ART H 446
Topics in African Art (3 per semester/maximum of 9) Topics vary from "Arts of Eastern and Southern Africa" to "Arts of West Africa."
ART H (AFR) 446 Topics in African Art (3 per semester/maximum of 9)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
Each time this course is taught, it will focus upon a specialized topic in African Art. Using "Art and Archaeology of Ancient Africa" as an example of one semester's topic. This course is a one semester survey of some of the most important historical art traditions of sub-Sahara Africa. Topics to be covered will include prehistoric rock paintings; art from archaeological sites such as Djenne, Nok, Igbo Ukwu and Sanga; and ancient kingdoms such as Ife, Benin and Great Zimbabwe. The time period covered ranges from the first and second millennia BCE. for some of the early terracotta sculpture and rock paintings, to the 11th through 19th centuries CE. for the later ancient kingdoms. Students will learn how both artistic and archaeological evidence combine to help us reconstruct the religious, political and social contexts in which these early African art forms were used. Other possible topics for this course are "Arts of Eastern and Southern Africa," "Arts of Central Africa," and "Arts of West Africa."
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.