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Sharon Latchaw Hirsh

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The Importance of First Impressions
Episode 1 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Examine the contexts and environments in which we encounter art and their critical effect on our viewing experience. Consider ways of displaying and framing paintings, as well as key parameters for viewing sculpture. Then, learn the predominant genres of Western…
Where Am I? Point of View and Focal Point
Episode 2 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Explore how point of view - the artist's positioning of the viewer with respect to the image - works in painting and sculpture, paying particular attention to differences in angle and spatial relation. Then, continue with focal point, or the…
Color - Description, Symbol, and More
Episode 3 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Uncover the core principles of color in painting, including the distinctions of value and saturation and the relationship of colors as analogous or complementary. See how major works of art achieve their power and meaning through color, as seen in…
Line - Description and Expression
Episode 4 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Discover the properties of line, another essential element of art, as "descriptive" (describing reality) or "expressional" (conveying feeling). Learn about the use of geometric lines, implied lines, and directional lines within a composition. Also, study the compelling, psychological use of…
High Renaissance - Humanism Perfected
Episode 24 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
The Italian High Renaissance saw the full flowering of humanism and classicism. With reference to the era's thought and practice, delve into masterpieces by three of history's greatest geniuses: Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Last, explore the composition of Raphael's School…
Space, Shape, Shade, and Shadow
Episode 5 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Examine geometric and "organic" shapes in painting and sculpture and the crucial relationship of figure to ground and mass to space. Then, explore the illusionistic use of shading, shadows, and overlapping shapes in Caravaggio's and Friedrich's works, and the compositional…
Seeing the Big Picture - Composition
Episode 6 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Define symmetry and asymmetry in painting and sculpture, and the key effects on the viewer of each. Also, study scale and proportion of figures, and the distinction between "open" and "closed" composition, reflecting the artist's approach to visually framing the…
Mannerism and Baroque - Distortion and Drama
Episode 25 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Two important artistic movements followed the High Renaissance. Beginning with late Michelangelo, Tibaldi, and El Greco, explore the hallmarks of Mannerism, including deliberate distortions of proportion and perspective and use of tertiary colors. Then, in the works of Caravaggio, Rubens,…
Art That Moves Us - Time and Motion
Episode 8 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Explore how artists evoke motion and the passage of time, including implying motion through strong directional lines and time through narrative devices. Study approaches to implied motion in Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, and Op art, and the use of actual motion…
The Illusion - Getting the Right Perspective
Episode 7 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Tracking the history of illusionism in Western art, grasp the principles of linear perspective, foreshortening, and atmospheric perspective as they replicate how the human eye perceives. See how artists, including Cezanne and Van Gogh, manipulated perspective for their own creative…
Dada Found Objects/Surreal Doodles and Dreams
Episode 34 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Contemplate the "anti-art" spirit of Dadaism, its nihilistic yet humorous indictment of civilization and bizarre use of unconventional media. In the sensibility of Surrealism, observe its compelling focus on the subconscious and two substyles - dream imagery, with its juxtaposition…
Printmaking - Relief and Intaglio
Episode 11 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
The medium of prints attracted great artists from Durer and Rembrandt to Ensor and Picasso. Using studio demonstrations, study the expressive means and contrasting techniques of relief printmaking, including woodcut, wood engraving, and linocut, and intaglio printmaking, including metal engraving,…
Abstraction/Modernism - New Visual Language
Episode 33 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Abstraction and Modernism forged a daring new definition of art, breaking dramatically with the past. Discover the philosophical and experiential underpinnings of abstraction and nonrepresentational art, now radically freed from imitating nature. Encounter art's new language in visionary works by…
Modern Painting - Acrylics and Assemblages
Episode 15 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
The lecture opens with a historical panorama of painting techniques, highlighting the diverse treatment of human faces. Then, it tracks 20th-century developments in nontraditional materials and methods of application, including the techniques of Frank Stella, Helen Frankenthaler, and Jackson Pollock,…
From Realism to Impressionism
Episode 29 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
In canvases of Millet, Courbet, and Manet, observe the Realist ideals of honesty, simplicity, and descriptive colors in revealing contemporary experience. Then, explore the phenomenon of Impressionism, highlighting Renoir, Monet, and Degas - their fascination with natural light, quest to…
Drawing - Dry, Liquid, and Modern Media
Episode 10 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
In this first lecture on genre, define the various purposes of drawings, from "croquis" drawing to capture a pose or action, to successive sketches visualizing larger works, to finished drawings as a distinct art. Study the diverse media of drawing,…
Landscapes - Art of the Great Outdoors
Episode 20 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
In this lecture on landscape painting, observe the classical, balanced division into foreground, middle, and background, and how Romantic painters altered these proportions to express drama, infinite space, and the sublime. Discover proportion and composition in landscapes of the Hudson…
Signs - Symbols, Icons, and Indexes in Art
Episode 17 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
The richness of signs (signifiers) in art includes the use of symbols, icons, and indexes as they reveal layers of meaning. See how, in different historical eras, symbolic associations change over time, how icons visually represent a subject, and how…
Modern Printmaking - Planographic
Episode 12 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
This lecture explores the art of planographic printmaking, which allows artists to draw or paint directly on the printing surface. In detailed demonstrations and works by Daumier, Degas, and Warhol, grasp the techniques of lithography, silkscreen, and monotype, and explore…
Feeling with Our Eyes - Texture and Light
Episode 9 of How to Look at and Understand Great Art
Here, consider texture in sculpture as an aid to meaning in sculptures by Rodin, Donatello, and Bernini, and the painter's use of paint as a way to capture texture and light on canvas. Then observe the virtuoso representation of texture…