Nothing replaces the experience of seeing art in the original. Visit your local art museum and look closely at paintings, sculptures, prints and other works of art to appreciate their sizes, textures, details, materials and so forth. Examine firsthand how artists have used the fundamentals of art, principles of design, as well as tools and materials, to communicate to you, the viewer.

In the last section, Establishing a Visual Vocabulary, we learned about the language of art and some fundamentals that artists use to create new ways of seeing and provide a deeper insight into interpretation. Artists combine and emphasize these fundamentals through various principles of design. The choices artists make in the creative process and the way they understand the properties and limitations of their tools and materials open new paths of communication with the viewer.

In this section, you will look at nine example’s from the IUAM’s collection and apply what you have learned about the fundamentals of art and the tools and materials of the artist After reading the art historical information accompanying each image, be sure to click on the study questions and see how well you apply what you have learned.

After your visit to the musum consider these questions:

What did you learn from looking at the art in the museum that was not noticeable on the web?

What did you learn from the readings that you did not learn from looking at those pieces?


first floor gallery

second floor gallery

third floor gallery