(To be used to propose new courses or make changes to existing courses)
New Course: ARTH 212 African American Art
CAS 2003-2004 Item #22
Attach the following: 1. A brief course description;
A sample syllabus which includes:
student learning objectives and how they will be assessed;
an outline of topics to be addressed in the course;
assignments for readings, papers, oral projects, examinations, etc. and their relationship to 2.a.
Rationale for the course, including how it fits with the existing curriculum; prerequisites (if any) and rationale; and course level and rational.
List of resources needed for the course: library, laboratory equipment, other special materials or facilities; and
A brief description of the evaluation procedures that will be used to determine the extent to which student outcomes (given in 2.a) have been achieved. Indicate ways in which results of the evaluation will be used not only to grade students but also to modify how the course is taught.
Initiator (Contact Person): Drs. M. DeMichele; J. Dunn; D. Miller-Lanning
Department(s): Art and Music Program, History Department
Suggested Course Number / Prefix: ARTH 212
Course Title (for Catalog): African American Art
Credit Hours: 3
Catalog Copy/Course Description: (50 word limit)
This course considers African Americans in the visual arts, including varied ways of thinking and writing about African American art and culture. African American Art topics include Slavery and Emancipation; the Harlem Renaissance; the Civil Rights Movement; African American Women Artists; and Collecting African American Art.
Frequency of Offering: Every Year _________ Every Other Year X
Anticipated Initial Offering: Year 2004 Semester Spring
Will this course replace an existing course (or courses?) __________ Yes X No
If so, list course(s) to be replaced: N/A
Purpose of Course (Check all that apply)
Major Requirement ________ Major Elective _____________
Cognate ________ Other Elective X
Other (specify) Art History Minor
General Education ________
(Must be reviewed by Conference Committee on Curriculum)
Explain how the proposed course will fulfill the indicated requirements
Writing is integral to the discipline of art history. Normal course writing projects, including gallery reviews and reflection papers, allow students to demonstrate comprehension of important concepts and/or data relating to the topic of African American Art. Six combined writing assignments (20 pages @ 200 words/page) meet the 4,000 word minimum necessary to satisfy writing intensive requirements. In order to satisfy cultural diversity requirements, students will consider African American cultures and subcultures in the United States through a variety of readings, and through discussions of ethnicity, race and gender perspectives.
Is this Course an Interdisciplinary Course? ______________Yes X No
Colleges Cooperating in Offering Course:
College of Arts and Sciences: X
Panuska College of Professional Studies: __________
Kania School of Management __________
Graduate School __________
Other, similar courses currently in the University’s course inventory: N/A
Discuss extent of overlap with existing courses: N/A
ARTH 212: AFRICAN AMERICAN ART
HYLAND 407; T/R 1:00-2:15
DARLENE MILLER-LANNING, PH.D
ART AND MUSIC PROGRAM
This course presents selected topics on African Americans in the visual arts, including the history of African American’s achievements and struggles in the visual arts, and varied ways of thinking and writing about African Americans, art and culture. Topics will include but are not limited to: African American Folk Art and Slavery; African American Art After Emancipation; African American Art and the Harlem Renaissance; African American Art and the Civil Rights Movement; African American Women Artists; and collecting African American Art. This course will utilize the Blackboard system for class research links, email communications, discussions and paper submissions.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Students enrolled in “African American Art” will complete the following goals and objectives:
Goal I: In order to gain a broader understanding of intellectual-cultural activities and products of past and present societies, including diverse cultures and subcultures in the United States and throughout the world, all students will:
Objective 1: Identify and analyze key artists, movements and ideas in the history of African American art.
Objective 2: Discuss ethnicity, race, class and/or gender perspectives related to the topics covered in the course
Objective 3: Demonstrate through language and art a knowledge of cultures different from their own.
Goal II: In order to gain factual knowledge and, in turn, demonstrate the skills and methodologies of art history, all students will:
Objective 1: Examine primary historical and literary texts integral to the study of African American art history.
Objective 2: Participate in themed group discussions considering the form and content of particular works of art, and apply skills of visual analysis to discover their structure and meaning.
Objective 3: Evaluate, through oral and written processes of analysis and interpretation, the social, historical, literary, philosophical and aesthetic features of works of art.
Goal III: In order to demonstrate their knowledge of a particular subject matter, as well as deepen their understanding of both the subject and discipline as a whole, students will :
Objective 1: Write a minimum of 4,000 words in a variety of phased assignments which reflect the genres, techniques, processes and conventions used by professionals in the discipline of African American art history.
