Intro to Arts of East Asia
Join me in the online course: ART 201: Introduction to the Arts of East Asia through the year 1300. In this class, we’ll look at ancient and medieval art from India, China, Korea and Japan.
Some of the interesting topics we’ll study include Buddhist and Hindu sculpture and architecture, Korean art from the pre-Buddhist era, and Japanese Shinto shrines. We’ll also look at ceramic sculpture and pottery, landscape painting and handscrolls, such as the Tale of Genji, and even gold jewelry buried with the dead.
Along the way we’ll see art in different cultural contexts, such as tombs, temples, and palaces. This is an introductory survey course, so you can take it even if you’ve never had an art course before. I’ll teach you how to describe and analyze a work of art.
You’ll learn about the artistic traditions of Asia, some of which are still being practiced today. And, at the end of the term, you’ll get to create your own virtual exhibit of Asian art based on a theme of your choice.
So, if you’re looking for a new course that will fulfill an AAOT requirement and answer questions about the art and cultures of east Asia, join us in ART 201: Introduction to the Arts of East Asia.
About this Course
Introduces the arts of India and Southeast Asia, China, and Japan. Emphasizes art and architecture as both constructive and reflective of religious, political, and social structures. Traces continuity and change in India: Indus Valley Civilization to the Delhi Sultanate (1206); China: Xia Dynasty to the invasion of the Mongols (1276); and Japan: Jomon Culture to the Kamakura Shogunate (ca. 1300).
Prerequisite: Placement into WR121; or completion of WR115 or higher, with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor.