Dr. Toby Slade

Dr. Toby Slade

Associate Professor

University of Tokyo

 

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Course Outline

This course focuses on English comprehension through the theme of art. Materials in the course include art works to discuss, museum catalogues, films, and formal art history. The course gives students an opportunity to improve comprehension of both written and spoken English, improve their speaking skills through discussion and presentation, develop art and related vocabulary and learn about the history of art.

Weekly Themes:

Week 1: Guidance
Week 2: Johannes Vermeer, The Music Lesson
Week 3: Shiva & Parvati Sculpture, Hindu India
Week 4: Michelangelo’ Dream
Week 5: The David Vases, Yuan Dynasty China
Week 6: Arcimboldo: Nature and Fantasy
Week 7: Hokusai’s The Great Wave
Week 8: Paul Gauguin, Maker of Myth
Week 9: Paul Cézanne’s The Card Players
Week 10: J.M.W.Turner 
Week 11: Edward Hopper’s New York
Week 12: Mark Rothko, In the Tower
Week 13: Exam

  • Class work includes video, reading and listening tasks and students will be involved in discussions and presentations.
  • Evaluation will be based on a final exam and weekly participation.
  • This course will involve a lot of English conversation and debate about art and it therefore is advised for students who are keenly interested in the history of art and who desire to expand their English conversation skills on the subject of the visual arts.

Resources

Vermeer: The Music Lesson

Shiva & Parvati

Michelangelo's Dream Part 1

Michelangelo's Dream Part 2

Michelangelo's Dream Part 3

The David Vases

Arcimboldo: Nature and Fantasy

Hokusai's Great Wave

Gauguin: Maker of Myth Part 1

Gauguin: Maker of Myth Part 2

Gauguin Maker of Myth Part 3

Gauguin: Maker of Myth Part 4

Cézanne: The Card Players Part 1

Cézanne: The Card Players Part 2

Cézanne: The Card Players Part 3

J.M.W. Turner

Edward Hopper's New York

Mark Rothko: In the Tower

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Full Testable Vocabulary List

virginal  

halo     

orthogonal   

fulcrum   

tapestry   

recede

underscore   

statuesque   

proportioned   

sacramental   

beveled   

manipulateintensify 

emphasis

divergent

silhouette   

reenforce   

easel    

reverently   

sacred     

secular     

asceticism   

paradox   

trident  

encircle 

loin cloth   

meditation   

patriarchy   

achilles’ heel   

beguile 

sensual     

vindication   

piety     

morality   

impertinent   

theology  

curator     

refined     

allegorical   

mythological   

preparatory

appreciation  

allusive

cardinal    

virtue     

vice     

humanist   

outline    

deceit     

swirling   

chaste     

opium      

mesmerized    

parlours    

archetypal    

commissioned    

quintessentially

synonymous

reeling     

piglet      

cobalt      

assurance    

elongated   

vitrifies    

translucent    

porous      

inscription    

solemnity    

altar  

evoke      

physiognomy    

pageants     

spectacle    

exuberance    

bounty     

botany      

ravenous    

marvels    

mellow      

composite    

wit     

symbolism    

embedded    

legitimacy    

flint-stone    

avant-garde    

alchemy

fetters      

veneer      

visionary    

guise      

persona    

peasant     

persecuted    

martyr      

savage      

primitive    

robust      

refined     

thread      

paragon    

voluptuousness  

hypocrisy    

sinister      

undercurrents  

iconic      

canvas      

posed      

heroic      

depicted    

preoccupation   

rowdy      

monumental    

oil study    

anchor      

underdrawing    

contemplative   

palette      

nuances    

stoic      

stains      

flickering    

staged  

isolation    

opted-out    

aesthetic     

caricature    

tranquil    

ubiquitous   

composition    

pictorial    

mulberry paper  

hybrid      

sensibility    

overwhelmed   

ambivalence    

incursion    

flourish    

(an) impression  

reluctant    

imitated  

awkward    

lyrical      

draftsman    

seclusion    

virtuosity    

majesty   

awe      

exaltation    

humility    

fragility    

spoils      

rake     

primary colour    

indistinctness    

medium    

haziness    

topographical    

threshold  

comprehensive  

recognizably    

inhabited    

drawn to     

walk-up    

fancy     

furtive glance    

glare      

anonymous    

elongated    

poignant    

foregone

conclusion

articulate 

dichotomy    

escapism    

cinematography 

sets      

masterpiece  

enigma      

stifling      

dropped out    

claustrophobic   

idiom      

fossil     

unconscious    

luminosity    

ravishing    

brink      

glazed      

looming    

veiling      

decline      

sobriety    

encompassing     

preconceptions  

depression

 

Full Testable Concepts and Context List

Vanishing point  

Linear perspective

Major & minor accents  

Intimate space

Echoing  

Bathed in light  

Hinduism  

Eroticism  

Full relief sculpture  

Physical manifestation  

Divine attribute  

Moral allegory  

Dürer  

Phaëton  

Ganymede  

Renaissance      

Presentation drawings  

Giorgio Vasari

The Medici  

The Seven Deadly Sins (Gluttony, lust, greed, wrath, sloth, envy, pride)     

Kubla Khan        

Blue & white porcelain    

Yuan & Ming Dynasties    

Pax Mongolica & the silk road 

Marco Polo        

Percival David        

Thomas Minton’s Willow Pattern

The Habsburgs      

Holy Roman Empire      

Kunst und Wunderkammer    

Maximillian II & Rudolf II  

Order of the Golden Fleece    

Invertible paintings      

The Surrealists      

Mannerism        

Stephen Sondhein’s Pacific Overtures   

Wood block printing      

Prussian Blue        

36 Views of Mount Fuji     

Splendid Isolation      

Commodore Perry & gunboat diplomacy 

Van Gogh & Whistler      

Japonism (Japanisme)

Manet, Degas, Pizarro, Van Gogh

Bourgeoisie         

Garden of Olives      

Paradise lost, Eve and the fall, original sin

Noble Savage        

The World Fair      

Tahiti  

Aix-en-Provence      

Provençal        

The Courtauld Galley      

The Metropolian

The Barnes

The Musée d’Orsay

The Hermitage 

The Pushkin

Dutch & French genre painting

French Peasants  

History painting, genre painting, portraiture, landscape, still-life

The Royal Academy  

Joshua Reynolds

The Wye Valley        

Nicolas Poussin & Claude Lorrain 

The Sublime & Edmund Burke

The Plagues of Egypt

Carthage & Hannibal 

Napoleon, Nelson, Trafalgar & Waterloo

The Burning of the Houses of Parliament    

New England

Greenwich Village

New York

Elevated railroad 

Film noir    

Abstract Expressionism 

Latvia & the Cossacks

Milton Avery

Great Depression 

Jackson Pollock  

Willem de Kooning

Friedrich Nietzsche

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