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Welcome!

Hi guys! Welcome to Art110 and to Fall 2016! Most weeks this Weekly Activity Post from me will come out on Mondays. For the first week I’m sending it out a few days in advance so anyone who wants can get started already. If you’re busy enjoying the last week of summer – no worries! – just ignore this till Monday!

As you know, Art110 is a Hybrid Class. We only meet F2F once a week, on Wednesdays, and do the rest of the course online at the time of your choice. There are 3 sets of things to do to get started, and a couple items in each of those:

A. Get Listed
B. Do Stuff & Blog It
C. Watch Video, Research & Discuss

Screen cap of the "Who's Who" page for the 2:30 section of the class

A. Get Listed

A1. Say Hi

“Saying Hi” is optional, but highly encouraged. To tell us who you are and paste a photo, just fill out this easy form:

After that you can go see who else is in the class. You can also click on Majors and Colleges to see who else is here in Art110. There might only be 1 or 2 peeps from your major, like Kinesiology or Business or Nursing… but there will probably be a bunch of peeps in related majors from your College, like College of Health & Human Services or College of Liberal Arts.

A2. On the Roster!

Each week you’ll be writing 2 posts on your blog. You don’t have to “turn in” these posts to me. Instead, in this 1st week, you’ll give me your URL, which I’ll add to the class roster. After that you just do your 2 posts by Sunday night, and I’ll go find them on Mondays and give you points.

B. Do Stuff & Blog It

Every week we’ll do 2 of these 3 activities:

  • Art Activity
  • Artist Conversation
  • Classmate Conversation

As I just noted above, you’ll Turn In these activities by adding your URL to the roster page, and after that you’ll just do your 2 blog posts by 11:59pm on Sunday night. For Week 1, our 2 will be Art Activity & Classmate Conversation.

B1. Classmate Conversation

I’ll give you time in class to do a Classmate Conversation. Pick anyone in class that you don’t know yet and learn about them. Try to be generous with each other. Do your best to be open and sharing. The Classmate Conversation is really my gift to you. It’s a big class and it might be hard to meet peeps. But if you only wanted facts, you could read a book or take an online class. I think a part of why you’re physically on campus is to meet classmates. So let’s do that! And have fun!

Things to talk about:

  • Major, hobbies, where you’re from, etc
  • Any Art experience?
  • What’s your definition of Art?
  • Question of the Week – each week we’ll have a Question of the Week to discuss with classmates. Suggest questions at Fall ’16 QOTW

Starting in Week 3 we’ll be down in the School of Art (SOA) Galleries, and then you can look at CSULB SOA Student Art with your classmates!

PHOTOS:
Never publish any blog post without at least 1 photo! For your classmate conversation, take a photo with the person you talk to! As you might know, students plagiarize a lot. I have to be pretty watchful that work is real. To give you credit I should see a photo of you with your classmate on your post.

B2. Art Activity

Our Week 1 Art Activity will be Plaster Casting. I know a few of you probably hate the beach, and if you prefer, you can get some sand, put it in a bucket, and do this activity at home. But for the majority of you who do like the beach, and maybe wish summer was a little bit longer, here’s a chance to do some of your work at The Beach actually at The Beach! 😀

Full details on our Plaster Casting Activity page:

Materials:

TEXTBOOK: No textbook to buy! Your smartphone is your textbook!

MATERIALS: See the Materials List. The Plaster, Bucket, Shovel, Stir Stick & Paint Brush you’ll need are all available in the Art 110 Art Kit which will be available starting Monday in the CSULB Art Store, located in building FA3 (Fine Art #3) for $74.25. The Art Store is going to pay the tax for you! 🙂

Optional Meetup Sat, Aug 27, 10am – Noon @Seal Beach Pier

You don’t really need my help to do this Activity. But the weather’s great and it’d be cool to have a chance to meet a few of you. You can do the activity at any beach at any time, or even at home as described on the Activity Page, but we can also optionally meetup this Saturday between 10am & Noon at the Seal Beach Pier. Maps on the Activity Page. And I’ll bring 3 gallons of iced tea, just in case you’re thirsty! 😀

C. Watch Video, Research & Discuss

As you know (if you read the syllabus!) each week we’ll have a video, usually from me and around 8-15 minutes, and a few times longer, maybe 90 minute documentaries, to watch and discuss. Our Week 1 video is 3 Million Years of Art History.

Art History Timeline

In the video you saw me using an Art History Timeline. If you’d like a free, interactive copy of your very own, here’s how:

  1. Download free, Freemind software at Freemind.SourceForge.net
  2. Right-click & Download the file at csulb.edu/~gzucman/freemind
  3. Install the Freemind Software
  4. Right-Click the downloaded “Art-20130515.zip” file and “Extract All.” (If you don’t, you will still see the tree structure, but all of the image links will be broken.)
  5. Open the extracted folder and Open “Art.mm” with Freemind
  6. Have fun exploring 3 Million Years of Art History!

Your Discussion Post

After watching the video and doing some online research, you should leave 2 (or more) Discussion Comments right here on this page. Be sure you’re on the correct page! There’s a page for the 1p class and a page for the 2:30 class and you must post on the correct page!

Your 1st comment should be an Original Comment where you post your ideas derived from the video. Your 2nd comment should be a Reply Comment in response to a classmate. Each comment should be about a paragraph. A sentence is too short. Try to be analytic. Please don’t simply say that you really liked something or didn’t really like something or were confused by something. Dig deeper! If you’re confused, it’s your job to explore that and see what you can find. I’m here too, of course! If you’re really confused, just ask for help! But try to work through ideas, connect the dots, and share your insights about art, life & culture. With your Reply Comment, consider your classmate’s ideas, if you agree with their perspective, then try to amplify their ideas by adding your new thoughts. If you think things are different or more complicated, then respectfully try to modify their direction with your new contributions. You can draw on online research, anything you’ve seen in our video, or read in any book or seen in any video, and you can also apply your own life experience as evidence to build a persuasive argument.

Comment

When you’re ready, just scroll all the way to the bottom of this page and write what you have to say! Be sure you are using a name to comment that I can find in the University gradebook!

Your “Gravatar”

If you drop by Gravatar.com and make an account for the same email address that you used for your WordPress.com account, then when you leave comments here you’ll have a cool photo avatar instead of a generic icon.

Other Materials

That’s it for the A, B & C of Week 1! Here are some more course materials that will probably be useful:

  1. Syllabus
  2. Schedule on Trello
  3. Roster
  4. Materials
  5. Question OTW
  6. Chat – talk with Glenn or class 24/7, also the spot for the Monday 9-10am Virtual Office Hour

Want some help reading the syllabus? Here it is:

Schedule

A Lot of Stuff?

Does this seem like a lot? Probably! 😀 But remember it’s a brand new class structure for most of you. After you get through Week 1 I think you’ll find it pretty easy. And of course there’s no cramming for exams or reading paper textbooks, everything is engaged activity for you! (I hope!)

In Class Week 1

  1. Critique some sample artworks
  2. 90 Seconds – say hello
  3. 90 Seconds – brainstorm, then select 4 things you could make a work of art about
  4. 90 Seconds – say hello
  5. 90 Seconds – pick the best media to express [items from white board]
  6. Classmate Conversations

Welcome!

For freshmen: Welcome to The Beach!
For returning students: Welcome Back!

I’m looking forward to meeting you and having a great semester in Art110!

Questions?

Let’s Chat!

Written by Glenn Zucman

BA, Psychology, University of Hawaii, MFA, Intermedia Art, Long Beach State. Host of American Public Media's "Border Patrol." Host of KBeach Radio's "Strange Angels." Interested in Identity Art that explores our Oracle-at-Delphi-like straddling of corporeal and virtual realms in our new media century. Civil rights in online space. 10 years...
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Linney Sar

Linney Sar

The short history lesson on art was very interesting. I would have not considered the meaning of art to be something crafted by the human hand. I personally thought that if we truly appreciate an items or anything that is real anything can we art. It just depends on a person perspective if they like the item or not. Like the director who purchased a barrel, personally I would not pay that much for a used barrel. I probably like an artwork the director would not consider it is as art. The pebble in the history video is considered art, however the pebble was not crafted by a human hand, but by the natural element. The significance of the pebble is an example of how history can be recorded. To learn about the passed anthropologists look for hard evidence to find remanence of how thing were like in the past. Art is proof of our existence and proof that before anything was created or born something came before. Sending out spacecraft for the future is proof and evidence that the human race existed. The way we created and form thing is an example of how our society perceive thing and how our society might be like to those who might discover our art one day. Art is important because it help us understand one another and especially ourselves in our ability to express our emotions.

