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. 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 oneĀ°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