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What is Art?
Why art is hard to define, and what it means today

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Introduction

In this lesson we're going to tackle the age-old question of what is art? We'll begin by taking a look at a few ways that artists, writers, and philosophers have defined art through history, then examine a handful of artworks and objects that challenged the way we think about art, and finally test our intincts with the 'is it art?' quiz. 

Lesson Objectives: 

  • Define 'art'
  • Distinguish art from other objects
  • Describe the difference between art, nature, and beauty
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