ARTH 5201 - Interrogating Australian Colonial Art

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

The course examines the arts of colonial Australia from 1788 to 1901 from a postcolonial perspective. It draws on the extensive collection of colonial works in the Gallery's collection, paying particular attention to early paintings and works on paper by John Lewin, Thomas Bock, John Glover, Eugene von Guerard, William Strutt, Alexander Schramm, S.T. Gill, and others. Some attention will also be paid to the decorative arts of colonial Australia, and to the early history of photography. The representation of Indigenous Australians by colonial artists will also be discussed, as well as issues such as the role and function of art for developing colonies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ARTH 5201
    Course Interrogating Australian Colonial Art
    Coordinating Unit Art History
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available to ProCertArtHist, GradCertArtHist, GradDipArtHist, MA(StArtHist) & MA(Cur&MuseumSt) MA students only
    Course Description The course examines the arts of colonial Australia from 1788 to 1901 from a postcolonial perspective. It draws on the extensive collection of colonial works in the Gallery's collection, paying particular attention to early paintings and works on paper by John Lewin, Thomas Bock, John Glover, Eugene von Guerard, William Strutt, Alexander Schramm, S.T. Gill, and others. Some attention will also be paid to the decorative arts of colonial Australia, and to the early history of photography. The representation of Indigenous Australians by colonial artists will also be discussed, as well as issues such as the role and function of art for developing colonies.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Catherine Speck

    Art Art Gallery of South Australia
    Nick Mitzevich, Director 
    Lisa Slade, Project Curator
    Julie Robinson, Senior Curator, Prints, Drawing and Photographs
    Maria Zagala, Associate Curator, Prints, Drawing and Photographs 
    Tracey Lock-Weir, Curator of Australian Paintings and Sculpture
    Robert Reason, Curator of European and Australian Decorative Arts
    Nici Cumpston, Associate Curator of Australian Paintings, Sculpture and Indigenous Art 

    University of Adelaide 
    Professor Catherine Speck  
    Napier 313

    phone 8313 5746
    email: catherine.speck@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
    1 Knowledge of a range of art historical viewpoints, styles and interpretative contexts relevant to Australian Colonial art.
    2 An ability to synthesise different research approaches and evaluate scholarly perspectives to formulate informed and independent conclusions about Australian colonial art from a post-colonial perspective. 
    3 An ability to develop a range of approaches to understanding art.
    4 An understanding of specialised art historical terminology and methods and theories.
    5 An ability to demonstrate competent visual analysis skills.
    6 An ability to discuss the significance of art not only in terms of aesthetics, but also as a useful way to construct arguments, articulate key ideas clearly and communicate intelligibly in written and oral forms of expression.
    7 An ability to demonstrate effective research sills using library and other information sources in order to define areas of inquiry for the preparation of essays.
    8 An ability to listen effectively and respectfully to the viewpoints of others and participate actively in a cooperative learning environment in tutorial activities and discussions.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course Handbook
    Course Reader 

    Recommended Resources · 
    Lecture notes and tutorial images (on PowerPoint) ·

    Barr Smith Library Resource Guide: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/guide/hum/history/art.html
    Recommended Resources
    Key texts:

    Radford, R and Hylton, Jane, Australian Colonial Art: 1800-1900, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 1995.

    Bonyhady, Tim, The Colonial Earth, Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, 2000. The above books are available from the Art Gallery of South Australian Bookshop. Readers are provided.
    Online Learning
    Art Gallery of South Australia online collection database. 

    Lecture notes and powepoints are available online.

    Barr Smith library databases.

    Other Gallery online collections - via google searches.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The lectures provide discussion of key topics central to an in-depth history of Australian colonial art, and how to interrogate that history. This is complemented and developed further by focused tutorial case studies centred on oral presentations and small group discussion of the prescribed tutorial readings and images.

    It is essential that students complete the weekly tutorial readings in order to share ideas, interpret subject matter, develop essential analysis skills and work together cooperatively. Material covered in the lectures and tutorials also provides the basic content for the final piece of assessment.

    Art Gallery classes held around works of art similary cover discussion and analysis of key art works central to developing knowledge of Australian colonial art and how to 'read' such imagery.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The course is composed of eight weeks of university lectures (1 hour ) and tutorials (1.5 hours) as well as four weeks of gallery sessions (2 hours). Students are required to complete the weekly tutorial readings in advance of the tutorials and complete additional reading for their assessment tasks.

    Please note that 6-unit courses in HUMSS are designed on the assumption that all learning and assessment activities (including lectures, tutorials, preparatory work, research and writing of assignments etc.) will require approximately 312 hours.




    Learning Activities Summary
    LEARNING ACTIVITIES 

    Display Review 15%
    Slide Test 15%
    Tutorial Presentation 10%
    Tutorial Essay 25%
    Research Essay35%
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Display Review (1,000 words)
    Weighting: 15%
    Due Date: week 4 
    Task description: Write a review of the display of one wall of colonial artworks in the recently rehung Elder Wing at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Your review should include discussion of the artworks, the artists, the display itself and how the work is displayed to promote meaning and interpretation. 

    Slide Test: At the end of the course your knowledge of some of the key images covered during the lectures will be examined by a slide test. The slides will be on the web at www.myuni.adelaide.edu.au.
    Prior to the exam you will be given a list of between 25-30 slides and those included in the exam will be drawn from this list. 
    Weighting: 15%
    Date: Week 13  

    Tutorial presentation 
    Topics are listed under the weekly university tutorials in the Course Guide and will be allocated at the University tutorial in the first week of semester.
    You are required to give an oral presentation to your tutorial group with a view to generating discussion and receiving feedback for the tutorial essay. Weighting: 10% Time: 15 minutes
    Tutorial Paper (2,500 – 3,000 words)
    Value: 20% 
    The tutorial essay is focussed on the topic of the tutorial oral presentation.
    The tutorial essay is due one week after the tutorial oral presentation. 

    Research Essay (3000 – 3,500 words) 
    Research essay topics are based on key themes discussed in the course and are listed in the Course Guide 
    Weighting: 40%
    Deadline: week 14
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    Student feedback is provided on all written work, and on oral presentations in  both university and art gallery sessions, and SELTS are administered in week 12.

    MyUni is utilised to let students know about all manner of related art events, exhibitions and so on relevant to the course and students are encouraged to post notices too.
  • Student Support
    In addition  to the full range of support agencies  available at the University, such as counselling and disability,  there is support in academic writing  available at the Writing Centre in The Hub.

    The course coordinator is also available for consultation by appointment.
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    http://www.hss.adelaide.edu.au/historypolitics/ohs

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