Art in Spain

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Art in Spain

  • Host University

    Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Art History, European Studies, History, Studio Art

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course: ART IN SPAIN
    Course number: CH3161
    ECTS credits: 6
    Prerequisites: None

    This course will analyze main artistic manifestations in Painting in Madrid and will provide you with the tools to identify, classify, understand, criticize and appreciate the most relevant Spanish art works, particularly those to be found in Madrid.
    You will have the opportunity to learn by seeing, feeling, living the art and its expressions in Madrid as you study the painted art works in situ. To this end, you will explore the most relevant museums in Madrid that hold the artistic expressions of the painters studied in this course. In your study of painting you will be able to recognize and personally analyze the most important works of Spanish painters such as El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya in the magnificent Prado Museum; and Picasso, Dalí and
    other contemporary authors at the Centro de Arte Museo Reina Sofía.

    Learning outcomes
    - to classify the main artistic movements into their correspondent historical
    - to acquire and employ technical glossary on materials, art tools, styles,
    - to critically analyze a work of art
    - to generate comparisons between international styles and artists
    - to be able to expound (orally and written) art concepts in an organized way

    Educational Activities

    Educational activities will be developed by means of different didactic strategies:

    - Theory and Practica
    - Collective and individual tutoring
    - In-class presentations

    - Daily assignments
    - Team work assignments
    - Workshops and additional training
    - Extra-learning activities: field trips

    Attending Hours: 45 hours

    The majority of the course syllabus follows the main methodological guidelines of the Communicative Approach, based on the core principles of procedure conception and constructive acquisition of knowledge. The methodology is based on the teaching- learning procedures, focused on the learner, which encourages active participation and results in the development of general and specific competencies that prove knowledge, capacities and attitudes for their future professional careers.

    Form of Assessment

    The form of assessment is based on the core principles of the educational assessment, i.e., an active and participative teaching-learning process focused on the
    learner. The instructor will use numerous and differentiated forms of assessment to
    calculate the final grade you receive for this course. For the record, these are listed and weighted below. The content, criteria and specific requirements for each assessment category will be explained in greater detail in class.

    The final grade consists of three parts: class participation, daily work and exams
    - 33% Active in-class participation
    - 33% daily work
    - 34% exams

    Grading Scale goes from 0 to 10.

    Numerical Grade Range
    Letter grade Percentage Range
    10 A+ 100%
    9.5 - 9.9 A 95 -99%
    9 - 9.4 A- 90-94%
    8.5 - 8.9 B+ 85-89%
    7.5- 8.4 B 75-84%
    7 - 7.4 B- 70-74%
    6.5 - 6.9 C+ 65-69%
    6 - 6.4 C 60-64%
    5 - 5.9 C- 5-59%
    0-4.9 F 0-49%

    The final grade will be the average of active in-class participation, daily work and exams.

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is compulsory. In order to excuse any absence, students have to deliver a

    doctor's note or any valid justification.
    An absence is equivalent to a session. Two delays of more than 15 minutes will be considered as an absence.
    Any unjustified absence will affect negatively students' final grade by dropping their participation grade.

    Participation grade will be dropped in the following way:

    3 unjustified absences - 30%
    4 unjustified absences - 40%
    5 unjustified absences - 50%
    If a student has more than 5 unjustified absences, the PARTICIPATION GRADE will zero (0).
    Any student with 7 or more absences will NOT pass the course. Those students whose absences have been properly justified will get No presentado (N.P). Absences
    do NOT excuse the fulfillment of tasks, papers or essays.

    Active Participation

    The methodology used in class demands from the student a daily participation in the following aspects:
    - To answer the questions done in class;
    - To establish debates about the topics in class;
    - To relate the actual politics with past history;
    - To analyze the class slides.

    Criteria for Assessing Class Participation Grade
    The student very often contributes with important and original comments that encourage debate, using critical and analytical arguments clearly based on reading, investigation, daily work, and class work.

    The student frequently participates voluntarily and makes valuable contributions that are generally based on reflection and daily work

    The student makes eventual comments, practically only when asked, and shows no clear interest in the course. The student does not start a debate nor shows a clear
    understanding of the importance of class/homework and readings.

    5- 6.9
    The student makes no comments at all, or makes irrelevant or distracting ones during class. This is usually a result from frequent absences or lack of preparation for the class.


    Daily Work
    Daily work will be made up of a variety of assignments, readings and researches to be done after class.

    Exams /Presentations/Essays
    There will be a Mid-term exam and a Final exam. Written or oral format could be possible as well as presentations regarding the specific features of the course.
    If any student does NOT take an exam, deliver a paper or attend to any presentation, they will get a grade of zero (0) in this part.

    Exams dates are enclosed in the attached document.

    * A warning on plagiarism. When writing a research paper or an essay exam you must identify your intellectual indebtedness to the authors you have read. This can be done through footnotes, bibliography, or by making a direct reference to the scholar or author in question. Failure to do so will be considered plagiarism. Plagiarism is the most serious academic offence you can incur in and could have serious consequences for you.


    - Pook, & Newall, Introduction (pp. xvii-xxi)
    - Pook, & Newall, Glossary of terms (pp. 217- 227)

    Overview of syllabus with focus on course objectives

    Looking at paintings: the analysis of a
    picture. Basic artistic
    elements: light and color; volume and perspective; visual perceptions.


    Impact of the Counter- Reformation on Spanish Art

    2. EL GRECO Religious paintings
    and portraits

    The Holly Trinity
    The Martyrdom of St. Maurice Christ Carrying the Cross


    Basic characteristics and an overview of the works of Ribera, Murillo and Zurbarán


    5. "I see you seeing me, in you I see myself seen and I see you seeing yourself being seen" Or What is hidden in Las Meninas

    Reading behind Velázquez's paintings Velazquez's masterpieces at Prado:
    Earthly vision of Gods, Court Jesters and Royal Portraits

    Velázquez as a court painter
    Official portraits and Historic works Customs and mythology


    The Neoclassic period and the new tendencies in architecture, sculpture, and painting

    7. GOYA
    Goya before being Goya

    Cartoons for the Royal Tapestry
    Popular topics

    The Wedding
    The Wine Harvest

    8. GOYA
    An intruder in the Court

    Portraits, the Majas and the Black Paintings

    The Dream/Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters
    Goya´s drawing and engraving albums

    Introduction to

    The change of the century; new trends: Impressionism,

    Avant-Garde and its understanding tools

    Related terms
    Avant-garde, contemporary, cubism, dada, expressionism, functionalism/function, futurism, installation/installation art, ism, mass culture/mass, movement, pop/pop art/popular, primitivism, psychoanalysis/psychology, surrealism.

    10. "A painting is an addition of destructions"
    Picasso and the stages of Cubism

    "Every child is an artist. It's a challenge to remain an artist when you grow up". -Picasso Artistic and personal stages, interest and styles

    Surrealism, Dali?s artistic and personal stages

    The Automatic Writing and

    Process of Images A movie without plot: Surrealism and Cinema

    Final Exam Review

    Course content review

    Course content review


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