ART HIST 3Q03 COLOURS OF THE WORLD
Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2014/2015
Instructor: Dr. Angela Sheng
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 425
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23156
Office Hours: Wednesdays 13:30-14:30 pm or by appointment
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
- Other Course Information
This course aims to examine how people of earlier times and different cultures extracted colours from their environment for different uses in their daily lives. This course also aims to empower students to work collaboratively in small groups, undertake independent projects, and make presentations with confidence.
By the end of the course, students should be able to analyze colours in terms of their properties and above all, they should have acquired the inquiry skills to deconstruct the meaning of colour in the cultural context of the producers and users of colour.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
Ball, Philip. 2001. Bright Earth, art and the invention of color (The University of Chicago Press). N 7432.7 .B35 2003
Deutscher, Guy. 2010. Through the Language Glass, why the world looks different in other languages (Picador).
Finlay, Victoria. 2002. Colour, travels through the paintbox (Sceptre). ND1488 .F56 2002
Pentak, Stephen and Richard Roth. 2004. Color Basics (Thomson and Wadsworth).
Ball, Philip, Mark Clarke, and Carinna Parraman. 2013. Colour in the Making (Black Dog Publishing).
Please note that students will pay for materials such as paper, cardboards and color crayons or pencils or watercolors or acrylic, etc. for making presentations.
Method of Assessment:
Written Assignment 1 due September 12, 10%
Presentations on September 26, 15%
Term Journal due October 29, 10%
Take-home Midterm due Midterm October 22, 20%
Take-home Exam due December 15, 2014, 25%
Term Journal due December 15, 2014, 10%
Full Attendance, 5%
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)
This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.
No extensions and Make-up Quiz without a timely medical certificate.
Late penalties: for every day past the due date, 5% of the assignment’s grade.
To get A+ requires correct spelling and grammar on all written work.
A+ 90-100 B+ 77-79 C+ 67-69 D+ 57-59
A 85-89 B 73-76 C 63-66 D 53-56
A- 80-84 B- 70-72 C- 60-62 D- 50-52
Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.
Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Email correspondence policy
It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student. Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.
Modification of course outlines
The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.
McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)
In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.
Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities
Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.
Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.
Topics and Readings:
Texts plus additional materials accessed online or on reserve at Mills Library.
Week 1 (Sept. 5) Introduction, Form Groups
Through the Language Glass, Part I, The Language Mirror
Week 2 (Sept. 10, 12) Perception and Verbal Expression, First Assignment due Sept. 12
Color Basics, Ch. 1 Introduction
Through the Language Glass, Part II, The Language Lens
Week 3 (Sept. 17, 19) Theories of Colour
Color Basics, Ch. 2 Color Systems
Bright Earth, Ch. 1 The Eye of the Beholder and Ch. 2 Plucking the Rainbow
Gage, John. 1999. Ch. 9 Newton and Painting in his Color and Meaning: Art, Science and Symbolism (University of California Press), pp. 134-143.
ON RESERVE AT MILLS ND 1488 .G344 1999
by Hurst, George Henry. Published 1916
Located: ONLINE: Online XX(2502533.1)Item type: e-Book
Week 4 (Sept. 24, 26) Early Pigments, Group Presentations on Sept. 26
Color Basics, Ch. 3 Color in Context
Bright Earth, Ch. 3 The Force of Vulcan and Ch. 4 Secret Recipes
Colour in the Making, Early Colour Making, pp. 1-65.
Colour, travels through the paintbox.
Week 5 (Oct. 1, 3) Cultural Constructions
Finlay, R. “Weaving the Rainbow: Visions of Color in World History” in Journal of World History 18, 4 (2007), pp. 383-431. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20079447
Bright Earth: Ch. 5 Masters of Light and Shadow and Ch. 6 Old Gold
Boulogne, Stéphanie Karine. “Glass Bracelets in the Medieval and Early Modern Middle East: Design and Color as Identity Markers” in A. Feeser et al. (eds.) The Materiality of Color, The Production, Circulation, and Application of Dyes and Pigments, 1400-1800 (Ashgate), pp. 185-198. ON RESERVE
Week 6 (Oct. 8, 10) How Colours Work
Color Basics, Ch. 4 Color in Practice: Two-Dimensional
Taussig, Michael. 2006. “What Color is the Sacred?” Critical Inquiry, Vol. 33, No. 1 (Autumn 2006), pp. 28-51. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/509745
Bassett, Molly Harbour and Jeanette Favrot Peterson, “Coloring the Sacred in Sixteenth-Century Central Mexico” in A. Feeser et al. (eds.) The Materiality of Color, The Production, Circulation, and Application of Dyes and Pigments, 1400-1800 (Ashgate), pp. 45-64. ON RESERVE
Hemming, Jessica. 2012. “Red, White, and Black in Symbolic Thought: The Tricolor Folk Motif, Colour naming, and Trichromaric Vision” in Folklore 123, 3 (2012), pp. 310-329. http://journals2.scholarsportal.info.libaccess.lib.mcmaster.ca/details/0015587x/v123i0003/310_rwabismcnatv.xml
Week 7 (Oct. 15, 17) The Colour of Skin (Take-home Midterm due Oct. 22)
Color Basics, Ch. 5 Color in Practice: Three-Dimensional
Goldenberg, David M. 2003. Part Two The Color of Skin in his The Curse of Ham, Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Princeton University Press).
