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Maritime Arts

Maritime Arts studies a variety of marine art forms crafted by sailors, artists, fishermen, scientists, and traditional art from coastal regions. This course explores the question what is the role of art in recording and forming history. Studying a spectrum of literature, maps, symbolism, and artwork builds a strong cultural, historical, and contemporary analysis foundation. The course will increase awareness of art's impact on shaping culture and communicating core ideals. We will discuss the tools, materials, and concepts behind the art we study. The most important way to study art is to make it. In this class, students will demonstrate their ability to: Observe subjects closely and analyze and critique their visual surroundings and the work of others. Part of the creative process is stepping out of your comfort zone, taking chances, and making mistakes. This should be a place of support and creative awakening.

The course will increase awareness of art's impact on shaping culture and communicating complex ideas. We will discuss the tools, materials, and concepts behind the art we study. The most important way to study art is to make it. In this class, students will demonstrate their ability to: Observe subjects closely, as well as analyze and critique their visual surroundings and the work of others. Part of the creative process is stepping out of your comfort zone, taking chances, and making mistakes. This should be a place of support and creative awakening.

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Pedagogical Approach

Hands-on participatory learning

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1.    Discuss the dynamic nature of culture and processes of cultural change.

2.    Analyze the relationship between a text and its socio-political, historical, and cultural contexts. 

3.    Demonstrate ability to express ideas clearly and creatively in artwork, writing, and speech. 

4.    Analyze works of philosophical, literary, aesthetic, and cultural importance.

5.    Evaluate aesthetic and cultural experiences subjectively as well as objectively.

Assessment

Course grades are based on completed art projects, classroom participation, homework, writing assignments, and the comprehensive final art project.

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