Hong_Syllabus_Intro to E Asian Art_McGill Fall 2016_final.pdf

Hong_Syllabus_Intro to E Asian Art_McGill Fall 2016_final.pdf

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1 ARTH 215/ EAST 215 Introduction to East Asian Art Wednesday/ Friday 1:05 PM – 2:25 PM Note two classrooms: Wednesday: Arts W-215 *Friday: STBIO N2/2 Professor Jeehee HONG (Arts W-245) Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-5pm, or by appointment [email protected] 514.398.1211 Teaching Assistant: Danijela Zutic [email protected] C OURSE D ESCRIPTION : This course provides a historical overview of East Asian art and visual cultures from early dynastic times (ca. 5 th century BCE) to the 21st century. Focusing on shared cultural foundations, we will mainly discuss China, Korea, and Japan. The course will be structured around several important themes such as funerary, Buddhist, landscape, and literati arts, each of which will be dealt with in chronological order, generally following the order of China, Korea, and Japan. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to think about both the overarching characteristics and more particularly local and temporal variations in East Asian art. L EARNING O UTCOMES : In this class, students will: Understand the course material within rich historical, social, religious, and political contexts. Learn the significance of artistic styles, forms, mediums, and materials we are studying. Develop eyes for observing images and analyze them in visually sensitive manners. Develop analytical tools and critical thinking about writings on visual arts. R ESOURCES : There is no single textbook for this course. But those who want to read basic art historical narratives of the three cultures, refer to the following [all on reserve at the library]: Michael Sullivan, The Arts of China (Fifth edition) (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2009) Jane Portal, Korea: Art and Archaeology (London: British Museum, 2000) Penelope Mason, History of Japanese Art (New York: Abrams, 1993) MAKE THE MOST OF THE MyCourse W EBSITE:
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2 Important announcements, course readings, study guides, and other resources will be posted on the course website. It is critical that you consult the course web site regularly for announcements and updates. R EADINGS : All course readings will be provided as downloadable pdf files located on the course website. V ISUAL R ESOURCES : For review purposes, PowerPoint presentations of the most important images discussed in each lecture will be posted on the course website. *Review these images after each class and familiarize yourself with them; Observe their visual features carefully and use them for identifying their makers (if known), titles, and dates; Try to think about historical and artistic significances of the images by incorporating your observations with your notes from the lectures and readings. A LONG WITH YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF READINGS AND LECTURES , THIS IMAGE - REVIEWING PROCESS WILL BE ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR SUCCESS IN THIS COURSE .
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