During Spring 2012 I got to continue to learn and apply, perhaps in more detail, the concepts that have been introduced in the past two quarters, as well as developing the skill of planning to a greater, more organized extent. CEP 303 included the planning and execution of various projects, which are contributed to a grander project, out in the community of Lake City in Seattle. L ARCH 363 focused on the theories of ecologically sustainable landscape design and planning. ART H 309 was not necessarily related to the theme for this quarter, but it was an indulgence for me, Japanese art history classes always having been my favorite. This course counts towards my Art History major requirements.
CEP 303 - Social Structures and Processes
5 credits - CEP core requirement
Investigates use of formal and informal social structures and processes within context of community and environment. Looks at patterns and institutions of social organization and relationships among different sectors. Issues of interrelatedness, citizenship, knowledge, and communication.
L ARCH 363 - Ecological Design and Planning
3 credits - CEP methods course
Introduction to landscape ecological theory applied to urban environments. Comparison of different vocabularies used to describe landscape structure and function, from the fields of landscape design, urban design, and biology. Discussion of design theories that have sought to re-center landscape planning and design around the goal of achieving ecological sustainability.
ART H 309 – Topics in Art History
5 credits - Art History requirement
Topic: Japan Vogue: Modern Japanese Art and the West, 1860s-1930s; Influence on Impressionism, Postimpressionism, and Expressionism
Class description: This course will survey a range of developments in Japan’s visual arts in the Meiji and Taisho periods, with an emphasis on Japan’s complex negotiations with the West and with modern Western art movements. We will review the now-familiar story of Japonisme, or the vogue for “things Japanese,” inspired in large part by Japan’s participation in a series of international exhibitions in the late 19th century. Japanese art—particularly woodblock prints, or ukiyo-e —had a great impact on modern European and American painting, photography and design. In this vein, we will consider the works of Harunobu, Utamaro, Hokusai and Hiroshige in the context of their transmission to the West and their influence on the art and design of such artists as Whistler, Monet, Van Gogh and Louis Comfort Tiffany. We will also bear in mind Japan’s economic, political and artistic response to the West and to Westernization by exploring the institutional structure of modern art in Japan and the phenomenon of “reverse Japonisme.” In this context we will trace the rise and development of Western-style painting (yōga) and neo-traditionalist Japanese-style painting (nihonga), as well as contemporary Japanese crafts manufactured for export. Questions concerning orientalism, national identity, gender, and individuality will be explored in the context of this period of dramatic transformation. Students with no prior Asian art background are welcome.
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