As registration for the Fall 2019 academic semester begins, I wanted to provide more information about courses I will begin teaching starting September, 2019. Please see detailed descriptions below. If you have any specific questions that are not answered here, you can contact me directly. I look forward to another rich and engaging semester with both new and familiar faces. **ARTH 2260 is a new course and DOES NOT require that you have ARTH 2160 as a pre-requisite**
ARTH 2260: HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE: BAROQUE TO POSTMODERN
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Wednesdays 7:00-9:50pm, Surrey Campus Fir 130). Prerequisites: 6 credits from courses at the 1100 level or higher
I am excited to be offering this new course in the history of architecture for the first time at KPU! Built space and the questions of how buildings and environments reflect culture is an ongoing research interest of mine, and a topic that is both fascinating and timely. In this course, we will also tackle questions about the role of art and design, individual architects, architecture movements, and the place of building technologies in the creative expression of designed space from the Baroque period of the eighteenth century to that of the contemporary present.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will study a survey of the development and history of architecture from the period of the late Baroque in the eighteenth century through to the postmodern architectural styles associated with the contemporary present, approaching architecture as a unique medium with its own visual vocabulary and spatial codes. Students will assess a variety of formal building and visual languages, designs, and theories that have shaped the modern and postmodern history of architecture through the close examination of select buildings and spatial environments set within specific cultural, social, political and economic contexts of their planning and construction.
ARTH 1130: INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Fridays 1:00-4:50pm, Surrey Campus Fir 128/130). Prerequisites: None
The ever popular film studies course is continuing to evolve and update to consider recent developments in the film industry, together with new research that links histories of cinema's past to its present. This is a course that will have you thinking critically about motion pictures long after the final exam-- it also provides an opportunity to visit and see films at the Vancouver International Film Festival (September 26- October 11).
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will study the history and development of world cinema, and the comprehension and theory of film as a visual language and art-making practice from its inception in the late nineteenth century to the present. The goal of the course is to introduce students to the critical interpretation of the cinema and the various vocabularies and methods with which one can explore the aesthetic function, together with the social, political, and technological contexts and developments, of moving pictures. The format of this course (as a 4 hour block each class) will normally entail a one hour lecture, the screening of a full-length film, and a focused group discussion. Each film will serve as a starting point and gateway for discussion about the course’s daily theme.
ARTH 1140: INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL ART, URBAN, AND SCREEN CULTURE
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Wednesdays 4:00-6:50pm, Surrey Campus Fir 136). Prerequisites: None
Formulated to compliment ARTH 1130: Introduction to Film Studies, this course extends the conversation about screen culture to the world of urban studies and public art. We begin with the question "How do we navigate and make sense of the fast-changing world of new urban visual environments and the emerging world of screen culture?" and explore case studies in street and graffiti art, hip-hop and punk culture, video gaming, anime, new media and Internet art, urban performance art, activist art, grassroots fashion, street photography, and the world of mobile photography and filmmaking.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will study the broad field of contemporary visual art and culture with a specific focus on the role of urban environments and the emerging world of screen culture in shaping new possibilities for global art production and circulation. Students will explore how they can become active agents rather than passive observers through engagement with the diversity of visual art and culture surrounding them. They will investigate interdisciplinary topics connecting the world of visual art with urban and screen cultures through case studies in street and graffiti art, hip-hop and punk culture, video gaming, anime, new media and Internet art, urban performance art, activist art, grassroots fashion, street photography, and the world of mobile photography and filmmaking.
CA 117: VISUAL ART & CULTURE I
Simon Fraser University (Thursdays 6:30-9:20pm, Vancouver Harbour Centre Campus 1800). None
Offered as a core required course in SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts, CA 117 offers an introduction the visual arts of the nineteenth century, with a critical focus on the roots of modernism and the avant-garde. If you have ever wondered how Western art evolved from its more traditional, Renaissance roots to the challenging and at times difficult-to-understand contemporary art of today, this is the course that holds many of your answers.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides an introduction to the complex ways in which social and political change, and ideologies of gender, class, race and ethnicity, worked to shape aspects of nineteenth century visual culture in Europe and North America. Emphasis will be placed on the roles played by industrialization, political revolution, rapid urban growth, global commerce, and the new media technologies of an expanding consumer culture in defining a wide range of visual culture. Throughout the term we will also examine different representations and debates around the idea of modernity and the “modern.” Since the time period under investigation has often been called “The First Modern Century”, we will pay particular attention to shifting ideas related to labour and leisure, urban social space and spectacle, and issues bearing on Euro-American expansion of empires in relation to indigenous populations, throughout the nineteenth century to turn of the twentieth century up to WWI.