2017 Assignment Schedule

 

QUAD B:  Thinking about Art and Culture

Week 9
March 21: Gadamer on Play, Symbol and Festival
Readings:  Gadamer “Relevance of the Beautiful”
Assignment Due:   None
In-Class: Discussion on Gadamer and Play

March 23: Gadamer on Play, Symbol, and Festival
ReadingsGadamer “Relevance of the Beautiful”
Assignment Due:  Discussion of Symbol and Festival
In-Class: Discussion of the Institutional Theory and the Sociological Theory of Art. 


Week 10
March 28: Theatre and Performance
Readings:  Boersema, Chapter 8: first half
Assignment Due:   None
In-Class

March 30: Theatre and Performance
Readings: Gadamer, Chapter 1 “The Festive Character of Theatre”
In-Class: Going to see a play this weekend.

Week 11
April 4: Theatre and Performance
Readings: Boersema, Chapter 8: second half
Assignment Due:   None
In-Class

April 6: Theatre and Performance
Readings
In-Class


Week 12
April 11: Religious Art
Readings: Wolterstorff – “Is Art Salvific?” ; Review several artworks at this website:  http://www.joyfulheart.com/easter/easter-artwork.htm
Assignment Due:  Write a 250 word response to the question, “Can art offer a secular world an authentic spirituality?”
In-Class: Discussion of the Movie on Religion and Art

April 13: Religious Art continued

 


Week 13
April 18:  Musical Arts
Readings3515-What is Music?
Assignment Due:  Bring to class, on your phone, one of your favorite pieces of music.  It should be able to be played in class.  Be ready to discuss how Begbie’s essay informs how you could analyze this piece of music.  
In-Class: Discussio of Begbie’s essay.

April 20: Musical Arts:  Part II
Readings3515-What is Music?
Assignment Due:   Choose a piece of music that is compelling to you in some way.  Write a 60-80 word answer to each of the following questions.  

• Who do you imagine attends this performance and who does not?

• How do you imagine those who attend this performance go to the performance? (What rituals, clothing, gestures, attitudes, accompany them as the go and attend the performance).

• What do you imagine the audience tends to expect or anticipate will happen in the performance and how will they engage it?

• What do you imagine are the typical gestures and rituals of the performers and what do these communicate to the audience about what everyone is there for?

• Do any of the above questions seem relevant to determining the quality of the music itself?
In-Class: Guest Visit from Tom Zelle


Week 14
April 25:  Poetry, Philosophy, and the Art of Language
Readings:  Boersema  319-330.  Gadamer:  chapters 6 and 10.  
Assignment Due:  Write a 400-500 word summary of either Gadamer chapter 6 or chapter 10.  In the summary state what is the guiding philosophical question of the essay, the steps by which Gadamer consturcts his argument, and briefly note what the question/answer is relevant. Bring to class.
In-Class:  Discussion on the Art and Truth of Language

April 27:  One-on-One scheduled meetings for Final Project 


Week 15
May 2:  Symposium:  The Role of Art in Society
Readings:  Boersema Chapter 6
Assignment Due:  Read carefully the various approaches to the role of the arts in society.  Bring notes to class, or your notations in your textbook to refer to during the conversation.
In-Class: Discussion

May 4:  Symposium:  Your philosophy of art
Readings: None
Assignment Due:  Your essay
In-Class: Presentation of Essays and Discussions


Week 16
Final Exam


 

January 17:  Overview of the Course
Readings: None
Assignment Due:  None
In-Class: Introductions and and Syllabus Review

Thinking about Perception

January 19:  Learning to Perceive:  Science, Art and Space
Readings Due before Class: Merleau-Ponty, Chapter 1 & 2 (pages 37-56)
Assignment Due:  150 word typed summary of Chapter 2 and 200-250 word typed description of a Space.  This space should be meaningful to you in some way, and one that you have a rich memory of experience of.  Describe the space in such a way that your description demonstrates Merleau-Ponty’s claims on page 54-55.  If you have skills in drawing, instead of a 250 word description, you  may draw the space and provide a 50-75 word written piece explaining why you drew it the way you did.
In-Class: Discussion of Merleau-Ponty’s essays and student reflections.

Week 2
January 24: Learning to Perceive: Objects and Animals
Readings Due before Class: Merleau-Ponty, Chapter 3 & 4 (57-78)
Assignment Due:  100 word typed summary of chapter 3 and 200-250 word typed description of an Object or an animal.  This object/animal should be meaningful to you in some way, and one that you have a rich memory of experience of.  Describe the object in such a way that your description demonstrates Merleau-Ponty’s claims on page 63 (for an object) or on page 75-76(for an animal).  If you have skills in drawing, instead of a 250 word description, you  may draw the object/animal and provide a 50-75 word written piece explaining why you drew it the way you did.
In-Class: Discussion of Merleau-Ponty’s essays and student reflections.

