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Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art in The West

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Course length: 6 weeks
    Total study hour: 50 hours, including 1/3 video study, 1/3 assignments and 1/3 discussions or integration.
Course Structure
    This course consists of 1-2 modules each week including 2.5 hours of video instruction each week.
Course Description
    Instructor: Dr. Patti Rose / Email: drpattirose@gmail.com
    This course is an introductory survey of Western art produced from XV to XX century. Looking at major developments in painting, sculpture and architecture from Renaissance to Modernism, this course addresses Western art and its social context, as well as development of Western Art History and Museums of Western Art. We will focus on the ways in which visual culture incorporates and responds to narratives of personal, community, and national identity. The emergence of new artistic media, subject matter, and strategies of making and viewing will be also discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the methods of interpreting the works, especially in relation to then-current social practices and cultural values.
Course Objectives
  • To gain knowledge of major Western art movements.
  • To develop skills in critical thinking.
  • To develop skills in writing and speaking about art.
Required Text
  • Stokstad, Marylin and Michael W. Cothren. Art History: 14th to 17th Century Art. 4th edition. Boston:Pearson/Prentice Hall. 2011.
  • Stokstad, Marylin and Michael W. Cothren. Art History: 18th to 21st Century Art. 4th edition. Boston:Pearson/Prentice Hall. 2011.
Grading Policy
  • This course is worth 100 points and the passing score is 60%.
  • Each student is responsible for demonstrating development and self-direction. Students are expected to observe/ review all online course material and complete all assigned work. Students are encouraged to set goals beyond those laid out in the syllabus.
Evaluation.
  • Unit Assignments --> 25% (250 Pts.)
  • Unit Quizzes (6) --> 30% (300 Pts.)
  • Midterm and Final Exam --> 45% (450 Pts.)
  • Total = 100% / 1000 Pts.
    It is important to complete all supplementary and textbook readings and to fully participate in class by watching video lectures and reviewing all Power Points/Summaries comprising unit material. Your unit assessments, midterm and final exams will cover all unit materials and textbook readings.
Course Schedule
    It is important to consider and review all images in the Videos/Power Points, and readings for this unit and the images of the artist’s work must be considered. Unit assignments are due at the end of each unit (week). There are two assignments per unit.
  • Unit 1: Introduction to Western Art.
  • This unit explores the Renaissance period in depth, followed by an analysis of Baroque and Rococo. Additionally, an exploration of the difference between Baroque and Rococo will be provided, based on styles and other pertinent details, including history and lifestyle during the times of these important works.
  • Unit 2: An overview of Neoclassicism.
  • Students will compare and contrast architectural works, which comprise neoclassicism. This section includes insight into key developments in the west, which led to an exploration of the classics and the development of these types of new structures.
  • Unit 3: Romanticism and Realism vs. Surrealism
  • Students will examine the intricacies involved in pieces, which are within the genre of romanticism. A comparative analysis will also be offered between realism and surrealism with an exploration of student’s perspectives regarding these works.
  • Unit 4: Impressionism
  • The uniqueness of impressionism will be addressed with an overview of opinions of the work during its introduction to society. The essential question, “do you like it?” will be at the core of the analysis. The works of key Impressionists will be provided with some exploration of their lives and artistic expressions.
  • Unit 5: Art of the 20th Century
  • Students will experience images and insight into pop art, graffiti, abstract and other modern works that are insightful and often transformative in understanding key aspects of art in the 20th century in the west.
  • Unit 6: Western Art in Museums
  • Students will explore and understand the importance of museums, how art is presented in them and the significance of western art to them. A summary of Western Art discussed in this course will also be provided.
Academic Honesty
    Feng Chia University defines academic misconduct as any act by a student that misrepresents the students’ own academic work or that compromises the academic work of another scholastic misconduct includes (but is not limited to) cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing, i.e. misrepresenting as one’s own work any work done by another; submitting the same paper, or substantially similar papers, to meet the requirements of more than one course without the approval and consent of the instructors concerned; sabotaging another’s work within these general definitions, however, Instructors determine what constitutes academic misconduct in the courses they teach. Students found guilty of academic misconduct in any portion of the academic work face penalties ranging from lowering of their course grade to awarding a grade of F for the entire course.