PCC/ CCOG / ART

Course Content and Outcome Guide for ART 204

Course Number:
ART 204
Course Title:
History of Western Art
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Examines visual art and architecture as a reflection of human interaction with the socio-political and physical environment of a particular era. Focuses on viewing, analyzing and comparing many art forms in an historical context, and covers the Paleolithic, Ancient Near Eastern, and Aegean cultures, beginning about 30,000 BCE. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

The student will:

? Appreciate art and architecture in general, and enjoy a life enriched by the exposure to and the understanding of personal and cultural achievement
? View works of art "dynamically:" that is, comprehend the uniqueness of a work, its origins and context within a specific cultural milieu, while also
appreciating its potential influence on later art and artists
? Understand and value the art and architecture of the ancient world in all-encompassing ways  and recognize the persisting influence of its styles and concepts on our current cultural environment

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The student will:

  • comprehend, apply, analyze and evaluate reading assignments
  • identify artwork and architecture, and relate facts and ideas about these works of art in exam format
  • research, plan, compose, edit and revise short papers

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content:
Themes, Concepts, and Issues:
Theoretical

  • theory and criticism in the history of art
  • pattern-based thinking and historical process
  • various interpretations of art
  • art and gender
  • creativity and the impulse to make art

Stylistic and Interpretive

  • visual literacy
  • art media and artistic technique
  • "seeing and knowing"
  • iconography
  • formal elements of art

Social and Cultural

  • other peoples and their histories, values, and culture
  • art and economics
  • art and the social fabric
  • art and religion
  • art and politics
  • art and gender
  • relationship of culture and style
  • art and cultural transmission
  • historical impact of art
    • the influence of art on one°s own culture
    • the influence of art on relations with other cultures
  • art and artists
    • the impulse to make art
    • the Gestalt of art
    • the role of the artist in society
    • biography
  • geography and its influence on art and culture
  • artifact recovery, analysis, and restoration

Competencies and Skills:
The successful student should be able to:

  • work creatively with art historical data, using it to develop principles of art history
  • recognize and appraise patterns in historical phenomena
  • assess the ways in which an art object is affected by our own vantage point
  • recognize and discriminate among various styles of art
  • trace the development of art from one period to another
  • analyze formally works of art and appreciate the interrelationship of its elements
  • determine symbolism in art
  • employ iconographical nomenclature
  • express the relationship of art to society and culture to style
  • analyze the "meaning" of art objects through understanding of historical, social, and political context
  • use specific terminology to describe works of art
  • transfer to a four year college and continue a course of study in the field of art history, fine art, anthropology, and history in general

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills:

  • oral and written command of college level English