Teacher then asks students if the work of art contains an example of slide, flip, or turn, as directed in the PowerPoint presentation. After the presentation, the teacher reviews the elements of art and principles of design and asks the following:
Throughout much of the twentieth century, American art was dominated by the city. Landscape painting, which earlier had held a central place in American art, became little more than a sideline pursuit. In the final decades of the century, however, landscape painting enjoyed a dramatic revival, prompted partly by deepening awareness of the environmental crisis. John Beerman's paintings are poetic meditations on the enduring power of nature. Three Trees, Two Clouds was inspired by the country around Haw River in Alamance County, North Carolina. But the artist has done more than factually record. He conjures a surrealistic, dreamlike vision in which twin spectral clouds hover improbably between the trees. Earth and sky are thus united by uncanny symmetry.
Devorah Sperber incorporates everyday materials—thousands of spools of thread, pipe cleaners, colored tacks—to reinvent famous works of art. She is interested in exploring the reproduction of images in the digital era, the links between art and technology, and visual perception—how the eye and brain make sense of the visual world. She starts by scanning a reproduction of a painting to create a color-charted map, which she remakes in three dimensions using small objects to mimic the pixels of digital images. In the process she greatly enlarges the original image and turns it upside down. Viewing the work through the acrylic sphere provided by the artist mimics peripheral vision, turning the image right side up and shrinking it to a recognizable size. Sperber explains that in addition to experimenting with perception, she is equally determined “to provide visual experiences that are compelling enough to stand on their own without any explanation.”
It is a measure of Rodin's genius that he could take a motif as mundane as two hands and create such an evocative sculpture. It brings to mind the vault of a Gothic cathedral -- hence the title. The fingers lightly touch, as if in prayer. Given the intimacy of this gesture, it comes as a surprise when we notice Rodin has used two identical right hands, "forever caught," as one critic wrote, "in marveling reciprocal self-contemplation."