Fine Arts

Valerie S. Grash, 19th Century American Painting, Spring 2013

Course Description:

This course examines the major movements, artists, and cultural issues in the development of 19th-century American painting. Chronologically or thematically, this course addresses portraiture, landscape, still-life, genre, and history painting up to the 1913 Armory Show.

Required Texts:

-David Bjelajac, American Art: A Cultural History, 2nd edition (ISBN 978-0131455801) Pearson, 2004.

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Valerie S. Grash, 19th Century American Painting, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course examines the major movements, artists, and cultural issues in the development of 19th-century American painting. Chronologically or thematically, this course addresses portraiture, landscape, still-life, genre, and history painting up to the 1913 Armory Show.

Required Texts:

-None.

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Valerie S. Grash, 20th Century Architecture, Spring 2011

Course Description:

This course closely examines the development of architectural styles and building technologies from the late 19th century to present day. This will be accomplished by thoroughly investigating (through assigned readings, classroom discussion, and visual analysis) individual architects and their significant structures, as well as the relationship between the built-environment and societal conditions.

Required Texts:

-William Curtis, Modern Architecture Since 1900 Third Edition (Phaidon Press, 1996) ISBN 978-0714833569

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Valerie S. Grash, 20th Century Architecture, Spring 2015

Course Description:

This course closely examines the development of architectural styles and building technologies from the late 19th century to present day. This will be accomplished by thoroughly investigating (through assigned readings, classroom discussion, and visual analysis) individual architects and their significant structures, as well as the relationship between the built-environment and societal conditions.

Required Texts:

-William Curtis, Modern Architecture Since 1900 Third Edition (Phaidon Press, 1996) ISBN 978-0714833569

Valerie S. Grash, Ancient Art , Fall 2012

Course Description:

This course examines in full or in part the artistic and cultural traditions of the ancient world, including the ancient Near East, Egypt, the Aegean, Greece, and Rome. Religious, literary, and political documents are analyzed to better understand the form and function of ancient sculpture, painting and architecture.

Required Texts:

There is no required textbook for this course. Rather, we will depend on a collection of original source material and scholarly writings posted on the course web site.

Syllabus: 
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Valerie S. Grash, Ancient Art, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course examines the artistic and cultural traditions of the ancient world, including the ancient Near East, Egypt, the Aegean, Greece, and Rome. Religious, literary, and political documents are analyzed to better understand the form and function of ancient sculpture, painting and architecture.

Required Texts:

none

Syllabus: 
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Valerie S. Grash, Baroque Art, Fall 2014

Course Description:

The Protestant Reformation brought about not only a strong Catholic Counter-Reformation, but also entirely new economic and social conditions under which art and architecture thrived in 17th- and 18th-century Italy, Spain, Flanders, Holland, France, and England. In this course, students will closely examine how societal conditions affected the creation, type, subject matter, and meaning of this art through readings, classroom discussion, and visual/contextual analysis.

Required Texts:

None.

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Valerie S. Grash, Frank Lloyd Wright, Fall 2015

Course Description:

An intensive study on arguably the most important architect of the 20th century, this course seeks to examine the personal and professional life of Wright. Key works and periods of his career will be focused on, supplemented with analysis of his own writings, in order to come to an understanding of this man's significance to modern architecture. Of particular interest are the structures and projects Wright undertook in the Pittsburgh region, including the world-famous Kaufmann house, Fallingwater.

Required Texts:

none

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Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2012

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating survey of the major accomplishments in Western art (painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts) from prehistory to the 14th century. Religious and philosophical beliefs, historical events, geological and astronomical phenomenon, and other areas of human inquiry will be addressed in order to better understand the context in which ancient and medieval art was created.

Required Texts:

Recommended Textbook:
Fred S. Kleiner, Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Concise History of Western Art (2010) ISBN-13: 978-1424069989

Syllabus: 

Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2013

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating survey of the major accomplishments in Western art (painting, sculpture, architecture, and the minor arts) from prehistory to the 14th century. Religious and philosophical beliefs, historical events, geological and astronomical phenomenon, and other areas of human inquiry will be addressed in order to better understand the context in which ancient and medieval art was created.

Required Texts:

Fred Kleiner, Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Concise History of Western Art, Second Edition
(2010) ISBN-13: 978-1424069989

Syllabus: 

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