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ARTH 274
Chinese Calligraphy: Theory and Practice Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed ARTH 274 / ARTS 274 / ASST 274

Class Details

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 an Art History, a Studio Art, or Asian Studies course.
The Class: Format: lecture; studio instruction
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3290
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
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
Prerequisites: none
Unit Notes: this course can count toward the Art History or Studio major
Materials/Lab Fee: TBD lab fee charged to term bill
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 274 Division I ARTS 274 Division I ASST 274 Division I
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
GBST East Asian Studies Electives

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