VCUarts Qatar’s Art History program is offering three elective courses for Qatar Foundation partner university students. The courses will take place from January to April 2022. The courses will deal with the arts of China; how art materials and methods communicate gender; and the history of the Arts of the book between Asia and Europe.
The “ARTH 347: Studies in Asian Art: Arts of China” course, which will be taught by Dr. Monica Merlin, will explore the fascinating world of the arts of China. It will focus on major developments from the Neolithic period to the 20th century. The lectures will be organized chronologically to examine stylistic, material and technological innovation in each period, while providing political, social and cultural contexts of reference.
“ARTH 347: Studies in Asian Art: Arts of China” is designed to build familiarity with specific Chinese archaeological and art historical terminologies, periods, styles, key objects, materials and techniques; increase visual analysis skills; enhance critical thinking around objects and the multiple narratives of Chinese art in connection with other art historical contexts, cultures and traditions; and consolidate academic standards for writing and research in art history.
It will place on Mondays and Wednesdays from January 4 to April 28, 2022, from 9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m. at Room 223 at VCUarts Qatar.
The “ARTH 391: Gendered Materials and Methods” course, which will be taught by Dr. Tracy Stonestreet, will examine how art materials and methods communicate gender. How can this relationship be shifted, celebrated, or subverted?
Through readings and in-class discussion, the course will explore the history of gendered practices and identity found in different materials and media. Students will research contemporary artists whose work reflects topics discussed in class. This work will culminate in a final presentation of a project, either written or visual, that pursues a topic relevant to the class.
“ARTH 391: Gendered Materials and Methods” will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from January 4 to April 28, 2022, from 5 p.m-6:15 p.m. and will be Online/Synchronous.
The “ARTH 391: The Art of the Book” course, which will be taught by Dr. Jochen Sokoly, will look at the history of the Arts of the book between Asia and Europe, extending to the written word as well as its illustration through painting up to Medieval and early Modern times.
It will consider the invention of writing in the Ancient Near East through to the development of the codex in the late Antique and Islamic Worlds, and also the scroll in Asia, and the various media connected to these developments. It will look at the formation of calligraphy as one of the major art forms, as well as painting, as well as the practical aspects of creating the media for writing and making books (paper, pigments, tools, bindings, workshop practice) as they are discussed in historical texts. It will also look at the lives and work of some of the major calligraphers and painters in history.
Students will be able to evaluate works of art in their historical context. In addition to lectures they will conduct regular practical exercises, such as making paper, making and using pigments and glues, making ink, writing calligraphy and binding a book.
“ARTH 391: The Art of the Book” will take place on Tuesdays January 4 to April 28, 2022, 2 p.m-4:40 p.m. at Room 166 at VCUarts Qatar.