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  Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D. Faculty, School of Liberal Studies Purchase College Email: Realism in Art Syllabus Spring 2014  AAR3550 /4 credits Course Overview Various artists from the 17th century to the present have worked in a style that can be termed “realist.” This course explores the definition of “realism” in art and examines why these artists chose to work in an empirical style. How do their styles differ and what does their work tell us about the societies in which they lived? Students choose and place in social context a 20th- century or contemporary “realist” to discover how the meani ng of “realism” has evolved over the centuries.   Course Objective: The purpose of this course is to teach you about the history of Realism in art with particular attention to the historical, political and cultural contexts. We will also learn about the technical innovations that influenced making art. The list of “Outcomes” will explain more.     Calendar and topics:  January 27 - Introduction to Realism vs. Idealization February 3 - A Survey of Roman  –  Baroque Realism February 10 - Millet, Bonheur and the Barbizon School Feburary 17 - Gustave Courbet and Realist Movement February 24 - Edouard Manet March 3 - English Realism March 10 - German and Scandinavian Realism March 17 - American Realism  –   proposals due  March 24  –  Spring Break  –   online Midterm March 31  –  International Impressionism  April 7 - The Ashcan School - ID Test  April 14 - Hopper, Rockwell and other Regionalists  April 21 - Student presentations  –   first draft due   April 28 - Student presentations May 5 - Student presentations May 12  –   ID exam  –  final draft due    Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D. Faculty, School of Liberal Studies Purchase College Email: Required Books:   Linda Nochlin, Realism , Penguin Book, 1971.   Linda Nochlin, Realism and Tradition in Art, 1848-1900 , Prentice-Hall, 1966.   Brendan Prendeville, Realism in 20 th  Century Painting , Thames and Hudson, 2000.  Additional Readings/Sources:   Smarthistory lectures online    Charles Baudelaire “The Painter of Modern Life”     Other articles provided on Moodle   Belinda Thomson, Impressionism: Origins, Practice and Reception,  Thames and Hudson, 2000   Robert Herbert, Impressionism: Art, Leisure and Parisian Society , 1988.   Monographs for research papers Grade Assessment:   Attendance and participation  –  you will receive a grade for your preparation each week.  –  10%   Midterm  –  20%   Two slide-identification tests - 20 %   Research paper  –  25% ( must include proposal, first draft and polished paper  )   Powerpoint presentation in class  –  25% Course Structure: Each Moodle module focuses on the tasks for the week:   read the assigned chapters and/or articles   view the video episode that correlates to the topic of the week   read the lecture, if posted (not all modules have lectures)   watch a Smarthistory video or other relevant video, if posted   prepare for and respond in class to readings and videos that review th e previous week’s lecture in the classroom. (In other words, the assignments on Moodle are homework to reinforce the topic the professor addresses in class. We begin with a review of the previous week’s topic through an exercise in class.)    Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D. Faculty, School of Liberal Studies Purchase College Email:  Anticipated Outcomes:   Recognize and analyze realism in Roman, Renaissance and Baroque art.   Understand the historical, cultural and political context of the Realist Movements in 19 th , 20 th  and 21 st  centuries.   Recognize and analyze the works by major Realist artists.   Be able to use art history’s vocabulary confidently.     Be able to research and write an in-depth analysis of Realist artists from Ancient Rome to today.   Be able to understand and analyze scholarly books and articles on art history. Writing assignments: Research paper and Powerpoint   Proposal for your paper is due on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day)     Research paper is due on April 21   Powerpoint completed on day of presentation  –  preparation will be discussed in class     Revised research paper, due on May 12 (last day) How to submit the paper: Please submit the paper on Moodle and send the paper to me as an attachment through email at so that I can confirm that I have your paper. If you do not hear from me after you send me your paper, please write to me asap. Late papers will not be accepted. In order to write the paper, you will draw on the following: General Art History Training The entire course exercises four major aspects of art history training:   Recognition of major art works: artist, title, date, period or movement   Keen visual analysis   Connecting visual analysis to context and artistic intention (conscious or unconscious) mediated by different influences (political, personal, cultural, etc.)   The ability to write about a work of art using appropriate art history vocabulary and methodologies (“tools” for analyzing works of art or architecture)    Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D. Faculty, School of Liberal Studies Purchase College Email:  Art history methodologies (“Tools of the Trade”)     Formal attributes of a work of art or a building, using appropriate vocabulary.   Knowledge of narrative content, such as stories, history, biographies.   Historical context.   Iconography and iconology.   Investigating material culture (such as consumer goods, fashion, entertainment)   Deciphering psychological strategies.   Recognizing class consciousness.   Investigating economic influences, such as patronage, collecting and national economic support.    “Reception theory” (bringing your self-awareness of your perceptions into the conversation).   Politically/culturally mediated methodologies (such as feminism, essentialism , “queer” theory and semiotics). This course fulfills to SUNY Learning Outcome for The Arts. The expected outcome of Realism in Art is that  students will demonstrate an understanding of at least one principal form of artistic expression and the creative process inherent therein. LIBERAL STUDIES OUTCOMES This course meets the following outcomes for the Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program:   The ability to articulate and communicate clearly in written and spoken forms   Research skills including the ability to analyze and synthesize information   Responsibility to others and our community   Respect, tolerance and openness to new ideas and ways of thinking   To think critically, independently and creatively   ARTS: Core knowledge of the field and related concepts, theories and ideas   ARTS: An understanding of historical knowledge and events in the field   A critical analysis of different art forms   Visual literacy and the power of images
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