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timothaeus

Timothy Chung

Humans feel unlimited variations of emotions. Art is any animated object that manifests one out of the unlimited possible feelings or emotions from a viewer. I think its crazy how the history of our planet is hidden away under my feet, such as fossils and McDonald toys. I wish I could see all the different animal fossils and the evolution of humans for myself. I hope to one day explore an Egyptian pyramid just to enjoy the countless hieroglyphics, but I’m scared I will get lost and never get out… I never knew that our planet had sent out an Earth souvenir, depicting our knowledge and aesthetic and also allowing the possibility for an alien to discover it. How crazy would it be if aliens actually existed and revealed themselves to us (hopefully, coming in peace). We could share our art and technology with one another to make our worlds a better place. Thanks for reading this.

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Brandon Hong

Brandon Hong

Tomothy Chung, I like how you threw in some humor in your post. Yes I do agree how amazing it is that our planet is literally a treasure trove of knowledge just waiting to be discovered. I like your enthusiasm on travelling around the world to see Earth’s history, especially the great pyramids. Mind if I join you? I’m really good with directions, so I promise we won’t get lost. i’ll even help you fight off the evil alien invasion when the time comes.

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timothaeus

Linney ! Your post was awesome. I can tell you are a deep and philosophical person. I agree that anything can be art and that the director is crazy for buying that, but he probably just wanted it for a prop in his next movie. Our history being recorded throughout the centuries really inspires me because the human race has done its job in not only surviving, but keeping our mental sanity to not initiate self-extinction (why did Einstein have to create nuclear weapons…). I enjoyed reading your input!

-Timothy

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Roxana Chavez

The way I see art is interesting because what I may think is art others may not and thats okay because everyone sees the world and how they view art differently. For example my friends may think that kanye West is artist while other people may not. I did once define art as something that is crafted by the human hand, but as I grew up I began to define art differently. For example to be artist you do not necessary have to draw or paint you can consider art to be photographs, movies, fashion, almost anything that you consider as art. The pebble to me looked as if someone had drilled onto it to create a face. It was interesting to know that it was not in fact done by the human hand but by the years of nature. Which reminded me of a time when my family and I took a trip to Mexico, my family and I were hiking by a stream when my dad found volcanic rocks. We did research and found out that they were the remains of a volcano that had erupted in Parícutin in the year of 1943. My dad thought they were pretty neat so we brought them back home and ended up displaying them in our living room as decor. One day he asked us if we saw a face on the rock because it appeared as if it did. I examined it and did not seem to see the face my dad was saying he was seeing. It took me a while to later on see it, my younger brothers see something else but my dad and I see a face so its pretty neat. Since then that rock still displays in my living room and we consider it art. I agree with digging deeper in the earth is like time travel because the human kind has been able to find dinosaurs, old artifacts, and have discovered evidence that there has been civilizations from many years ago.

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lourdessahara

Roxana Chavez,

I’m pleased to note that we have the same mindset! I totally agree that art may or may not be art to someone else. I loved your example of the volcanic rock, and thought that was the most perfect example to share with the rest of us. I like how some of your family members cannot see the face you and your father see. I also like that at first you were unable to see the face, but later you were able to see it. That reminded me of the moon. Some people are able to see a face, a bunny if you tilt your head, both a face and a bunny, or none at all. It’s all about interpreting it in your own way.

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Raul Silva

Knowledge and time are both elements of what something means and this interactive timeline can demonstrate just that. Art changes and evolves along with time no different than anything else. As you move along the timeline changes in available technology will change the construct of the art work. Not only that, Zucman used the example of the washing machine barrel transforming into art. When it was bought along with the washing machine it was not a work of art it was a functional machine and two things transformed it into art, time (years of weathering) and place (in the desert where people practice shooting). This directly correlates to why the Australopithecus river stone although not hand made can still be considered artwork, because of the location (20 miles away from the source) and the value placed on it for the time (4 million years ago). The definition of art used in the video bothered me because art is not when something is just made by hand it is a combination of things that give it value and the most valuable being the knowledge and time of observation. This is why art has such a big impact on our understanding of the past. It literally is a glimpse into the thoughts of the people (human or prehuman).

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Alfredo Gonzalez

Hey Rual,
I had the same reaction to the definition of art that was used in the video, art has so many more things to it as you described. Something could have value to one person and they consider it art but could not be art to others as it holds no value to them. I also agree with you on how art has been very important on understanding what has come before us. With all the discoveries of different artifacts we have been able to understand how people have lived and went on with their everyday life. If it was not for art that was left behind we would not have a clear vision and understand as to how the world was before.

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danielmartinez13

The art history clip shown above is really interesting. Art is pretty much anywhere in this world, literally. An old rusted barrel near a road was nothing to many drivers and passengers; however, that same old barrel, combined with another piece, turned out to be a ten thousand dollar piece of art. Who would have known something that seem useless, turned out to be a masterpiece for another person? Art can be made by nature, as shown with the pebble described in the video. As mentioned in the video, anyone could have carved the pebble to make it seem as a face; moreover, it was nature that throughout time, the pebble’s face got its shape. Time is a key aspect in the world of art. Art is being transformed as years pass. The art in the past is being left behind, and artists are modernizing the subject of art. It is very interesting to know that anything can be art. The most important part is just the aspect and the point of view of the person viewing it. Perhaps an object or drawing may not be too appealing to one person, but to others, that same item may be a work of art and be worth hundreds, maybe even thousands.

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megansalinas11

Daniel,
I really like what you said when you explained how nature contributes to art and that time is a key to the world of art. I couldn’t agree with you more. Time is inevitable, so the wear and tear that it may have on a old barrel or on a rock is only upgrading the overall essence of the piece. I also liked what you said about the old barrel being nothing until a director saw potential in it, I wrote something similar in my initial comment, it’s a very true statement because I feel that if you or I or most people who don’t have an “art” background would’ve easily drove right by it without looking back.

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geteducatedcom

Fatima Negrete-Farias

When video introduced art as something human made, I personally disagreed because to me art can be anything. For example, art can be dresses, shoes, sculpture, and paintings (which are human made). In addition, art can be a rainbow and a sun set (which is not human made). Art is anything that a person enjoys or a person has meaning too something. Then later in the video when it spoke about the Australopithecus africanus my eyes grew big because I was shocked of how they looked like, human and ape like features combined. When archeologist find artifacts about old civilizations like the Australopithecus africanus or bones of the dinosaurs, I find it amazing how they can detect how they lived by the use of technology. I wonder what will be discovered next and be displayed in a museum (maybe the fossil of a Megalodon). Overall, more art is soon to be discovered, and new art will be created soon enough. Nonetheless, art is everywhere.

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bunnylovepanda

Hi Fatima, your post was interesting. I agree that art is everywhere and art is anything that a person enjoys or a person has meaning too. I agree because for example, if you go to target and you see a display of family tables. I believe that art because that person who is designing that chair is enjoying doing it. Also maybe the art that was created was that person dream. I was also shocked that they compare the sculpture looking like a picture of a human and ape features combined. I would think it looks like just human and since it old it changes forms. I agree with you that new art will be created soon because everything we ever created or do, dream, or thought exist between before and beyond.

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Brandon Hong

Brandon Hong

I believe art isn’t just created by human hands. After Watching this video I realized art isn’t something as trivial as a sculpture made by someone or something. Art is the impression it leaves on those around it. Art can come in all shapes and sizes such as music, paintings, nature, mathematical calculations, cat videos, etc., but they all leave an impression on us. Just like the barrel that was shot multiple times, it resonated with the artist and also the person who bought the piece, and that in itself is art Another example of art leaving an impression is the old smooth pebble that in theory was carried off by something because of the way it looked. In my opinion the pebble looks very similar to the Australopithecus, and theorize that the pebble was taken by these people because it looked similar to them, and that’s why it was found where it was. Everyone has their own unique position on art, and it gets more enjoyable when you find people with the same views.

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nathandavalos

In response to Brandon Hong

I agree with your opinion that art is not just created by the human hand. Before watching this video I was also under the impression that art was made by a human being but after watching the video and hearing Zucman talk about the pebble from 3 million years ago and the washing machine I came to a realization that everything could be considered art. It is crazy to think about how life was 3 million years ago but after watching this video I do believe that some picked up that pebble and brought it into the cave.

-Nathan Davalos

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bunnylovepanda

I find the video of 3 Million Years of Art History interesting because it was first time taking an Art class and I learned a lot of new things such as, how to read the art timeline. To read the art timeline, we need to start reading from the bottom to the top. I learned new words from the art timeline, for example, the word paleolithic. Also, I was amazed that I get to see a diagram of an archaeological site, a study of human past through material from the timeline. I learned from the video that art is long last for many of years and we can see until today. I agree that the way stone was sculp that way it’s because maybe someone saw something and they tried sculp it. Most of all, I learned that everything we ever created or do, thought, dream and etc exists between the two objects that was mentioned in the video. The stone from the before time and the the picture from the beyond time. You can see art everywhere.

