ART-123: History of Modern Art

School
Liberal Arts
Department
Art (Art History)
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Course Subject
Art
Course Number
123
Course Title
History of Modern Art
Credit Hours
3.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A-E
Pre-requisites
ENG-081/ENG-093 eligible
Catalog Course Description

A survey of major visual art forms, techniques, styles, movements, and personalities of the nineteenth, and twentieth/twenty-first centuries. Explores architecture, sculpture, painting, printmaking, graphic design, and non-traditional art forms of the modern and post-modern era. Offers broad knowledge for understanding the visual art and its societal function. Presents learning tools to comprehend and interpret works of art by examining the contextual characteristics, subject matter, functionality, and the culture(s) that produced the artwork. A field trip to a major museum and other appropriate art sites is required to strengthen student’s knowledge.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

This survey course is designed to develop understanding and appreciation for modern visual art and architecture from the late nineteenth century to the present (impressionism to post modernism). The course concentration examines the evolution of artistic styles and their relationship to technology and civilization. A variety of media will be explored including painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, and architecture.

Core Course Topics
  1. The Origins of Modern Art

    Demonstrated an awareness, aesthetic and otherwise, of developments within the Western world during the first half of the 19th century that led to the origins of Modern art

  2. Impressionism and Post Impressionism

    Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness of the art of Impressionism and Post Impressionism, and explain the importance of these developments within their cultural context.

  3. Art Nouveau and the Beginnings of Expressionism; Expressionism in Germany; Cubism; Early Twentieth Century Architecture

    Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness of the art of Art Nouveau style as well as the Beginnings of Expressionism; Expressionism in Germany; Cubism; and Early Twentieth Century Architecture and explain the importance of these developments within their cultural context.

  4. Western Europe during World War 1; Futurism; Dadaism; De Stijl; Bauhaus; Surrealism

    Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness of the art of Western Europe during World War 1; Futurism; Dadaism; De Stijl; Bauhaus; and Surrealism and explain the importance of these developments within their cultural context.

  5. American Art Before World War I

    Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness of American art prior to World War I and explain the importance of this developments within its cultural context.

  6. American Art Betweem the World Wars

    Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness of American art between World War I and World War II and explain the importance of these developments within its cultural context.

  7. Abstract Expressionism

    Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness of Abstract Expressionism and explain the importance of this developments within its cultural context.

  8. Nouveau Realisme and Pop Art

    Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness Nouveau Realisme and Pop Art and explain the importance of these developments within its cultural context.

  9. Modernism in Architecture

    Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness Modernism in architecture and explain the importance of this developments within its cultural context.

  10. Conceptualism and Activist Art

    Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness Conceptualism and Activist Art and explain the importance of these developments within its cultural context.

  11. Minimalism

    Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness of the artistic style of Minimalism and explain the importance of this developments within its cultural context.

  12. Post-Modernism

    Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness of the artistic style of Post-Modernism and explain the importance of this developments within its cultural context.

  13. Contemporary Art and Globalization

    Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness of Contemporary Art and Globalization and explain the importance of these developments within their cultural context.

Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Discuss the development of world relationships involving art thinking.
In addition to the above, students should be able to:

  • Contrast basic stylistic changes within different time periods and regions of the world
  • Illustrate how techniques were developed in creating modern visual imagery
  • Research an area of study and discuss its importance
  • Explain various art ideas in relation to the political, philosophical, and religious events of each period

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Quizzes are given throughout the course.
Exams are given within the class at measurable intervals.
A written final examination based on visual imagery studied throughout the course.
A written Research Paper with major points evaluated.
Assessing key concepts of the Research Paper within an oral presentation in a group setting.

Texts

See department for required text and course materials.

Outcomes

General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
04/12/2019
AALC Approval Date
04/17/2019
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
05/13/2019