The Nighthawks Phenomenon… The Journal of Jason Ferisonby Art Jacobson on Jan. 21, 2013, under American Art, Art Appreciation, Edward Hopper, Fine Art, George Bellows, Grant Wood, Jason Ferison, Paranormal Events, Winslow Homer
It began here, with a no-problem Fine Art course that promised to be kind to my GPA.
Fine Arts 106 Spring Semester
Course Title: Seeing Art
Instructor: Barbara Celarent, MFA
The course is designed for the student who is not a Fine Arts major. It is intended for students who want to develop their skills as appreciative viewers of fine art and in the process learn to see the world around them with greater clarity and understanding.
In this digital age we are accustomed to a bombardment of flashing image streams, the impact and meaning of which depend on what amounts to a film-strip velocity. Seldom do we concentrate on a single image in the strip of images.
In this course we will spend the semester looking at works by such American painters as Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, George Bellows and Winslow Homer. (For image sources and complete list see my website: http://www.University.fa106.edu)
Assignment One Image: Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks.” This may be familiar to some students as it is frequently satirized. Some of you may have this on your laptops already as one of the provided desktop images. If not see the source list on my web site.
1. Spend at least 1/2 hour each day looking at the image. Keep a journal each day of what you see, what puzzles you, what emotions, if any are aroused in you; and what you actually see. Don’t just glance at it; let yourself be drawn into the picture. Try not to “make up” some story for the picture, simply look and describe.
2. E-mail or hand in your journals once a week.
3. Your final grade depends on these journals and a term paper to be discussed with the instructor.
There will be no final exam.
So how much of a problem could this possibly be?
(To be continued)