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nathandavalos

Nathan

I was completely unaware of all the different times of our past. It is kind of surreal to think that the first piece of art is from 3 million years ago. Even though the definition of art is something that is worked by a human hand, I personally would say that not all art has to be created by a human hand. Like Zucman says in the video seeing a rainbow might be more of an art piece than a painting of a rainbow. Somethings that are not intended to be art can turn out to be some of the best art in the world (like the washing machine Zucman talks about in the video). The people that were shooting at the washing machine never intended for it to turn into an art piece, and they would never have expected for anyone to purchase it for $10,000 at an art gallery. To me everything is an art piece in a way, from a television to a bar stool, somebody created these items so isn’t that the definition of art…

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Nkechi Okoroma

Hey Nathan, I completely agree with you. Art doesn’t have to necessarily be created by the human hand. Things like sunsets or mountain top views, to me, seem like the most beautiful things even though neither of them were created by man or intended to be an art piece. It all depends on what someone sees as aesthetically pleasing and if and how they connect with it.

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geteducatedcom

Hey Nathan, I agree on your comment when you said that “not all art has to be created by a human hand”. Art is anything that leaves an impression on somebody. For example, the ocean was not created by a human hand, yet it leaves an impression on people. People find the ocean beautiful and often write poems of the ocean and even paint portraits. The ocean is art and several other things .

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Lydia Chang

(Reply to the person above.) I would have to disagree. In my opinion, at least, I don’t think that an impression can be a form of art. You can create artworks (ie poems, paintings) to convey or express your impression or feelings, but I would have to disagree that art is anything that leaves an impression on a person. For example, a failing test score would leave a horrible impression on a person. But can you really call that art? Or maybe a loved one passed away, the feelings and emotions one would receive are bad, Is that something to be considered art? (Besides the “there’s art in death” or an overly cliche rebuttal.)
While artworks and nature can create impressions and invoke emotions, I think it is far-fetched to say that “anything” that leaves an impression is considered art.

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Stephanie Valdivia

Hey Nathan I completely agree with you. I also believe that art doesn’t necessarily have to be something made by a human hand. A year ago, I saw the most beautiful setting sky. I thought it was the greatest piece of art I had ever seen and it wasn’t made by a human hand. Not even close. I, too, am completely unaware of all the history on Earth. For example, did you know our campus is believed to have once been the burial site of the Tongva people? I wonder what kind of “toys” I’d find under my feet…

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Nkechi Okoroma

To start off, I first wanted to say that it was pretty interesting how the reason we first started off reading the art chart from bottom to top, instead of the “normal” top to bottom, was because of how stratas are read; the bottom being the earliest and we move on up as time goes on. To me, art has always been some kind of artistic work that, for the most part, tends to subjective and a representation of something or someone else’s experience. Just like how a rainbow might remind someone of their favorite cereal, Fruity Pebbles or maybe something a little more serious like the LGBT flag. Depending on a person’s life experience, they may interpret it completely different. From there, that can determine how important this piece of “art” really is. I found it really interesting how there might be a huge possibility that the Australopithecus africanus might have seen something in that pebble that might of reminded them of themselves. Now even though the pebble wasn’t created by anyone, they still happened to appreciated it. Just like how we right now might appreciate a rainbow.

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MarissaS

Hi Nkechi!
I definitely agree with you that what is considered art depends on the person and their interpretations. One object that can be considered a art piece is not limited to only one finite meaning. As well as, I thought your example/connection of a rainbow can remind someone of a Fruity Pebbles cereal was interesting. Because to me, I would just connect a rainbow to something related to nature. So, I thought that was great how we can view and make connections to one object differently.

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Juli Yoshinaga

I find it fascinating that art has been a big part of the human existence from as far as we can date it to, to our present time. In this video, 3 Million Years of Art History, I realized that art means different things to different people, as well as what some may or may not consider as art. I found it incredible that a piece of rock could mean different things to different people. Some people can find similarities or a connection to a rock, while some may perceive it as a simple rock. We, as humans, find connections through art, however, not all art are taken in the same by different people. I, for instance, might not understand some abstract pieces in the art gallery, but it could send a powerful message to some of my peers. This thought and realization has opened me to understand that it’s okay not to understand something, but we can all put effort into understanding that there are many angles of the picture. I hope to understand art that I had not understood before, and I will make it one of my goals for the semester.

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Zjlinney

Hello Juli,
Your point on how art can means different thing s to different people make me understand that a person mind is different from one another and that we are all capable of interpreting artwork in many ways of our own. For example the pebble in the history video can be interpreted in many way either as a rock or a huge significance in arts history. The thing I like about art is that we are free to interpreting an artwork in many ways. While we are contemplating on what the artwork represent the artist of the artwork know that his or her work is being appreciated and the audience is trying gasp what the artwork represents. Like what you said Juli , “it’s okay not to understand something”, but if we put in effort in understanding art we will learn something.

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Alfredo Gonzalez

When it comes to the definition of what art is, I always knew that art meant different things to different people. To see in the video that one of the definitions of art is somethings that is worked by a human hand, this is one I never believed in as there are many things that have come about naturally that I would consider art and was never touched by a human hand. The timeline was a very informational thing to see as it had many information that is useful and informative when it comes to learning about art history. Seeing how everything we have ever created or thought or felt exists between the two objects shown in the video is amazing. Also being able to find old pieces of art by digging it up and seeing how people in the past lived is amazing and something I have always appreciated art for. By seeing where the pebble was found in the cave and knowing that type of material is not from the same area is fascinating to see how people are able to identify the origin of it and be able to tell how it was moved. I am excited to see what the future holds for us as new art is discovered

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melissapassarelli

Alfredo,
I agree with you that art means different things to different people and I don’t believe that art can be defined as something crafted by a human hand as well. I think the art timeline was very interesting and informational as well because it taught me how art history builds up like when Zucman used the example of the McDonald toys and how it builds up. I also agree that being able to identify the origin of a pebble that was found was very captivating and being able to find pieces and objects from the past is impressive. I am also excited for the future and will be waiting on the new art that will be discovered and how it will impact different people in different ways.

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Tiffany Phan

This video was actually really interesting to learn about especially when all I knew about art could’ve been anything around me. It was very interesting to learn about how people see art in their perspective which reminds me of a time when I was watching this video and it was a theory on how people view an object even if it wasn’t actually art. The male in the video had placed a pair of his glasses on the floor of an art gallery to see how people react to it and what their views are on it. Then, people started to surround it and one person even started to take pictures of it. It was really amazing to see how people see certain object in many different perspective because if someone were to tell them that it wasn’t an art object and that it’s just a plain old object, they wouldn’t put a lot of thought into thinking about the object. Although if we all open our minds to the fact that anything can be art, we would appreciate the time and dedication it took to create something so unique and learn about it’s background just like the waterworn pebble I saw in the video. So I feel art can be anywhere, whether it’s hand made or not.

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danielmartinez13

Hi Tiffany,
I also find it very interesting to see how other people find many objects or items useless; on the other hand, for other people that keep an open mind, the object/item has a meaning behind it. It is fairly interesting how the point of view of a person changes the meaning of art. People get so fascinated at what nature does itself, or simply glasses being put up in an art gallery like you mentioned, and people open their minds and see a meaning behind those glasses. Perhaps they get reminded of a special moment when they see the object, but it is amazing how art surrounds us all at every minute.

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Megan Chung

Hi Tiffany,
I saw that video as well and I found it very interesting. I remember joking with my friends and said that you place any item against a white background it looks like it belongs in a gallery. Even if I was joking, it’s true! I think interpretation is one of the most important aspects of art. Art is definitely a place where you can say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure

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pajoste

Hey Tiffany! I also saw that video not too long ago and thought that it was very interesting. People had many different reactions to the pair of glasses on the floor that was considered “art.” It’s very fascinating how there are different perspective of art and people’s definition of it. I definitely agree with you when you said that “art can be anywhere, whether it’s hand made or not” because this video definitely showed it. It can be as simple as an everyday object and some people would still consider it to be art.

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lourdessahara

Lourdes Sandoval

I was unfamiliar with how to read the chart, but found it interesting that it is read from bottom to top. In this video, art was described as something that is worked by the human hand, but I disagree. I feel like art can be anything the human imagination would interpret art to be. If a meteor was to hit planet Earth and leave an imprint on land, some could possibly view that as art or others simply wouldn’t. Like in the video, the piece of washing machine that was shot up could have been viewed as a piece of art in ones eyes, but may have not been to others. I love that art can be interpreted in different ways. Also, I never considered on how the existence of human race could actually be indicated if something was to happen. I liked the comparison of two book ends to resemble the beginning (an object from three million years ago), ongoing (plaque), and the humanity in between (our thoughts). This video reminded me of a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, House at the End, where her neighbor takes her to a tree in his backyard in hopes that she sees the face that he sees on the trunk. The meaning behind this scene was that sometimes you have to view things in a different way in order to see what others may be seeing. This scene reminded me of the art talk video because something that has a meaning to me might be meaningless to someone else, just like that washing machine.

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Valeria Gonzalez

Hi Lourdes!

