AH 52 Latin American Art Syllabus

ART-H 52                                                       Section 95403                                            Spring 2017                     

                      COURSE SYLLABUS - LATIN AMERICAN ART  

 

Tuesday 7-10 PM Room A150 Watsonville Center  Dr. Brian Legákis. 

Office Hours M-Th 8:30-9-30 AM  Aptos        W 6:00-7:00 PM Wat

Cabrillo phone 479-6368          Home phone - 688-1325   

E-mail –  brlegaki@cabrillo.edu   or   qtermile@me.com          

Ancient Art Website – www.cabrilloarthistory.com

 

PURPOSE OF COURSE

Latin American Art explores the art of Latin America from the period of European exploration and colonization through the Modern era.  The focus of the course will be on New World artists of the period of liberation from ca 1800 to the present. Art and architecture will be introduced in lectures illustrated with slides and literature, with assigned readings.

 REQUIRED TEXT

Dawn Ades, Art in Latin America, 1989 -  out of print – bookstore has some.  Find online

 COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Text readings - for class, exams, and essays.

Exams and quizzes - all are announced and on calendar.  Extra credit quizzes are not announced.

Essay - Brief essay assigned on the readings and museum/gallery viewings, as well as special topics.   

Grading - Letter grades will be given to all exams and most essays.   The course grade is based on the final exam, midterm exams, quizzes and essays, as well as attendance and participation.

 

Student Learner Outcomes – Individual student activities with measurable results

1. Write an essay that synthesizes the terms, concepts, techniques and materials included in the study of Latin American art.

2. Decide the identity of known and unknown works of Latin American art in terms of period, iconography, form and style.

 

POLICY CONCERNING ATTENDANCE, QUIZZES, EXAMS, AND ASSIGNMENTS

Attendance:  Students are expected to attend class on time and remain for the duration of a class period.

2 absences are reasonable for a semester course of 16 class periods.  3 absences would be cause for concern. Over 3 absences may result in the lowering of a grade, or in dropping the student, not simply as punishment, but as a result of missed lecture material that will be used in quizzes and exams.

Any time that a student misses three consecutive class periods, without contacting me, may be dropped from the course.

Assignments: All written assignments are expected to be turned in on time in the first 5 min. of class.  If you have a problem, contact me. Late papers are accepted - with one half grade marked down per day late.

Quizzes and Examinations: It is especially important not to be absent for a quiz or an examination.  It is unlikely that a make up will be granted to a student.  The examinations are not to be missed.

Credit/No Credit - is by permission of the instructor and granted only during the first week of class.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A SUCCESSFUL COURSE

Class attendance is critical and note taking is crucial.  Cell phone use during lectures is not permitted. Reading assignments completed on time will aid the student in the lectures.  Students must check in with course website often.

 

I ACCOMMODATE STUDENTS WITH DISSABILITIES

Students needing accommodations should contact the instructor ASAP, as well as office of Accessibility

 

                                      AH 52  Calendar Spring 2017

 

JAN                        24           Introduction to Course                                          Buy text and skim

                                              Pre-Columbian Background 1                               Handouts

                

               A1           31           Pre-Columbian Background 2                Handouts               

                                              Quiz 1 Review

 

FEB                        7             Contact + European Exploration                           Handouts

                                              Colonial Art 1

 

               Quiz 1     14           Colonial Art 2 + SW US + California       Handouts

       Exam review

                                             

                              21           19th c and Independence                     Text 7-25

                                              Academies and History Painting                            Text 27-39

 

Exam         28           Midterm Exam                                      Lectures + readings

                                                            

MARCH   7             19th c Traveler Artists                                           Text 41-61

                                              Nature and Science                                              Text 63-99

A2 Review

 

14   Nature and Science Continued

                                              Writing Quiz in class

                              

                               21           Spring Break – Campus Closed

 

                               28           19th c Jose Maria Velasco                     Text 101-109

                                              Posada and Graphic Art                                       Text 111-123

 

APRIL                     4             20th c. Modernism                                 Text 125-149

                                              Mexican Muralists                                  Text 151-179

                                              20th c Graphic Art                                 Text 181-193         

 

                               11           20th c Surrealism                                   Text 215-239

                                              Frida Kahlo                                                           Handout

 

               A2           18           Frida in Film                                                          Handouts

 

                              25           Native Roots + Folk Art + Exam Review Text 195-213         

                  Current Trends        + Photography                       Text 241-280

 

MAY                       2             Amazonia

                                                                            

9     Final Exam in class regular time last week of class

 

                                              No Final Exam during Finals Week and No Class Meeting              

Assignments and Exams Spring 2017

 Quiz on lectures and handouts

 Examination:

Midterm examination

The first exam includes slide identifications from lectures.  A review list will precede exam. 

 Final Exam

Last Day of Class   Based on material since midterm exam but also comprehensive.  Slides with review given out one week before.  No exam given during final Exam week.

