29 thoughts on “ARTH 114 spring 2016

  1. Lostinwonderland

    To express themselves, and art is the person’s imagination and creativity that is being used to create something.

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  2. Rebecca

    I think that prehistoric humans may have decorated objects in order to give their functionality a sense of beauty. It also allowed them to truly make objects their own. I believe that art is anything you make it to be. I think that art is really in the eye of the beholder.

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  3. Paige Treese

    Prehistoric people may have decorated objects to denote their purpose. Because they did not have a real form of writing they may have tried to show how the item should be used or who it should be used by through decorating it. I could have also been used to show ownership of an object where a person would decorate a tool or such to show that it belongs to them.

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  4. Tess Burroughs

    Prehistoric humans would want to decorate an object in order to personalize it, to make their own creation unique and significant to them. It speaks to humans’ need for individuality, self-expression, and creative outlets. I think it also could be interpreted more simply as just wanting to produce something aesthetically pleasing, that is not only useful, but also beautiful, something that can be celebrated and enjoyed visually.

    Art, to me, can be boiled down to the basic desire of wanting to create and produce, the desire to communicate, as well as to explore your own existence, identity, and imagination.

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  5. Allison

    I believe that prehistoric humans decorated objects to tell a story or to capture an important event that happened in their life. Art to me is a creation someone makes to express them self or something they care deeply about.

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  6. Allison Diehl

    I believe that prehistoric humans would decorate objects to perhaps portray underlying messages or stories that they wanted to be represented. Art has a beautiful purpose of demonstrating cultures and traditions. As we mentioned in class that a created object shows both skill and knowledge, which can tell a person a lot about a certain culture.

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  7. Rachel Ewalt

    I believe the reason prehistoric humans decorated objects, at least in the beginning, is as simple as wanting something to be pretty. Over time, these objects gained functions, expression, recording the world around them, becoming part of developing traditions.

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  8. Sierra

    In its simplest definition, art – to me – is anything that makes you think. This is why art is seen in various forms and mediums: written, painted, sculpted, performed, etc. With any piece of art the goal is to make you question your thoughts and ideas and, potentially, change or raise new ones: whether it be interpersonal or intrapersonal, art is meant to start conversations . Take for example Jackson Pollock’s work. I know a lot of people that say they don’t see the beauty in his paintings, which I would argue is due to an inability to understand and think about the piece critically. I understand that the beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but to think about a piece of art is where the beauty is rooted. Pollock’s use of colors and splash marks might seem random, but each color and placement is deliberate; every color choice, every stroke, every dimension of art is meant to make you think and question. To me Pollock’s work is highly emotional. Each time I look at his work I think about his emotions and my emotions – he’s made me start and intrapersonal dialog. Art is meant to make you think and question things around you.

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  9. RyanV.

    The human brain is a fascinating thing and has developed over centuries of existence. Starting with the prehistoric humans, who used to art to captivate what life was like during their time on this planet. From cave art to objects derived from stones, mud, and so on. Life was no cake walk in its early stages and art was probably an early outlet from the harsh world. I could imagine prehistoric humans decorating objects to fulfill a void in their lives or using it to depict what their life may have been like in that time frame.

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  10. Grayson D'Alessandro

    I believe prehistoric humans would decorate an object to give it a personalized feeling: something that resonated within them and perhaps only them. For instance, in discussing the device for spear-throwing, I considered the idea that because such an object is used so extensively, the user would want to, as I said, make it their own. Some people in the class stated that it could differentiate the device from the devices others used, but I think the design makes it something worth keeping tight hold of–rather than something you could easily lose and perhaps just remake. The design makes it memorable and worth cherishing and therefore personal.

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  11. Annika T.

    Prehistoric humans might decorate an object in order to teach the next generation on what to avoid or what is good for food. Art is a form of expression that in physical in nature, that is you can touch it.

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  12. Lizzie O'Meara

    I believe that prehistoric humans would most likely have decorated their items in order to identify it as their own. I also think that it could just simply be a form of personal expression; they wanted to make their own personal items look beautiful. I think that by adding their own personal touches to the items they decorated made them more special to the individual who owned the item.

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  13. Justin Pitts

    I believe that prehistoric humans decorated objects in order to communicate with future humans. In addition, there were no means of technology or anything of that sort so decorating objects was basically what they did besides hunting. I believe that art isn’t just painting a picture, sculpting or drawing something, but a way of expressing emotion and feelings for something. This could be through painting, drawing, sculpting, decorating, singing or even playing a sport.

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  14. Ellie A

    I think that prehistoric humans would decorate an object to make it more realistic or beautiful. Also, they could have done that to give the object character. In my opinion, art could be anything that sparks an emotion, idea or question for somebody. I believe that anyone can do art, as long as they have an imagination.

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  15. KatieB

    Prehistoric humans could have decorated their objects to investigate their imagination. Art is any form of creativity, whether it be sculpting, painting, dancing, etc. Art tends to provoke an emotion or is created in the mists of an emotional state of the artist.