I completely agree with you on the fact that art is subjective. I really like that you used the word interpretation to explain why art means different things to different people. Everyone interprets things differently according to their own criteria. I also really liked that you used a scene from a movies as an example on how different people view art differently. I have actually watched this movie before and I didn’t remember that particular scene until reading your comment. While on the subject of movies, I would like to say that it’s really interesting that some people view films as art while others just view them as a source of entertainment. I personally find films to be a form of art if the directing and aesthetics appeal to my senses, so I don’t expect everyone to agree with me. However, that’s the beauty of art! Different people create different and that is how this world is filled with a diversity of things that could be considered art.

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Lydia Chang

Whilst reading through comments and watching the video, the question “what is art?” seemed to have popped up numerous times. I would usually brush the question off with the answer “everything” or “it’s a subjective question, so there are many answers,” but after rethinking upon it, another question formed “what if art is a human-made conception/idea?” The reason I say this is because (bear with me, it makes sense in my head) humans see something they like (for instance, in the case of the sculptor who found the old barrel in the Mojave Desert) and call it art, whether it’s in fashion, music, or art; or they’ll create something — a building, sculpture, or a painting — and call it art. If we go by the definition that art is any activity or product made by humans in a visual form for aesthetic or communicative purposes, expressing ideas, emotions or, in general, a worldview, then nature or emotions would not count as art, even though they may inspire or provoke certain strong emotions.
Throughout time, human civilization has created countless pieces that classify as art, while the conception of art has also continued to evolve. Now, people have become more open and more willing to accept even the simplest things as art (I remember reading many posts on where a random person would just put their glasses, or even their apple on the floor, and pretend it was art, only to find many other people flock around to take photos and appreciate the “art piece”). This supports that “art is a conception,” because daily things that people would normally pass as regular things are now being accepted as an object that serves some aesthetic purpose, reinforced through the idea that “it is in a gallery.”
If we use nature as an example, one can say that because a sunset is beautiful or it evokes happiness, it is art. Going back to the definition, it would not count as art, as Professor Zucman said [regarding the rainbow example]. Why? Because it was something created by nature and I (call me biased) doubt that nature creates for the sake of art or to express itself, unlike man. Moreover, someone else might just see a sunset simply as the sun setting, while another may see it and call it art because it looks nice or it makes them feel warm inside (which reinforced the conception idea).
But then again, this is just my opinion and art is, of course, a very broad and subjective topic.
(I would like to formally apologize to anyone confused by this post.)
((I accidentally posted this in the wrong section. Darn having too many tabs open))

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Zack Ngov

Lydia,

I like what you typed about how people have become more open and willing to accept the simplest things as art. I also think that the objects were only given attention because they were in an art gallery. The objects most likely would not be given any second looks if they were anywhere else. If I were an artist, I would find it a bit insulting that an unordinary object that looks interesting due to being tangled with by nature deserves a place in an art gallery, next to a piece of art that an artist took time and effort to create.

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superyessi

Yesenia Hernandez

Even though you posted in the wrong section, I completely understood what you said and agree. Art is a human conception and subjective. Every human has their own ideas of what they believe is art and it can be complicated or simple. I find it amusing that a thing as simple as you said as an apple is art. There is always someone out there who can find the beauty in anything. I was just watching an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun and in it 3 of the protagonist had a near death experience. They all started admiring the beauty of all the ordinary things around them that they would normally miss. Things as simple as a paperclip they were in awe of. Theirs was an extreme example but it depends on your perspective and time in your life that affects your view of life. A formal definition for art is complicated. Galleries should not limit the space in which art is found because it is everywhere.

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Stephanie Valdivia

Firstly, I found it incredibly fascinating how Zucman described the human experience as being “book ended” by the three million year old pebble and the plaque. It puts things into another different perspective I never thought about. I never thought about how the pretty rock I kicked this morning could’ve been a significant object to someone sometime ago. It really made me think. Secondly, I disagreed with the belief that art is something that is worked by a human hand. Often times people find a familiar face in an object and form a connection, similarly to the video where Zucman talks about his friend finding the holey barrel. For instance, my little sister picked up a three leafed clover and said it was art because it was unique for not being a four leafed clover. Art is different for everyone. Lastly, I hope I am able to appreciate and understand art more by the end of the semester. I love learning about and seeing art but I wish I knew more about it.

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Tiffany Phan

Hi Stephanie,
Just like you I never thought I could something like a pretty rock I kicked this morning to be something unique to others. That also opened my eyes to the fact that I go to school taking the same route everyday and I get bored of it, but this take I got bored of around me may have meant something like art to others. What I think is that not everybody will be able to see art in the same way as I do or you do and that the beauty of it because everybody sees things differently.

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Jose Perez

Hi Stephanie,
After reading over your post, your example of the rock gave me a better understanding of that specific part of the video. I never thought of it that way, but makes complete sense. Also, the example of your younger sibling. I agree on your opinion on art is different for everyone, which it is. Everyone has their own interpretation to it, as everyone has their very own creative side.

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Valeria Gonzalez

Despite art being all around me, I had never really stopped to formulate a definition for art despite the fact that art has been all around me. In high school, I took an art class and was taught that art was anything that was made with the purpose of being aesthetically pleasing. At that time I accepted that definition and moved on with my life. However, I now think that art means a lot of different things to people due to their mindset and the time in history they lived in. For me, art ranges anything from a painting of sunflowers to a sharped eyeliner wing accompanied with an array of blended eye shadows on a person’s eyelid. I consider makeup to be a form of art because it allows the artist to express themselves. Art is a very broad and subjective topic. It means different things to different people. I will confess that there are some art pieces that have confused me, but just because I don’t see it as art does not mean it’s not considered art to someone else. Overall, I feel that this video was a good starting point because it has forced me to think about what art means to me and I have been able to read my classmate’s thoughts on art as well.

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Mark Nguyen

Hello Valeria,
I agree with you that art can essentially be anything in the world. I really like your thinking of makeup as an art because it wouldn’t be something that most people think about when art comes to mind. I also agree that art is very subjective, but I think you should still view things as art even if you don’t see it yourself. People’s point of views on art and many things in life will differ, but that is because we are all different and not everyone thinks in the same way. I feel that this makes art truly beautiful though, as you end up having multiple pieces of art that come from many different minds. Even if you don’t agree on someone else’s view of an art piece, I think that you can still agree on the fact that they put their time and effort into it.

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Emily Tomasello - Art

Valeria,
I definitely agree with you when you said that you consider makeup to be an art form. Whenever I’m about to put my makeup on, I think to myself, “I’m painting my face!” I don’t want to sound like a weirdo, but for all the money I spend on makeup, it has to be an art form, right? I mean, that’s why they call makeup artists “makeup artists!” They are using their special tools and their hands to create something. In this case, the creation would be located on your face. I guess in that case, we would be walking pieces of art. Art obviously means different things to different people, but I’m really glad you brought this up because this is definitely a point I believe, too!

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megansalinas11

Megan Salinas.
This video was interestingly eye-opening and very intriguing in its sense to educate people like myself, who are so unaware of the effect that art holds, has had and will continue to produce. One of my favorite parts of the video how you explained that art was a piece that has been handled by man, and the reason I found it interesting is because I feel that its is and can be anything but that, like you said. There’s no distinct, concrete definition of art and you proved it by stating the example of a rainbow. I feel that art can be distinguished by many different kinds of people, and that it is not limited to only one definition. I feel that art is such a broad, yet extremely intricate subject in humanity that someone’s piece of trash is surprisingly someone else’s work of art – as cliché as it sounds.

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Jessaika

Hi Megan,
The video left the same effect on me. I’m also one of those people who needed to be a little more informed about art. As you said there isn’t a fine line on what art is and isn’t. It’s very broad. To me, as long as a piece of art connects to someone and they value it as art, it’s art! It’s great that people have so many different perspectives on what art is that someone’s trash can be another’s treasure. 🙂

Jessica Obrique

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amybecerraart

I had a very similar reaction while watching this video! I never really gave a second thought about art and simply branded it as something that wasn’t for me. Going off of what you said about art being a broad and intricate subject, I also think that art is something that can’t be directly defined. Everyone in this world has a different perspective and different opinions. What someone might see as their vision of beauty might not be what someone else thinks is beautiful. Art is definitely broad because it can be expressed in a variety of ways: statues, online art, photos, paintings, etc. Although it’s broad, art is also complex and intricate because of the many definitions it has. Art is never one single thing because everyone has different definitions of what art actually is. I think a good rule of thumb is if it invokes an emotion and has meaning, it can be classified as art.

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Mark Nguyen

Having never really been interested in art, this video has kind of made me curious about what art can do for people. I always thought of art as paintings and pictures, but I now realize that art can really be anything in the world. It can range from a complex sculpture to something as simple as a jagged line on a rock. Based on the timeline, art has been around since the beginning of time. As you go through different parts of time up to our present day, you notice notice that art has survived throughout all of history, and it will continue to survive even past human life. With the 3 million years of art history, you also see the progression of art throughout those 3 million years. From rocks that looked like faces in the beginning to space probes and crafts that our current time has designed today. Art and its many forms continues to change and redefine itself everyday. New ideas are always made by different people, and in a way those people can shape the future of art. Artists of old, like Da Vinci and Picasso, were able to inspire and influence the art of people in our current millennium. Somewhere out there today, there are people who will also inspire others to the same degree that Da Vinci has inspired us. After watching this video, I feel that art isn’t just restricted to people who call themselves artists. Art can really come from anyone. As long as people put their time and soul into a project, then they can accomplish something they can truly be proud of.

