The course content is about the concepts of aesthetic values of art and its features by analyzing a wide spectrum of examples in Chinese art forms across time which aimed at develop students’ abilities to appreciate Chinese fine art by using various example in painting, calligraphy, ceramic, bronze and other artifacts to discuss meaningful topics. For example, What is art? How do we define “Chinese art” in the past and present? New archaeological findings change the history of Chinese art; Art and traditional daily life; The modern interpretation of ancient painting; Comparison of Chinese painting and western painting; From, lines and Chinese characters to calligraphy; Between modernity and tradition: Chinese art in the 20th century etc.
Besides traditional classroom learning (Lecture and tutorial with images, video and multimedia based study materials) students have to attend museum visit and painting workshops, which will integrate and generate students’ knowledge through exploration.