By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:
- Decode the visual motifs found in art, sculpture and architecture
- Examine art in connection with the history of the artist
- Interpret a work of art from the artist’s perspective and from the audience’s point of view
Your online learning will include the following methods:
- Reading academic and non-academic articles
- Participation in written discussions with other students
- Participation in discussion in videoconference seminars
For Liberal Arts for 55+ Certificate students: you will write a reflective essay.
Week 1: Decoding the ancient world
We explore the Greek Acropolis and medieval cathedrals.
Week 2: Decoding the Renaissance
We examine art collected by the famed Medici family of Florence, Italy, in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Week 3: Decoding enlightenment and impressionism
We look into artists caught up in political intrigue such as Goya and Jacques-Louis David, moving onto the disruptions caused by Manet, Monet and Renoir.
Week 4: Decoding modern art
Picasso and his cohort, plus Marcel Duchamp, are explored to approach an understanding of art that broke the final boundary.
Books, materials and resources
You will access course resources using SFU’s online course management system, Canvas.