January 26: Learning to Perceive: People and Art
Readings Due before ClassMerleau-Ponty, Chapter 5 & 6 (79-102)
Assignment Due:  50 word typed summary of chapter 6 and 200-250 word typed description of a person.  This person need note be meaningful to you but at least is one that you are paying attention to in a given moment.  Describe the person in such a way that your description demonstrates Merleau-Ponty’s claims about the phenomena of a person’s presence described in chapter 5.  If you have skills in drawing, instead of a 250 word description, you may draw the person and provide a 50-75 word written piece explaining why you drew it the way you did.
In-Class:


Thinking about Artworks

Week 3
January 31: The Nature of Art and the Problem of Definitions
TUESDAY CLASS CANCELED.  WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASS WITH SENIOR ART MAJORS IN WILSON HALL, 2nd FLOOR, at 6:30.

February 2: The Nature of Art and the Problem of Definitions
Readings: Boersema, Chapter 2  (25 – 59)
Assignment Due:  Topic Sentence outline of the essays by Morris Weitz (20 sentences + Thesis Statement) or Jerold Levinson (18 sentences + Thesis Statement). (Split class into 2)
In-Class: Analysis of the arguments and Addressing of questions on page 59.

NOTE:  Students must decide by the end of this weekend on the specific artwork they will do a comprehensive philosophical critique of over the next 5 weeks.


Week 4
February 7:  The Artwork
Readings: Boersema, Chapter 2  (25 – 59)
Assignment Due:  Examine the Questions at the End of the Chapter and be Prepared to Discuss
In-Class: Analysis of the arguments and Addressing of questions on page 59.

February 9: The Artwork 
Readings: Boersema, Chapter 3
Assignment Due:  
In-Class: Analysis of the arguments by Clive Bell.


Week 5
February 14: The Artist (Formalism)
Readings: Boersema, Chapter 3
Assignment Due:  
In-Class: Analysis of the arguments by Clive Bell and application to works of art.

February 16: The Artist(Representation)
Readings:  Boersema, Chapter 4 (esp.  95-107); Scruton’s “Photography and Representation”
Assignment Due: Topic sentence outline of the essay by Margolis (18+/- sentences + Thesis Statement.)
In-Class:  Analysis of Representation Theory of Art.


Week 6
February 21: The Artist (Expressionism)
Readings: Boersema Chapter 4
Assignment Due: Read the questions on page 92-93.  Jot down some notes on how you would answer #5 and one other question of your own choosing.
In-Class: Analysis of Expressionist Theory of Art.

February 23: The Audience
Readings: Boersema, Chapter 5 (esp.  129-153)
Assignment Due: Write a three paragraph summary of Wollheim’s essay:  Paragraph 1: What is criticism?  Paragraph 2:  What are the objections to “Criticism as retreival”? and Paragraph 3: What are Wollheim’s responses to the criticisms?
In-Class: Analysis of Aesthetic Experience.


Week 7
February 28: The Audience
Readings: Boersema, Chapter 5 (esp.  153-163)
Assignment Due: Read the questions on page 163.  Jot down some notes on how you would answer #5 and one other question of your own choosing.
In-Class: Summary and discussion.

ESSAY:  3515-midterm-paper

March 1:Examination

3515-Midterm Study Guide

3515-Boersma Slides


Week 8
March 6: Student Presentations on Artworks:  Artist, Audience, Artwork

March 8: Student Presentations on Artworks: Artist, Audience, Artwork

ESSAY DUE:  THURSDAY by 11:59pm

Please submit via e-mail.

PREVIOUS SYLLABUS

STUDY GUIDE:  3515 – Final Exam Prep s16

April 28:  Examination
Readings: Tuan Chapter 10; Gablik – Beyond the Disciplines
Assignment:  Bring a one full paragraph description of the paper topic and initials that you will be writing about for your final paper.  You should have decided if you will be writing on if you are writing about art in terms of understanding or perception.  
In-Class: Discussion of ideas and brainstorming papers.

May 3: Student Symposiums:  Question:  What is the Role of the Artist in Society?
Reading:  Watch all the videos on this web-page.

In-Class:  The theme of our symposium is “What is the Role of the Artist in Society?”  In light of this topic, and the video’s, each student should bring one single sentence question they want the class to discuss, and a one page (200-250 word) reflection on why discussing your question is important or what is behind you asking the question.

May 5:  Student Symposium: How does Art Contribute to Human Flourishing

In-Class:  Students present a 2 page (400-500 word) summaries of their paper including the topic, thesis and outline of your argument.

