This language is not what I think it is, but is it art?
October 11, 2012 3:20 AM Subscribe
What is a good resource for understanding art theory - book recommendations, websites, things of that nature. I keep finding myself realizing that there's uses of language in art that doesn't match up with what I think it should be.
posted by mephron to Education (5 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
As an example, I am hoping to get into a graphic design program at one of the local community colleges. I'm fairly facile with the tools - Photoshop, InDesign, working on Illustrator - but some of the requirements use words I know in ways I don't quite get.
As an example:
Portfolio Exercise: Do a composition on an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of paper using TWO squares, TWO circles and TWO triangles.
I am assuming they don't want you do draw two squares, two circles and two triangles in a pleasing manner, but with some kind of arrangement of things.
Unfortunately, trying to find an art theory book gets a number of "not that one, it sucks, try this one". Therefore: the curation of MetaFilter!