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					World Art syllabus J. Damron 07SpringARTH110-1Damron.doc Sierra Nevada College Course Code & No.-Section: ARTH 110 (1) Course Title (Credits): World Art (3 credits) Term & Year: Spring 2007 Course Ref.No.(CRN): 10098 Instructor: phone: email: office: office hours: class meeting time: class location: prerequisites: core requisites: J. Damron 775.831.1314, ex. 7585 jdamron@sierranevada.edu David Hall, 3rd Floor M/W: 1:00-2:00 TH : 3:30-6:20 Prim Library, 213 none none

description from catalogue: World Art encompasses the study of both art culture and studio practice from many areas of the world. Visually-oriented lectures, class discussions, research and studio experiences will develop connections between content and how the artist delivers this content through form, techniques and materials used in a changing society. student outcomes: Students will demonstrate an awareness of historical and contemporary art. Students will analyze a work of art using the elements of art, principles of design as well as discussing the more common techniques in the field of art. Students will critically evaluate writings on art. Students will blend the material studied in class with their own opinions of art and ideas. Students will demonstrate a better sense of what informs art and ideas through language, conceptual skills and critical thinking in writing projects, research projects and quizzes. Students will demonstrate a greater understanding of art’s relationship to society and art’s possibility within a society through writing projects, research projects and quizzes. student outcomes (further): The student will be able to read and interpret the readings provided by critically assessing the material. The student will be able to blend the material studied in class with their own opinions of art and ideas. The student will develop a better sense of what informs art and ideas: culture, circumstance, context, intentions, audience (use, value). The student will develop a greater understanding of art’s relationship to society and art’s possibility within a society. assessment: *Class discussions led by reading all of the material provided, understand the material by taking notes and studying. *Participation in class discussions using information from notes taken during class.

*Quizzes, midterm and final. *Writing projects *Studio projects that exhibit an understanding of the goals and objectives, and their relationship to the material being studied. instructional strategies: The class functions thru some lecture, readings, discussion and studio workshops. Viewing material such as slides, video and books will at times be used throughout the semester. In World Art it is essential that the readings be taken care of and notes taken on the readings and during class. The quizzes, midterm and final will require written answers. It is necessary to critically engage in the material and be able to process your ideas, your feelings about the material together and form an opinion substantiated by the readings and other materials in class. It will be necessary to use a library. Research cannot be done only off of the internet. Involvement in discussions is also essential. readings (required) 1)There will be required readings in the form of photocopies of book excerpts and articles from periodicals, and we will also read: 2) Olafur Elliasson attendance: After 3 unexcused absences a student’s grade will drop one letter grade. Being late to class more than four times will drop the student’s grade by 2/3 of a letter grade and will continue to drop for three late arrivals after that. research projects: 3 art exhibition reviews 1 public art proposal due in various stages and in one final draft various small research projects requirements: Students must have ready access to a computer, printer and to the internet. Hopefully a greater understanding of art’s relationship to society and art’s possibilities within a society will be gained. There should also be a more complex and sophisticated understanding of the intentions, the context(s) and the art’s audience (or use, value). grading: Grading is based on averages calculated for the different kinds of class work and participation. There are no total points to be achieved for the class. Total points are not calculated for the semester work. Questions in quizzes are typically graded in a point scale. Each quiz could have its own point total, the grade for the quiz is then calculated based on points earned for each question and averaged for the quiz grade. Written projects are also graded based on the total points given to each project. These are averaged in the same manner as the quizzes. -Midterm and Final Quizzes -A public art proposal due in various stages and in one final draft.

-3 art reviews due at the end of the semester. -Studio projects (considered part of participation) -Class participation. -Midterm and Final grades will be averaged based on the credit earned up to the end of those grading periods. However, there is a tendency to lend a little more weight to work later in the semester. This benefits those who truly work harder to improve throughout the semester. Excellence earns an A, above average work earns a B, and average garners a C. -Percentage scale used: 90-100%: A+, A, A80-89%: B+, B, B70-79%: C+, C, C60-69%: D+, D, Dbelow 60%: F special accommodations: Mandatory Special Accommodations (ADA) Statement "In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, SNC can accommodate most special needs. Students with a documented physical or learning disability (documentation must be on file with the Director of Student Services prior to the beginning of the semester) may request accommodations by contacting the Director of Student Services. Please note for Special Accommodations section that Student Services is now in Prim Library, Rm. 323; phone ext is 7534. course make-up clause: In the event that a session of this class is officially canceled , the professor will make provisions to make up the time. World Art syllabus spring 2007 Sierra Nevada College

class schedule: Topics/ places for discussion covered thru the semester: Public Art will be investigated throughout the semester. @ Art in society. -Begin by looking at some Contemporary Art -Subjective and Objective points of view @Representational Art: Meaning in representations, beginnings of Modernism. -Impressionism/ different interpretations of intent -Contemporary artist to be announced; contemporary artist using representational techniques. @Abstraction, pluralism: End of Modernism, beginnings of now. -Abstraction -Pop art, Conceptual art, Minimalism, Installation art and Performance art