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jamievan

Hi Mark,
I wanted to reply to your comment because I am also intrigued by the things that art can inspire in people and what it can reflect about the world. The development that was shown from the rocks was incredibly insightful because, similarly, I didn’t just see rocks and pebbles but instead, actually works of art that depicted the growth and life of an art piece’s time on Earth. It demonstrates not only how the natural forces come into play to create a meaningful piece of art but also demonstrates the depth and beauty that can be spontaneously made by unrefined means, such as the natural grooves on a gemstone or crystal. Inspiration is everywhere and as long as meaning is put into the work then it is capable of providing a strong sense of value. I agree that art can come from anyone and anything, as art is not derived from just an object but also the soul and time put into a creation.

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justinphamm

Hi Mark,
I would have to also agree with you that I have never been much of a big fan of paintings or sculptures, but have always admired the artists for their own vision. I believe that anyone can appreciate how art has evolved since the rock days to space probe days whether or not they have any familiarity with art before. I would also like to elaborate on your idea that art isn’t just restricted to “artists” but rather can be for anyone with a passion for expression. I also really liked the 3 million years of art layering as we leave our footprint as well. I look forward to what our generation has to offer to contribute to the growth of new mediums for contemporary art.

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Kill Jill

Hey Mark,
I wanted to reply to your comment because similarly to you, I didn’t care much for art and didn’t realize art could be anything and everywhere. It’s crazy to think that art has been around for so long and that things found millions and millions of years ago can be considered art, with things as simple as rocks, be considered “art pieces”. The art timeline shows how art developed over time and how things have changed and advanced and I’m excited to see what comes in the near future!

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Zack Ngov

Although I still think art is something worked by a human, the art talk has given me insight into different perspectives and opinions.
I believe that art is about imagining something, making that something a creation with aesthetic appeal, and eventually sharing it. However, the video and comments suggest that an object that is not created by a human can be considered art if someone can find significance for the object like the australopithecus africanus’ did with the makapansgat pebble. I am unable to agree with this because that would suggest that any inanimate object in the world can be art. This makes the word “art” much too hard to define. The different definitions of art makes me think of the current consensus definition of the word “doctor”. Long ago, someone with a doctorate degree would be considered a doctor. However, later on, people started considering only those with a doctorate degree in the healthcare field a doctor. I think that opinions should not be able to change the original meaning of a word. A line has to be drawn somewhere. Lastly, I am not a fan of the washing machine barrel example. I believe that the famous hollywood director would not have been interested in the washing machine barrel had it not been displayed in an art gallery by a successful sculptor. It also would not have been worth a mention if it were not for being bought for ten thousand dollars by a famous hollywood director.

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Felix Huynh

Felix Huynh

Yeah, I agree. Art has become a word used to describe so many things. I also think that the washing machine barrel wasn’t necessarily a good example to use. It’s like someone who buys a banana for 1 million dollars, people will think he is crazy. However, it’s because of that purchase that makes him popular and widely known, and as a result, leads to the banana possibly ending up in a museum all the same. It’s moments like that which show how flexible the word art is. There’s no real way to truly describe art in a way that every single person would agree.

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Megan Chung

Megan Chung

When people think of art, they just think of paintings and drawings. In the video explains that one of the definitions of art is somethings that is worked by a human hand. I would have to disagree. I believe that in reality, anything is art like landscape, natural patters and nature. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, art is the expression or application of creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting, drawing, or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Everyones idea of art is different and that’s the way it should be! It should be something that is personal and meaningful to you.

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Henry Pham

I completely agree with you Megan, and I have a lot to add on! I personally think art comes through how we appreciate the personal meanings that were put into the object or idea. When we fail to take into consideration the emotions of the creator or the person viewing the piece, we miss the message and the feelings that it invokes. The artistic value crumbles and the piece in question may be deemed not a piece of art. For the barrel noted in the video, it became a piece of art once Zucman’s friend saw an emotional connection with society in it. It is just like you said, they have to be appreciated through their “beauty” and “emotional power.” Without that crucial process, art ceases to be art.

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Juli Yoshinaga

Hi Megan,

I totally agree with you in that art is interpreted differently by every individual, thus any thing can be considered art! However, I do also remember the video mentioning that art created by man was one of many definitions art could have. Like the rock in the video, no man made the rock, however, the family from the Prehistoric Era found a connection with it, thus making it a piece of artwork for them. I do love your point though, about art being an “expression or application of creative skill or imagination” by the Oxford English Dictionary. It really goes to show us that every individual can have different emotions or apply certain objects to make them feel a certain way. I think that is the beauty of art; art has many meanings rather than one, and anyone can create it to be anything, thus empowering humans.

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jamievan

Jamie Van
There’s always more to the things that exist around us and this video, “3 Million Years of Art History,” highlights how much depth truly lies in the little things that we may overlook. Time and understanding are very elemental components to beginning to recognize the value of creations available on Earth. The ability to understand the aesthetics around us is very important and it can be easy for people to overlook things that can be perceived as art and something beautiful. For instance, the barrel that was purchased by the director was something that became deemed as a worthy piece of art. But initially, it was something that could have easily been overlooked because no meaning had really been given to it prior, which highlights the importance of understanding and recognizing the art that can be brought out around us.
For example, something like aged rocks and shells could easily be disregarded as people do not always take the time to notice the objects around them that could be considered as significant. The depth of a piece of art is so vital. The pebble that was mentioned in the video was crafted through the means of natural forces instead of human means but the depth of the pebble’s history was already embedded within the piece, giving it its artistic charm. It’s been on the Earth for a great number of years and the time that it has had on Earth provides not only a sense of character but also a sense of deepness, which is something all art probably aspires to portray and share.

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monicalock

Jamie, I think your definition of art was very well put. I personally liked how you defined art as “the ability to understand the aesthetics around us.” It reminds me of my lack of ability take aesthetics photos. For example, when I went to Santa Monica with my family, but couldn’t seem to notice anything worth taking pictures of. I ended up not taking many photos that day. When I logged onto Instagram that evening, I found hundreds of photos at that location, but I didn’t notice anything cool or exciting at the moment.

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Jose Perez

Jose Perez
After watching this short video, I now have a better understanding of the definition of art. Before, I use to have my mindset to one very specific definition of the word art, but now my mind has expanded to a more broad definition. I use to consider art as just a physical object that showed what the creator thought or felt, but I know it is much more than that. Art is basically everything and anything around us, including ourselves. The example given in the video of people who may have been us centuries ago, in comparison to people now, made me think and consider ourselves, as human beings, a walking piece of art. A couple comes together to produce an offspring of the two; therefore, getting genes from both parents to make one piece of the male and female, thereby creating a piece of art by the two. I believe many examples can be portrayed behind the definition of art, in which every individual has there own interpretation to it.

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justinphamm

I am not a veteran when it comes to contemporary art nor traditional art, so this video had shown light on a few things for me. The biggest part was when you stated art should be man made, technically, although some pieces could just be viewed as aesthetic. The reason why this struck out to me is because it emphasized that art is relative in the eyes of the beholder. Art is an intricate work of man, and although nature could imitate it, it would depend on the person viewing such. To me, as much as I appreciate visual art, my biggest form of excitement comes from music. I am highly inspired by music, and appreciate every piece or medium that it comes from. There’s no definitive answer to define art for one, but art is the way that a person perceives the world.

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gabrielg454gmailcom

I agree with you Justin, art is not always the same for everybody. For some it can be some sort of nature, for others a sculpture or paintings, as well as in your case, music. The best part about art is that everybody has their own perspectives about it. In other words the meaning and emotion of each individual defines their view in art.
Gabriel Gonzalez

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itsjazelle

Jazmin Mejia

I found this video very insightful and interesting. However, one thing that baffled me was that for a long period of time people lived their lives limiting art as only anything that was made by a human. I think it’s crazy that if the definition of art would have stayed the same, nobody would have considered that (overpriced) barrel an art piece or even something natural like a waterfall a piece of art. It is a good thing that as time passed art evolved just like everything else. We are surrounded by art; it just depends on someone’s perspective. For example, no one considered that the washer machine barrel on the side of the road a piece of art, heck I wouldn’t have, but that artist did and he made bank out of it. He could pay my student loans and/or my tuition with the amount of money he made with just that one art piece. So to me art is limitless; it is anything you want it to be. Art is also part of our history and helps us understand our history.