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January 12:  Overview of the Course
Readings: None
Assignment Due:  None
In-Class: Introductions and and Syllabus Review

January 14:  What is Perception and how is it Threatened?
Readings: Pallasmaa, “Image in Contemporary Culture” (hand-out); Merleu-Ponty “World of Perception and the World of Science” (page 37 in the ONLINE BOOK found here)
Assignment Due:  None
In-Class: Discussion of Readings

January 19:  Perception of Space
Readings:  Merleu-Ponty, Chapter 2 (page 47 in the ONLINE BOOK found here)
Assignment Due in Class:   150 word typed Summary of Chapter and 250 word typed Description of a Space.  This space should be meaningful to you in some way, and one that you have a rich memory of experience of.  Describe the space in such a way that your description demonstrates Merleau-Ponty’s claims on page 54-55.  If you have skills in drawing, instead of a 250 word description, you  may draw the space and provide a 100 word written piece explaining why you drew it the way you did.
In-Class: Discussion our Perception of Space and Comparison of Works of Art

January 21:  Perception of Objects
Readings: Merleu-Ponty, Chapter 3 (page 57 in the online book found here)
Assignment Due:  150 word typed Summary of Chapter and 250 word typed Description of an Object.  This object should be meaningful to you in some way, and one that you have a rich memory of experience of.  Describe the object in such a way that your description demonstrates Merleau-Ponty’s claims on page 63.  If you have skills in drawing, instead of a 250 word description, you  may draw the object and provide a 100 word written piece explaining why you drew it the way you did.
In-Class: Discussion our Perception of Objects and Comparison of Works of Art

January 26:  Perception of Animals and People

Readings: Merleu-Ponty, chapter 3 (page 57 in the online book found here)
Assignment Due:  150 word typed Summary of Chapter and 250 word typed Description of a Person.  This person need note be meaningful to you but at least is one that you are paying attention to.  Describe the person in such a way that your description demonstrates Merleau-Ponty’s claims about the phenomena of a person’s presence described in chapter 5.  If you have skills in drawing, instead of a 250 word description, you  may draw the person and provide a 100 word written piece explaining why you drew it the way you did.
In-Class: Discussion our Perception of Persons and Comparison of Works of Art

January 28:  Art and the World of Perception
Readings: Merleu-Ponty, Chapters 4 and 5 (page 91 in the online book found here)
Assignment Due:  150 word typed Summary of Chapter.
In-Class: Discussion the Chapter and Concluding Remarks

January 28:  Art and the World of Perception
Readings: Merleu-Ponty, Chapters 4 and 5 (page 91 in the online book found here)
Assignment Due:  150 word typed Summary of Chapter.
In-Class: Discussion the Chapter and Concluding Remarks

Philosophical Aesthetics

February 3: Introduction to Aesthetics and the Question “What is Art?”
Readings: Barrett, Chapter 1 “Artworlds and Definitions.”
Assignment Due:  Be prepared to discuss the chapter in class.
In-Class: Discussion of the Philosophy of Art proper, and its relation to

February 5: Realism and Representionalism 
Readings:Barrett, Chapter 2, “Realism”
Assignment Due:  Be prepared for the quiz, and discussion in class.
In-Class: QUIZ on Chapter 2: Vocabulary and Key Thinkers

February 10:  Realism and Art Criticism
Readings:Barrett, Chapter 2, “Realism”
Assignment Due:  A 250-300 word “realist’s” critique of a work of art of your choosing from the book.  The picture need not be in Chapter 1, but any image in the book.  Read through the various examples of critiques included in chapter 1 to get a sense of what is done. You can also consult this webpage for help in learning how to write about art.  In particular, check out the section on Ekphrasis which is often helpful in a realist critique.
In-Class:  Discussion of the critiques in Barrett and others.

February 12: Expressionism 
Readings:Barrett, Chapter 3, “Expressionism and Cognitivism”
Assignment Due:  Be prepared for the quiz, and discussion in class.
In-Class: QUIZ on Chapter 3: Vocabulary and Key Thinkers

February 17:  Cognitivism
Readings:Barrett, Chapter 3, “Cognitivism”
Assignment Due:  A 250-300 word “expressionist” or “cognitivist” critique of a work of art of your own choosing.
In-Class:  Discussion of the critiques in Barrett and others.

February 19:  NO CLASS

February 24: Formalism 
Readings:Barrett, Chapter 4, “Formalism”
Assignment Due:  Be prepared for the quiz, and discussion in class.
In-Class: QUIZ on Chapter 4: Vocabulary and Key Thinkers

February 26:  Formalism
Readings:Barrett, Chapter 4, “Formalism”
Assignment Due:  A 250-300 word “formalists” critique of a work of art. Of your choosing.
In-Class:  Discussion of the critiques in Barrett and others.  Preparation for debate.

March 3: Debate on the Value of Aesthetic Theories 
Readings: Review of Barrett Chapters
Assignment Due:  Bring prepared debate materials
In-Class: Debate

March 5:  MIDTERM EXAMINATION
Readings:Midterm Study Guide
Assignment Due:  None
In-Class:  MIDTERM EXAMINATION

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