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Art History: How to Look At Art

ARTH 096 WQ1 (CRN: 15487)

2 Credit Hours

About ARTH 096 WQ1

Introductory courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.


Winter Session Online Course: 12/26/17 - 1/12/18; Open to both CDE and Degree students; This course may or may not fulfill degree requirements for UVM students. Please consult with your Dean's Office if you have any questions about applicability of winter session courses toward graduation requirements.

Section Description

How to Look at Art Prof. Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio Winter 2017/18 In this course, you will learn various approaches to looking at art. Why should we look at art? What can we learn about who, why, or when it was made? Why are there different periods and styles in the history of art? What tools can you use to analyze a work of art?

Section Expectation

For each unit, you will have a series of readings and videos that will teach you about specific approaches to looking and studying art. Over the course of the three weeks, you will create a digital project, examining one work of art and using the new tools for looking and analysis as you go. Expectations: Students must complete all contents of each week's module by Sunday at midnight. Students may work at their own pace, as long as the deadlines are met. Late posts/projects will be penalized one letter grade for each day late. (Students can choose to do more than one week’s work at at time, if they wish.) Goals: Students will learn the major approaches used by art historians to understand and appreciate art. Students will read and view art historians’ analyses of particular artists and art objects and then use what they have learned to do their own analysis on the object of their choice. The end goal is for students to feel confident viewing art and identifying the multiplicity of its cultural, aesthetic and personal values. Understanding how and why art can be viewed and analyzed engenders a greater and more sophisticated appreciation for the importance of art and its history and the great joy and intellectual stimulation to be had from viewing and thinking about art.


Assessment of student progress in reaching learning goals: 4 journal entries (5%) Object project (80%): Visual analysis (10%); Iconography (10) Artist Biography (10); Patronage (10), Connoisseurship (10); Context (10); Patronage/Commission history (10); Technical Analysis (10) Thinglink (10%) Final assessment (5%) Week 1: Units 1, 2 and 3, due January 1 Week 2: Units 4, 5, 6, due January 8 Week 3: Units 7, 8 and 9, due January 15




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