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CLS Class Highlight – Art of the Non-Western World

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What class?

Art of the Non-Western World

Why is it cool?

Art encompasses more than just splashes of color on a canvas, it is a language speaking to us of time, places and people. It is woven into the very fabric of the human experience. Art of the Non-Western World exposes students to that experience, bringing a unique perspective to different cultures.

This course takes students on a journey exploring cultural themes in non-western art from the ancient to modern worlds. Specifically, the class examines the role that art history plays in the study of these visual objects. Working within historical frameworks, students develop a newfound perspective and visualization of African art; Asian art of India, China and Japan; Native American art of North Mesoamerica; South American art; and art of the Pacific. They also develop skills that contextualize art history within their everyday lives.

Art of the Non-Western World helps develop art vocabulary, introducing the different definitions and terminologies used in the field. Students also have the opportunity to formulate and express their own ideas about how social values are experienced through the humanities. Upon completing the course, they will better understand what impact the humanities have on different societies.

Every single society that exists has been represented by art—the unspoken language of human existence. With the technical skills and insight students will have developed with this course, they can begin exploring the world and translating the artistic language of the humanities. Ultimately, their interpretations and how they make sense of the world around them will help others better understand that language as well.

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Deah Caldwell
Deah Caldwell is a Future Student Services advisor for the College of Liberal Studies. In 2010, she earned her master’s degree in History from the University of Central Oklahoma. She also contributes to Insight magazine, the CLS blog and CLS web content efforts.

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