Listening
Art and Language
Thu. 2nd. Period Tim Hemington
Keywords:
Culture, Discussion, Presentation, Speaking, Vocabulary

Students focus on the relationship of art to society, politics, culture and history. We also examine the relationship of art, especially sculpture, to our immediate physical environment, which includes architecture, landscape and urban planning. Supported by survey lectures on Twentieth Century art and through workshops, students study concepts related to curating and commissioning such as site specificity and the role of public sculpture. Students use this knowledge to present projects about Art & Context during the semester. Students develop the following English language skills: listening and note taking, reading, writing, seminar participation, debate and presentation. Students who intend to major in Art History, Architecture, Modern History, Philosophy, Design, Media, Urban Planning and Entrepreneurship etc. will especially benefit from this course. It is best suited to students who are comfortable taking instruction and participating in class in English.

Students pass the course when they successfully complete all assigned course work. Attendance, classroom participation, completed assignments, and group presentations all contribute to the calculation of the final grade. Students are reminded to pay particular attention to university attendance regulations. PLEASE NOTE. Class Interaction via Moodle use is a mandatory course requirement and will be assessed in relation to the final grade. Plagiarism is unacceptable.


This course will focus on helping students to develop listening skills, analytical and descriptive skills, presentation techniques, and organizational skills for formal, media-supported academic and professional purposes.

Other objectives include:

  • Developing specific vocabulary related to art discourse.
  • Producing professional proposals.
  • Developing and practicing planning and using oral skills for presenting to and interacting with audiences.
  • Interacting effectively in small groups to complete assignments.

Students will be expected to: -

  • Complete short Descriptive Exercises to improve analytical vocabulary.
  • Develop one Curatorial or Commissioning Proposal on an approved topic.
  • Contribute to the Public Art Photographic Portfolio.
  • Contribute to class discussions

Keio Art Collection: Curatorial or Public Art Group Assignment
Students will choose a group of artists/works and present a proposal for a hypothetical exhibition or Public Art commission designed for exhibition or installation at Keio SFC.


Attendance: 10%
Class Participation: 20%
Homework "Moodle" Assignments: 20%
Group Presentation 1: 15%
Group Presentation 2: 15%
Individual Presentation: 20%


1

Orientation / Course Overview / Introductions / Moodle Enrollment

2

Timelines / What is Art? / The Relationship between Word and Image

3

Different Media for Expression

4

Functionality and Deconstruction / What do the arts contribute to the society?

5

Subjectivity / What do you like and why?

Objectivity / What do you think is good and why?

6

A Selection of 20th and 21st Century Paintings

7

Presentation Development Workshop

8

Group Presentations: Keio Collection / Painting Room

9

A Selection of 20th and 21st Century Sculpture

10

Comissioning Public Sculpture

11

Japanese Art: A Search for Identity

12

SFC Sculpture Walk / Class Picnic

13

Presentation Development Workshop

14

Group Presentations: SFC Sculpture Collection

15