Di Luo's Teaching Portfolio
This course is a survey of Chinese art from the prehistoric time to the present. Through the exciting exploration of various forms of art and architecture—jade, pottery, bronzes, stone carvings, paintings, cities and palaces, temples and pagodas, gardens and landscapes, etc.—we will be exposed to the richness of Chinese material culture and the intellectual tradition that lies behind it. We will come to appreciate Chinese civilization as one of the major early civilizations of the world and become more aware of its contributions to and influences on global art and culture of this day.
We will learn through images, texts, and hands-on experiences. The lectures and assigned readings introduce to you a set of key works of Chinese art and explain the related key terms and concepts.
The course materials will be organized following a chronological order:
The materials will be grouped and examined under a series of themes including memorialization, authority, ritual, monumentality, time, patronage, visualization, canon, modularity, production, imagination, space, iconoclasm, and so on.
Taking this course will not only familiarize you with the masterpieces of Chinese art, but also increase essential skills that are valuable for any discipline or pursuit:
|Visual Analysis||Students will learn how to identify a piece of artwork and give accurate descriptions of its form and content to advance an argument or interpretation.|
|Historical Awareness||Students will learn to interpret a piece of artwork in its original historical and cultural context, exploring the relationships between artistic creation and religious rituals, political ideologies, intellectual milieu, social structure, technological breakthroughs, etc.|
|Digital Literacy||The course will incorporate the use of online databases and applications. Familiarity with these digital technologies, though not required to pass this course, is strongly encouraged. It will bring you so much fun while you study, appreciate, evaluate, and even create art.|
All course materials—including the syllabus, weekly reading assignments, lecture presentations and notes, handouts, image groups, video contents, and exam materials—will be posted on Courseweb.
Most of the readings are from Robert L. Thorp and Richard Ellis Vinograd, Chinese Art and Culture (Pearson, 2001). Students might consider purchasing this book, though it is not mandatory.
(Please note: all course materials are for educational purposes in this class only. They are subject to copyright law and may not be posted on the internet or shared with anyone outside the course.)
|Exams||Two take-home exams in the form of short-answer and/or essay questions to be completed and submitted via Turnitin on Courseweb on March 2 and April 20. The questions will be posted at least 48 hours before the due time of the exam.
Each exam is worth 30 points. The exams are NOT cumulative. There is no final exam for this course.
|30 pts x 2 = 60 pts|
|Quizzes||A quiz will be given on EACH lecture day and should be submitted by the end of that day via Courseweb.
Each quiz is worth 2 points and should take around 10 minutes to complete. Only the highest 20 grades will be calculated toward your final course grade.
The quizzes are designed to be low-stakes and to encourage students to attend lectures regularly. Pay attention to the lecture and the quizzes will only boost your grade!
|2 pts x 20 = 40 pts|
|Extra credit||There are two ways to earn extra credit in this course:
1) 3D Scanning (2 points)
Detailed instruction will be posted separately on Courseweb.
2) Event Participation & Report (1 point each)
On occasion, I will announce an event relevant to the content of the course, which you can attend for extra credit. After attending the event, students must submit a one-page, double-spaced description of the visit and their response and turn this in on Courseweb by the next class meeting.
|Up to 4 pts|
Your final course grade will be computed as follows:
Part I. Early China (5000 BCE-220 CE)
|1/12||Jade and Pottery
Burial District of the Zhongshan Kings
“Royal City” Plan (Magic Square)
|1/19||Bronze Age China I: Shang
Tomb of Lady Hao
|4||1/24||Bronze Age China II: Zhou
Tomb of Marquis Yi
|1/26||Art for the Dead I: Qin
First Emperor’s Mausoleum and Terracotta army
|5||1/31||Art for the Dead II: Han
|2/2||Field Trip I|
Part II. Medieval China (220-1200 CE)
|6||2/7||Rise of Buddhist Art
Mogao Cave Temples
|2/9||Buddhist Art under Imperial Patronage
Yungang Cave Temples
Longmen Cave Temples
|2/14||Buddhist Art in the Tang Dynasty
Longmen Cave Temples (cont’d)
Transformation tableaux at Mogao
Travelers amid Mountains and Streams
Yingxian Wooden Pagoda
|3/5-12 Spring Break—No Class|
Part III. Modern and Contemporary China (1200 CE-present)
|10||3/14||Ceramic and Porcelain
|11||3/21||Ming Garden Art
Literary Gathering in the Apricot Garden
|3/23||Field Trip II|
|12||3/28||Qing Court Art
Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace)
|3/30||Qing Imperial Architecture
Altar of Heaven
Liang Sicheng and Lin Huiyin
|14||4/11||Tradition and Anti-tradition