Monday, January 22, 2018

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PHS Art History

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Course Introduction and General Course Outline details are listed below – please scroll down


Wellington Trip – 2018

Wellington Trip – 2017

Wellington Trip – 2016

Students work on TYRE PRINT after artist Robert Rauschenberg – 2014

What is art, what is originality? 
Knowing whether something is an artwork and/or is original is not as easy as it may seem. 
The focus in term one involves understanding these key ideas
These ideas are based around a question of originality and authenticity. You'll learn how to unpack these ideas through listening, reading, discussing and looking at artworks. 

UE Literacy from Art History...
Below is a table that explains what UE Literacy credits can be gained from a combination of Level 2 and 3 credits in Art History. Students in Level 3 can also take Level 2 standards.

UE Literacy 
from Art History



Area of UE LiteracyReadingWritingBoth
Level 2 External “Context” 91182 2.3

4 credits

Level 2 Internal “Topic” 91184 2.54 credits






All other Internal 
Level 3 Art History Stds
4 credits each


Level 3 External “Context” 91484 3.3


4 credits

The Level 2 and Level 3 courses are integrated so the topics are the same but the assessments are at different levels, each with a slightly different focus. 
The texts we'll analyse in term one are chapter three of Danto's book on Warhol regarding Warhol's Brillo Boxes and an article on Pollock's late work by Jordan Kantor. We'll look at Walter Benjamin's concept of the Aura to help inform ideas about originality.

In Art History, we sometimes look back in order to look ahead. It's a way of thinking that involves searching for links between things. With this in mind we could begin by examining the Realist Movement in France in the mid 19th C., and move on to investigate Modernism, before finally looking at Contemporary art practice in the here and now. This broad investigation sets students up in Level 3 to be able to tackle one of our internal assessments in addition to the external exam and even Scholarship should they choose to. The structure also helps Level 2 students gain UE literacy credits by tackling the external exam should they choose to. 
We later examine the impact that art media (and the myriad ways of making artworks) have upon the style and meaning of artworks. This second assessment is about Media and Processes in Art. The area of focus is Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art – Warhol & Pollock.

We examine theories behind contemporary art and our personal response to these – Consumerism, The Art World, Feminism & Postmodernism.

The overall structure of assessments includes three internal standards worth 4 credits each and one external standard woth the same for a total of 16 credits. Additionally, there are optional internal standards available for both levels. 



Time Allowance & Deadlines
More information is listed below and on the assessment procedures document – please refer to it.
 If you have planned trips away you will need to plan for assessments in advance 
 You must discuss your options with your teacher as early as possible if you know you might have trouble meeting a deadline



Course Outline Information
You are expected to know the information below 
– for more detail please refer to the Course Outline Tab:


Introduction – What is Art History and how does this course work?

Approaches to Reading, Researching & Writing 
Introduction & overview of Modernism & Post-Modernism 
 The focus of this course is Modern & Post-Modern Art covering the period of time from roughly 1950 to the present and focusing mostly on New York and New Zealand and the wider international scene.
 There are three external standards available for Level 3; Style, Meaning, Context. This course prepares Level 3 students to sit the Context paper but students would also be well-placed to attempt either the Style or Meaning paper if they wanted to.

Tasks in Term 1
Your first task on day one is listed on the Course Outline Tab.
Other tasks will be share with you via Google Drive
In general you'll be:
Looking at slides, asking questions, engaging 
 Writing in your own words what you have researched, seen and listened to.
Analysing & synthesizing your findings 
Presenting your work

Events
Movies, Slide shows Trips to Art Galleries & Museums in Christchurch Class discussion, team & individual presentations
Trips to Universities & Art Galleries in Wellington Term 2

Our Annual Trip to Wellington 
is scheduled for Thursday after school, 16th May, end of week 3, first half of Term 2.
We leave on the Thursday afternoon and return the following Saturday night, 18th May. 
Flights can be booked as soon as details have been finalised – See Mr Soltero. 
Cost is approximately $300 all inclusive (plus spending money).
Please note there is a maximum of places because of the accommodation: 20 girls and 6 boys, Y13's have first priority, especially those considering study in Wellington.
Any senior student with an interest in Art/Design/Architecture related study in Wellington is most welcome.
You can get a permission slip from Mr Soltero, Miss Stewart or Miss Charles.



