INTRODUCTION T0 DESIGN AND ART APPRECIATION


264. Bevlin, Marjorie Elliot. Design through Discovery: The

Elements and Principles. Brief ed. New York: Holt , Rinehart and

Winston 1985. 171 pp. Index, bibl., glossary, B/W illus., color illus.

ISBN 0-03-07162-1.

    This brief edition consists of the first 10 chapters on art elements

and principles from the author’s Design Through Discovery. Intended as a

general introduction to design, the brief edition omits the chapters on

application, design history, and appreciation. It begins with an overview of

the domain of design and a discussion of design process. Individual

chapters explain the elements and principles of design and their

interrelationships. Both two- and three-dimensional design are included and

the many illustrations are drawn from a wide range of media. The 13-page

color chapter covers basic color theory, physical and psychological aspects

of color, and color use in contemporary art. The four-page bibliography

includes books on general design, design in specific materials such as glass

or stone, and specialized areas such as graphic design, industrial design,

and the performing arts.


265. Evans, Helen Marie, and Carla Davis Dumesnil. An Invitation to Design.

New York: Macmillan, 1982. 358 pp. Index, bibl., endnotes/footnotes,

glossary, B/W illus., color illus. ISBN 0-02-334540-3.

    This introductory text is often used for design appreciation courses

because it surveys a broad range of design topics. The first section

considers the plastic design elements individually as line, form, space, time,

movement, light, color, and texture. Following a discussion of art

principles, important cultural and historical contributions to design and the

organic and inorganic materials of design are described. The relationship

between design and the consumer is addressed in the areas of food,

clothing, shelter, and art. Fewer than a dozen pages are devoted to light and

color, yet in that short space the authors explain both the Prang and Munsell

color systems, define conventional color harmonies, outline suggestions for

color design, and review the subjective and symbolic qualities of color.


266. Feldman, Edmund Burke. Thinking About Art. Englewood

Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1985. 465 pp. Index, bibl. glossary, B/W illus.,

color illus. ISBN 0-13-917493-1.

    This text examines “the purposes, language, history and media of

the visual arts.” The author includes crafts and design in his art continuum.

In 11 pages devoted to color in the language of an section, the author

touches on the temperature, emotional and cultural associations, and spatial

properties of color and illustrates the power of color in the work of expert

painters. A 14 page essay in the painting chapter moves from light and

color to enjoying color. The usual discussion of color mechanics is

sidestepped in favor of the meaning and mystery of color in art. The author

urges the reader to see in opulent and rich color the principle of psychic

comfort, and to observe in tonal and color gradations the principle of color

movement. The author’s great affection for the arts comes through in this

beautifully illustrated and elegantly written in-depth treatment of the arts that

deftly combines art appreciation with art history.


267. McCarter, William, and Rita Gilbert. Living with Art. New

York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. 465 pp. Index, bibl., glossary, B/W illus.,

color illus. ISBN 0-394-33589-9.

    This art appreciation text introduces the reader to the nature,

vocabulary, media, and history of art and proposes a broad art continuum

that encompasses photography, graphic design, crafts, architecture, and

environmental design as well as the usual painting and sculpture. Two

special features are the many color illustrations and the illustrated full-page

biographies of artists and designers that are inserted within the main text.

The introductory overview examines a range of topics, including child art

and folk art, visual perception and right brain dominance, and themes and

purposes of art. The visual elements chapter includes a concise discussion

of light and color on 12 beautifully illustrated pages that cover light,

psychological and physiological effects of color, color theory, color

properties, color pigment, color harmonies, optical effects of color,

afterimages, and emotional qualities of color. A section on graphic design

as communication is illustrated with many excellent examples from

advertising, print and electronic media. Structural principles in architecture

and environmental and urban design are also discussed.


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