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ART 1021 - Art History of the Western World: Pre-History to Gothic Europe

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: This course traces the development of art and architecture from the Paleolithic through the European Gothic Periods - the art, architecture, philosophies, and traditions that formed the European canon. Topics present many non-western art origins and perspectives from a diverse range of cultural sources.
MnTC Goals
6 Humanities/Fine Arts, 8 Global Perspective

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
1. What is the study of Art History?
a. Analysis Strategies: Written, Diagrammatic, Verbal Critique
b. Ethics of Cultural Comparison
c. Current Art Historical Issues and Scholarship Trends
2. Vocabulary common to Art and Design
3. Visual analysis of an image: Actively Seeing
4. Early Art: Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic Art, approx. 30,000-2,000 BCE
5. The Art of Mesopotamia, approx. 3,500 BCE- 636 CE
6. The Art of Ancient Egypt, approx. 3,000 BCE- 30 BCE
7. The Art of the Prehistoric Aegean, approx. 3,000 BCE- 1200 BCE
8. The Art of Ancient Greece, approx. 900 BCE-31 BCE
9. The Art of the Etruscans, approx. 900 BCE-89 BCE
10. The Art of Ancient Rome, approx. 753 BCE-337 CE
11. The Art of Late Antiquity: The decline of Rome, approx. 29 CE-526CE
12. The Art of Byzantium: Eastern Roman Empire, approx. 527 CE-1453 CE
13. The Art of the Islamic World, approx. 600 CE-1600CE
14. Early Medieval Art in the West, approx. 476 CE-1050CE
15. Early Medieval Art in the West, approx. 476 CE-1050CE
16. Gothic Europe, approx. 1140 CE-1400CE
17. Instructor may include other cultures of influence within these time periods if appropriate

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:
  1. explain the characteristics of various artistic mediums such as painting, sculpture, and architecture.
  2. explain the basic visual elements and principles of design present in all works of art and explain works of art in terms of these elements and principles.
  3. analyze the major movements, periods of art, and the stylistic characteristics which differentiate them, and identify key examples of those styles.
  4. analyze the historical, religious, and social circumstances that shape the history of art.
  5. analyze the work of artists as expressions of human values within an historical, cultural, and social context.
  6. describe the lives and work of individual artists, influences upon them, and their stylistic development.
  7. express informed personal responses to works of art in written papers and/ or class discussions.
  8. write critical and analytical essays using academic research and scholarship.

Competency 1 (1-6)
06. 01. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
06. 02. Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
06. 03. Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
Competency 2 (7-10)
08. 01. Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
08. 02. Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
08. 03. Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.

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