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Humanities Across the Arts

Author(s): Stephen Husarik

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2018

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Humanities Across the Arts is organized around two approaches to the Humanities, a structural approach and a case study approach. The first half of the title uses the structural approach to define and identify the techniques of various art forms using critical terminology; the second half presents a series of case studies in chronological order that present cultural close-ups.  The publication is interactive by fusing video examples, audio examples, assessments, and grade books that can be implemented to any LMS.

Stephen Husarik’s Humanities Across the Arts:

  • includes a comprehensive list of critical terms such as value, shape, line texture, color, etc. to discuss and evaluate their work just as professionals do in other fields.
  • examines distinctions between simple art forms (i.e., those that exist independently of other arts such as, painting or music), and compound art forms (those that bring several art forms together such as opera or film).
  • integrates a case study approach to measure how the arts reflect history. The case study approach is a close-up view that helps release constellations of information associated with the arts of a particular culture.
  • is flexible!  Adopting instructors can change, add or subtract whatever material may give a more convincing overview of these historical eras.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Illustrations and Sound Files

Part I: Humanities: Structural Approach
Introduction
Critical Method
Art: An Operational Definition
Humanities: An Operational Definition

Timeline of Western Culture
Folk Art vs. Urban Art
Folk Art, Urban Art

Chapter 1: Painting
Introduction
Elements of Design

Value, Shape, Line, Texture, Color, Color Wheel
Principles of Design
Unity vs. Variety, Focal Point, Balance, Scale and Proportion, Direction, Space and Perspective, Open vs. Closed, Linear vs. Painterly, Sequence, Dominance vs. Subordinance, Trompe L’oeil
Analyzing Designs
Narrative Analysis, Structural Analysis, Hieratic Analysis
Critical Terms
Review Question
Commentary and Applications

Chapter 2: Sculpture
Introduction
Types of Sculpture

Free-standing, Kinetic, Relief
Six Sculptural Methods
Subtraction/Carving, Addition/Assemblage, Substitution/Casting, Modeling, Temporary Installations, Readymades
Elements of Design
Value, Shape, Line, Texture, Color, Space/Volume
Principles of Design
Dominance vs. Subordinance, Direction, Proportion, Sequence, Focal Point, Open vs. Closed, Balance, Unity, Variety, Environment
Critical Terms
Review Question
Applications

Chapter 3: Architecture
Introduction
Types of Architecture

Residential/Domestic, Industrial/Commercial, Sacred/Religious, Government/Educational, Vernacular/Portable
Elements of Architecture
Context, Space/Internal Planning, Materials, Climate
Six Architectural Techniques
Load-bearing Wall Building, Skeletal Steel Frame Structures,
Post and Lintel: Ancient Greek, Ancient Roman Arch/Vault,
Medieval Arch, Modern Cantilever
Critical Terms
Review Question
Commentary and Applications

Chapter 4: Music
Introduction
Elements of Music

Melody, Harmony/Chords, Rhythm, Dynamics, Texture, Timbre
Critical Terms
Review Question
Commentary and Applications

Chapter 5: Literature
Types of Poetry

Lyric, Epic, Dramatic, Lyric Poetry, Epic Literature
Critical Terms
Review Question
Commentary and Applications

Chapter 6: Dance
Introduction
Types of Dance

Ritual/Healing, Narrative, Absolute
Elements of Dance
Ballet
Case Study: Les Sylphides
Modern Dance
Critical Terms
Review Question
Commentary and Applications

Chapter 7: Drama
Introduction
Origins of Drama

Spectacle, Script/Music, Participants, Financial Support
Elements of Drama
Plot, Character, Thought, Diction, Melody, Spectacle
Structure of Plot
Exposition/Prologue, Inciting Incident, Complication,
Crisis, Resolution, Forces of Action
Oedipus Rex (Who Am I?)
Oedipus Rex: Background, Structure of Plot in Oedipus,
Catharsis: A Medical-Religious Ritual
Critical Terms
Review Question
Commentary and Applications

