What Is Art Appreciation?

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Art appreciation involves having an understanding of all of the qualities that comprise a great work of art. Art appreciation classes can be enjoyed by everyone from art experts to complete novices.

Art appreciation also involves learning about certain time periods, styles and techniques so that a person has a better understanding of the basis for the art as well as of the art itself. Themes and movements are important to understand when studying art. Art appreciation differs from art criticism in that criticism is an evaluation of art and is a judgment. Appreciation should be undertaken with no judgment involved but with just a desire to understand and comprehend.