THE LANGUAGE OF ORNAMENT

Septebember 23 + 30, 2020  

Instructor:                  Andrea Keller

Course Dates:   (link to registration)

 

Course Description:

 Part I – The Symbolic (1 Hour)

This lecture covers the beginnings of Ornament in Architecture and the Decorative Arts, and covers both geometric forms as well as abstractions of nature.  Ornament is discussed by typology rather than geography, so that similarities in the development of form can be seen and understood.

Part II – The Representational (1 Hour)

This lecture covers Ornament that is representational or realistic, including motifs taken from nature, ornamental text, and narrative content.  These developments will be discussed by typology rather than geography, so that similarities in the development of form can be seen and understood.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To be able to identify types of Architectural Ornament
  2. To gain an ability to “read” the Language of Ornament
  3. To understand the underlying motivations behind the creation of ornamental form.
  4. To have a greater understanding of the History of Ornament and its place in the Decorative Arts.

 

Course Format:         Two one-hour lectures.