Introduction to the visual arts, primarily painting, sculpture, and architecture in the Western world from prehistoric through Gothic.
Dates: July 15 - August 9, 2019
This course is the on-line version of the same course taught during the normal academic year. It is more intensive since it covers in four weeks what is normally taught over 14 weeks, and it requires that students engage in a variety of activities that offer different types of learning experiences for each of the four modules for the course. Each module lasts for one week and contains about one month's worth of material. Civilizations and cultures have regularly used the visual arts as a way of making statements about who they are and what they value. In this class we will explore how the ancient and medieval civilizations of the West from the Egyptians to the Medieval Europeans employed the visual arts of architecture, sculpture, and painting to give a physical form to ideas that were of importance to them.
This is the second time that I have taught the course on-line. Last summer it was very successful with a high satisfaction rating from those who took the course. There is a need to stay on top of the work, since the course moves quickly. However, everyone who took the course learned how to budget time accordingly and was able to finish work on time and not fall behind. The basic goal of the class is to help students learn how to decode the visual forms made by civilizations and cultures long dead whose particular ways of expressing themselves visually were different from those that we use today. However, what the peoples had to say in their art forms can still resonate with modern viewers, provided that the contemporary viewer comes with an open mind and some knowledge of how to unpack the forms and images.
There are a number of different types of graded activities. For each chapter in the textbook, F. Kleiner, Gardner's Art Through the Ages, the Western Perspective, vol. 1, 15th edition, Centage Learning 2017, ISBN 978-1-305-63394-0, students must take a reading quiz, which can be open book. Then there will be different types of assignments including required on-line lectures, discussion boards, and hands-on projects. There will also be two short written examinations based on the information and interpretations presented in the on-line lectures.
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