Various topics designed to respond to faculty and student interests and needs.
AUTUMN 2006: BIS 393B, Special Topics: Modern Art from Impressionism Through Surrealism
Class Description: This course will explore the major movements in modern art from 1850 to 1940, including Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, German Expressionism, American Modernism, Social Realism, Futurism, Dadaism and Surrealism, addressing the significance of the dramatic changes that occurred in art during this time period. We will be examining relevant themes and issues in a historical and conceptual context, focusing on painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography. The course format will be lecture and discussion, with writing assignments and exams.
Course Objective: Students will develop skills in research, writing and critical thinking through readings, assignments, lectures, discussion and analysis.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Classes will be a combination of lecture and discussion.
Survey of art history or the equivalent. Interest in art and history essential.
Class assignments and grading
There will be short writing assignments, a term paper and tests. The required textbooks will be History of Modern Art by Arnason and A Short Guide to Writing about Art by Barnet. Additional short readings assigned.
Grading will be based on writing assignments, tests and class participation.