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Humanities (ACP) 901
TIME FRAME: one semester
MAP LEVEL: 4
01.3 THE ARTS - THEATRE
01.3 THE ARTS - THEATRE
01.4 THE ARTS - VISUAL ART
01.2 THE ARTS - MUSIC
23.2 LANGUAGE ARTS - EXPLORE AND RESPOND TO LITER
What are the cultural forces that affected the development of the creative arts?
What are the ideas and events that have influenced individual expression and world cultures?
What are the interrelationships of the arts and the stylistic periods that fostered important works?
Humanities is open to sophomore, junior and senior students as an English elective, an arts requirement for graduation, or as one of three history courses required for graduation. The course is an exploration of the creative arts and the cultural forces that affect their development.
Instruction focuses upon such media as painting, sculpture, music, theatre, film, dance, literature, and architecture. Students study ideas and events that have influenced individual expression and world cultures. Emphasis is placed upon the interrelationship of the arts and the stylistic periods that fostered important works. Historic styles studied include those of the ancient world, the pre modern world, the emerging modern world, and the twentieth century.
Course topics include the major philosophies of art, approaches to art analysis and interpretation, and processes involved in various media. Student activities include interdisciplinary readings, independent research, creative projects and exercises, studies of major works, audio visual experiences, field trips, guest lecturers and guest artists. A feature of the course is an on site study of the Roseland Cottage National Historic Site in Woodstock.
Students in Humanities will display the ability to:
-- Understand the philosophical nature of aesthetics and the meaning of art in life,
-- Differentiate between a variety of media, techniques, and processes,
-- Judge the effectiveness of different ways of using visual characteristics in conveying ideas,
-- Identify specific works of art and music as belonging to particular styles, cultures, times, and places,
-- Create artwork that demonstrates an understanding of how history or culture can influence art forms,
-- Know and compare the characteristics and purposes of works of art and music representing various cultures, historical periods and artists,
-- Analyze and interpret artworks in terms of form, cultural and historical context, and purpose,
-- Analyze common characteristics of visual arts evident across time and among cultural/ethnic groups to formulate analyses, evaluations and interpretations of meaning,
-- Describe the visual characteristics of works of art and personal response using visual art, dramatic art, and/or musical terminology,
-- Defend personal interpretations using reasoned argument and applying aesthetic criteria,
-- Identify connections between the arts and other disciplines in the curriculum,
-- Compare the process of creation used in various art forms,
-- Apply arts knowledge and skills to solve problems relevant to a variety of careers and life roles.
All Students will:
-- View artwork and listen to music from various styles, cultures, times, and places,
-- Study the characteristics and purposes of works of art and music representing various cultures, historical periods and artists,
-- Complete a research project on a cathedral,
-- Write a compare and contrasts paper on modern and classic art,
-- Write a persuasive paper about how a piece of art can be associated with a certain artist,
-- Give an oral presentation that utilizes visual aids,
-- View an assortment of films, travelogues, and biographies to augment cultural experiences,
-- Receive instruction on the development of Western art, architecture and music from Greeks to post Modern (including some philosophy and theatre),
-- Create a travel guide for a European city,
-- Participate in various hands-on art projects which reflect the artistic movements and styles covered in the curriculum,
-- Learn an assortment of cultural literacy terms.
Assessment in Humanities will include such activities as student viewing and participation in arts experiences followed by oral and written critical evaluation, guided journal responses, student presentations, student creation of works of art, independent and group projects, studio workshop projects, and written quizzes and examinations.
A field trip to The Pink House, and a tour of the Academy neighborhood will be integrated into the curriculum as time (and weather) allows.
A field trip to a museum, such as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, or the guggenheim Musseum in New York, may be integrated into the curriculum as time allows.
Girl with Pearl Earring (Tracey Chevalier)
The Annotated Mona Lisa (Carol Strickland and John Boswell)
Girl with Pearl Earrings (film)
Rick Stethes' travelogues
Restriction of Van Gogh's The Night Watch (video)