Study Guide for Prelim

The prelim is Thursday, October 23, 7:30-9:00 PM Room 280 MVR.

Please visit the display cases on the T level next to the FSAD office (T57 HEB) to review the techniques and media examples provided. This material will be put on display by the weekend of October 19-20.

If the exam time conflicts with a class or other University-created schedule conflict; or if you require extra time or special arrangements to take this exam; please contact me regarding a makeup exam. The exam will cover the material covered AFTER the elements and principles of design: Techniques of Fine Arts and Design, Evaluation of Functional Design, and the Purposes of Fine Arts.

The exam will be machine scored and multiple choice. There will be 75 questions, of which about 50 will be accompanied by slides. Each slide will be shown for 1 minute. You will be able to make notes and thumbnail sketches on your question sheets if you wish to have a reminder of the images as you review your answers.

Because studying for exams based on visual material is somewhat different than studying for exams in most classes, I thought that it would be helpful to put together a study guide for the prelim.

I strongly suggest you use the internet sources to generate visual examples of works of art. Make photocopies of images from art books, or print images from the internet, and review them as you might review note cards, to be sure that you can identify artists and styles. Write the facts you should associate with that image on the back of the picture. This is a very effective way of hooking up your visual memory of the image with the verbal memory of the facts.

If you are studying from a printout of the web site, I urge you to also go back to the online version again and try some of the imbedded links, which will take you to additional images for study. Keep in mind that you are only responsible for the text in the web textbook ; any text in someone else's site reached by link is optional reading. The main purpose of most of the links is to enrich your access to images for study.

It is not important to review the exact images I will be showing you on the exam; what is important is to be able to generalize about the styles and concepts illustrated in the images. So as you look at images, compare them and ask yourself: What features do images from the same artist or movement share in common? What is the difference between this group and that of another style or technique? What changes in form, color, content, or materials are exemplified by this artist?

The examples of techniques currently on display should also be helpful. The display cases are on the T-level in the Human Ecology Building (HEB) next to the FSAD main office, T-57. These examples were shown in class. However, you will see the slides shown in class, not actual objects, for the exam, since seeing the objects would be difficult in such a large group.

I expect this guide will raise additional questions. If it does, please contact the professor .

Please note that the exam does not include the first section of the course on the principles and elements of design, since that segment was tested via the paper you will have already turned in.

Here are some specific suggestions about preparing for this exam:

TECHNIQUES OF THE FINE ARTS AND DECORATIVE ARTS: You are responsible for the factual information and definitions provided in the lectures and in the online textbook. Questions on this material will include slide questions as well as non-slide questions. The slide questions will ask you to identify specific examples of techniques such as etching, ikat, wheel-thrown ceramics, and raising. All of the slides used on the exam will have been selected from those shown in class. I try to select the clearest examples possible; if you can't see the essential details that would identify a particular technique, you can probably assume that those details aren't there and you should look for another answer that does fit what you can see. Review of the actual examples in the third floor cases should help clarify terminology regarding the techniques.

Below you will find a set of sample exam questions. These have been set up to be interactive. Click on the answers and you will discover whether you are right or wrong, and why. In fact, I suggest you try all the "wrong" answer links as a review of those concepts. You may also click on the images to see them in a larger size.

To return to this page, click on the "BACK" button at the top of the Web browser.

On the exam, the non-slide questions will mainly ask you for definitions of the various terms, or ask you to recognize characteristics of particular techniques. A typical slide question might be:

1. This is an example of:

a. batik
b. block printing
c. shibori
d. ikat
e. compound weave, continuous weft

or a non-slide question might be:

2. Etching is characterized by

a. Soft blurred lines
b. Carefully controlled fine lines in parallel rows that may intersect each other to create shading through hatching
c. relatively relaxed, spontaneous lines that closely resemble a pen and ink drawing, except the lines on the paper are raised
d. irregular texture in white areas that follow the marks of the knife used to cut away the background
e. none of the above

EVALUATION OF FUNCTIONAL DESIGN The questions for this section will all relate to slides. You will be asked to evaluate the functional object presented in terms of the criteria presented in class. For example:

3. This sofa

a. has a form that does not suit the intended function
b. is imitative, demonstrating dishonest use of materials
c. has decorative design that is not ordered to relate to the space on which it is placed
d. is made of material inappropriate to the purpose
e. all of the above


4. This is an example of

a. structural design only
b.applied decorative design
c.stylized decorative design
d. naturalistic decorative design
e. b and c

THE FINE ARTS AND VISUAL LANGUAGE Questions on this material will include slide questions as well as non-slide questions. You should be able to recognize the styles of the major art movements described in this section of the course, and know the names of artists associated with these movements. You should also be able to identify the significant characteristics and contributions of each style. In addition, if shown a slide, you should be able to identify the work of the following major artists: Cezanne, Calder, Gauguin, Matisse, Monet, Mondrian, Picasso (select a date after 1909), Pollock, Seurat, Van Gogh.

You should also be able to identify the purposes of art, and major occurrences in the development of modern art as described in the lectures and text of the course handbook.

If you wish to see further visual examples of the artists and movements, please refer to the links in the text. Remember that usually if you click on any picture in this text, you will get an enlarged version of that image.

The following are examples of questions that could be included:

5. This work is an example of

a. art as recording of visual data
b. art as expression of intense emotions
c. art as propaganda
d. art as storytelling
e. art as expression of religious ideas


6. This work by Derain is an example of a movement which was influenced by Cezanne and was also known for its experiments with distortions of color:

a. Fauvism
b. Cubism
c. Abstract expressionism
d. Surrealism
e. Pointillism


7. This painting is an early example of the

a. influence of primitive art and motifs
b.developments of psychoanalysis as expressed in art
c. nonobjective art
d. a reaction to the development of photography
e. none of the above

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