Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
4 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory4.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 66 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: 1.5 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 5/9;6/9;12/9;1/11; 11/11

1. Description -
A study of art and architecture from Impressionism to the present day emphasizing the importance of social, economic, and political influences on the art. This course is designed to relate contemporary artistic expression to modern thought. Lectures will be directed towards illustrating and interpreting the subjects listed in the course content. The text and references will be used to supplement these discussions. Class discussions will be encouraged and specific time set aside for this purpose. Field trips will be taken to museums.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Discuss the nature of emotional, social, and aesthetic influences affecting artists and their work.
  2. Recognize specific influences on the development of Cubism and separate historical evidence from philosophical speculation.
  3. Identify specific styles and why the works included under them have been so classified.
  4. Assess the need to question stylistic categorizations and also the aesthetic judgments of critics.
  5. Express an understanding of the underlying principles motivating all artistic expression.
  6. Demonstrate awareness of how contributions of artists from different cultures and backgrounds contributed to the richness and diversity of modern art.
  7. Evaluate the social, economic, and political influences in modern art.
  8. Identify and assess the dominant styles (Cubism, Surrealism, etc.) in modern art based on their impact twentieth-century culture.
  9. Develop a rationale for Pop Art using a methodology focusing on social and economic changes in twentieth-century America.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Textbooks, notebook; an adequate lecture hall that can be darkened to show slides and films.
  2. Access to the Artstor online image archive. Classroom must be internet connected and provided with digital projector, DVD player, and VHS player.
  3. When taught via Foothill Global Access, on-going access to a computer with e-mail software and capabilities, e-mail address, and internet browsing software.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
The following content is delivered via lecture (Lec) in the scheduled class sessions unless otherwise stated.
  1. Painting and Sculpture in Europe
    1. Early l9th Century - transition in Modern Art
      1. Neoclassicism
      2. Romanticism
      3. Realism/Barbizon
    2. Later l9th Century
      1. Impressionism/Post-Impressionism
      2. Neo-impressionism
      3. Symbolism, The Nabis (Lab)
      4. Art Nouveau
    3. Early 20th Century
      1. Expressionism
      2. Fauvism
      3. Die Brucke
      4. Der Blaue Reiter
      5. Cubism
      6. Futurism
      7. Suprematism
      8. De Stijl
      9. Dada
      10. Surrealism (Lab)
  2. Painting and Sculpture in America (Lab)
    1. Early 20th Century/Realism
      1. Ash Can School
      2. Regionalism (Lab)
      3. Socialism and the W.P.A.
    2. Mid-20th Century
      1. Abstract Expressionism
      2. Pop Art (Lab)
      3. Later Abstraction, Hard Edge Painting, Op Art
      4. Environmental and Kinetic Sculpture
      5. Minimal Art
    3. Contemporary Directions
      1. Happenings
      2. Process Art
      3. Conceptual Imagery
      4. Photography
      5. Contemporary art from China, Africa, India, and South America
  3. Architecture and City Planning
    1. Romantic Architecture of the l9th Century including Neoclassicism
    2. Architecture and engineering of the mid-19th Century
    3. Expressionism and Art Nouveau
    4. The Chicago School - early skyscraper construction
    5. Formalism and the Bauhaus/The International Style (Lab)
    6. Architecture since l930
    7. Visionary Architecture - proposals
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Two midterms
  2. Final examination
  3. A research paper (8-9 pages)
  4. Seminar
7. Representative Text(s) -
Arnason, Harvard, Mansfield, Elizabeth C., History of Modern Art 6th ed., Upper Saddle River, Prentice Hall, Inc., 2009.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Electronic discussions/chat, Independent study, Field trips.
10. Lab Content -
The lab consists of eight weekly instructor-proctored discussion sessions held via Etudes online. In addition each student will attend a library orientation/term paper introduction in the library with the instructor (there are 7-8 sessions scheduled each quarter). Finally, every student will prepare and present a seminar. The seminar sessions require the students to present their material to the instructor outside of class time. All lab activity attendance (discussions/library orientation/seminar) is recorded and graded.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Approximately one chapter of text (40 - 60 pages) per week.
  2. Primary/secondary source reading from handouts
  3. 7-8 page paper prepared using the MLA format and researched using primary and secondary sources only.
  4. All exams require one essay response and three short answer responses
  5. Written essay responses on all three exams
  6. Written short answer responses on all three exams
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required course for the AA degree and the Certificate of Achievement in Art History. This course also meets the Area 3 Arts and Humanities requirement for IGETC and Area C-1 of the CSU-GE breadth requirements.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2012-08-13 11:28:17

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines