This course is a general introduction to the history of Western art, its ancestry, and its heritage. It is designed for the beginning student, and assumes no previous experience in art or art history.
In addition to introducing many of the major surviving monuments of painting, sculpture, metalwork, and architecture from circa 2500 BC to circa 1300 CE, this course will teach the fundamental skills of visual analysis and provide you with vocabulary and concepts for discussing works of art. No less important, the enormous geographical range and long time span covered by the course provide a unique opportunity for investigating the relation between works of art and the varied cultures in which they were produced. As much as learning about creative thinking and skills, understanding human cultural diversity is a major goal of our education.
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ARTH 254 is a survey course that considers art produced by women. We will examine art works from the medieval period to the nineteenth century with particular emphasis on the special challenges faced by female artists. A variety of artistic mediums will be studied including manuscript pages, sculpture, and painting, and we will also analyze a variety of literary sources drawing from the areas of women’s studies and literature. No previous knowledge of art history is required as this course will introduce students to the basic concepts of art history and also provide the skills necessary to evaluate the historical and aesthetic contexts in which works were produced.
This online studio course investigates concepts and strategies of two-dimensional image making. Introduces design elements of visual language (line, shape, value, texture, color). Considers the cultural codes that accompany visual information and how they combine with organizational structures to determine a variety of effects, influence responses, and inform meaning. Foundation requirement for studio majors.
This course introduces students to digital photography. Students are encouraged to be in control of their cameras and technology, to develop an artistic style moving beyond the snapshot, and to learn to describe and critique work with a command of digital and artistic vocabulary.
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