Schedule

COURSE SCHEDULE (subject to change)

WEEK 1: 1/21 TOPICS:

  • Introduction and expectations for the course
  • Definitions and purposes of art
  • Principles and Elements of Design

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Reading:If you didn’t pick up the readings during class, you can download them from the “Downloads” page.

  • Berger, John; 1972. “1” in Ways of Seeing, 7-34. (Handout) If you didn’t pick up the reading during class, you can download it from the “Downloads” page.
  • Read “Student Toolkit” and “Seven Steps to Thinking Critically About Art” (handout)
  • Make notes, and prepare questions for group discussion next week

2. Email instructor at contact@biddytran.com to confirm that you have read and understand the syllabus and the course requirements. The syllabus is also available in the “Downloads” page (1/2 point).

3. “Follow” the our class blog: www.art200cuestacollege.wordpress.com by clicking on the “follow” button at the bottom right of the home screen (1/2 point)

4. Familiarize yourself with the class blog

5. Journal #1:

  • What role do you personally think art plays in society? What role do you think it should have?
WEEK 2: 1/28 TOPIC:

  • Ways of Seeing
  • Color Theory

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Reading: If you didn’t pick up the readings from class, you can download them from the “Downloads” page

  • Fineberg, Jonathan; 1995. “Introduction: Approaching Art as a Mode of Thought” (Handout)
  • Harrison, Charles; 1997. Chapter 2 of Modernism, (pp16-21)(Handout) 

2. Homework:

  • Download the Elements and Principles worksheet from the Downloads page and define terms. Answers will be found in the “Preble’s Artforms” textbook (pp42-92). If you don’t have a text book, you can  find the definitions online. I will not collect these, but you will be quizzed on the terms.

3. Prep for QUIZ #1 next week! Open notes. No textbooks, handouts, laptops, mobile phones or access to internet.

Quiz #1 will cover:

  • Key points of the syllabus
  • “Ways of Seeing”– Reading, lecture and discussion.
  • Elements and Principles of Design
  • Steps to thinking critically about art

4. Journal #2:

  • What did you find interesting or uninteresting about Berger’s ideas?

2/02 LAST DAY TO DROP WITHOUT A “W”

WEEK 3: 2/04 TOPICS:

  • QUIZ 1
  • Modernism Part 1 (19th Century)

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Reading: If you didn’t pick up the reading in class, download it from the “Downloads” page

  • “The Emergence of Postmodernism Part 1” from Gardner’s Art Through the Ages pp 1074-1082 (Handout)

2. Journal #3:

  • Look at an ad (not TV ad) that you think effectively gets its point across. It can be a billboard, magazine ad, bus ad, or any other non-moving ad. What are some of the principles and elements of design you can recognize that support the ad’s message?
WEEK 4: 2/11 TOPIC:

  • Modernism Part 2 (Late 19th & Early 20th Century)

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Reading:

  • Finish reading “The Emergence of Postmodernism Part 1” from Gardner’s Art Through the Ages  pp 1082-1107  (Handout) top before “Minimal Art(Handout)

2. Journal #4:

  • What are some of the characteristics of Modernism that you agree with or can see as part of your belief system? Think about the belief in progress through rational self-criticism, rejection of Classical traditions and aristocratic forms of government, the commitment to skepticism and empirical knowledge and the importance of imagination in safeguarding human freedom.
WEEK 5: 2/18 TOPICS:

  • Modernism Part 3 (20th Century)
  • Modernism Part 4 (Modernism Outside the West)

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Reading: If you didn’t pick up the reading in class, download it from the “Downloads” page

  •  “The Emergence of Postmodernism Part 2” from Gardner’s Art Through the Ages. Begin with “Minimalism,”and stop at “Postmodernism” pp 1082-1107 (Handout)

2. Prep for Quiz #2!

  • Modernism (Including Modernism outside the west)
  • Color Theory

3. Journal #5:

  • Do you think it makes sense that Modernist art became increasingly abstract? Do you think that by moving away from Classical style representation (illusionism), the Modernists really did represent reality better?Why or why not?

