Visual Arts and Aesthetics

Session 1: October 17 – December 12, 2018

Wednesday, 5:15 PM – 6:45 PM

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Through museum and gallery visits, online images, readings, and discussion, students will learn several
ways of approaching and viewing visual arts. These will include the language of formal analysis, iconography, and semiotics, as well as an exploration of neuroaesthetics. Discussion includes the traditional framework of an historical narrative of art and a search for commonalities across cultures and eras.

Students develop a language for better understanding and appreciating art from a wide variety of periods, styles, and movements. They benefit from a slow art approach to looking deeply and with intent at original works of art in the OUMA collection. They leave with a ‘toolkit’ of techniques they can use for any museum or gallery visit which will greatly enhance their enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts.

Tuition: $325.00 (includes two field trips)

Textbook: Visual Culture 2nd Edition



Prof. Elizabeth H. Peterson |

Elizabeth Peterson is the Director of the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Art & Culture and Museum Studies.  A former exhibition administrator with MoMA, Peterson has 20 years’ experience in nonprofit management and collections care.