General Studies at NSG
What good are the arts?
Explain how two of the following creative activities contribute to our understanding, as well as our appreciation, of the more pleasant aspects of life such as happiness, love, beauty and friendship.
You must select two from the following:
a) architecture b) photography c) the screen d) fashion
e) sculpture f) music g) painting h) the stage i) writing
‘Art’ as we understand it did not exist before the C18th
Music, paintings and sculptures were produced by ‘artisans’ i.e. skilled tradesmen
People have always artistically decorated themselves with clothing and
Does that mean that
everyone is an artist?
Write down your definition
of a work of art
Is art only to be found in galleries, theatres and concert halls?
Do academics and critics have a greater appreciation of what is and what is not art?
Is opera superior to hip hop?
Are paintings in galleries superior to advertising images?
Are bronze and marble superior to pottery?
What makes Picasso with his brushes an artist but
not you with your makeup brushes?
Can ‘high art’ only be appreciated by the select few?
Add responses and supporting statements to the following:
Does art make us more civilised, happy and loving?
Does art not just emphasize obedience, duty, service,
superiority and inferiority?
Tomb of the unknown soldier
Greek and Roman art from 550 BCE to 100 AD
What purposes did it serve?
More Roman art
Is it artistic or pornographic?
Can art lead people to behave in rebellious ways?
Can we learn important lessons from art?
Should art be censored?
1. Does literature develop more complex images and ideas?