Valerie S. Grash

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.

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-None.

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Valerie S. Grash, Medieval Art, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course is a thorough examination of the art and architecture created during the European Middle Ages. This period begins with the emergence and legalization of Christianity in the Roman Empire and concludes with the arrival of the bubonic plague. Particular attention will be paid to the evolution of Christian imagery as related to theology and society, as well as the structural, functional, and aesthetic developments that occurred in architecture. Art created by migratory tribes and Islamic peoples will also be examined.

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None.

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Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 2, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating survey of the major accomplishments in Western art (painting, sculpture, and architecture) from the Renaissance through the modern era. Contextual issues concerning the creation of art, including religious, political, economic, and social conditions that existed in specific societies at specific moments in time will be addressed through slide lectures.

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-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.

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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.

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Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2015

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.

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none

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Valerie S. Grash, History of Western Art 2, Spring 2015

Course Description:

This course is a penetrating survey of the major accomplishments in Western art (painting, sculpture, and architecture) from the Renaissance through the modern era. Contextual issues concerning the creation of art, including religious, political, economic, and social conditions that existed in specific societies at specific moments in time will be addressed through slide lectures.

Required Texts:

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

Valerie S. Grash, Introduction to Modern Art, Spring 2015

Course Description:

In this course we will examine a variety of modern art movements, roughly grouped chronologically, focusing on specific masterworks as examples that best illustrate the intent and reception of modern art. The complex relationship between various nineteenth and twentieth century art movements and the societal conditions that affected the creation and meaning of this art will also be examined through readings, classroom discussion and visual/contextual analysis.

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None.

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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, History of Western Art 1, Fall 2014

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

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