What is art? Who makes it and why? How can art serve to explain and enhance the experience of the journey on which we are traveling and of the world around us? In addressing these issues this introduction to art course will provide students with the skills of visual analysis and interpretation while investigating major monuments of the world’s cultures. We will examine a range of media emphasizing the way art functions as an aesthetic object, a thing of beauty and as an artifact of the self and society, an expression of the religious, psychological, social and political environment from which it emerges.
Field WorkCountry: Japan
Day: 6 - Kobe - 3 February
Divided into two large shrine compounds Ise Shrine is the most sacred shrine in Japan. We will visit the Outer Shrine first. The Outer Shrine is dedicated to Toyuke no Omikami, the goddess of the harvest. Following lunch we will visit the Inner Shrine dedicated to the sun goddess, Amaterasu Omikami, believed to be the ancestor of the Japanese royal family. First established 2,000 years ago, the shrines are ritually rebuilt every 20 years with the last rebuilding taking place in 2013. Academic Objectives:
- Understand the aesthetics of Japanese art and architecture.
- Assess the diversity of style in Japanese architecture.
- Interpret the influences upon Japanese art and architecture.