Objective 2: Demonstrate through writing comprehension of important concepts and/or data relating to the discipline of African American art history.
Objective 3: Analyze and synthesize through writing important concepts and/or data relating to the discipline of African American art history.
TEXT AND READINGS
Class lectures, discussions and exams for “African American Art” will be based on a primary text and several assigned readings. The primary text is Samella Lewis, African American Art and Artists, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003, available at the University of Scranton Bookstore. In addition, eight readings, listed below, will be taken from a variety of art journals. These are on reserve at the Weinberg Memorial Library. Internet links for relevant artists and museums will also be posted on Blackboard.
Reading Discussion I
1. Boime, A. “Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Subversion of Genre.” The Art Bulletin v.75 (September 1993). 415-42.
2. Buick, K.P. “The Ideal Works of Edmonia Lewis: Invoking and Inverting Autobiography. American Art v.9 (Summer 1995) p. 4-19.
Reading Discussion II
1. Schwabsky, B. “Black Exodus. Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series.” Art in America v. 84 (March 1996) p. 88-93.
2. Sims, L.S. “Elizabeth Catlett: A Life in Art and Politics.” American Visions v. 13 no. 2 (April/May 1998) p. 20-5.
2. Ringgold, F. “Those Cookin’ Up Ideas For Freedom Take Heed: Only A Watched Pot Boils.” Art Journal v. 50 (Fall 1991) p. 84-6.
Reading Discussion IV
1. “Twenty-Five Who Made a Difference.” International Review of African American Art v. 18 no. 1 (2001) p. 2-64.
2. Marshall, C. “Jean-Michel Basquiat: Outsider Superstar.” International Review of African American Art v. 16 no. 4 (1999) p. 32-6.
Students enrolled in “African American Art” will be graded on attendance and participation (4%); two examinations (2 at 15% for 30%); three art critiques/projects (3 at 15% for 45%); and three reflection papers (3 at 7% for 21%). All requirements are interrelated, and all carry substantial weight in the calculation of the final class grade. No requirement should be neglected! All requirements must be completed during scheduled times. Late assignments will be dropped a letter grade per day. Requirements are described in detail below.
Classes conducted as part of this course will follow slide lecture and discussion formats. Given the media dependent nature of class lectures and the interactive dimension of class discussions, absences are not encouraged. Failure to attend class will adversely affect your grade.
Exams for “African American Art” include slide identifications and slide comparisons, and are timed.
Students enrolled in “African American Art” will complete critiques/projects for the following events:
1. “Successions: African American Prints from the Steele Collection”
Art Gallery Lecture and Opening Reception: Sunday,.February 8, 2004
Lecture by David Driskell, University of Maryland, at 1 p.m. in Brennan 508
Reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Hope Horn Gallery / Hyland 407.
2. Harlem Studio Center
Art and Music Bus Trip to New York: Saturday, April 17, 2003.
Leave Scranton from St. Thomas Circle at 8 a.m.; Leave New York from Studio Center at 3 p.m.
In-Class Film Screening: Tuesday/Thursday May 11/13, 2004
Directed by Julian Schnabel, 1996
Since critiques will be based on both theory and practice, students are encouraged to review art events in a way that is both critically sound and personally significant: a good critique will use visual and historical evidence to support individualized interpretations of works, events, or lectures being reviewed. While all critiques will be unique, each should contain an introduction completely identifying the sites/events you are reviewing; an analysis outlining the relationship of major concepts and ideas embodied by these sites/events; and an evaluation of how and why these relationships exist. Completed critiques should be approximately five pages in length. Any referenced materials (texts, films, internet et cetera) must be properly acknowledged.
Students enrolled in “African American Art” will complete three short two-page reflections papers relating the form and content of three artworks to the historical and biographical circumstances of their producers. These papers will be posted on the course Blackboard site and read by all students prior to discussion days
listed on the syllabus. They will then provide the starting point for group conversations which may take place in class, or, if possible, at other relevant nearby locations.
ACADEMIC CODE OF HONESTY
Students are expected to act in accordance with the Academic Code of Honesty of the University of Scranton. If you are unfamiliar with this policy, contact your instructor or the CAS Dean's Office to obtain the policy brochure.
Students enrolled in more than one art history course are asked to meet with all art history instructors regarding duplicate assignments (all art history classes require museum and gallery reviews, et cetera). Individual assignments can not be submitted for credit in more than one class!
The following grade scale is used by the Art and Music Program:
A (93-100); A- (90-92); B+ (88-89); B (83-87); B- (80-82); C+ (78-79);
C (70-77); C- (70-72); D+ (68-69); D (60-67); F (below 60).
