Sunday, September 12, 2010

We started with the Greeks today!

Dear Humanities Students,

If you missed classed today, we completed the following:

1. We reviewed the "Cultural Event Reports" assignment. I gave each student an example of a "poor" and "strong" report. We also reviewed where you can located upcoming cultural events within Utah County. I have them posted in the room and included links for you here.

2. We responded to Journal #3 entitled "Ground Zero Mosque"               
           '" In a stirring defense of the proposed mosque and Muslim community center near Ground Zero, Obama declared last week that Muslims "have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country." Polls show nearly 70% of Americans oppose construction of the mosque, and that efforts to block other mosques have sprung up from California to Conneticut." As we will study Islam, let's write about our feelings concerning this debate.

3. We started our study of the ancient Greek culture today. Each student received a handout detailing the information that will we discover over the next few class periods.

1. Each student was given an article regarding the ancient Minoan culture, Classical Greece, and Alexander the Great. Please annotate and notate (5-8) each page of the article using color. This is due on Wednesday, September 15th.

2. Your first EXAM is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20th. Prepare this way:
               a. What are the Humanities?
               b. Why is studying the Humanities so important?
               c. Why should an "observer" learn more of the time period and artist's personal life prior to making a judgement about a piece of art?
               d. Define the following terms and make sure you can apply them: Composition, Mood, Color, Balance/Unity, and Movement
               e. Students will randomly draw one piece of artwork from the "hat." They will then need to evaluate the piece using the above elements. We did this in class with "The Raft of the Medusa." In order to assist you with this section of the exam, I have included the pieces of artwork below. Realize that you won't know your focus until the day of the exam; however, you can easily learn more about them through some research.  Remember that I am going to ask you to comment on the composition, color, mood, balance/unity and movement in the piece that you select.

"Judith and Holofernes" by Artemisia Gentileschi

"Flagellation of Christ" by Piero della Francesca

"Melancholy" by Durer
"Burial of the Count of Orgaz" by El Greco
"Penitent Magdalene" by Georges de la Tour