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leslie2213

Jazmin,
I agree with your overpriced barrel! How can someone pay so much for it, but everyone does view art differently. As mentioned before, only things that were created by man kind were considered art, that was what i use to think. But after this video i understood how art can be anything just like that pebble that was found. Going back to the barrel, like people say, “someones trash may be someones treasure.” After watching the video and the professor saying that the artist wrote the guy a $10,000 check, made me want to go out and look for items people have destroyed and maybe make some money out of it.

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melissapassarelli

Melissa Passarelli

In the video, 3 Million Years of Art History, I learned that Art is viewed differently to different people. Zucman demonstrates how
the rock was viewed differently. Some people may find connections to the rock while others will not. This video reminded me of a place I visited last summer called, Chichen Itza. It is a famous complex built by the Mayans in 900 AD. The place is known as an artistic place because it has all the stone monuments that they have created. The stone monuments are similar to the rock Australopithecus because they are viewed differently by different people as well. I believe that art are different things that can have different perspectives.

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Felix Huynh

Felix Huynh

I’ve always wondered what would truly be considered art. Apart from the obvious cave paintings, sculptures, and old fashioned pottery from many years past, which are all man made. I think that art means more than just something humanity made. Some people consider splashes of paint from a famous person on a canvas art, yet don’t consider something like the Crystal Caves or other parts of nature art. Which is why I believe that art, like others have said, holds value to the person looking at it. It depends on their experiences in life, but also their own unique style of art. Like the video stated, art will outlive us all, but that just means it gives humans a chance to make their mark in history for good.

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belenbarragan

I totally agree with what you’re saying. I don’t agree with art being something that is physically man made. But have you ever considered that art in itself is man made? Something is not considered art unless an individual person decides that is is, whether its nature or actually something that would be more along the video definition of art. Art is unlikely a human attribute.

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beholdthephamily

Henry Pham
It is amusing how people over time have generalized art into something that is merely created by a Human’s hand. I completely disagree with that definition and my personal view is that art is created in the mind of the beholder. We apply artistic value to things we see around us and in a way it is one of many things that makes us human. Our thoughts are put into something, we see or think about in the world and it adds a unique and expressing value. That something does not necessarily have to be something created by our hands to have our thoughts put into it. Sure when we make a painting we apply our expressive thoughts, but we can also do the same when we whistle to a tune. This is further shown through the anecdote of the washing machine barrel provided by Zucman in the video. The barrel became a piece of art once his friend saw expressive thought in it, giving it artistic value whereas before it was simply a shooting target. In the end, if we wish to appreciate art, we have to realize the process of how artistic values are applied to something, not simply through how it was created by our hands.

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monicalock

The style of the video was interesting because it explores art history in an interactive way. I didn’t realize art dated all the way back to ancient times, when they found art in nature like a water worn pebble and carried it for miles. Before watching this video, I thought art began during the Renaissance era with Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, etc. It’s fascinating to see that art can be seen and “worked” by anyone or anything long before pen and paper were created.
It was also interesting to hear that art can be defined as “something that is worked by a human hand” by some, but could have a totally different meaning to others. In my opinion, art is not only something that can be made by a human hand. Art is something that can be open for interpretation. Just like how the artist was able to pick up the circular part of a washing machine from the Mojave desert and display it at a showcase, which was later bought for $10,000. Abstract art is usually open to many different interpretations. It could be something someone without any monetary value, but when seen by someone who sees the potential value, it can be worth a lot of money. For example, my friend described a painting as “a bunch of colorful scribbles drawn by my third year old cousin,” but later found out the picture was a famous abstract painting.

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Jessaika

After watching the video I’ve definitely gained a new understanding of art. Art isn’t just sculptures like David or paintings like Mona Lisa, it can really be anything that someone values as art. Art connects with people in different ways and people view them in a certain perspectives. It just takes someone who is willing to look more into the meaning of it. Art is really in the eye of the beholder.

It always amazes me to see the artworks that were created long before I was born and to know how far they’ve come. You can really see the progression of the artists and styles. It makes me glad that throughout history there has always been an appreciation of art.

Jessica Obrique

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leslie2213

Before i began taking this class, art to me meant drawing, painting, ceramic, and anything that involved color. However, after watching this video i realized how the conception of art that many of the people have is only a part of what art is. For example, the pebble that was found which in a way looks like a face was not seen as art because it was not created by man hand. Nevertheless, the image in which the pebble is shaped is considered a piece of art. As time has passed the definition of art ranges. Whether it is a rainbow or a barrow with bullet holes. It is amazing how things can be created or deformed and still be considered art. The imagination of everyone whether it is throwing different colors of paint onto a board to drawing earth on a scrap book. Now, with the technology that we have and the different programs that are being created art has become more popular and more images are being created whether it is anime or even using photoshop.

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ammyphaam

Hi,

I can completely relate to your comment about art being drawings, painting ceramic, etc. I never really put in much thought about art other than just admiring or commenting on different artwork but now I can see that art can be anything. There is no boundary as to what art can be labelled as and I believe that is what makes the concept so unique. Another aspect of art that I find really great is the different interpretations of an artwork to an individual. There is really no right or wrong answer to the story behind the artwork; which is why art is so great.

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superyessi

Yesenia Hernandez – 2:30 pm

I find the definition of art as “something that is worked by a human hand” to be troubling. I have always believed nature, the planets and the stars to be art. Cannot the creation of the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls be art? Nature has formed many wonders in our world. However, with this definition they technically are not considered as so. Just as Professor Glenn stated in the video, the barrel became art because it was aesthetically pleasing to the artist and director. I can come to understand the definition of art because art is a human conception. Nature without the human perspective would just exist. Instead, nature creates an emotional response, which we conceptualize as an artistic form. Therefore, art is limitless and can outlive people. Many artist we consider great today had to wait until after death for acknowledgement. For example, Vincent Van Gogh was thought to be a madman and only sold one painting during his lifetime, yet today he is considered one of the most influential artists of Western art. As long as the human eye is present, anything can become art.

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belenbarragan

This video first off made me realize how little importance I gave to the definition of the word “art”. It is not that I did not give it importance necessarily, but rather than I never really thought about a solid definition for the word. I was intrigued by my inability to come up with a definition to the word art in my own words. If someone, hypothetically, came from a different world or another dimension and I had to explain what “art” was to them, I do not think that I, or anyone for that matter, could solidify a definition or explanation for it in a couple of sentences, let alone a couple of words. Like many of my peers, I also believe that art is simply something, whether a tangible human-made object or an abstract object such as a song, is simply anything that invokes a strong emotion. I think one of the most fascinating things about art, is simply the unattainability of a concrete idea of what it entails. Art shows the complexity and uniqueness of one single human brain. What one person thinks is art, another may not. This complexity leads to another possible definition of art, being that art simply is a reflection of the creativity that humans, as individuals, possess. Like the example of the barrel with gun shots, although not purposefully made as so called “art”, it invoked an emotion in a person (partially, I assume, because that person’s creative ability made it out to be something more than what is physically is) which furthermore wishes to share with other people, which creates a domino effect of different creative ideas of what this piece of so called “art” is. I believe that the definition of art does have to include something regarding humans, because beyond everything, it is the human brain which decides what is that it calls art, although I would not agree with the definition stated in the video.

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MarissaS

The 3 Million Years of Art History video has taught me things that I never heard about. I knew that art had different forms, but I did not know that even objects that are shaped by natural occurrences in nature, such as the water-worn pebble, stated in the video could be considered art. It is interesting that art was created before humankind, and art continues to transform through different time periods. Another idea that I never thought about how art, such as spacecrafts, would leave a mark if humankind no longer exists. So, it just never came to mind to think that art has two bookends, and that what’s in between those ends has art influenced by human experiences. As for the word art, I would have defined it as any shape or form that is created using imagination and creativity. Before I watched this video, I would limit art to forms of music, drawings, or paintings. However, now I view it differently. I don’t 100% agree with the definition that art is something created by the human hand. I think what is considered art depends on the person.

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amybecerraart

Throughout my life, I never considered myself an “artsy” person. I never thought twice about art or tried to understand it. This video shifted that for me because I felt like it gave me a different perspective by making me realize how big of a role art plays in our culture. If someone were to look back on humanity, our inventions, scientific advancements, or fossils would not tell them anything about us other than we were capable of surviving. None of that displays our emotions or thoughts. Although our scientific advancements are important, our identity as a human race is also important. Identity is made up of emotions, experiences, thoughts, and more. Art is probably the best way to express these things. For example, if someone were to look back and find many paintings of nature, they would know the human race liked to appreciate the world around them. The same would happen if they found many photographs of the beach. By seeing this, the observers would know that humans were far more complex to just survive. Art would show humans as creatures capable of showing appreciation, experiencing enjoyment, and being compassionate creatures. I never thought much about art and thought about how it truly acts as a window to what humans admire and feel when they are living their day to day life.

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amazeeana23

Hi
I agree with you. I never once payed attention to what art really was, and I was convinced that art was only a painting or a drawing. I now see that art can be many things like music, which I listen to everyday, sculptures made of different materials, and many other things that make me realize art can be simple but can also be complex at the same time. I kind of disagree with the part of the appreciation, because many individuals have different forms of showing the appreciation.