Level 2 Course Details
The Level 2 course follows the Level 3 course fairly closely with a few exceptions. 

Credit Structure – Semester One
8 credits total from 2 achievement standards - additional credits may be available.
This course can be fully internal or partially external.
This course is an English rich subject that can count towards literacy requirements.

Our first assessment is based on the same topic, Originality & Authenticity. 
We use the same texts as Level 3 but our emphasis is more around discussing the question of 'what makes an artwork original?'  
As for Level 3 this can help you unpack the reading and texts you are dealing with for the remainder of the semester or year. 
– refer to the shared Google calendar for detailed information about time allowances and deadlines

The second assessment for Level 2 (again as for Level 3) is about Examining how Media are used to Create Effects in Art. Just as for Level 3 the area of focus is Abstract ExpressionismPop Art – Warhol & Pollock.

Credit Structure – Semester Two
8 credits total from 2 achievement standards - additional credits may be available.
This course can be fully internal or partially external.
This course is an English rich subject that can count towards literacy requirements.

Our third assessment for the eyar, the first in semester two, involves Communicating a Considered Personal Response to Artworks. This invovles visiting art exhibitions and/or outdoor installations to produce a personal response. 

And lastly for Level 2 we look at the Relationship Between Art and it's Environment. 
This unit also involves visits to art exhibitions and/or outdoor installations. 

Semester One
Unit 1: AS911184-2.5, version 2; Communicate Understanding of an Art History Topic –
Area of focus: Authenticity & Originality in the work of Warhol and Pollock.
Texts: Arthur Danto’s 2009 “Warhol”, Jordan Kantor's "First Among Sequels..."
other articles, essays as needed.

Unit 2: AS91183-2.4; Examine how media are used to create effects in art works
Area of focus: Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Warhol and Pollock

Semester Two
Unit 3: AS91185-2.6; Communicate a considered personal response to art works
Area of focus – Contemporary art
Class discussion will include one of the following topics where relevant
– Consumerism, The Art World, Feminism or Postmodernism.



Unit 4: 
AS91187-2.7; Demonstrate understanding of artworks in relation to their physical environment


The area of focus will continue to be contemporary art and previous class discussions of the topics for Unit 3 will be relevant

Assessments, Resubmissions & Reassessments
Each unit Internal or External is worth 4 credits.
We have roughly 8 weeks per unit including pre-teaching & resubmission for fixing up small errors only.
Extensions actually erode the amount of time we have for the remainder of the year so
– don’t expect them - they’re generally not helpful.
While resubmissions within the same week of the deadline are acceptable 
- Reassessments are not generally possible.

Time Allowance & Deadlines
 There are 15 weeks in Semester One
 Both mid-week holidays and term breaks have been accounted for
 If you have any planned trips away due to other courses you will need to plan in advance
 You must discuss your options with your teacher as early as possible if you know you are likely to have difficulty meeting a deadline




Level 3 Course Details

Credit Structure
16 credits from 4 achievement standards. 
Students may be able to opt for additional internal and/or external standards.
This course is an Approved Subject & counts towards UE

Assessments, Resubmissions & Reassessments
Each unit Internal or External is worth 4 credits.
We have roughly 8 weeks per unit including pre-teaching & resubmission for fixing up small errors only.
Extensions actually erode the amount of time we have for the remainder of the year so don’t expect them - they’re generally not helpful.
While resubmissions within the same week of the deadline are acceptable - Reassessments are not possible.

Unit 1: AS91489-3.8; Analyse texts about art – Arthur Danto’s 2009 book “Warhol”, Jordan Kantor's "First Among Sequels...", and other articles, essays as needed.

Unit 2: AS91485-3.4; Examine the impact of media & pro- cesses on art works
(Area of focus:Abstraction,Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Neo Dada, Pop Art)

Unit 3: AS91488-3.7; Examine the relationship(s) between a theory & art works – we'll consider one of the following theories; 
– Consumerism, The Art World, Feminism or Postmodernism.

Unit 4: Prepare for external exam

Time Allowance & Deadlines
There are 33 weeks in the year 
 Both mid-week holidays and term-breaks have been accounted for
 If you have any planned trips away due to other courses you will need to plan in advance
 You must discuss your options with your teacher as early as possible if you know you are likely to have difficulty meeting a deadline