Videos

As the internet alters ways we exchange ideas, online videos have become a popular way to share information for both on- and offline courses. The Digital Innovation Group in the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture has developed a series of short videos explaining terms and concepts directly related to the discipline of art history. These visual explanations often help students understand terms used frequently by professors and textbooks.

Talking about Art: An Introduction

The Digital Innovation Group (DIG) in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland presents a series of short videos to introduce key terms and concepts like line, convention, and space.

This introductory video features clips from videos produced by graduate students in Art History at the University of Maryland.

Talking about Art: Atmospheric Perspective

This video introduces atmospheric perspective, a technique that utilizes color, tone, and shadow to show depth or recession into space.  The brief video highlights paintings from the Italian Renaissance, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Masacio.

Talking about Art: Composition

The video introduces the term composition, the structure or arrangement of a work of art. Under the umbrella of composition, this video also illustrates the terms allover composition and pyramidal composition.

Talking about Art: Convention

This brief video introduces the term convention.  The video explains how certain conventions, a method or practice established by usage, have evolved.

Talking about Art: Line

This brief video introduces the concept of line. The video uses paintings by Sandro Botticelli (Birth of Venus, 1482-1485, Italian) and Diego Velazquez (The Surrender of Breda or Las Lanzas, 1634-1635, Spanish) to explain how line is used in a painting to define figures, tell a narrative, etc.

Talking About Art: The Art of Making Testudo

Adopting a "Man on the Street" interview technique format at the statue of Testudo in front of McKeldin Library, D.I.G. fellows Alison Singer and Nicole Riesenberger explore with undergraduate passersby the artistic meaning and ritual significance of this beloved icon of the University. A rich historical context (did you know that a live Diamondback Terrapin - Gorham - inspired the statue?) frames the delightful conversation, and the entire video will stimulate your reconsideration of Testudo, a campus work of art.

Talking About Art, 'Antelope Crest'

In this video, Dr. Beryl Bland, Lecturer of Pre-Columbian and Latin-American Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, examines an Antelope Crest created by the Nuna peoples of Burkina Faso, from the permanent collection of The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park. The goal of this video is to provide one person's perspective and reaction to a single work of art in a candid and informal conversation around the object. Please share your own thoughts and questions about this image with us on Twitter, #TerpsTalkingArt.

Talking About Art: 'Manet's Olympia'

In this video, Dr. Alicia Volk, Associate Professor of Japanese Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, examines Melvin John Ramos' lithograph, 'Manet's Olympia' from the permanent collection of The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park. The goal of this video, and others that will follow, is to provide one person's perspective and reaction to a single work of art in a candid and informal conversation around the object. Please share your own thoughts and questions about this image with us on Twitter, #TerpsTalkingArt.

Chiaroscuro

First presented in spring 2013 as part of ARTH 221Color: Art, Science, and Culture taught be Dr. Renee Ater, this video explores the phenomenon of chiaroscuro and how artists manipulate contrasts of lighter and darker passages in works of art to achieve specific visual impacts.

Hue, Value, and Saturation: The Properties of Color

This video, first prepared and used for ARTH 221 Color: Art, Science, and Culture, which was taught by Dr. Renee Ater, in the spring of 2013, explores the three properties of color: hue, value, and saturation.