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Monday, August 07, 2017

Explore American art and design in Tulsa in a one-credit-hour course this fall

Students will visit museums, neighborhoods to discover local culture



Spend a few Saturdays exploring art and design at museums, art galleries and neighborhoods rich with unique architecture in the OSU-Tulsa American Art and Design Criticism class this fall.

Herb Gottfried, former head of the OSU art department and professor emeritus at Cornell University, will lead the course through explorations of paintings, photographs, furniture and architecture at several locales in Tulsa, including art galleries, museums and neighborhoods.

“The intent is to introduce students to the act of impressionistic writing about art and design,” he said. “Students will learn what a cultural resource Tulsa can be in learning about art and culture.”

The five-week course is a practicum in writing criticism of works of art and design, and students will write a 500-word paper developed from direct engagement with the works each week.

The course will meet from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays from Aug. 26 to Sept. 23. The class is open to students at OSU-Tulsa and OSU-Stillwater. Members of the public are welcome to enroll in the course as a non-degree seeking student.

Unraveling the meaning of art through the study of composition

“Students will learn to look at something first at an impressionistic level, looking to see what it is made of, the medium and composition,” Gottfried said. “Once they learn to analyze the composition of a work, the composition reveals ideas that begin to tell us what the work means.”

Herb Gottfried

Students will visit Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art, Brookside and 108 Contemporary Gallery in the Brady Arts District. Art and design works will include landscape paintings and photographs, European paintings, war propaganda posters and local architecture.

There is still time to enroll in the American Art and Design Criticism course for the Fall 2017 semester. Contact your academic counselor or visit myOKSTATE and search for "American Art/Design Criticism American Studies - 70224."  

Interested members of the public should complete an undergraduate admission application and pay the $40 fee. After admission, visit Enrollment Services for questions about the course or to enroll. Those who want to audit the course will need to fill out an additional form during enrollment.

The OSU Bachelor of Arts degree program in American studies provides a broad and multidisciplinary education to enable graduates to pursue careers in a wide range of fields including business, nonprofit organizations, the arts, public history, academia, law, research and media. OSU-Tulsa's course offerings incorporate Tulsa history, culture and experiences, such as the Tulsa Public Cultures class.

To learn more, visit the OSU American Studies website. For questions about the OSU-Tulsa program, visit the degree program website.

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