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amazeeana23

As I began to watch this video, I asked myself what is really considered art. This video was very informative and portrayed how art can be many different things. I agree and believe art can be interpreted in many ways depending on emotions of an individual, or many things an individual could have gone through, throughout his or her life. I feel like I used to thing art was something very vague, and only thought paintings on a canvas or a drawing were art. When I do my own makeup I like to imagine that my face is a canvas and the colors I put on my eyes or my lips define the emotions I feel at the time. I do disagree however that art is something created by a human hand. Many days the scenery outside is impeccable; the way the sun hits the water, or even the way the clouds shape themselves with the wind. The timeline illustrated in the video just gives me the idea that through out many years, the concept of art has vividly changed.

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curlyhairboy

I agree with your disagreement on the definition of art. I don’t believe art is something made by a human hand. I respect your perspective on how you interpret art because I also find art within nature. Whether it be ants trailing back to it’s hole, or how raind creates a constant rhythm when dropped.

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claudia sanchez

Ana, the example you used with your face as a canvas and make up as tour tools to express emotions and feelings is awesome! I guess i needed someone to point that out to me because your right! Make up when im going to school is one art form and make up when i have a girls night is a completly more dramatic and BAM type of art. I can see now that i trying to express different emotions. I really enjoyes this example. And your right art is not only hand formed to me either. Yes the feeling the sun and its sunsets and the clouds give me is a whole different type of art that im taking in then a painting on a wall in a closed room. Theres something about art that just makes you search in yourself for comfort and for peace of mind and happiness. And i think if its a good piece of art it makes you question things and leaves you wondering about the past, present and future.

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ammyphaam

The video 3 Million Years of Art History was very interesting and insightful. At the beginning of the video I thought it was very helpful to explain the reason as to why that map was set up the way it was. I liked about the video was the way the professor explained art. Art is a form of idea that is different to everyone depending on how it is viewed and interpreted. As stated in the video, art is viewed and appreciated differently depending on the person. Another aspect of art that I find really interesting is how the artwork is interpreted. There is never just one story behind a piece of art work but a variety of stories.

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jbpena

Hi Amy!
I agree on how art depends on how people view or interpret things around them or how they view other pieces of art. People have different tastes, mind set, feelings, and many more when it comes to a piece of art; different though it may be that just goes to show the beauty and the main point of a piece of art, it was supposed to provoke the individual into making them think or feel something towards a piece. Whether it may be anger, confusion, bliss, sadness, or whatever. Just like you said, there is never just one story to an art although to me I think the story could be written/made up depending on how the audience thinks no?
– Justin Pena

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claudia sanchez

Isnt it crazy how even art has a beggining and an end. When Professor Zucman used the concept of “bookends” for this reperesentation of art, all i could say is; WOW; me and my life are the tinites little dot on that spectrum. It really made me feel so small but at the same time made me appreciate all the art around me. More importantly it made me think of all the worlds population and all the art created througought the years. I think art is timeless but our perpective of beauty and awe has changed souch that some timeless pieces have been shunned by new world society. Which brings me to my view of art; i agree that art can be a piece that is worked by humans but at the same time the red rock was nature made and it evokes emotions in me. I think art is sometimes physical but most of the time it is an emotion, a feeling, and a realization of ones self in time and space. I think that ones definiton of art is linked to finding familiarity but at the same time i think that art connects you to something you might not be accustomed to and helps you appreciate differences between others and helps you discover things about yourself. Art is sometimes a scary side to us that were too afraid to admit we like. Its sometimes the complete opposite of ourselves that gives us this feeling of beauty. And it is true; obviousy; one mans trash is anothers treasure. Lucky sculptur who made 10k on a barrel, that is awesome! Sometimes I look around some of the things that my parents save, that i call old junk, and wonder how much others would be willing to pay if i simply position it in a certain way. Im sure its art to someone.

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Emily Tomasello - Art

What was really interesting about this video, for me, was that it made me realize that art has seriously been around FOREVER. Does that not blow anybody else’s mind? Or is it just me? Art has been around since before iPhones, before French fries, and even before the Kardashians. I liked watching this video because it really put that into perspective for me. One of the definitions of art, which was stated in this video, was that it is “something that is worked by the human hand.” I thought it was pretty interesting to hear that because you could go out and see a rainbow in the sky and say, “Wow, now that’s art!” However, that rainbow was not something that had been worked by the human hand. Now, if someone were to paint that rainbow, then that would be considered art according to this definition. With that in mind, humans have been working and creating things with their hands for ages. People have been inspired to create since forever, and I think that’s a pretty powerful thought.

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Maria Leon

Hey Emily! I definitely agree with you! It really is mind blowing to think that art has been around forever but it is a little sad to see that maybe it is not appreciated as much as it should be. Your comment on art being around before iPhones and the Kardashians made me realize that most of the time art is not really put out there. We know more about the Kardashians than we know about artists and art history and if we really look at it, art is one of humanity’s treasures. Thanks! Made me think differently about how I should appreciate art and look at it differently in a way that it is a treasure and a way of appreciating people’s creativity.

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curlyhairboy

Darryl Nguyen

Watching this video has got me thinking about the more philosophical aspect of art. Art is what a person makes it to be. Whether it is made by a human or it is visualised and interpreted as art by a human. Both to me are valid reasons of calling something art. It’s quite interesting to wonder what our ancestors thought of as art and what they have created as art. Their preference of aesthetics, is it the same as ours, is it even remotely similar to what we would call art? Who knows. I would even call our universe a piece of art. How the Big Bang occurred and everything since then is a natural occurrence. We at this moment are a natural occurrence. Everything so forth will be and is a natural occurrence. The natural occurrence in itself is beautiful because it is the reality and nothing can seem to change that reality. I think I’ve ranted enough. I’m not the best with interpreting my thoughts into words so I shall ponder on this matter some more internally.

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adrianagmaciel

Hi Darryl,
I think you bring up a really interesting thought in your comment. I have never thought about how our ancestors had thought about art and what they thought was aesthetically pleasing compared to our society now. For example, maybe we have certain underlying biases towards art due to our ancestors’ previous views regarding art and its aesthetic. Your comment really got me thinking and it would be something fun to research later on! Also, I completely agree with you about the universe being art because I think it is so amazing that we are alive and are able to think, create, and live among so many other organisms at the same time. I belive life itself is art and we should enjoy it as much as we possibly can while we still can.

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Arvan Arguelles

I love your interpretation on the video and how deeply you thought about the video. Seeing that art can be interpreted in any way, I didn’t think about even our natural occurrence being art as well. I do agree that it is beautiful, this post makes me appreciate everything now. Our existence as art is a very strong expression.

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Gabriel Gonzalez
I am not much of an art knowing person therefore i do not know much about it, but i do find it pretty amazing how nearly anything can be seen as art to ones eyes. Like it doesn’t necessarily have to be something made by a person or purposefully sculpted. Like the river rock that seemed as if someone in the ancient eras would have tried to carve a face. It really looked as if someone had tried to make something out of it, but in reality it just had that natural aesthetics. The marks left by the river or nature as the pebble went through its phase of corrosion or what ever it went through, created a piece of natural art. Another thing i find crazy is how pretty much most things we don’t notice now, are really valuable in forms of art and the future will be the one to unburry it and realize the beauty of things.

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Pamela Ajoste

In the video, Zucman mentioned that many people believe that art is anything worked by a human hand. However, I disagree with that statement. Just because it’s not painted on a canvas, it doesn’t mean that it’s not art. Art can be everything and be found everywhere. It is very abstract. Every person defines art differently. There is no one single thing that can define art. One may find art to be a painting on a canvas, while another may find nature to be art. For example, in the video, the pebble was defined as a form of art. However, it was not man made but rather made from nature. Art is something that was discovered millions of years ago and it is something that will continue to grow as we discover many different types of it.

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giancarlovento

Giancarlo Vento

I too agree that not everything has to be man made to be art, but man made art is much more meaningful to me because I think human nature is what truly brings art together. The human thought process is what brings a piece together even if there is not a lot of calculated thought put into a piece, a humans subconscious definitely comes out. Human error is what makes art, error and human emotion (good or bad) are the two components that really allow for art pieces to grab others as well. I feel human thought process can convey ideas in art in a more relatable way than natural occurrences on earth.

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adrianagmaciel

Adriana Maciel

When I was halfway through the video and Zucman mentioned that people believe that ‘anything worked by a human hand is art’ I found that I disagree with the statement and I think that it is wrong. I don’t think there is a universal definition for art and there just might never be a definition for art because it depends on each person and how they see art. Art can be portrayed by a number of different materials or mediums or styles. That is what makes art so unique and beautiful–that it cannot be defined because each person on this planet has a different idea about what is art and what is not. It is almost like the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” because what may be art to me may not necessarily be art to someone else. This video really got me thinking about what I consider to be art and how it is similar/different than other people’s definition of art.