2/18 LAST DAY TO CHANGE TO P/NP GRADING

WEEK 6: 2/25 TOPICS:

  • QUIZ 2
  • Introduction to Postmodernism

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. READING:

  • “The Emergence of Postmodernism Part 3” from Gardner’s Art Through the Ages. Begin with “Minimalism,”and  pp 1107-1137 (Handout)

2. JOURNAL #6:

  • Do you relate more to the ideas of Modernism or Postmodernism? Why?
WEEK 7: 3/04 TOPICS:

  • Postmodernism, Postmodern Polemics

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. READING:

  • Preble’s Artforms: “Art Criticism” (pp95-100)

2.WATCH VIDEOS:

Under “WEEK 06” in the Videos tab, there are links to 4 videos (Mark Bradford, Alfredo Jaar, Paul Pfeiffer and Mel Chin). These are all important artists working today. WATCH ALL FOUR VIDEOS and be sure to take notes. Each video is approximately 15 minutes long. Your team will answer questions about the videos, and you will also be quizzed on them.

3. POST COMMENT for PARTICIPATION POINTS:

Make a comment under “Student Posts” on the art200cuestacollege.wordpress.com blog regarding the reading and/or the videos for participation points. You may pose a question, start a comment thread or respond to someone else’s comment/question. The idea is to have a class discussion about what we’re learning. Any response pertaining to the content of the reading and/or video assignment this week will count for participation.

4. PREP FOR QUIZ 3 NEXT WEEK:

  • Postmodernism
  • Postmodern Polemics (study the chart I handed out!)
  • Mark Bradford, Mel Chin, Alfredo Jaar, Paul Pfeiffer

5.JOURNAL #7:

  • Do you relate more to Neoconservative Postmodernism or Poststructural Postmodernism?

JOURNALS DUE NEXT WEEK!

WEEK 8: 3/11 TOPICS:

  • JOURNALS DUE!
  • Contemporary Artists
  • QUIZ 3
  • Dominant types of Art Criticism

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. READING

Preble’s Artforms:

  • “From the Earliest Art to the Bronze Age” (pp232-236)

2. SIGN UP FOR TERM PAPER SUBJECT (worth 1pt):

  • Under the “Slide” Menu, find a modernist or postmodernist work of art (Weeks 3-7) that interests you.
  • Click Here to sign up for the art work of your choice.
  • If you would like to write about an artwork that was not shown in class, email me for approval.
  • No two students may write about the same artwork. First come, first served.
  • For more information on the term paper before I go over it in class, download or view the three documents under “Term Paper Stuff” in the Downloads page.

3. NO JOURNAL TOPIC THIS WEEK!

WEEK 9: 3/18 TOPIC:

  • TERM PAPER SUBJECT SELECTION DUE BEFORE CLASS!!
  • Paleolithic Art 

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. READING

Preble’s Artforms:

  • “From the Earliest Art to the Bronze Age” (pp236-243)

2. JOURNAL #8:

  • Of the four artists featured in the video assignment (Bradford, Chin, Jaar & Pfeiffer), whose art did you find most interesting, and why?
WEEK 10: 3/25 TOPICS:

  • Neolithic Art, Early Civilizations, Ancient Egyptian Art
  • Classical West
  • Early Christian and Byzantine, Medieval Art

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. READING:

  • Preble’s Artforms:“The Classical and Medieval West” (pp244-265)

2. PREP FOR QUIZ 4!

  • Paleolithic Period
  • Neolithic Period
  • Early Civilizations and Egypt
  • Classical West
  • Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval Art

3. JOURNAL #9: 

  • What do you think Werner Herzog meant when he said the Chauvet cave paintings were “not trapped in history, but we are?” On  different note, what if the Chauvet caves were bought by an individual who removed the paintings from their original locations to be put on display in museums? How do you feel about artifacts being removed from their original locations to be collected by private individuals?

