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ART-150-01, Baltimore Museums Study Tour

INSTRUCTOR: Domenico Firmani

SCHEDULE:  Saturdays/8:30 AM-4:30 PM

CONTENT:

The history of Western art will be surveyed in the context of professional collections and institutions.  Non-Western art will not be covered.  This will both familiarize the student with the major concepts and periods of art history, as well as show how these elements are addressed in public collections. Direct access to the works of art will enhance both goals.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

-Survey of the major periods in the history of art.

-Deal with the art object on a one-to-one basis.

-Analyzing and writing about art objects seen in the museums.

-Learn about museum collections and management.

METHODS:

-Student participation.

-Reading assignments.

-Tours of several Baltimore area museums.

-More personal experience with the art objects in the museum setting.

-Students are responsible for transportation to the each site visited each Saturday, and the return home each -Saturday afternoon. Students will cover any museum entry fees.

ASSIGNMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS:

-Formal analysis and in-class participation 15%

-Paper 70%

-Museum Journal 15%

REQUIRED TEXTS: 

Lois Fichner-Rathus, “Understanding Art” 10th ed., Wadsworth, 2013.

RECOMMENDED READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

We will discuss protocol issues at the start of the first session. Read chapters 1 (What is Art), 2 (Visual Elements), and 3 (Principles of Design), to become familiar with the terms and concepts that we will discuss each Saturday in the museums. You may wish to quickly peruse the chapters covering the major materials – 6 (painting) and 9 (sculpture), as well as the chapters covering the earliest historical periods – chapters 13 & 14. The remaining chapters will be read as we move through the various sites during the remaining Saturdays in January.  Architecture will not be covered, so concentrate only on the sections covering other mediums.