Balance in Visual & Performing Arts

2. Unity & Balance in Visual & Performing Arts

The principles of design are crucial for achieving harmony in the visual and performing arts. In this lesson, we will cover two critical principles of design — unity and balance — and discuss how artists employ them in various contexts.

Understanding Performance Art: Finding the Thesis, Narrative & Meaning

3. Understanding Performance Art: Finding the Thesis, Narrative & Meaning

Learn how to 'read' a performance the same way you would read a book or story. In this lesson, we'll discuss strategies for identifying thesis, narrative, and meaning in the performing arts.

Understanding Visual Art: Identifying Theme, Mood & Tone

4. Understanding Visual Art: Identifying Theme, Mood & Tone

When you look at a painting or sculpture, do you wonder what it means? How does it make you feel? In this lesson, learn strategies for understanding the elements of visual art, including theme, mood, and tone.

Art as a Form of Communication

5. Art as a Form of Communication

Why do people make art? Is a painting simply a pretty picture or is there sometimes more to it? In this lesson, explore the idea of art as a form of communication.

Comparing & Contrasting Performance Arts

6. Comparing & Contrasting Performance Arts

This lesson discusses the nature of performance arts. The focus is on being able to put these events into quantifiable terms, in order to be able to appropriately compare and contrast different events.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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