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  16. Jeremy Robertson

    I believe prehistoric humans would decorate an object for many of the same reasons that modern humans do today. Just to make things look nicer or for personalization purposes. Art can be anything. It is such a broad categorization and basically anything could fit under it. Art is just a way that people express themselves or ideas they have in any way.

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  17. kathryn harrington

    I think that prehistoric humans decorated art to show their imagination and creativity or even for religious purposes. Some artists also may have done this to increase fertility in the wild. Art is communicating an idea by using a visual language.

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  18. Emma Whitaker

    Prehistoric peoples decorated their objects to tell stories, record events, for spiritual purposes, and also I believe just to have something to look at. Humans naturally have a desire to be, make, and see aesthetically pleasing forms or things. Prehistoric humans did this by painting on cave walls and making reliefs and/or sculptures out of materials such as clay which were found in caves.

    Art is the result of an idea or concept, a medium, and creativity.

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  19. Samantha White

    Decorating various objects was a way in which pre-historic humans could express individuality, creativity, ingenuity, and originality. Through art, humans were able to create something of their own that belonged only to them. What they created had a personal meaning to his or her life that translated in what was created. Maybe a pre-historic human found his or herself with free time and began creating a decorative piece for a certain tool or they intentionally set out to create a piece, but regardless of the reasons the end result was something personal to that individual. Art tells a story. It reveals what was seen as important, beautiful, and spiritual to the creator.

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  20. Celina Neal

    There are several potential reasons why prehistoric peoples may have decorated objects and created art. I think that in some prehistoric cultures, different decorations could have classified the importance of an object, value of it, or even the status of the individual in possession of it. Another possibility is that the natural desire to create art and express in creative ways is innate and existed even in prehistoric beings. There may not have been any particular reason for artistic and decorative flare, people just liked it.

    Art is any expressive form that is brought forward from the mind.

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  21. Elliot Tucker

    Art is an expression of the self, either directly through the creation of something unique, or a representation of something in a way unique to its creator.
    I think prehistoric humans may have decorated objects for religious or ceremonial reasons, or perhaps for education or demonstration. Creating art may be something of a natural human instinct, as many people sketch or doodle without thinking much about it, even if they’re not ‘artists.’

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  22. Lauren

    I believe that prehistoric humans decorated their caves and spears for the same reasons artists do so today, for a variety of reasons. It could be that the person who made the spear wanted to show off his or her abilities, or make something special for another person. The cave drawings could have been a spiritual thing, or ways of teaching those who’d follow them, or both.

    Art is a thing that is very open to interpretation, and I love that. What I consider art might not be for another person, and that’s totally fine. It’s about the feelings that the piece invokes, which might not be the feelings that the artist themselves intended, but again, to me, that’s the beauty of it.

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  23. Maryanne Peck

    Prehistoric humans may have decorated objects to express themselves creatively. There were not many other ways in which they could express themselves in such a way. Humans automatically have the desire to express themselves and prehistoric humans found a way to do this by decorating objects. There is no true definition of “art”. People have different opinions on what art exactly is. I believe that art is anything expressed creatively and that art is in the eye of the beholder.

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  24. Kathryn

    Art is so unique as it covers an array of things and has a different meaning to each viewer/listener. There are many different ways to experience art. Art can be created with an array of media. Art can be heard in instrumentals or seen through specialized forms of fine art. There is also the art of public speaking or the art of build structures. There’s art in leaving things a little better than when they first found you. Things that have become us, these things too are the art of being us. Language is an art, cooking is an art, teaching is an art, storytelling is an art, poetry is an art and might I even say creating art in any of its many forms is- you guessed it-art!

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  25. Erin Turner

    I think prehistoric humans decorated objects to personalize them, or to show ownership of the object. Art is a way to express ones self, this can be done through many different ways.

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  26. Austin Keller

    Art is an expression that displays the human creativity skill and imagination, in any sort of visual form which involves paintings or sculptures that is appreciated through their emotions. I believe that prehistoric humans decorate an object to represent its value of the piece personally, or significantly. Some objects can be decorated to display a narrative, achievement, or an sort of connection that the human might have played a role in. These objects were decorated in a way to express themselves emotionally.

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  27. Noah Dewey

    In my opinion, pre-historic humans would decorate an object in order to communicate with one another. Art breaks down the language barrier between any population of people from anywhere on that map. As civilization advanced, humans clearly began to decorate things to convey purpose or social status as well as to make things look appealing. Art is conveying a visual message of expression for other to see and interpret.

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  28. Lily Van Horn

    Art is a form of one’s interpretation of the world around them and a portrayal of skill. Art can either be abstract or a reality of one’s imagination of the environment or an object. Prehistoric humans would decorate an object to not only show their creativity, but also their place in society. For example, the spear thrower with interlocking ibexes. This form of decoration tells us that this person was a dedicated hunter.

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  29. Lauren Cook

    I believe the Prehistoric human beings created art to capture a moment or showed individual personality. Things that are sacred to a culture are most of the time depicted through art. There were many animal paintings and sculptures of bull, horses, and bears. This could have been a practice, or dedication to animals, especially since they provided them with food and clothing.

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