Course Content and Outcome Guide for ART 204H

Course Number:
ART 204H
Course Title:
History of Western Art: Honors
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Course Description

This is the honors version. 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.25 GPA. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores and 3. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • 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 its persisting influence on our current urban environment

Additional Honors Outcomes for the course
The student will:

  • Recognize and respond to various art-historical methodologies.
  • Demonstrate leadership in art-historical arenas

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
Additional Honors Assessment Strategies for the course
? produce a portfolio quality paper or project demonstrating competencies for transfer to selective academic programs

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues:
? 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
o the influence of art on one€™s own culture
o the influence of art on relations with other cultures
? art and artists
o the impulse to make art
o the Gestalt of art
o the role of the artist in society
o 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
Additional Honors Competencies and Skills:
The successful student should be able to:
? articulate the differences in art historical methodologies
? critique art historical writings, including primary and secondary sources
? publish and/or present original art historical ideas within or outside of the classroom