Summer 2016 Courses

Summer Term I (May 31 - July 8)

ARTH201 Art and Society in the West from the Renaissance to the Present (Professor Harrington)
M-Th 12-2 (ASY 3217)
Examines representative European and American works of art from the later Middle Ages to the present, highlighting the dynamic exchange between artistic and cultural traditions both within periods and across time.





ARTH350 Twentieth-Century Art to 1945 (Professor Pushaw)
M-Th 9-11 (ASy 3215)
Why would Brazilian modernists want to “cannibalize” Europe? How did sculptors rebuild the faces of mutilated soldiers wounded in World War I? Did Buddhism help Japanese artists understand Expressionism? Why did Mexican murals unite artists of different ethnicities across time and space? What was startling about “empty” South African landscapes? Over the course of the term, we will explore such questions as we examine the multiple global currents of painting, craft, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and architecture from the late nineteenth century through World War II—the apex of colonialism and imperialism. Particular attention will be paid to the diversity and contradictions of visual expression, highlighting how different artists across the globe navigated a Eurocentric art world.



ARTH359F Film as Art: Coen Brothers Films: Genre Film in a Post-Ironic Age (Professor Metcalf)
online course
Joel and Ethan Coen make complicated films that seem funny but provide complicated examples of how postmodern (and post-postmodern) ideas play out in popular art. The brothers re-present the classic conventions of Film Noir, Screwball Comedy and the Western to create films that are simultaneously respectful and mocking of tradition while creating an audience that is both ironically distanced and emotionally connected. The Coen Brothers’ strategy will be examined through screenings of their films in the context of their genres, and ideas of irony and post-ironic culture.


ARTH389A Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology: The Art of Drawing: A Left and Right Brain Experience (Professor Bland)
Meets 05/31/16-06/17/16
M-Th 4-7:30 (ASY 3217)
This course examines Old and Modern Master Drawings, theories of drawing and drawing practice. Lectures will discuss Dr. Betty Edward's theory of a verbal, analytical Left Brain and a visual, perceptual Right Brain. As practice, students will learn to make the mental shift from left, analytical brain to right, visual brain. Class exercises are based on Betty Edward's text, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. No prior drawing experience is necessary.



Summer Term II (July 11-August 19)

ARTH361 American Art Since 1876 (Professor Eron)
online course

This online course presents an overview of painting, sculpture, and photography in the United States from c. 1876 to 1950.  Conflicts and contradictions (such as those around the Armory Show in 1913) have animated the history of American art, which we will access through visual analysis of art objects and reading primary and secondary sources.  We will encounter American artists, at home and abroad, negotiating questions of training, professionalism, gender, and race as the country industrializes and participates in international wars.  The course culminates with students developing their own virtual art exhibitions.



ARTH389B Special Topics in Art History and Archaeology: The Art of Color: A Left and Right Brain Experience (Professor Bland)
Meets 07/11/16-07/29/16
M-Th 4-7:30 (ASY 3217)
This course is about understanding color and experiencing color. The course is composed of two parts, a lecture and color practice. The lectures examine a wide range of old and modern master paintings from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century. The lectures also examine how artists use color in a variety of media to distinctively record their surroundings, express their emotions and explore the aesthetics color applications. The practice portion of this course is composed of color/painting assignments that challenge students beyond color theory. Students will complete a series of exercises based on Dr. Betty Edward's text, Color, A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Color. No prior drawing or painting experience is necessary. However, students should be willing to extend a concerted amount of time and effort on each studio assignment.