Currencies 1: Contemporary Focus on Historical Themes in Art

Course code AART3140Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

Artists and art historians draw on a wide range of material and issues to interpret works of art and to draw inspiration for developing work in the studio. This course will focus on a different geographical location each time it is presented and will investigate works of art under this theme across a wide range of cultures, historical periods and media, though always with a reflection back to opportunities and issues within contemporary practice.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical precedents of current themes and debates in contemporary art and be able to meaningfully engage in current debates and discourse.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of cross-cultural and trans-historical themes in artistic practice.
3. Be able to analyse and interpret historical and contemporary works of art from both western and non-western traditions in a thematic and reflexive framework rather than relying on chronological historiography alone.
4. Be able to apply knowledge of historical works of art to contemporary practice, including their own studio work.
5. Understand commonalities and differences in a range of historical and cultural aesthetic practices.
ContentAART3149 Currencies 1: Contemporary Focus on Historical Themes in Art aims to place contemporary artistic studio practice in its historical contexts. One of its key learning objectives is to "Be able to apply knowledge of historical works of art to contemporary practice, including their own studio work." The proposed activity will take students in AART3140 to the great centres of modern and contemporary art. The two key elements of the trips are:
• Visits to art museums, galleries and significant collections of modern and contemporary art
• Visits to the studios of practicing contemporary artists to discuss their studio practice
The assessment items will consist of a reflective journal, a written work and a creative work based on this trip.
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSome previous knowledge of art history/theory would be helpful.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAnalysis of theme in the historical context
JournalResearch development record
Other: (please specify)Creative Work: Analysis of themes in the 21st century context.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for AART3140