ART 12. Elements of Style in Music. Fall, Spring. The Department. 3 meetings weekly. Half credit. This course provides an introduction to perceptive listening, an exploration of the history of music, an understanding of how music reflects the society and culture in which it was created, and basic instruction in singing and playing. Students will begin with a survey of musical instruments and the nature of sound production. They will explore basic elements of music such as rhythm, melody, and tone. The class will then continue with a three-week introduction to the basics of singing and tone production. Following that, students will learn to play steel drums. The class ends with a study of Western Art Music from Medieval Gregorian chants and Renaissance madrigals to the Baroque and Classical works of Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, through nineteenth-century-romantic piano and orchestral compositions to the neoclassicism of Stravinsky, serialism of Schoenberg, and the music being composed today!
ART 11. Elements of Style in Art History. Fall, Spring. The Department. 3 meetings weekly. Half credit. This course introduces students to the elements of style in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Students will gain an appreciation of works from diverse cultures and periods, with particular emphasis on the western tradition during the second quarter. Students will develop the vocabulary of art criticism as they learn to articulate their observations with precision and to interpret these observations through compelling analysis. Students will also explore the concept of period style, and they will fuse this understanding of style with the appropriate historical contexts. Through writing approximately four essays over the course of the semester, students will become increasingly confident in their critical judgment and will leave the course with a better understanding of the expressive power of the visual arts.
ART 13. Elements of Style in Studio Art. Fall, Spring. The Department. 3 meetings weekly. Half credit. This course is designed to develop a student's ability to see, recognize, and come to terms with various artistic forms. Students will be introduced to drawing, color theory, composition, design, three-dimensional forms, perspective, and collage.
Elements of Style stamp set is on page 99 of your Idea Book and Catalogue. It is a set of 5 stamps and costs just $39.95 for the clear version and $49.95 for those who prefer the wood mounted stamps.
The Elements of Style is one of the most important books that I own. Although I'm out of college, I refer to it again and again. Even if I'm not correcting grammar or punctuation, I'll still open the book to see what beautiful writing looks like. The writing is so darn clear that I often joke, 'If God wanted someone to teach Jesus how to write, God would have hired Strunk and White.' The last chapter deals with writing and how to craft one's own voice. This is valuable for everyone, and although Elements isn't a 'how to' book on fiction writing, I've found S&W's advice to be sound while working on novels and short stories. Keep this book in your coat pocket. Study it at red lights or on the subway. This book is timeless.