Understanding the Arts: Art History and Architecture
Level: Open to students entering grade 9 or 10 in fall 2013.
Session: II, July 16-August 2, 2013
Days & Time: Monday-Friday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM and 2:00-4:00 PM
Instructor(s): Anna Hetherington, Aki Ishida ,
Related Courses: Students interested in this course might also be interested in Understanding the Arts through Literature and Cinema.
"I really enjoyed the field trips to the museums and being able to talk intellectually about them."
- From a 2012 Student Program Evaluation
A two-course curricular option for students wishing to develop their appreciation of art and architecture. Both courses meet daily, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon.
What is Art History?
This course introduces students to selected monuments of painting, sculpture, and architecture and to basic trends and concepts in the history of art. Examples are drawn from a wide range of periods and cultures. Students are introduced to aspects of visual analysis, historical context, and problems of interpretation. Participants engage in discussions centered around slide presentations, videos, and field trips to diverse New York museums.
What Is Architecture?
An intensive introduction to the principles of architecture framed around three topics: Program/Experience, Form/Scales, and Light/Materials. Students are challenged to examine and understand the effect of physical environment on human experience, the processes through which architectural forms are generated, and the role that architecture plays in shaping our social, economic, and artistic cultures.
The course comprises of research through assigned readings, on-site analyses of civic and commercial structures and interior spaces around New York City, and visits to museums and galleries, both iconic and less-known.
Anna Hetherington holds a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University and a B.A. in psychology and art history from the University of California, Berkeley. Her focus is the Italian Renaissance, but she has taught in a variety of fields ranging from 20th century American art to German art in the age of the Reformation. She has taught psychology in the Pre-College Academy at the University of California, Berkeley, and worked as a consultant for a contemporary art gallery. She is presently focused on understanding artistic melancholy and its representation by artists such as Bosch, Bruegel, Michelangelo, and Titian.
Aki Ishida received her Master of Science in advanced architectural design from Columbia University and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. She is a registered architect, a LEED-accredited professional, and the principal of Aki Ishida Architect PLLC, a research-based design practice founded in New York. Prior to starting her company, she was a designer and project manager with James Carpenter Design Associates, I. M. Pei Architect, and Rafael Vinoly Architects. She is currently an assistant professor of architecture at Virginia Tech and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons the New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea. She has run multiple collaborative projects with partners including the Japan Society, Starwood Hotels, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Specific course information, such as hours and instructors, are subject to change at the discretion of the University.