Arts Without Borders

HNR 240 - Arts Without Borders

MySlice Info:

Term: Spring 2016
Class #: 33308
Section: M006
Credits: 3

Jonathan English

Counts toward:
HNR Hum, Public Presentation

Course Time(s):
T TH 2:00 - 3:20 pm


Course Description:

Since the beginning of time, humans have hunted - for food, for shelter, for safety. And after they filled their stomachs, warmed their bodies, and found peace of place, they began to hunt for more - for purpose and for meaning. And it was in that search, that hunt - that Art was formed. Going beyond the practicality of a hunting knife, we saw early humans begin to carve, creating intricate decoration onto the surface of their blades, but for what purpose? Did it make the blade more sharp? Why did the first dancer take her first steps? Did it make her more appealing to her mate? Why did the first painter draw what he saw on the cave wall? Did it help him to understand the world around him? Why did the hunt for more, for meaning lead the human race to art? What is Art? Is it a particular form or discipline? What is the purpose of Art? Can food be art? Can art be food? Is there art in your Major? Can a sports writer be an artist?   These are the types of questions we will ask in Arts Without Borders. Using the City of Syracuse and the SU Campus as our backdrop we will explore Music, Dance, Drama, Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. We will visit the Everson Museum of Art; we will attend concerts by Syracuse's local professional orchestra, Symphoria; we will take a tour of local buildings, on and off campus, to study the local schools of Architecture; we will seek out a wide variety of performing and  visual arts and break down the borders that can limit thought and expression. As a writing intensive course we will express our opinions in reviews of performances and prepare, through multiple drafts, our final "essay" on "What is Art." This class is based heavily on open, peer-to-peer discussion, where all aspects of art and the emotions art embodies is reviewed, discussed and analyzed. This is a course where everyone will get to know one another, and where everyone, every thought and every opinion, even while being challenged and questioned, is treated with respect. Counts as Writing Intensive in the A&S Liberal Arts Core