ARTS 274 Fall 2014 Chinese Calligraphy: Theory and Practice

Cross Listed as ASST274, ARTH274
Beginning in the fourth century, Chinese calligraphy has remained one of the highest art forms in China and in East Asia generally, practiced by the literati, or highly erudite scholars. This course has two components: art history and studio practice. The first offers students an opportunity to acquire an understanding of theoretical and aesthetic principles of Chinese calligraphy. It also examines the religious, social, and political functions of Chinese calligraphy in ancient and contemporary China. Students will also have an opportunity to investigate contemporary artists, both Eastern and Western, whose works are either inspired or influenced by Chinese calligraphy, and those whose works are akin to Chinese calligraphy in their abstraction. Studio practice allows students to apply theories to creating beautiful writing, or calligraphy (from Greek kallos "beauty" + graphe "writing"). This course can be taken as either an Art History or a Studio Art course.
Class Format: lecture/studio instruction
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly assignments, a midterm, one short paper, oral presentations, participation in class discussion, a final project (artistic or scholarly), class attendance, film screening
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Prerequisites: none
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Department Notes: this course can count toward the Art History or Studio major
Material and Lab Fees: lab fee TBD will be added to the student's term bill
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ARTH pre-1400 Courses,ARTH pre-1800 Courses,ARTH Middle East, Asia and Africa Courses,ASST Interdepartmental Electives, INST East Asian Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 12
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Class Number: 1065
ARTS 274 - 01 (F) LEC Chinese Calligraphy Division 1: Languages and the Arts Ju-Yu Scarlett Jang
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Lawrence 002 1065
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