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lizzystiller

Lizzy Stiller

What first stuck with me about this video was just how far out the map stretched. It is interesting to think that so long ago, art was present. But when I think of the first humans walking around surviving on earth, I think of them searching for food and water, making shelter, and defending themselves from predators. I feel that art would be on the bottom of their “to do” list. After all, is art really a necessity? All you have to do is eat, drink, sleep, and repeat so who thought that art was really that important? I think art is needed to keep us sane. It gives us a chance to expand our creativity, to have us care about something deeply, to have a connection. I mean after all, how boring would life be if all we did was eat, drink and sleep? I find it so interesting that this need for art has been within us as a species since the beginning of time. When we started talking about things not having to be man made can be considered art, I hadn’t really thought of it that way before. After all, now in this age we associate the best works of art with a price tag. I think we need to tap into the simplicity of our ancestors to realize art can be anything as long as we realize and appreciate the significance.

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Maria Leon

I think it is very interesting that millions of years ago art was already being created. What I find even more interesting is that many times people “find” art like the sculptor, it really demonstrates how people have different views on everything. From the beginning of humanity existence people have had the ability to each have different views on everything, like different ideas, different food, and a general different view of life. Art shows that creativity and that different view on things. It’s pretty crazy that someone actually bought the sculptors art for ten thousand dollars and all it took was him to see something on the side of the road and maybe see the beauty to it. It really gives me hope, that one day I will create some type art and thousands of years later someone will find it and call it art. Lastly I think that there is a lot of different definitions to art for the same reason that people have different views on everything, reminds me of that “each head is a world of its own”. Each day art is being created so that thousands of years later when technology is so advance they find what artists have created or what we have created and it will reflect our emotions and creativity to how we live and think in today’s world.

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lizzystiller

Lizzy Stiller in response to Maria

I agree completely that it is crazy to think just how far back art can go. We see so much hate and violence in society today because of conflicting ideas and views, but it has always been that way. People for millions of years have had different opinions on art, food, religion, you name it. And it is forever going to stay with us, it can never change no matter how much we would like to. It must have been very lucky just to stumble across something that would end up earning you thousands. I wish I was that lucky. And it is funny because it could probably happen to most people. However most people don’t realize something like that could be art. After all before this video, I imagined art to always be something we created. But next time I might just pull over on the side of the road when I see something interesting laying around and hopefully make some good money off it.

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jbpena

The video brought a good insight on how art progressed, evolved, and changed all throughout the years. Initially, art was supposed to be fabricated or created out of the artist’s hands, and they are almost usually consist of noticeable efforts such as statues, or paintings, sketches, photography, and many more. Today we have several people discussing whether or not a piece could be considered art or not, I remember an artist at the website DeviantART posted an article regarding a wall full of gum (literally, the wall is nothing but gum after gum after gum, piled on top of another and every inch of it). The community was in flames, there are thousands who said it was not art and the rest said that it was. The thing is, in my point of view, since we are in a time where people are forever finding ways to express themselves or see certain objects and perceive it to have some sort of meaning or beauty of it that the “standards/criteria” of an art should be changed. As Zucman mentioned in the video, an art piece can be a painting of a rainbow, or an art could also be an object that can be found anywhere around us. To me since times have drastically changed along with humanity, the definition of art should be revised (I mean… at least in my opinion).

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Arvan Arguelles

I love the fact that this video was more of a history combined with art type of lesson. I never had art explained to me like this before, but its clear now. Anything worked by a human hand is considered art. I feel like the statement of art outlasting the human race is pretty amazing because it’s always going to be there, and years from now art will keep piling up . Its amazing how long arts been existing, its been 3 million years. I feel like the beyond phase of our timeline will be a lot more inspiring due to the fact that the more our race advances, the more creative we get, the better we are represented with our art.

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jacqueline Nguyen

yes i was definitely happy that this was not just a art history lesson haha. but it was very interesting to see all of the different things people considered to be art. I never really thought art could be that controversial but i guess it is since everyone has their own ideas and beliefs. yes art has been around for a long time and that is what makes it super cool. we are able to compare the way art has changed over time.

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reynareal

Reyna Real

In this video 3 Million Years of art History one of the most interesting thing about this video was to see how art has evolved over the years and how it is still constantly changing. Many people have different definitions of “what is art ” because we all see art in a different perspective and we all think differently. I can think a piece of paper with lines is art but someone else may not think it is art. For example the barrel that was bought for $10,000 many people could of seen it as a piece of junk and not a form of art but art is seen differently in the eyes of everyone. I believe that art can be anything as long as it has meaning to us. Art can be anything it doesn’t have to be made by humans to be called art. Art can be in any form or shape it can be music,poetry, writing, nature anything we want art to be. Art is everywhere around us in many types of forms.

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janettemm

Hi Reyna,

I totally agree with your definition of art. I also believe art can be anything and everything as long as it has some type of meaning. Coming back to the barrel that was mentioned in the video, I personally wouldn’t have bought it for $10,000 but like you said it is something that can be seen differently in the eyes of everyone. I believe that the person that bought the barrel for that much money had a personal connection that gave a deep meaning to the barrel.
-Janett Moctezuma

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jacqueline Nguyen

wow this was a very nice video. Especially for someone who is a science major like me, we dont really see a lot of artistic things. This video really opened my eyes. It was nice to see what all of the different things art could be. We have had some artwork that have been millions of years old. Art could be almost everything and anything! And not only that, but art is so controversial as a whole and the things that people consider to be art is slowly changing day after day. In my opinion, i think art is actually very opinionated because most of the time, its our feelings and emotions being portrayed in our work.

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janettemm

Janett Moctezuma

I think it’s very interesting how the art chart shown in the video is read from bottom to top instead of top to bottom. At first I was quit confused on why that was so but after learning about stratas, the art chart made sense. It is fascinating how you can time travel and find cool things when digging through the stratas of the Earth. Now, I understand why it’s very exciting when archeologist find things underground; they are able to learn about past history. Another point that was brought up in the video was the whole idea of what is art? In this video art is defined as something worked by the human hand. I totally disagree with this particular definition of art because anything that has meaning to someone can be art. Art can come in different forms and to me nature would be considered a form of art although the human hand didn’t create it. For example, the human hand doesn’t create the clouds that are in the sky. Clouds are part of nature and they come in different shapes and each cloud can mean something different to everyone. I remember as a kid I would lay on the grass with my friend and we would stare at the clouds in the sky. We would try to find figures in every cloud and with our imagination we would see animals, shapes, and flowers and that to me was art. Overall, I believe anything and everything can be art as long as it has meaning.

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reynareal

Reyna Real
In response to Arvan Arguelles I agree with you that art will keep piling up for the years to come. Art is everywhere and everyday we are constantly discovering new forms of art. It doesn’t necessary have to be a painting or a sculptural it can be anything like how in the video the sculptor found a barrel with holes he saw that as art. Its unbelievable how everyone sees art in a whole different way but that is how we create more and more, because people create and see art different there will always be art it will never die and it will live forever because people keep on creating many forms of art and it is always being recorded in museums and art gallerys .

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Kill Jill

Jillian Ayala

After watching 3 Million Years of Art History, I totally agree that art could be anything and that it doesn’t have to be made by humans to be art. Art can be interpreted differently from person to person. For example, graffiti may be interpreted as “vandalism” to some and it may be interpreted as art to another. Anything can be considered as art, depending on your perception. In the video, for example, that man who saw the inside of a washing machine with gun shots in it saw it as a piece of art, while others may have just saw it simply as it was. The people who shot the washing machine with their guns probably didn’t think it was art or would be included in an art gallery. It’s fascinating seeing how people interpret art pieces.
The pebble that seemed like merely a pebble and I didn’t see it as art. But it was interesting to learn about why it is/how it could be interpreted as art. Also, it was compelling to see how the art timeline was structured. I liked how the analogy of digging in a Mcdonald’s parking lot (or just digging things on the earth) totally captures how the art timeline works(from going bottom to top). It helped make it clear as to why it was made like that.

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giancarlovento

Giancarlo Vento

The history of art is a very intriguing topic, with a very long timeline. The timeline of art history includes Roman, Etruscan, Prehistory, Before, etc. The map of time was cool because it allowed me to better understand the timeline of art history. The red stone mask from the before era was amazing just because of the sheer age of the artwork alone; as it is three million years old. I like the definition of art being something being worked by the human hand because it is such a broad definition that can encompass all art. It’s interesting to think that a natural occurrence like a rainbow is not art because it is not man made, but a painting of a rainbow is art. The story of the sculpture who sold the barrel to the movie producer was wild because the sculpture didn’t do anything at all to the barrel yet he sold it for ten thousand dollars. It’s cool to think about how someone carried that red jasperite piece twenty miles in a time when there weren’t very affective methods of travel. The beyond plaque reminds me of biblical art as it reminds me of adam and eve. I am excited to learn about all the art history that occurred between the two book ends of the beginning of time up to current day.

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