Art History

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ART HISTORY 101: ART AND ARCHITECTURE FROM PREHISTORY TO THE RENAISSANCE (HAP)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. This course will function as an historical survey of the visual images that exemplify the philosophical and aesthetic concepts that shaped Western culture from the Paleolithic Period through the fourteenth century. The aesthetic, historical, and technical aspects of major art forms, including painting, architecture, drawing, and sculpture, will be studied in relation to the socioeconomic and political developments in Western civilization.

ART HISTORY 102: ART AND ARCHITECTURE FROM THE RENAISSANCE THROUGH THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY (HAP)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. This course will function as an historical survey of the visual images that exemplify the philosophical and aesthetic concepts that shaped Western culture from the Renaissance through the early twentieth century. The aesthetic, historical, and technical aspects of major art forms, including painting, architecture, drawing, and sculpture, will be studied in relation to the socioeconomic and political developments in Europe and the United States.

ART HISTORY 104: DRAWING I (HAP) STUDIO COURSE

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. This course develops skills in representational drawing as a foundation for all disciplines and as an art form itself. The student will draw from various subject matters and explore a variety of media, techniques, and concepts. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the formal elements (line, shape, value, and texture) as they relate to the principles of visual organization (harmony, balance, rhythm,  repetition, movement, dominance, and proportion). The foci of the studio will be the exploration of the formal elements of art in relation to constructing strong compositions and the study of the aesthetic, physical, and psychological properties of value and texture.

ART HISTORY 105: DRAWING AND PAINTING I (HAP) STUDIO COURSE

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. This course serves as an introductory studio course of descriptive drawing and painting (to draw and paint what is visually observed by the artist). The foci of the studio will be the exploration of the formal elements of art in relation to constructing strong compositions and the study of the aesthetic, physical, and psychological properties of color and value.

ART HISTORY 109: SCULPTURE I (HAP)

Fall. Credit, four hours. Introduction to media, techniques, theory, and practices. Various approaches to 3D design are explored with particular sensitivity to sculptural concerns within the broader framework of contemporary art.

ART HISTORY 110: INTRODUCTORY PAPERMAKING STUDIO (HAP)

On Demand. Credit, four hours. Students will explore different avenues in the creation of paper, and follow the historical development of paper from a skilled craft to an elevated art form.

ART HISTORY 205R: DRAWING AND PAINTING II (HAP) STUDIO COURSE

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. This course serves as an advanced studio course of descriptive drawing and painting (to draw and paint what is visually observed by the artist). The foci of the studio will be the conceptual development of iconography; the continued exploration of the formal elements of art in relation to constructing strong compositions; and the study of the aesthetic, physical, and psychological properties of color and value, the mastering of media, and the refinement of artistic styles.

ART HISTORY 213: ART HISTORY: ANCIENT EGYPT ART AND ARCHITECTURE 5000-1550 BCE (HAP)

On Demand. Credit, three hours. Prerequisite: Art History 101 or Art History 102. This course examines the art and architecture of ancient Egypt from the development of rock art and pottery (5000 BCE) through the end of the second intermediate period (1500 BCE). Students enrolled in this course will need a strong foundation in art history to succeed.

ART HISTORY 214: ANCIENT EGYPT ART 1550-30 BCE (HAP)

On Demand. Credit, three hours. This course examines the art and architecture of ancient Egypt from the New Kingdom (1550 BCE) through to the eventual conquest by Rome (30 BCE). Students enrolled in this course will need a strong foundation in art history to succeed.

ART HISTORY 222: THE ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF ROME (HAP)

Fall. Credit, three hours. Prerequisite: Art History 101 or Art History 102.

ART HISTORY 265: EUROPE IN THE 20TH CENTURY (HAP)

Spring. Credit, three hours. Prerequisite: Art History 101 or Art History 102. Survey of modernist art in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and Britain. Artistic movements and tendencies including Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, DADA, abstraction, surrealism, and developments during WWII. Writings by artists and critics will be considered in relationship to the art.

ART HISTORY 266: CONTEMPORARY VISUAL ARTS (HAP)

Spring. Credit, three hours.

ART HISTORY 299R: INDEPENDENT STUDY

TBA. Variable credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. The student will complete a specific individual project designed in consultation with a professor. This course does not satisfy distribution requirements in humanities.