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Art History: How to Look at Art

ARTH 095 OL1 (CRN: 61906)

3 Credit Hours

About ARTH 095 OL1

Introductory courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.



Dates: July 13 - August 7, 2020

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Section Description

THIS COURSE FULFILLS 3 CREDITS OF FINE ARTS OR HUMANITIES In this course, you will learn various approaches to looking at art. Why should we look at art? What can we learn about who, why, or when it was made? Why are there different periods and styles in the history of art? What tools can you use to analyze a work of art? For each unit, you will have a series of readings and videos that will teach you about specific approaches to looking and studying art. During the course, you will create a digital project, examining one work of art and using the new tools for looking and analysis as you go, and a research paper. Students will learn the major approaches used by art historians to understand and appreciate art. Students will read and view art historians’ analyses of particular artists and art objects and then use what they have learned to do their own analysis on the object of their choice. The end goal is for students to feel confident viewing art and identifying the multiplicity of its cultural, aesthetic and personal values. Understanding how and why art can be viewed and analyzed engenders a greater and more sophisticated appreciation for the importance of art and its history and the great joy and intellectual stimulation to be had from viewing and thinking about art.

Section Expectation

Students must complete all contents of each week's module by Friday at midnight. Students may work at their own pace, as long as the deadlines are met. Late posts/projects will be penalized one letter grade for each day late.


• • journal entries (10%) • • Object project (55%): • Midterm 15% • Final assessment (15%) • Discussion board participation 5%




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