This course introduces ways of seeing in the visual world and analyzing the visual experiences and the visual data. Course introduces novel methods to understand the meaning and interpretations of visual images. The course provides end number of examples and references to know the ways of seeing from the simple to complex world. Course also provides opportunity to learn from the interdisciplinary domains.
STORY OF ART
This course provides brief introduction to the Pre historic activities at different parts of the world. Here students are given exposure to the evolving cultures, ritualistic practices, artistic activities. Course briefs about the environment, tools and other materials, which were parts of their evolving life.
COLOUR THEORY & PSYCHOLOGY
In this course history of Colours from different period is introduced. Course also introduces Classification of colours and hue, saturation and value of colours. Course also looks at the psychological, cultural, religious and other associations with colours. Colour interpretation and meaning of colours from the art works of old masters.
Students learn the relationship between Value, Hue, Chroma Show and how to discern incremental differences in value gradation and match color values to an established gray scale. They learn the theories of Colour Relationships/Harmonies: Monochromatic, Analogous, Diad, Triad, Tetrad, Complementary, Split Complementary, Achromatic, and Polychromatic.
This course also introduces practical way of applying colours on two-dimensional surface using appropriate medium and the aesthetical evaluation of the colour scheme. It introduces practical application of the color theories, focusing on the interaction and relativity of colour.
INDIAN & WESTERN AESTHETICS
This course introduces students to Pala manuscript painting, Jain miniature painting, Rajasthani painting: Mandu, Mewar, Malwa, etc. It explores sultanate painting and its influence and understands the elements of fusion of medieval Hindu and Saracenic architecture.
Students identify the origins of Mughal paintings during Akbar, Jahangir, and Shahjahan, background of Saracenic and Persian architecture and painting. They also focus on learning about Deccan paintings: Bijapur, Golconda, Ahmednagar, etc.
In this course, students engage with important art and aesthetic theories from the Western world. Starting with Plato’s approach to the visual arts, students are exposed to some key theorists including Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx and Clement Greenberg. Students will be given readings and the course will be in the form of lectures, student presentations and discussions.
The art of China and Japan from the prehistoric times to the 19th century. They will understand the different manifestations of East Asian art – ceramics, bronzes, painting, calligraphy, wood block prints against the background of historical and cultural changes in different periods of Japanese culture. They will also engage with philosophes of Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and Shintoism in these regions.
In this course, students will go into further depth exploring the medium of oils, tempera, stone, clay and printmaking media. These processes include intaglio, relief, letterpress and monotype.
The objective is to further deepen their hands-on understanding of the most prominent media in both Indian and Western art history in a contextually nuanced manner. Emphasis will be on a research-based approach to these techniques and media, exploring their materiality, economics, politics and symbolic meanings through different historical periods both manual and digital.
CERAMICS & SCULPTURE
Sculpture and Ceramics, both have played a very important role in developing the understanding of visual art. Sculpture is an artistic form in which hard or plastic materials are worked into three-dimensional art objects. Ceramics, the art of taking multiple impressions of an image, is a significant development in the history of visual communication. Students will learn
CONVERSATION OF ART
In this course, art history students are introduced to the theoretical principles of cultural conservation, display and curation of art works in galleries and museums. The course draws from contemporary developments in heritage conservation practices, museum studies and recent curatorial theory and practice. The course is a combination of class lectures, research, visits to exhibitions and galleries and report writing.