.Assignments:

Are due on the date they are announced or as stated on the calendar and below.   All papers are collected before class and within the first five minutes of the class meeting.

 A1 - Due 2nd class Period

A 1 Questionnaire –Download questionnaire from Course Website into an Office Word file or any .doc or .docx file and email with Photo.

 

A2 Final essay Due April 18

Theme: The Biographies of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo through their art.  You will reconstruct the life stories of Diego and Frida – the two most famous Latin American artists – and couples only through their art.  You select four works of art by each artist to tell something about their lives, art or personality.  You will find the works of art in museums and in private collections.  A list of excellent online sources to these collections will be provided to you on your website.  The paper has the following 6 parts.

 

  1. Title Page - Name of student.  Title of paper, course name, date  - Font size -12.  Your name and title appears nowhere else in this paper.

 

  1. Introduction to paper explains the Theme of the paper.  Briefly explain what you intend to do in this paper regarding these two artists.  5-8 sentences needed.  Note this is page one of your paper and no information from the title page appears here.  Start your Intro from the top of the page.  Set your margins at 1 inch all the way around – font size 12 or less, double-spacing.  Explain what you have in mind listing the titles of all 8 works of art in your paper. Do not start your paper with a general statement or quote about art. 

 

  1. Body of Paper – this is where you will separately discuss the lives of Diego and Frida only through their art.  You must select four works of art by each artist to explain something of their lives.  Identify each work of art briefly by title, medium (painting technique – oil, fresco, watercolor, drawing etc) dimensions, museum or collection location and date.  Select one or two things to say about their lives revealed in the art works – using first the factual information provided for you by the museums.  Only after you have provided that, then add your own views. Do all four works by each artist and then move on to the next artist.

 

  1. Conclusions – Summarize the lives and personalities of each person only from the works of art you used in the paper. You now have a total of four art work observations to sum up the lives for each artist. How were these two artists different from one another. Do they approach life or art in a different way.  If they do approach art in a different way, does that say something about them as people?

 

  1. Bibliography at the end. Note – No encyclopedias are used for this paper.  Wikipedia as a source will automatically give you an F on this paper. Web sites require site title + web address.

 

6       Illustrations of all objects are placed at the end of the paper with captions – artist, title, museum

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Did you do this???

7    Proof read carefully No quotes, unless it is an ancient person speaking.  Write paper in your own words.  Whole line or even half line copy/paste selections from an author is considered plagiarism and you will want to stay away from that. 

 

7       Include this list at the end of your paper with a pencil check near each item.

 

 

Note Taking and Preparing for Art History Courses

 

How do you prepare for Art History courses?  Most of you are new to Art History courses.  Even those who have had Art History before or even my own courses might take a moment to read these tips. 

 

Art History may be studied in many different ways.  Naturally it is about art objects of great beauty and inspiration.   Some students feel that to be able to appreciate art it requires a natural talent.  Natural talent always helps.  Art Studio majors take Art History as part of their training for their major as artists, and their contributions in class are always helpful.  The study of Art History clearly encompasses the things working artists deal with daily – design and composition, line, shape, color, textured surfaces, and much more.  Art History also covers the subject matter and the stories around these subjects.  These discussions take us into the life and history of the period and the experiences of artists.   In talking about the artists we look into their favorite methods of creating, which brings us back to the art objects themselves.  As you can see, we often move back and forth between art and people and places.  There are things to observe, measure, and describe in great detail – just as in science, anthropology or history classes.  Art History is factual, and it is about much more than just dates and titles.

 

How do students learn the facts and methods of Art History?  Some are able to learn entirely on their own through their own research.  Many, however, find it overwhelming to get through the terms and names and subjects by themselves.  Taking this course assumes you would like to learn in a classroom atmosphere.  Each day you will see and learn about new art from exotic places.   My lectures are full of stories and experiences.  You may want to sit back and take it all in for the moment, but it is likely you will forget the details unless you take notes – really good notes.

 

You will need to take notes for quizzes and exams and for yourself.  I used to give out elaborate handouts only to find that students stopped taking notes.  Now my handouts are on the slide images, around them, above and below.  My stories need to be taken down as well because I weave all the information together into a whole.  Don’t make choices.  Everything is important and every slide you see could end up on an exam.  They will not all be used as there are too many, but you will not know which ones we will examine until you receive the exam review sheets.  I do not know myself until I actually make up the exams.

 

So, every day in class come prepared with your notebook and take everything down.  Date the top of each page and at some point put the subject or artist above each page so you can find it quickly at a later date for study or to clarify your answer in a quiz.    Ideally you would read these notes after each lecture but I know that is not always possible.  The lecture slides are labeled and available online.  Check the online support for this class often.  It will help you in many ways, but it cannot substitute for great notes.   With all that you have invested in your notebook, ID it clearly. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                        

 

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