Art History Modern Art (Twentieth Century)

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 113

       Course Name: Art History Modern Art (Twentieth Century)

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is comparative study of modern art as an expression of the human experience. Content includes major artists, styles and movements. Focus is on development of perceptive stylistic analysis and ability to understand a work of art in relation cultural context.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A. Student will identify and classify artworks from the Modern Era to Contemporary 21st Century.
B. Student will identify and attribute works of art from this period as to date/timeline, region, artist, and style.
C. Student will distinguish between a culture’s symbols, and the images, objects, sculptures, or structures they created.
D. Student will analyze artwork in relation to its religious, social and cultural meaning or significance.
E. Through class discussion and participation student will discuss and integrate lecture and textbook content.
F. Student will attach specific information to art work as to subject, function, medium, elements, organization, style, timeline, and artist.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

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VI.   Sequence of Topics

A. Finish Origins of Modern Art
B. Post-Impressionism: Early Twentieth Century Painting:  Fauvism
C. Painting and Sculpture Before Cubism: Cubism
D. The Spread of Cubism
E. Expressionism
F. Toward Abstraction: Futurism, Constructivism, and De Stijl
G. Dada
H. Surrealism
I.  Picasso and Developments in Sculpture: Trends in Modern Architecture
J. Abstract Expressionism
       1. Action Painters
       2. Color Field Painters
K. Pop Art and Op Art
L. Minimalism
M. Post Modernism
N. Neo Expressionism/Neo Geo
O. Happenings/Graffiti
P. Earth Works
Q. Conceptual Art
R. Sculpture
S. Architecture
T. Photography
U. Contemporary Trends

VII.  Methods of Instruction

A. PowerPoint presentation with lecture stressing the iconological importance of the work.
B. A field trip to a museum.
C. Possible films/videos
D. Class discussions
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

A. Attend all classes
B. Do all homework assignments/readings
C. Participate in class discussions
D. Attend field trip as scheduled
E. Tests/reports (research) written paper

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

A. Text: "Art Through The Ages", by Helen Gardner (current edition)
    "History of Modern Art", by W. H. Janson (current edition)

B. Visuals: PowerPoint presentations

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Identification tests in terms of pictorial style and relevance to its period. An individual study by the student involved with his contact with actual contemporary works of art. An interpretive final examination of art work slides.

Independent study from the Art Institute of Chicago in which one of the movements covered by the course will be examined in terms of the actual art and the student’s relating it to the period covered in the course.  Three page written paper.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

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