why do we study humanities and art appreciation

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Through exploration of the humanities we learn how to think creatively and critically, to reason, and to ask questions. Because these skills allow us to gain new insights into everything from poetry and paintings to business models and politics, humanistic subjects have been at the heart of a liberal arts education since the ancient Greeks first used Pthem to educate their citizens. Research into the human experience adds to our knowledge about our world. Through the work of humanities scholars, we learn about the values of different cultures, about what goes into making a work of art, about how history is made. Their efforts preserve the great accomplishments of the past, help us understand the world we live in, and give us tools to imagine the future.

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Today, humanistic knowledge continues to provide the ideal foundation for exploring and understanding the human experience. Investigating a branch of philosophy might get you thinking about ethical questions. Learning another language might help you gain an appreciation for the similarities in different cultures. Contemplating a sculpture might make you think about how an artist\’s life affected her creative decisions. Reading a book from another region of the world, might help you think about the meaning of democracy. Listening to a history course might help you better understand the past, while at the same time offer you a clearer picture of the future.
Art appreciation refers to the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of the universal and timeless qualities characterizing works of art.

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It invokes an analysis of the works based on acknowledged elements of composition and principles of design, through which enjoyment of the humanities is enhanced. Introduction to Art Appreciation is primarily intended for the Humanities course at the tertiary level. Nevertheless, this may also be used as a reference material for other courses in teaching the meaning and importance of art, its elements, and its development in the Philippines.

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In preparing this book, the following general objectives were considered by the author: 1. to provide Humanities students with a general perspective of art, making them see and appreciate their own world of arts from various vantage points; 2. to introduce Humanities students to visual arts (painting, architecture, and sculpture), auditory arts (music and literature), and performing arts / theatre arts (drama and dance) through the study of the types, mediums, basic elements, and principles of organization of each form; 3. to familiarize Humanities students with some of the materials and processes involved in the production of art; 4. to aid in the analysis of the formal structure of various works of art considering the historical period and cultural framework in which they were produced; 5. to promote the development of critical thinking in the field of arts and in other academic areas; and 6. to develop among the Humanities students an awareness of the current times and associate them with their cultural heritage, thereby integrating the past and the present.

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At the end of each chapter, evaluation activities are given to enhance the cognitive learning of the students. Suggested enrichment exercises are also provided to make art appreciation more interesting, meaningful, and enjoyable.

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