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ART206 Syllabus

History of Western Art

Instructor: Walter Peterson
Office hours: by appointment

Catalog Description:

History of the visual arts in which selected works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts are from studies in relation to the cultures producing them. Course surveys from prehistoric to contemporary periods.

Course Description:

The third term of a three-term sequence course designed for both art majors and non-art majors. For art majors, a necessary foundation is laid for advanced study in studio arts and art history. Non-art majors are provided a meaningful experience in the study of creativity as reflected in the history of art. This study concerns understanding the chronological development of the aesthetic and content by artists of western civilization since prehistorical times. In addition to learning the general outline of historical periods, styles and artists, the student is shown how the meaning of art content reflects in the culture context, the evolving needs and consciousness of the individual and community. When awareness of historical purpose and morality in the arts is acquired, a premise is made that the student becomes more aware of his or her own rightful place in today's world.

Course Objectives:

  1. To provide the foundation for advanced study in fine arts for the art major, and a meaningful experience in the history and meaning of art and the creative process for the non-art major.
  2. To acquire a reasonable memory of the chronological order of geographical places, aesthetics and styles, and artists of the major historical periods.
  3. To study the art in terms of the artist's and cultural context in response to individual and community needs of the particular time.
  4. To know the techniques used by the artist to model, render or express painting, sculptural or architectural form.
  5. To be familiar with and gain understanding of art symbols in terms of their style, source, meaning and effect.
  6. To know the processes of creativity, why it works, the sources of inspiration and how the vision is actualized.
  7. To achieve the ability to use the principles of understanding art in everyday life.

Prerequisites: None

  • Required Text: History of Art, H. W. Janson, or the equivalent
  • Optional Texts: Readings will be suggested for extra credit during the term.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Class attendance and reading from recommended texts.
  • Completion of assignments, which will be made clear during the term.

Grading:

Final grade will be determined from class participation and an averaging of letter grades achieved from extra credit assignments and the take home exams.

Course Outline

Week One INTRODUCTION–CONTEMPORARY CONCERNS

  • Revolution and enlightenment
  • Actualization: Individual to Community

Week Two BAROQUE

  • Italy
  • France
  • England
  • Flemish, Dutch, Spanish

Week Four THE ROMANTIC AGE

  • Neoclassicism and Romanticism
  • Realism

Week Six MODERN ART- EUROPE

  • Impressionism
  • Post Impressionism
  • Expressionism
  • Fauves
  • German Expressionists
  • Cubism
  • Dada, Surrealism

Week Nine MODERN ART AMERICAN

  • Early American Art
  • 1950's Action painting, Minimalism, OP
  • 1960's Pop Art

Week Ten POST MODERN ART

  • 1970's 3-D and Conceptual
  • 1980's 1990's Visionary Art—responsibilities

Any student who feels that she/he may need an academic accommodation for any disability, such as vision, hearing, orthopedic, learning disabilities, psychological or other medical conditions, should make an appointment with the Support Services Office. (Located in the Wiseman Tutoring Center at the Redwood Campus or B-10 at the Riverside Campus.)