Addresses fundamental aesthetic theory and practice questions resulting from viewing art as a powerful communicator of social and cultural values. Values, rights, and responsibilities of the contemporary visual environment.
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Expanded Course Description
This course will address fundamental, theoretical, and practical questions that result from a view of art as a powerful social and cultural force. Participants, by addressing these questions, will examine their and others' aesthetic values as a means of understanding art and advancing multicultural and cross-cultural understanding. Emphasis will be placed upon individual interpretation and experience in local, national and international settings.
It is anticipated that participants in this course will:
1. Consider the arts within cultural, historical, and philosophical contexts.
2. Examine political, geographical, and economic influences that shape the ways that we perceive and define the arts.
3. Investigate the influence of the arts on shaping human values, and of human values in shaping the context, form, and practice of the various arts forms.
4. Examine definitions of art and aesthetics in order to understand the historical and social underpinnings of the relative value placed on various forms of art making.
In each section, students have opportunities to participate in aesthetic critique as well as in arts creation. Students are encouraged to bring their own perspective and experience to the examination of different art forms. Classes place a high value on participation, as individuals and within groups.