@Olafur Eliasson; Technology, Environment, Content.; Traces of Conceptual Art, Minimalism and Pop Art. -a look at a contemporary artist. *required book purchase @Experimental Art In China: Culture and the individual. The cutting edge. This course is structured with topics that function as introductions to art, art principles and the foundations of how visual information functions in Fine Art. These foundational topics also introduce some of the significant historical transitions leading up to Fine Art in our time, these topics designed to elucidate the artistic vocabulary used in some of the more historically significant public art pieces. Through the course of the semester we will explore the above topics and time periods more in depth. We will also do introductory studio projects related to or inspired by the topics. description of course: World Art (Art Culture/Studio Practice) encompasses art from America and other areas of the world. Both reading and discussing history and theory surrounding art are included in the class curriculum, as well as studio projects. Students are encouraged to develop language and conceptual skills, historical and contemporary awareness and critical faculties. For instance, students are introduced to not just periods, regions and styles but leave the class knowing historical and contemporary ideas and theory so that it can become apparent that art can have consequences beyond the gallery or museum. Researching, writing, articulation thru discussion and critical evaluation of writings on art, develop critical and theoretical points of view that help realize the connection between content and how artists deliver content thru form, the way technique and materials are used in changing societies. Note taking in class and while reading the material in and out of class is essential! (Students can ask the instructor for help in this technique or can use the tutoring at SNC to improve note taking/ reading comprehension skills.) You can assume that each of the following topics will require different time (weeks) to complete, thus I have not split each topic with dates yet. A quiz will be taken halfway through the semester. This quiz will count as the “midterm” test. The same goes for the final. There should be a cumulative effect though through the semester with regards to the material learned. Short writing projects are given throughout the semester.

Project Descriptions: The intention for these projects is to bring members of the class closer to the material provided through readings, discussions, lectures, art exhibitions and any other relevant material. By having to engage in discussions and readings with your peers you should be able to engage in the art and ideas in a manner that is more in-depth. Verbal and visual presentations may be required at times by the instructor, and could be proposed by the student. Writing projects for the course work are integral to understanding the course material. There will be four major writing projects due in their final form at the end of the semester.

public art project: description of project: Through the course of the semester a proposal for a public art work will be worked on in different phases culminating in a finished proposal from each student due at the end of the semester. The relationship between art and society can be studied by examining public art. Students are expected to put themselves in the position of an artist, a business person. The resulting proposal will test a student’s ability to creatively and professionally answer to the demands of a professional situation found in the arts. The course will study certain public art works as case studies. We will also study the art of Olafur Eliasson, an artist who has participated in public art projects as well as museum and gallery projects. His art also specifically tries to elucidate how a person can perceive art. As a warm-up towards the final proposal and as a vehicle for examining contemporary art in our culture in general, certain writing and research exercises will be introduced throughout the semester. Below is an example: I. Each individual should develop a written proposal with visual aids for an idea for an art piece based on the work by Olafur Eliasson, primarily covered in the book required for the course requirements: Each proposal should be able to reveal an understanding of the following aspects of Olafur Eliasson’s art looked at in class primarily from the book: -conceptual aspects -content -the context for the art, the ideas -any conceptual aspects that can be traced back to the Conceptual Art movement previously looked at. -any minimal aesthetic or intellectual aspects that can be traced back to Minimalism. 3 art exhibition reviews: description Three art exhibition reviews in their final drafts will be due on a date towards the end of the semester. A separate information sheet regarding these writing projects will be provided. note: I will more thoroughly delineate the requirements for each of these projects. Examples of writing will be provided to help guide these nascent efforts in thinking and writing in a manner that is critical and creative. Introductions to the midterm and the final: Credit/ Grading scheme. midterm: The midterm will be a quiz requiring written answers in the form of paragraphs.

Members of the class must be familiar with the issues in representation introduced through the art that comes from the Impressionist period and from the art by ( to be announced), a contemporary artist who has used high degrees of representation in his art. Members of the class should have a an understanding of the qualities and characteristics of the Impressionists’ art and the Impressionist period historically. An introductory understanding should include aspects of Modernism. Also, knowledge of Pop Art, Minimalism and Conceptual Art will be tested with the midterm quiz. The qualities and characteristics of each should be known, as well as an introductory understanding of the importance of these movements historically. final: The final will consist of two parts. Part one will require a written comparative analysis of the art of (tba, probably Cai Guo Qiang) and Olafur Eliasson The second part will also be a written portion that requires members of the class to respond to a few questions that will test knowledge based in the material covered during the semester. This material will be pertinent more to the general objectives of the course rather than specific detailed bits of information found in the course. Here, as always in this course, members of the class should be able to communicate what they know, think and feel in the form of informed opinions. These opinions need to be grounded in the art considered, with details that answer questions like why and how. for example: If I was to write about Olafur Eliasson’s art: “Olafur Eliasson’s art could be described as having the characteristics of technological optimism.” I would ask myself why and how? In what manner does the art fulfill or support the description? credit/ grading: midterm: 33.33% for each:

midterm written projects studio projects/ class participation

final: final public art proposal 3 exhibition writing projects studio projects/ class participation *The final grade will be averaged with the midterm grade. This is the grade earned for the course. -------------------------25% for each:


				
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