 

WEEK 11: 4/01 TOPICS:

  • QUIZ 4
  • Renaissance
  • Mannerism, Baroque & Rococo

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. READING:

  • Preble’s Artforms: “Renaissance and Baroque Europe” (pp266-290)

2. JOURNAL #10:

  • In the video on “contrapposto” that we watched in class today, Professor Ramaschandran said “…the problem with the ‘Kritian Boy’ was that it was too realistic, and that makes it boring. If art’s about realism why do you art; you could just go around looking at things.” What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree or disagree, and why?
WEEK 12: 4/08
TOPICS:

  • The Enlightenment
  • Romanticism
  • Photography
  • TERM PAPER OUTLINES DUE

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. READING:
3. JOURNAL #11:
  • In the 19th century photography revolutionized art and the way we see the world. What technologies from the 21st century do you think have revolutionized art and how we see the world?
  • 4/13 LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW WITH “W”
WEEK 13: 4/15 TOPICS:

•••CLASS CANCELLED•••

  • Ways of Seeing Essay 5 (Oil Painting)

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. READING:

Preble’s Artforms:

  • “TRADITIONAL ARTS OF ASIA” (291-318)
  • “Printmaking” (131-141)
  • “Fiber” (204-210)

2. JOURNAL #12:

  • What do you think about Berger’s opinions on the tradition of oil painting from Essay 5 of “Ways of Seeing”?

3. PREP FOR QUIZ 6:

  • Ways of Seeing Essay 5
  • Enlightenment
  • Neoclassicism
  • Romanticism
  • Photography
WEEK 14: 4/22

SPRING BREAK! NO CLASS

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. READING:

  • Preble’s Artforms: “The Islamic World” (319-326)
2.FOR PARTICIPATION POINTS: POST QUESTION OR COMMENT ON BLOG regarding anything we have covered during weeks 9-12 in class. I will award 5 points to those who begin a topic and 2 points to those who respond to someone else’s topic. Each additional post will receive 1 point. Posts that are at least 1 complete sentence but less than 3 sentences will only receive 1 point. Posts not pertaining to course topics will not count for points. Maximum of 6 points possible.
3.JOURNAL #13:
  • How has our/your culture been affected by Asian or Islamic Art? Think about technology, entertainment, art, music, literature, outlook on life, etc.
WEEK 15: 4/29 TOPICS:

••• CLASS CANCELLED•••

  • QUIZ 6 (DUE MONDAY, 5/05, BY 11:59PM
  • Ways of Seeing Essay 5 (Oil Painting)

1. READING:

  • Preble’s Artforms: “Africa, Oceania, and the Americas” (327-348)

2. JOURNAL #14:

  • Why do you personally think it’s important to know and understand the history of human civilization? Several philosophers throughout history have pointed out that “history repeats itself.” Since the art of every era is a reflection of its time, are there also patterns you see in the art we’ve looked at?

3. PREP FOR QUIZ 7!

QUIZ 7:

  • Asian Art
  • Islamic Art
WEEK 16: 5/06 TOPICS:

  • Ways of Seeing Essay 5 (Oil Painting)
  • Asian Art 

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. PREP FOR QUIZ 7!

  • Medieval West
  • Renaissance
  • Mannerism
  • Baroque
  • Rococo
  • Asian Art
  • Islamic Art

2. JOURNAL #15:

  • What is your favorite class topic so far, and why? How has this class changed or not changed your outlook on art and the world?

 

WEEK 17: 5/13 TOPICS:

  • Asian Art (continued)
  • Islamic Art
  • QUIZ 7
  • Traditional Arts of Oceania, Africa & Americas
  • QUIZ 8
  • JOURNALS DUE (total 15)
WEEK 18: 5/20
  • TERM PAPER DUE!
  • FINAL EXAM! 4:30PM-6:30PM

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