PCC/ CCOG / ART

Course Content and Outcome Guide for ART 205

Course Number:
ART 205
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. Focuses on viewing, analyzing and comparing many art forms in an historical context, and covers Late Antiquity, Early Christian and Medieval periods, beginning about 500 BCE. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. 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
? Explore the development of styles and subject matter during the transition from the ancient world to modern times by placing individual works within a
cultural and historical context while also making connections between earlier and later eras
? Understand and value art and architecture from the Ancient Roman world through the Gothic era 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)

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