Description of the Course: This course is an overview of the essential history and themes of women as artists, subjects. and patrons of art from Antiquity to the present day. While this is not entirely a new subject, the last twenty years have seen a growth in serious academic work, which, combined with the continuing popularity of the subjects with students has rendered these topics continually fresh and challenging. Whenever possible, emphasis will be placed on the most current work. A variety of artistic expressions and sources will be explored, including film, television, and popular culture as well as the more traditional fields of painting, drawing, sculpture, architecture, and crafts.
Obviously even a semester is not long enough to do all of these areas justice. Some of this coverage will devolve to the students, who will research an artist of their choice--in consultation with the professor--and present their research to the class. [It is hoped to have guest speakers from the area and perhaps from beyond.]
Goals for the Course Students will gain an overview of the activities of women in painting, sculpture, and architecture and the decorative arts from the Medieval period to the contemporary period. At the end of the course they will be able to discourse on topics such as:
- The discovery and rediscoveries of the topic of women in art
- Significant women artists throughout history
- The special challenges faced by women in each historical period
- The artist and her changing identity
- Changing aspects of the portrayal of women and men
- Other topics that we will come across
Recommended Background: The introductory Art History survey or the equivalent. Texts:
- Required Text: Whitney Chadwick. Women, Art and Society. 3rd edition, 2002.
- Articles: There will be a reader of the articles required for the course.
- Online Sources: Mary Ann Sullivan of Bluffton University has set up a Web site keyed to our text: (http://www.bluffton.edu/womenartists/contents.html). There are also links to her very detailed syllabus.
- Suggested Films: Hearts and Hands (quilting); Camille Claudel; Frida; Slaves of New York; New York Stories; others. An evening showing of such films is planned.
Index of the History of Women Artists Course Site
Course Requirements Schedule Slide Lists: [To be posted] On the Quizzes The Midterm
The Paper General Bibliography On the Final Women Artists in History A Web Site
Course Requirements in Brief:
Course Requirements. There will be four quizzes, two papers, and a final. The first paper will be 4-6 pages long; the second 6-8. Each will be devoted to a different woman artist and the second one will presented in class in a festive atmosphere.Grade Distribution Participation-----10% Quizzes-----------10% Papers-------------60%(both) Final--------------20%
Attendance, Absences, and so on. Students are expected to attend class faithfully and to complete the required work on time. There will be penalties for late work. Students are allowed three (3) absences for any reason. From the fourth absence the final grade will be lowered 3 points for each absence. There are no excused absences, except according to University regulations. There are no make-up exams.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE NO-MAKE-UP POLICY These are defined by the University:
Please note that "documentation" refers to a letter on official stationary from the doctor or supervisor involved.
- Illness (documented)
- Death or severe illness in the family (documented)
- Required participation in a UK sport or similar activity (documented)
- Required military service (documented)
Disability Assistance The University promotes equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accomodations in this course, please notify me and make an appointment immediately with the Disability Resource Center. Please note that I will need a letter from the Disability Resource Center in order to accomodate your situation. Students with disabilities complete the same work as everyone else in the class.
Academic Honesty Students are assumed to be familiar with the University's policies on Academic Honesty. The instructor reserves the right to fail a student in the class for cheating, plagiarism, and other such dishonest activities.
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Illustrations: (Top right) Artemisia Gentileschi. Self-Portrait. (Bottom left) Bar*ie as Marilyn.