Japanese Art and Society: From Jomon Pottery to Superflat (JPN4714.01)

Ikuko Yoshida

This is the seventh term Japanese course. In this intermediate course, students will learn various art forms in Japan from pottery in the Jomon Era (about 14,000 BC – 300BC) to Takashi Murakami’s so-called “superflat,” a postmodern art movement, in the Heisei Era (1989 -2019). As they learn about Japanese art, they will analyze elements of Japanese aesthetics that were shared in various art forms during each period. Students will also examine what societal changes influenced the changes in art. There are numerous points in the long Japanese history where the styles of Japanese art changed drastically and/or new art forms arose because of what was happening in Japan during that time. Throughout the course, students will create their own digital art archive to demonstrate their understanding of art history in Japan and why and how new art forms/movements arose in Japan and were brought to Japan.

Students will continue to develop their linguistic and cognitive skills by investigating and researching answers to questions like:
1) How did styles of pottery change when rice agriculture was brought to Japan from China?
2) How did Japanese isolation from foreign countries during the Edo period bring changes to Japanese paintings?
3) How did Buddhism influence Japanese art?


Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to
1. Develop their linguistic and cognitive skills through the analyses of Japanese texts.
2. Raise valid questions on what they’ve learned.
3. Effectively discuss their thoughts and ideas in a culturally appropriate manner.
4. Critically analyze, evaluate, and reflect on obtained information.
5. Critically analyze and evaluate what societal changes influenced the changes in art.
6. Become independent learners who are curious about the world.
7. Conduct research independently.



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Six terms of Japanese or permission of the instructor. Contact: IYoshida@bennington.edu.
Corequisites: CSL Series.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 10:30AM - 12:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 5
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Japanese
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