ON RESERVE AT MILLS BS 580 .H27 G65 2003
Week 8 (Oct. 22, 24)
Color Basics, Ch. 6 Color in Nature and Culture
Buono, Amy. “Crafts of Color: Tupi Tapiragei in Early Colonial Brazil” in A. Feeser et al. (eds.) The Materiality of Color, The Production, Circulation, and Application of Dyes and Pigments, 1400-1800 (Ashgate), pp. 235-246. ON RESERVE
Week 9 (Oct. 29) Synthetic Colours
Colour in the Making: Nineteenth Century Colour, pp. 88-147
Gage, John. 1999. Ch. 15 Chevreul between Classicism and Romanticism in his Color and Meaning: Art, Science and Symbolism (University of California Press), pp. 196-208.
Bright Earth: Ch. 7 The Prismatic Metals
Week 10 (Nov. 5, 7) Asian Paradigms
Forbes, Edward. 1932. “Materials Used in Japanese Painting” in Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum, 1, 3 (1932): pp. 48-52. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4300900 .
Yu, Fei’an. 1988. Transl. by Jerome Silbergeld and Amy McNair. Chinese Painting Colors: studies on their preparation and application in traditional and modern times (Hong Kong University Press and University of Washington Press).
Chapters 1 The Varieties an d Nature of Chinese Painting Colors and Chapter 2 The Development of Chinese Painting Colors. Chapter 3 The Characteristics of Chinese Ink.
ON RESERVE at Mills ND1510.Y813 1988
Week 11 (Nov. 19, 21) Light and Dark
Bright Earth: Ch. 8 The Reign of Light and Ch. 13 Mind over Matter
Gage, John. 1999. Ch.18 Matisses’ Black Light and Ch. 19 Colour as Language in Early Abstract Painting in his Color and Meaning: Art, Science and Symbolism (University of California Press), pp. 228-240.
Week 12 (Nov. 26, 28) Colour as Disguise and Marker
Schafer, Edward H. 1956. “The Early History of Lead Pigments and Cosmetics in China.” In T’oung Pao, Second Series, 44, 4/5 (1956): pp. 413-438.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4527434
Lozier, Jean-Francois. 2012. “Red Ochre, Vermilion, and the Transatlantic Cosmetic Encounter” in A. Feeser et al. (eds.) The Materiality of Color, The Production, Circulation, and Application of Dyes and Pigments, 1400-1800 (Ashgate), pp. 119-138.
Blaszzczyk, Regina Lee. 2012. “Nationalism” in her The Color Revolution (MIT Press), pp. 71-93. ONLINE
Please note that there might be some adjustment to the above topics and dates depending on the progress of the class. If so, such adjustment will be announced in class.
Other Course Information:
Attendance of all classes is mandatory. Lectures will cover supplementary materials.
REFERENCES, all on reserve at Mills Library:
Harley, R. D. 1970. Artists’ Pigments, c. 1600-1835, A Study in English documentary Source. (London: Butterworths). ND 1510. H36
Yu, Fei’an, transl. by Jerome Silbergeld and Amy McNair. 1988. Chinese Painting Colours, Studies of Their Preparation and Application in Traditional Modern Times. (Hong Kong University Press and University of Washington Press).
Gage, John. 1999. Color and Meaning: Art, Science and Symbolism (University of California Press). ND 1488 .G344 1999
Feeser et al. (eds.). 2012. The Materiality of Color, The Production, Circulation, and Application of Dyes and Pigments, 1400-1800 (Ashgate).
Goldenberg, David M. 2003. The Curse of Ham, Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Princeton University Press). BS 580 .H27 G65 2003
Blaszzczyk, Regina Lee. 2012. “Nationalism” in her The Color Revolution (MIT Press). ONLINE access through Mills.
When necessary, additional references will be posted on Avenue to Learn.