Art Orientation  (3.0)    
72298 #100           

MW  5 – 7:40 pm

Tony Allard, Instructor

Web site: TBA

Office Hours: TBA

 

Course Outline and Scope

The goal of this course is to expand your awareness and appreciation of art and to examine how art functions within past and present cultures. We will be looking at art from a number of different orientations, such as: the formal elements of art; the role of representation and “realism” in art; how political forces insinuate themselves into historical and contemporary art making; the influence of the “objective sciences” on the arts; and the recent merging of art, mass media and popular culture.

 

In pursuit of the primary goal of this course, I encourage you to keep an open mind to the material that I will be presenting--keeping in mind that you may encounter some art that may not be appealing and, in fact, may not seem to be art at all.  I think, however, that to develop a genuine appreciation for art, you must be willing to experience the widest possible range of artistic expressions from around the world. To expand your appreciation of art beyond what you are currently familiar with, you must be willing to question and challenge established definitions of what art is and to develop your own sensibilities and critical thinking about art.

 

Outline of Topics:

1. Introductory remarks: What Is Art?

2. Analysis of the formal elements at work in a work of visual art including: Color, shape, line, texture, space, design, perspective, 3 dimensional illusionistic space and composition.

3. Taking a close look at the fine arts media, materials and technical methods for both two dimensional and three-dimensional work including: painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, electronic and digital media and environmental media.

4. Architecture, a brief history of materials and methods including among others: the arch, the vault, domes, post-and-lintel construction, ferroconcrete, and reinforced concrete architecture.

5. Identification of concepts or orientations which cut across forms, cultural context, etc.

6. An appropriate use of language ( vocabulary, jargon) widely used in writing about and discussing art.

7. A general timeline of the art of the past to the present
8.
A brief look at art beyond Europe and the United States such as, among others, African Art, Native Arts of Mexico, Peru and the United States, Islamic Art and Chinese Art.

 

Course Objectives:

1.  demonstrated comprehension of the course material through participation in class discussions, in written responses to examinations, in term papers and class presentations.

2. demonstrated ability to analyze major formal elements in visual images such as line, color, shape, composition, design and perspective.
3.
a familiarity with several diverse orientations towards art: historical, sensual, social, psychological.

4. to reach an understanding of the historical, cultural and social influences on the production, consumption and experience of visual art and culture.

5. demonstrated ability to discuss stylistic characteristics of specific visual artifacts in terms of historically significant movements and schools.

 

Main Requirements

The work you do for this class will consist of the following:

ü     reading assignments completed

ü     taking careful notes during each class

ü     participate in class discussions

ü     developing a list art terms with definitions

ü     4 terms quizzes (dates listed on weekly schedule)

ü     writing critiques of works of art (one two-page, double spaced paper)

ü     final exam

 

Reading  Assignments:
Weekly reading assignments will be given which coincide with the topics the lectures and visual presentations. The dates when the reading assignments are due are posted below in the week by week schedule.

Required Texts:Understanding Art (Sixth Edition), Lois Fichner-Rathus Wadsworth Press

 

Writing Assignments:

You will be required to write one critical paper on an artifact of your choice. This artifact must be local and you will need to visit the site where it exists. In this paper you will demonstrate your understanding of the vocabulary terms presented in the course by using them in your critique of the artifact. The writing assignment will require research and a thorough visual examination of the artifact. I have included a list of several museums, galleries and arts organization in town that you can visit in order to complete this assignment. The assignment is due on Wednesday of the sixth week of class, May 14th.

 

Grading

Using the A through F scale, the grade of C is average. To receive an average grade, you must attend every class, complete all the assignments and participate in class discussions. To receive an above average grade you must fulfill all the above mentioned requirements for a C, then you must do above average work to receive a B. To receive an A you must do exceptional work and participate in class at the highest level. NOTE: I do not  give extra credit and work handed in late will be downgraded accordingly.

 

Your final grade will be determined by the following:

ü     10%  class participation

ü     20%  written critiques of art

ü     50%  quizzes 

ü     20%  final exam____________
100% Total


FINAL EXAM DATE:

Monday, June 2, 5 pm

 

ATTENDANCE

ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. Part of your overall course grade will be determined by your cooperation, time and attention given to the class. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what material was covered during the absence. I strongly suggest you exchange phone numbers/email with someone in the class to take full responsibility for any absences.

 

I have a strict and clear attendance policy, as follows: You are allowed two absences which will not adversely affect your grade. Absences are neither excused nor unexcused. After these 2 absences, each absence will lower your semester grade by one full letter grade. In other words, if you are doing C work in the class, and you miss 4 classes, you will fail. If you are doing A work, and you miss 3 classes, you will receive a B.

If you miss class it is your responsibility to find out what you missed and catch up. I suggest you contact a fellow class mate in this regard.

