Course Description

Course Name

Art History Impressionism

Session: VPRF3121

Hours & Credits

3 US Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.

Overview

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
  • This art appreciation course is designed for students with no or little background in Art History who would like to try a Humanities subject for their general culture and to better appreciate museums and esthetics. A quick survey of early 19th century French art and civilization provides the background for France's renowned Impressionism movement during the Industrial Revolution when art left the patronage of the Church and State and became a middle-class enjoyment. At this moment, painting reflected not only contemporary life-styles and fashion but also modern transport and entertainment centers.
  • Emphasis is on learning to see art for art itself by becoming open and sensitive to: The joy in color harmonies, the calm of composition, the mood-setting of lighting, humor of caricature, the tromp l'oeil of perspective, etc. while not neglecting the references to past works and subject matter that enhance the meaning.
  • All class lectures and discussions are illustrated with slides of works of art. Four museum visits give direct access to great works allowing students to develop a critical eye and get the most out of the experience.
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
It is hoped that the students will:
- Acquire a certain "connoisseur's eye" able to notice beauty in all aspects of everyday life.
- Develop an awareness of the civilization reflected in works of art and of the particular ways each individual artist responded and created his/her own approach.
- Recognize and differentiate the palette and brushwork of over 15 world-class painters.
- See that many solutions are possible for the same problem and use one's esthetic component (gut feeling) instead of always seeking a rational justification.
- Understand how to evaluate and appreciate quality directly especially in a realm where quantitative data has no bearing.
- Learn to enjoy museums and visit them in the future as a pleasant pass-time.
Presence in class is mandatory. More than 2 absences will lead to a failing grade.
 
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
- Understand and properly apply the artistic terminology acquired in the course,
- Learn the basic genres (subject matter) seen in painting.
- Organize thoughts and opinions into well-written critiques.
- Slow down viewing so as to relish a single image instead of having to zap by several per second to satisfy a limited attention span.
- Cultivate "sensibility and appreciation" which includes noticing design and beauty in everyday life
- Understand the notions of harmony, balance, order, pattern, creativity, etc. not only in esthetic objects but also, by extension, in any domain including management and economics
 
EVALUATIONS:
The final grade will be determined as follows:
- 2 quizzes of 30 minutes and 1 final exam of 120 minutes. Will test the student's identification and critical analysis of the material and paintings discussed in class.
- The final grade will be determined as follows:
First homework 10 points
A quiz 15 points
Second homework 20 points
Final Exam 30 points
Participation 25 points (creative tasks, weekly reading review, debates, films, gallery game)
 
COURSE SCHEDULE:
Session 1
Photo card-set game
Creative task 1
Modified postcards or
Chance aesthetics
Reading: Rubin: Chapter 1 Modernity and Form
Introduction: Seeing through Art, the Art of Seeing
Introduction to the basic elements of color and design including tricks of trompe l?oeil and other ways of creating illusion. How to understand color harmony, the golden ratio, and composition.
Debate: What is good taste; what is art; what is Art History?
 
Session 2
GUIDE FOR FIRST HOMEWORK (Creative
Reading: Rubin: Chapter 2 the Artists as Subject Edouard Manet
Found objects transformed
Recollecting your younger self
LECTURE: Background for Impressionism - Geography, Dates, Society, Political Framework, previous and parallel styles
Debate: Sensor and Political cartoons
 
Session 3
Museum visit
Making Excel spread sheets on artists
Creative task 3
Picture Poem
Torn paper
Reading: Rubin, Chapter 7 Opposition or Complicity - Political
Visit 16:00-19:30 Louvre Museum at 16:00, meeting inside the grand hall under the big pyramid at the "Accueil groups desk". - Earlier 19th century painting: Neoclassicism, Romanticism), Private apartments of Napoleon III and the private collection of Impressionist works. (Coffee Break half way through)
 
Session 4
FIRST HOMEWORK PAPER DUE
Bingo over Reading and visits questions
Reading: Rubin Chapter 3 Naturalism in Plein-air
LECTURE : Ecology and 19th century landscape painting
Luminous brushstroke artists (Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, etc.) En plein air. Landscape and portrait painting
Beginnings of Impressionism How? A leader/work? Influences and reactions.
Debate: How to communicate a message through art. Is this propaganda?
 
Session 5
Museum visit
Creative task 4
Nature: things themselves
Figuration to abstraction
VISIT 8:00-11:00 sharp at the Church Saint Sulpice. 2 rue Palatine, 75006 Paris.
Métro Saint Sulpice. Double visit of mural paintings in the church and then the home of Delacroix, Musée national Eugène Delacroix 6 rue de Furstenberg 75 006
 
Session 6
Just-a-minute game
How to write an essay
Creative task 5
Surreal scenarios
Composite faces
Reading: Rubin: Chapter 4 Places, People and Traditions - Bazille, Pissarro & Renoir
Chapter 5 Choreography and Science Edgar Degas
Review first homework & Writing guide for second homework (Biography of an artist)
Debate: Art verse Science, what side of your brain should you think through?
 
Session 7
Slide Quiz over chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
Creative task 6
Walking to abstraction
Poetic actualities
Reading: Rubin: Chapter 6 Feminine and Masculine - Morisot, Cassatt & Caillebotte
The "snapshot" capturing an instant of modern life artists (Bazille, Degas, Caillebotte) Cityscapes, Ballet and Nightlife in Haussmannian Paris. Women artists (Cassatt, Morisot, Gonzales) Impact of contemporary fashions on painting
Debate: Gender differences in artistic style and subject matter
 
Session 8
Afternoon Visit
Museum visit
Creative task 7
Scrapbook collage Miniature museums
Reading: Rubin: Chapter 9 Commerce and Creativity - Series and Originals
Visit, 15:15 to 18:00 either at Musée Marmotton, Tuilleries, Grand Palais or elsewhere
Temporary exhibition on ???? the new programs for 2016-17 at museums have not yet been announced.
 
Session 9
SECOND HOMEWORK DUE
Teamwork for Gallery game
Reading: Rubin: Rubin Chapter 8 Reassessment and Renewal
Lecture: Impressionism and Marketing. Art Dealers, Auction Houses, prefabricated canvas and tubes of oil paint
Beyond Impressionism, pixel-like perfection: Neo-Impressionism, Pointillism (Seurat, Signac, etc.)
Debate: What business does business have with art?
 
Session 10
Slide Quiz over chapters 4, 6, 5, 8, 9 & visit
Presentation and animation of Gallery Show Game
Reading: Chapter 10 towards an Aftermath - Cézanne
Lecture: Developments and variations on Impressionism. What would Impressionism really influence? From Cezanne to Pollock. Impressionism in sculpture (Rodin, Claudel)
Debate: Paris as the "Capital of Art", until when?
 
Session 11
Museum visit
Students present a painting from their homework biography
Treated faces
Modified readymade
Reading: Rubin Chapter 11 Other Media, Other Places
VISIT 9:00-11:00 Musée d'Orsay 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris meeting at 9:00 in front of the Group entrance (near the statue of a Rhinoceros) Visit the permanent collections of the Impressionists
General revision
 
Session 12
FINAL EXAM over all chapters & Slide Quiz with paintings from CHAPTERS 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11 and from visits
Lecture: Merits/limits, charm, originality, how fitted into historical situation, Impact contribution to cultural and other history. Why finished? What's next?

*Course content subject to change