CONTACTING THE INSTRUCTOR
Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D
St. Thomas 208B/University Art Gallery (570) 941-4214
Rosemarie Pryle, Secretary
St. Thomas 261/History Department Office (570) 941-7625
CLASS SCHEDULE Date Classwork Topic
R 01/29 Introduction: Syllabus
T 02/03 Historical Overview: African American Art and Culture
R 02/05 Gallery Discussion: “Successions” Exhibition
T 02/10 1. Cultural Deprivation and Slavery All Sections
R 02/12 2. Emancipation and Cultural Dilemma All Sections
T 02/17 Reading Discussion I: Henry Ossawa Tanner/Edmonia Lewis
R` 02/19 3. New Americanism and Ethnic Identity Harlem Movement Section
T 02/24 3. New Americanism and Ethnic Identity Individualist Section
T 03/02 Reading Discussion II: Jacob Lawrence/Elizabeth Catlett
R 03/04 Reflection Discussion I: Reflection Paper I
T 03/09 Review I Chapters 1-4
R 03/11 Test I Chapters 1-4
T 03/16 Spring Break None
R 03/18 Spring Break None
T 03/23 5. Political and Cultural Awareness: Painting/Flag Sections
R 03/25 5. Political and Cultural Awareness: Reality/Symbolism Sections
T 03/30 5. Political and Cultural Awareness: Mixed Media/Sculpture Sections
R 04/01 Reading Discussion III: David Driskell/Faith Ringgold
T 04/06 Reflection Discussion II: Reflection Paper II
R 04/08 5. Political and Cultural Awareness: Drawing/Graphics Sections
T 04/13 5. Political and Cultural Awareness: Craft/Performance Sections
R 04/15 Trip Discussion: Harlem Studio Center
T 04/20 6. Into the New Millenium All Sections
R 04/22 Reading Discussion IV: Bettye Saar/Jean Michel Basquiat
T 04/27 Reflection Discussion III: Reflection Paper III
R 04/29 TBA TBA
T 05/04 Review II Chapters 5-6
R 05/06 Test II Chapters 5-6
T 05/11 Film: “Basquiat”
R 05/13 Film: “Basquiat”
COURSE APPROVAL ATTACHMENTS
ARTH 212: AFRICAN AMERICAN ART
This course presents selected topics on African Americans in the visual arts, including the history of African American’s achievements and struggles in the visual arts, and varied ways of thinking and writing about African Americans, art and culture. Topics will include but are not limited to: African American Folk Art and Slavery; African American Art After Emancipation; African American Art and the Harlem Renaissance; African American Art and the Civil Rights Movement; African American Women Artists; and Collecting African American Art. This course will utilize the Blackboard system for class research links, email communications, discussions and paper submissions.
RATIONALE FOR COURSE
ARTH 212: African American Art provides an introduction to African American Art. It is suitable for students of any grade level with a general interest in the subject, as well as those pursuing an art history minor. Using lectures, discussions, gallery and museum trips, and writing assignments, students will become familiar with issues related to African American art; in order to contextualize these issues, they will also gain a broader background in American art in general.
Current library and internet resources are sufficient for this course.
Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, documented, in part, through attendance at assigned art events and use of the Blackboard system; midterm and final examinations; and six writing assignments (approximately 20 pages at 200 words each for a 4000 word writing intensive minimum). Based on the results of these evaluation procedures, the use of Blackboard research/discussion facilities and the scope of writing assignments, in particular, may be adjusted and/or further developed.
Course Approval Form
Date Submitted to Department: October 2, 2003
Date of Department Decision: October 2, 2003.
Departmental Recommendation: X Approval _______________ Deny Approval
Provide Rationale for Recommendation:
ARTH 212: African American Art will meet stated requirements for Writing Intensive courses based on a 4,000 word writing intensive minimum It will meet Cultural Diversity requirements through discussions of culture and subcultures within the United States, as well as ethnicity, race class and/or gender perspectives.
College Action: (Note if course is being offered jointly by more than one college, it must be approved by all deans who are jointly responsible)
Date Posted on Curriculum Bulletin Board ______________
Recommendation: ___________ Approval _________ Deny Approval
Dean’s Signature: ______________________________ Date:_______________
General Education Review (If necessary)
Date Discussed by Conference Committee on Curriculum ______________________
Recommendation: ______Approval for General Education (Check all that apply)
Writing Intensive _______ Cultural Diversity _________