Chapter 8: Film
Introduction
Types of Film

Narrative, Documentary, Experimental
Elements of Film
Plot, Film Techniques, Soundtrack/Music, Film Music Types, Film Script Writing
Critical Terms
Review Question
Commentary and Applications

Part 2: Humanities: Case Study Approach
Introduction
Artifacts, Values and Culture
Case Studies

Chapter 9: Ancient Greece
Human-centered Universe (Here and Now)
Cultural Perspective

Pre-Socratic Philosophers, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle
Case Study: Subdividing Greek Sculpture
Archaic, Hellenic (Golden Section), Late Classical, Hellenistic
Critical Terms
Commentary and Applications

Chapter 10: Ancient Rome
Human-centered Universe (Here and Now)
Cultural Perspective
Roman Arts

Portrait Sculpture, Visual Design, Architecture: Imperial Cities
Roman Buildings and Their Functions
Case Study: Flavian Colosseum
Critical Terms
Commentary and Applications

Chapter 11: Medieval Era
God-centered Universe (Hereafter)
Cultural Perspective
Medieval Society and Lifestyles
Medieval Arts

Sculpture, Painting, Architecture (Cathedrals), Music,
Architecture (Castles)
Case Study: Dante’s Comedy, A Literary Pilgrimage
Dante’s Inferno (Hell)
Critical Terms
Commentary and Applications

Chapter 12: Renaissance
Fusion of Two World Views
Cultural Perspective
Synthesis of Cultural Roots

Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music
Case Study: Leonardo da Vinci (Designer)
Case Study: Cleaning the Sistine Chapel
Critical Terms
Commentary and Applications

Chapter 13: Baroque
Age of Absolutism
Cultural Perspective
17th Century Painting
Case Study: Louis XIV and Versailles

French Overture Form
Critical Terms
Commentary and Applications

Chapter 14: Enlightenment
Age of Reason
Cultural Perspective
Arts in the Age of Reason
Case Study: Classical Music in Vienna

Haydn, Mozart, Sonata Form, Beethoven
Musical Iconography
Critical Terms
Commentary and Applications

Chapter 15: Romantic Era
Age of Personal Expression
Cultural Perspective
Arts in the Romantic Era

Opera: A Compound Art Form
Case Study: The Ring and the Politics of Operatic Production
Richard Wagner, King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Bayreuth,
Der Ring, Aftermath—Ludwig’s Building Program
Critical Terms
Commentary and Applications

Chapter 16: Modern Era
Age of Motion
Cultural Perspective
Modern Art

Music and Dance, Architecture, Sculpture, Painting, Poetry, Film, 20th Century Theater History, Technology and the Advancement of Film
Case Study: Psycho (Horror)
Narrative/Plot, Film Techniques, Music/Sound, Foley Arts/Sound Effects
Case Study: The Day the Earth Stood Still
(Science Fiction)

Film Techniques, Music/Sound, Narrative/Plot, Original Story (1930), Screenplay Summary (1951), 21st Century Screenplay
Critical Terms
Commentary and Applications

Index

Figure Credits

Stephen Husarik

Stephen Husarik, Ph.D. is a full professor of Humanities and Music at the University of Arkansas—Fort Smith. He has served as Head Carillonneur of the Donald W. Reynolds Bell Tower and Carillon at the university for the past eighteen years. Husarik has authored and contributed to more than half a dozen books in the area of Humanities, published widely in journals, and read numerous papers for learned organizations in the United States and abroad. He was the recipient of several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (to Harvard University, University of Maryland, and New York University) and has received local, national and international awards for his teaching and scholarship including the Whirlpool Master Teacher award and the Research Scholarship and Creativity awards from the University of Arkansas—Fort Smith. Dr. Husarik is co-editor of Interdisciplinary Humanities, the journal of the Humanities Education Research Association. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois—Urbana, and the University of Iowa—Iowa City where he received his doctorate. Husarik’s hobbies include foreign travel, visiting museums and listening to classical music.

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