Synopses & Reviews
If you are looking for a text book that students can carry to and from class and also enjoy reading like a magazine, this is the text for you. This text is the best way to teach Humanities to students who are required to take an Introduction to the Humanities course. Essential Humanities was written with the present day, college student in mind. This book includes basic introductory material essential for students to gain an understanding about why the Humanities is worth their time and effort. The text teaches students the basics about the Fine Arts giving them the ability to appreciate and enjoy the arts in their daily lives.
This book was tailored to fit the current student body characteristics of freshman and sophomores in our present college settings. Essential Humanities was written along with its website and designed to be understood by all types of students attending college with or without prior knowledge of the arts. It was written in a style that is very understandable for both international and natural born American students. The text explains how the elements of each discipline can benefit one s understanding of painting, drawing, printmaking, theatre, dance, film, music and architecture. In the classes using this text, there was an increase in student retention and an increase is final grades.
After finishing the course using this text book, surveys have shown that students want to attend Fine Arts events. This text provides students with techniques which give them the tools to evaluate and judge the events they attend. They learn how to look for their quality and aesthetic value.
Students find that they begin to appreciate how Fine Arts reflects how people lived and why studying history is the story about people s lives and their trials and tribulations. The text, Essential Humanities, second edition, gives students the foundation to be able to experience the Fine Arts from both an intellectual and an emotional perspective.
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