Number of hours per year : 45h
Credit allocation : 2
Objectives and/or skills
- Learn to see and to analyse images: development of a critical look and an ability to express a clearly identified aesthetic content.
- Discover aesthetic contents relating to some key chronological reference points.
- Discover the diversity of techniques and their aesthetic characteristics: painting, sculpture, engraving, photography, cinema, computer-aided images, etc.
- Develop a critical and tolerant attitude towards the proliferation of new technology products.
- Develop a reflection about image properties and accessibility in order to encourage a qualitative approach in their personal production.
- Contribute to the creation of a personal aesthetic language, develop imagination.
Contents and/or production
- Some fundamental aspects of classical aesthetics: perspective, mimesis, shadow and colour processing, etc.
- The 19th century, a century that breaks with classical aesthetics: the role of movements (classicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism,…) and the role of great artistic personalities (Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin,…) who brought about this break.
- The role of the new image production techniques – photography – in this break.
- Study of the movements from the first part of the 20th century: Fauvism, expressionism, Cubism, Dadaism, futurism, Bauhaus and constructivism, abstraction, surrealism, pop art, etc.
- Some aspects of contemporary art.
Tools and/or references
- G. C. ARGAN, L’art moderne, Paris, 1992.
- Michel FRIZOT (sous la direction de), Nouvelle histoire de la photographie, Paris, 1994.