Art Fundamentals
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Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice, 11/e

Otto Ocvirk, Bowling Green State University
Robert E. Stinson, Bowling Green State University
Philip R. Wigg, (deceased)
Robert O. Bone, (deceased)
David L. Cayton, Bowling Green State University

ISBN: 0073526525
Copyright year: 2009

Book Preface


The original textbook that set the standard for introduction to art courses across the country, Art Fundamentals has guided generations of students through both the essential elements of art and the rich and varied history of their uses. We have organized Art Fundamentals to assist with “knowing” and “feeling” the fundamental concepts of refined creation.

Numerous visual examples elevate the lessons beyond mere discussion to demonstrating instead of telling. As always, our intent is to stimulate without locking students into a restricted mind-set or mechanical copying of ideas.

The demand for this eleventh edition of Art Fundamentals proves that the study of art foundation is as vital as ever, and this edition aims to meet that need with comprehensive coverage of the art elements, clarity, plentiful illustrated examples, carefully chosen color images, and well-defined concepts. The elements and the principles that aid in their application, as in the past, are still employed by all artists, with the evolution of technologies having expanded and modified the way in which the elements can be put to use.

Art Fundamentals looks at aspects of the components individually and in context. While no individual component can be developed in isolation, for all must work in unison, our intent is for the student to become so familiar with each element that it may be used subconsciously and integrated with the others without struggle.


To help students understand the concepts and apply them, these proven features have been revised and updated:

• A list of keywords, arranged alphabetically, appears at the beginning of each chapter. This placement allows students to preview the keywords before beginning the chapter and reference them while reading the words in context; the keywords are also boldfaced within the text.

• Numerous color illustrations representing a broad array of media and diverse artists, such as Käthe Kollwitz, Amir Nour, Yasuo Ohba, and Ismael Rodriguez Rueda, demonstrate the various concepts and show how other artists have applied them to their work. The eleventh edition of Art Fundamentals contains over 400 images that include Pablo Picasso's The Bull, states I–XI; Alexander Calder's Myxomatose; Robert Rauschenberg's Canyon; David Hockney's Mother I, Yorkshire Moors, August, 1985, #1; and Katherine D. Crone's Tokyo Sunday. Allow these images to spark curiosity, and have students try to understand what the artists have done in each piece to make it work.


In the eleventh edition, we have also included the following revisions and new features:

• A chapter on the art elements of time and motion (Chapter 9) has been added to this edition.

• A visually enriched timeline replaces former Chapter 10, “Content and Style.” The timeline is titled “After Images: A Visual Timeline of Artistic and Stylistic Comparisons,” which comes from the common practice among artists to title their works as “after” the works of other artists, such as Vincent van Gogh's Japonaiserie: Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige). “After Images” enhances visual learning, providing side-by-side images for comparison and study into how art elements are developed.

• Chapter 1 now includes a section on critical thinking to help students think about, view, and make art that is relevant to contemporary issues and to facilitate their understanding of art and its historical development.

• Advances in technology and new applications of media are incorporated throughout the text, although we still present the work of contemporary artists alongside the old masters. Extended discussions on film and video and advances in computer and camera techniques have been added along with visual examples.

• The art elements chapters have been developed and expanded by the presentation of both two- and three-dimensional examples and applications. Content from the former

Chapter 9 on the third dimension has been integrated accordingly throughout the book.


Additional resources to supplement Art Fundamentals, eleventh edition, can be found online at The student section of the Online Learning Center (OLC) contains study materials such as quizzes, key terms, and flash cards.

Content from the previously published Core Concepts in Art CD-ROM can now be accessed through the OLC by clicking on MyArtStudio, an interactive site that allows students to study and experiment with various elements and principles of art and to view videos of techniques and artists at work. Exercises on the OLC guide students to MyArtStudio at appropriate points in the text.

The instructor section includes sample student projects and a link to The Image Vault, McGraw-Hill's Web-based presentation manager. A list of images on The Image Vault that correspond to images from the textbook is available on the instructor site. Instructors can incorporate images from The Image Vault in digital presentations that can be used in the classroom (no Internet access required), burned to CD-ROM, or embedded in course Web pages. See for more details.

To obtain an instructor login for this Online Learning Center, ask your local sales representative. If you're an instructor thinking about adopting this textbook, request a free copy for review.