VSAR 120
Introduction to Visual Art

Tony Allard, Instructor

Email: antalla@cox.net
Monday
& Wednesday, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
University Hall, Room
257
Web site: http://www.csusm.edu/fossilmedia/School/school.html
Office Hours: Monday 1 - 2 pm, University Hall, Room 2
57

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Week to Week Schedule

Monday:

--lectures and visual & audio presentations, discussions on readings
--Conceptual Aerobics
--reading assignments given for Wednesday
Wednesday:

--lectures and visual & audio presentations, discussions on readings
--quizzes and exams given, Conceptual Aerobics and cultural artifact presentations.
--reading assignments given for
Monday of the next week.

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Week 1

Monda
y June 4
Introduction to the course
--what is art, what is culture?
--visual/static art and time-based/kinetic art
--formal elements of a work of art
--the role of representation from different cultural perspectives
--art and Mass media from a Western perspective
--the functions of art in a given culture

Break
STUDIO WORK: Conceptual Aerobics
Socialized Vision, visual habits, working with oculus
Mass media and mediated experiences of art.
--opening the Senses: considering the senses before and after they are socialized
--drawing and perception exercise
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Blind contour drawing, drawing with both hands
--Socialized vision. I will conduct a variety of Conceptual Aerobics exercises to increase
your awareness of visual habits that are the foundation for how our vision gets socialized
--visual literacy, representation, culturally bound visual habits examined
--Introduction of the oculus, a device used by artists to compose pictures
Reading for Wednesday June
6
Introduction
Chapter
1: Art Creates Culture: Culture Creates Art

Chapter 2: Classical Greece and the Gothic Middle Ages: foundations of Western Art and Culture

Wednesday June 6
Introduction: Art and Mass Media
Chapter
1: Art Creates Culture: Culture Creates Art

Brief Art Historical timeline, from Prehistoric to Historic art.
Break

Chapter 2: Classical Greece and the Gothic Middle Ages: foundations of Western Art and Culture
Plato's Allegory of the Cave
Break

STUDIO WORK: Conceptual Aerobics

Drawing, Principles of Design, Color Theory

--Blind contour drawing, drawing with both hands

--Principles of Design explored with the oculus

--Color theory, creating a three dimensional color wheel

--Ephemeral paintings
Cultural artifact presentations project introduced
and presentation schedule established

Reading for next Monday June 12

Chapter 3:  The Perspective Age I: The Renaissance

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Week 2

Monday June 11

Chapter 3: The Perspective Age I: The Renaissance

Reading for Wednesday June 14

Chapter 4: The Perspective Age II: Baroque and Romanticism

Wednesday Jun
e 13
Chapter 4: The Perspective Age II: Baroque and Romanticism

Break
Review for 1st terms/definitions short essay test Monday June 1
8
Break

STUDIO WORK: Conceptual Aerobics

We will explore a variety of methods for creating perspective and the illusion of

three-dimensional space on a two dimensional surface. The main focus will be on

Linear Perspective from the Renaissance and multi-dimensional perspectival methods

from the 20th Century. We will also create perspectival anomalies in three dimensions.
Break

Cultural artifact presentations

Reading for Monday June 18
Chapter 5: The Photographic Age I: Photography, Academic Painting, and the Crisis of Realism

Chapter 6: The Photographic Age II: Edouard Manet and the Birth of the Avant-Garde
Chapter 7: The Photographic Age III: The Avant-Garde After Manet

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Week 3

Monday June 18th

1st terms/definitions short essay test
Break

Chapter 5: The Photographic Age I: Photography, Academic Painting, and the Crisis of Realism
Break

Chapter 6: The Photographic Age II: Edouard Manet and the Birth of the Avant-Garde
Break
Chapter 7: The Photographic Age III: The Avant-Garde After Manet

Reading for Wednesday June 21:
Chapter 8: The Film Age I: Movies and Photography Transform the Mass media
Chapter 9: The Film Age II: From Abstraction to Cultural revolution

Wednesday June 20th
First Written critique of an artwork due

Chapter 8: The Film Age I: Movies and Photography Transform the Mass media
Break

Chapter 9: The Film Age II: From Abstraction to Cultural revolution
Break

 

Cultural artifact presentations

STUDIO WORK: Conceptual Aerobics

Color Theory and ephemoral painting
--Ephemeral art and process art, immaterial art, conceptual art

Reading for Monday June 25th
Chapter 10: The Television Age I: Television as the Cultural Center

Chapter 11: the Television Age II: Completing the Agenda of Modernism
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Week 4

Monday June 25th
Chapter 10: The Television Age I: Television as the Cultural Center

Chapter 11: the Television Age II: Completing the Agenda of Modernism
Review for 2nd terms/definitions short essay test on June 27th


Break

STUDIO WORK: Conceptual Aerobics

Plato's Allegory of the Cave

A visual/sculptural/digital/performative retelling of Plato's Allegory of the Cave.

Cultural artifact presentations

Reading for Wednesday June 27

Chapter 12: The Television Age III: the Ideology and Imagery of Advertising

Chapter 13: The Television Age IV: the Challenges of Post-Modernism
AFTERWORD; Towards the Computer Age


Wednesday June 27th
Second Written critique of an online artwork due
2nd terms/definitions short essay test

Brea
k
Chapter 12: The Television Age III: the Ideology and Imagery of Advertising
Chapter 13: The Television Age IV: the Challenges of Post-Modernism
AFTERWORD; Towards the Computer Age

Break
Review for 3rd terms/definitions short essay test

Break

Cultural artifact presentations

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Week 5

Monday July 2

3rd and final terms/definitions short essay test

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Thanks for your interest in learning
and have a great break.