Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

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. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores and 3.25 GPA. 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