Week to Week Schedule:

 

Week 1__________________________________________________

MONDAY March 31st

Introduction to the class

--Instructor’s introduction

--Careful reading of the Syllabus and introduction to the course

--Grades, attendance, assignments

--Introduction of textbook, Understanding Art.  
--working with the textbook and how to take notes for this class

First lecture:

I  INTRODUCTION Pg 1 – 24

1. What Is Art? What is the functions of art in a given culture?

--“Socialized Vision” and representations from different Cultural perspectives

--visual literacy, representation, culturally bound visual habits examined
--opening the senses: considering the senses before and after they are socialized

-- perception exercises

--First reading assignment

Reading due for Wednesday:
I  INTRODUCTION Pg 1 – 24, for review of main topics covered on Monday.

1. What Is Art

II. THE LANGUAGE OF ART  Pg 29 - 75

2. Visual elements of Art

 

WEDNESDAY April 2
I  INTRODUCTION Pg 1 – 24, brief review of main topics.

1. What Is Art

2. Visual Elements of Art

Reading due for Monday

2. Visual Elements of Art (continued)
3. Principles of Design Pg 81 - 108

 

Week 2__________________________________________________

MONDAY April 7
2. Visual Elements of Art (continued)

3. Principles of Design Pg 81 - 108

Reading due for Wednesday:
4. Style,  Form and Content

 

WEDNESDAY April 9
3. Principles of Design (continued)

4. Style, Form, and Content

Reading due for Monday (April 21st)

III TWO-DIMENSIONAL MEDIA Pg 125 – 172

5. Drawing

6. Painting

7. Printmaking

Review for First Quiz MONDAY April 21
Review all material we have covered thus far for the Quiz on Monday
which includes terms and concepts from my talk on Socialized vision and from all of Sections I and II.

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Spring Break April 14 – 18

 

Week 3___________________________________________________

MONDAY April 21

First quiz over all the material we have covered thus far

Then,

III TWO-DIMENSIONAL MEDIA Pg 125 – 172
5. Drawing

6. Painting

7. Printmaking

Reading due for Wednesday:

8. Camera and Computer Arts

 

WEDNESDAY April 23

8. Camera and Computer Arts

Reading due for Monday

IV THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEDIA Pg 207 – 251

9. Sculpture

10. Architecture

 

Week 4__________________________________________________

MONDAY April 28

IV THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEDIA Pg 207 – 251

9. Sculpture

10. Architecture

Reading due for Wednesday:

11. Craft and Design Pg. 257 – 278

 

 

WEDNESDAY April 30

11. Craft and Design Pg. 257 - 278

Review for second quiz on Monday (May 5) all material we have covered since the first Quiz which includes:

All of Section III, TWO-DIMENSIONAL MEDIA and section IV, THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEDIA

Reading due for Monday:

V. ART THROUGH THE AGES
12. The Art of the Ancients Pg. 285 – 307

13. Classical Art: Greece and Rome Pg. 311 – 338

Review for Second Quiz

 

Week 5___________________________________________________

MONDAY May 5
Second Quiz
then,

V. ART THROUGH THE AGES
12. The Art of the Ancients Pg. 285 – 307

13. Classical Art: Greece and Rome Pg. 311 – 338

Reading due for Wednesday:

14. Christian Art: From the Catacombs to Cathedrals Pg. 341 - 363

15. The Renaissance Pg. 367 - 398

16. The Age of Baroque Pg. 401 – 422

 

WEDNESDAY May 7

14. Christian Art: From the Catacombs to Cathedrals Pg. 341 - 363

15. The Renaissance Pg. 367 - 398

16. The Age of Baroque Pg. 401 – 422

Reading due for Monday

17. Modern Art Pg.427 –  463

Review for Third Quiz

 

Week 6________________________________________________

MONDAY May 12
Third Quiz

17. Modern Art Pg.427 –  463

Reading due for Wednesday:
18. The Twentieth Century: the Early Years Pg. 467 – 487

 


WEDNESDAY May 14

Critique of a Local Work of Art Due

18. The Twentieth Century: the Early Years Pg. 467 – 487

Reading due for Monday

19. Contemporary Art Pg. 491 - 530

Art In Cyberspace (handout)

 

Week 7________________________________________________

MONDAY May 19

19. Contemporary Art Pg. 491 – 530

Art In Cyberspace

Reading due for Wednesday:

19. Contemporary Art Pg. 491 – 530

Art In Cyberspace

 

WEDNESDAY May 21

19. Contemporary Art Pg. 491 – 530

Art In Cyberspace

Reading due for Wednesday (May 28)

VI THE WORLD OF ART

20. Beyond Europe and the United States: World of Art Pg. 531 – 554

 

Week 8________________________________________________

Monday May 26
No Class, Memorial Day Holiday

 

Wednesday May 28

VI THE WORLD OF ART

20. Beyond Europe and the United States: World of Art Pg. 531 – 554

Reading due for Monday (June 2)

For the final exam review all material covered since the last quiz.

 

Week 9________________________________________________

MONDAY June 2

Final Exam