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Susan P Casteras
ART H 203
Seattle Campus

Survey of Western Art-Modern

Western art from 1520 to the present.

Class description

This course will cover art, primarily paintings, from about 1500 through the early twentieth century, offering an overview of major artists, artistic movements, periods, techniques, and styles in Europe and North America. Students will learn to recognize key styles, themes (e.g., re: the representation of women), and issues and will develop their analytical thinking and writing skills. They will also discover how art relates to social, historical, cultural, and other events and phenomena.

The material will be presented through slides, lectures, discussions, and readings. Classes will combine both lectures and discussion (mostly in section meetings).

Student learning goals

identify and understand the main artists and artistic developments in Western painting from ca. 1500-1920

gain familiarity in perceiving the differences among diverse artists, styles, and periods

increase close observation and interpretation skills regarding objects

achieve heightened awareness of the interrelationship between art and other areas of culture and history

expand skills in critical reading, independent thinking, evaluating, and writing about art and art-related issues and concepts

General method of instruction

The material will be presented through slide lectures, section meeting discussions, and readings. Section meetings will reinforce the main art historical concepts as well as distribute assignment sheets and slide lists of objects which students are to know for the exams.

Recommended preparation

General education.

Class assignments and grading

There will be short writing assignments, a midterm, and a final exam. The required text will be Gardner's ART THROUGH THE AGES.

Grading will be based on all forms of student work--written assignments as well as the midterm and final exam results and section participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Susan P Casteras
Date: 02/10/2010