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Instructor Info:Sura Levine
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Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 111
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 111

This writing-intensive course is designed for third semester students who would like to explore the methods of art history and who want an opportunity to do independent written projects in art, architectural history, and/or visual culture. In consultation with the faculty, students will be asked to develop and write increasingly advanced papers, based on objects on display in the Five Colleges, a visual or historical issue of their choosing, or to create an in-depth proposal and catalogue for a virtual exhibition in consultation with the professor. Students will be required to "workshop" their writing and they will present their projects to the class at the end of term.

Course Objectives:

During the course of the semester, students will conceive of an execute a term-length project in some field of art and/or architectural history. Regular sharing of papers with fellow students for feedback and practice in giving presentations. In addition, students will learn about different types of writing (descriptive, analytical, review), and the basics of performing research for their projects.  Students also will learn about how to work with feedback and to revise their written and spoken work. Students will be responsible for keeping up with the writing assignments and for turning them in on time.  In addition, students will discuss the reading assignments in class.  Through the practice of writing about art and architecture in some fashion, students will have ample opportunity to hone their written skills while also putting into practice types of art writing.

Evaluation Criteria:

Students will produce a large body of written work for this class.  Their success in this course is also dependent on their willingness to share and receive constructive comments from the group at various times during the semester. In addition, participation in class discussions and attendance in additional sessions, lectures, and other kinds of presentations is strongly recommended. If you must miss a class, be sure to email me well in advance of the missed class.  Attendance will be taken!

Additional Info:

There is one book for sale in the Hampshire College Bookstore. It is Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, eds., The Craft of Research, third edition, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.  This book is also available as an ebook on the Hampshire College Library page.  But, because there are limitations of how much you can print out of this book, you probably will want to purchase it. The remainder of the readings for this class will be available through the course web page on