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CLS 133 — Science, Technology, Art: An Interwoven History

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 31—Aug 28
Time: 6:45—8:45 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Aug 2
Unit: 1
Tuition: $360
Instructor(s): David G. Stork
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:45—8:45 pm (PT)
Jul 31—Aug 28
5 weeks
Refund Date
Aug 2
1 Unit
David G. Stork
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
This course explores the interwoven histories of science, technology, and art from the late medieval period to today. We will discover how artists leveraged advances in science in developing their works and how technologists solved some of the most confounding problems confronting these artists. A few of the questions we will consider include: How did the invention of oil paints lead to the heightened realism of Renaissance masters such as Jan van Eyck and Raphael? Did the Dutch master van Eyck use projection optics to achieve his sublime realism? How did post-impressionists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac apply color theory to their pointillist works? And how did science and technology help expose fake art purported to be by Amedeo Modigliani and Jackson Pollock? Topics we will cover along the way include the geometry of perspective, the optics of image making, visual perception of color, the chemistry of pigments, perception of form and illusions, and the role of computing in art. Understanding the ways in which science and technology underlie the history of art will allow students to see both classic and modern works with richer, more informed eyes.

Independent Scholar

David G. Stork has held faculty positions in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, computer science, statistics, neuroscience, psychology, and art and art history at Wellesley, Swarthmore, Clark University, Boston University, Stanford, and the Technical University of Vienna. He received a PhD in physics from the University of Maryland.

Textbooks for this course:

(Recommended) David Falk, Dieter Brill, David Stork, Seeing the Light: Optics in Nature, Photography, Color, Vision, and Holography (Updated Edition) (ISBN 978-1635619232)