Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Terranova, Charissa
Discipline and Number
AHST 2331 Section 001
MW Time 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Course Title
Understanding Art

Description of Course:

"Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it." Bertolt Brecht

An ever-shifting combination of ideas, materials, and socio-political concerns, art is the pulse of past and present cultures. Divided into themes of form, color, process, media (painting, sculpture, architecture, installation, video, new media), materials, discourse, history, technology, innovation, politics, and the marketplace, this course provides an introduction to art – how to look at and discuss it with friends, family and colleagues. It will provide a fundamental knowledge and language of art in order for students to be comfortable in museums, galleries, and artists' studios. The goal is to generate an enthusiasm for art grounded in solid, basic knowledge. Organized around Dr. Terranova’s lectures, class will be an open forum for getting at the rudiments of art’s changeful complexities. Dr. Terranova encourages discussion, interaction, and vibrant engagement.

Required Texts:

Exploring Art: A Global, Thematic Approach by Margaret Lazzari and Dona Schlesier

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Students are required to make two site visits to a museum and/or gallery for analysis of a work of art and an exhibition. Attendance, reading, two short written assignments, mid-term and final examination, and avid engagement with colleagues and the professor are also required.

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