Oral Listening
Art and Language
Wed. 2nd. Period Tim Hemington
Discussion, Listening, Presentation, Project, Research, 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 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.

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.

Attendance: 10%
Class Participation: 20%
Homework (Moodle) Assignments: 20%
Presentation 1: 15%
Presentation 2: 15%
Final Assignment: 20%


Orientation / Course Overview/ Introductions / Moodle Enrollment


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


Different Media for Expression


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


Subjectivity / What do you like and why?  Objectivity / What do you think is good and why?


A Selection of 20th and 21st Century Paintings


Presentation Development Workshop


Group Presentations: Keio Collection / Painting Room


A Selection of 20th and 21st Century Sculpture


Commissioning Public Sculpture


Japanese Art: A Search for Identity


SFC Sculpture Walk / Class Picnic


Presentation Development Workshop


Group Presentations: SFC Sculpture Collection


Good practice for real life situations.