Taught by Donald S. Tingle
This one semester course introduces students to visual art in numerous cultures throughout the history of the world. Students will explore how symbolism in art has reflected and shaped human understanding of beauty, transcendence, values, history, conformity and protest. Students will be able to contrast the historical function of art within religions and cultures with the modern attempt to do “art for art’s sake."
Stage 1—Desired Results
- Apply fundamental art and art historical terminology.
- Appreciate the process for making and displaying art.
- Develop an understanding of purpose and function in art.
- Be able to analyze works of art in the context of historical evidence and interpretation, examining such issues as politics, religion, patronage, gender, and ethnicity.
- Show an understanding of the cross‐cultural and global nature of art.
- Demonstrate higher order thinking skills and articulate visual and art historical concepts in verbal and written forms.
- What is beauty?
- What function does art serve?
- What does a particular piece of art represent?
- How does culture influence art?
- How does art influence culture?
- Key facts about different periods of art within different cultures.
- Definitions of a limited number of terms.
- Types of media, including (but not limited to) drawings, paintings, sculpture, pottery and ceramics, architecture, textiles, and photography.
- Similarities and differences between different cultures, trends, and media.
- Art is basic to humanity.
- Art helps explain how we see ourselves and the world around us.
- Art enriches us.
- Art can be appreciated by everyone.
- Art has multiple layers of meaning and interpretation.
- Place works of art and architecture within their proper historical and cultural settings.
- Tour art museums online.
- Recognize symbols and explain their meaning (especially religious symbols.)
- Compare and contrast art between periods and cultures.
- Visit local sites of artistic interest.
Stage 2—Acceptable Evidence
- Go online to art museums to compare and contrast two types of art. Write a four page essay to place these works of art within their proper historical and cultural setting, considering such issues as politics, religion, patronage, gender, and ethnicity.
- Explain symbols used in religious art.
- Describe differences between the architecture of a Hindu temple and a mosque and explain how each structure reflects differences in religious beliefs.
- Compare and contrast traditional types of art with
modern art. Give specific examples to
explain different types and functions.
- Quizzes approximately every two weeks.
- Sample drawings in a sketchbook by students to go along with the culture and period they are studying.
- Notebook/ journal.
- Mid‐term exam.
- Final exam.
- Keep a notebook/journal where you answer such things as--What makes this art? Why do I like this piece of art or don’t like it? What does this piece of art tell me? What do I not understand about this piece of art or about what is taught?
- Summarize what was taught through note taking in the notebook/journal.
- List vocabulary and definitions.
Stage 3—Learning Plan
- Prehistoric art—cave and rock art, artifacts, architecture
- Early civilizations—Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Hittite, Persian, Phoenician, Indian, Chinese, Greek, Roman, Pre‐Columbian American
- Tribal art—Africa, Native America, Oceania
- Religious symbolism—Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim
- Non‐Western art—Byzantine and Orthodox, Chinese, Japanese, Persian, Indian, Southeast Asia
- Western art—Middle Ages (Illuminated manuscripts, reliquaries, architecture, paintings), Renaissance (c.1400–1600), Baroque (c.1600–1750), Neoclassicism (c.1750–1850), Romanticism (c.1790–1850), Realism, Modernism (c.1860–1970), Contemporary art (c.1950-present)