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Introduction to Iranian/Persian Sculpture
This module introduces learners to the rich history and diverse tradition of Iranian/Persian sculpture. An overview of the evolution of Persian sculpture from its inception during ancient civilizations to contemporary times is provided. The defining characteristics of Iranian/Persian sculpture, influenced by cultural, political, and religious factors, are explored to provide a foundation for understanding the distinctive aesthetics and thematic narratives present within this art form. This module sets the stage for a deeper exploration of the various eras and styles of Iranian/Persian sculpture.

  • Overview of Iranian/Persian Sculpture History
  • Defining Characteristics of Iranian/Persian Sculpture
  • Cultural Influences on Iranian/Persian Sculpture
  • Political Influences on Iranian/Persian Sculpture
  • Religious Influences on Iranian/Persian Sculpture

Early and Medieval Periods
In this module, learners will delve into the artistic contributions of the Achaemenid and Sassanian eras, exploring the stone reliefs, monumental sculptures, rock reliefs, and stucco work characteristic of these periods. The Islamic conquest brought a transformation in artistic styles, integrating Islamic motifs and geometric patterns with traditional Persian elements. The early Islamic Persian sculpture and medieval Persian ceramic sculpture showcase a blend of religious and cultural expressions, laying the groundwork for the golden age of Persian sculpture.

The Golden Age of Persian Sculpture
This module immerses learners into the golden age of Persian sculpture, marked by intricate stone work, iconic architectural sculptures, and sophisticated techniques of metalwork and bronze casting. The materials predominantly used during this period, including stone, metal, and ceramic, are explored. Key sculptors and their contributions to the development and refinement of Persian sculpture are also discussed, offering insights into the masterpieces created during this era.

Later Dynasties and Evolving Styles
Transitioning from the golden age, this module explores the evolving styles of Persian sculpture through the Safavid, Qajar, and Pahlavi eras. The integration of calligraphy with sculpture, the influence of European art, and the emergence of life-sized statues and modern sculptural styles are discussed. Learners will gain an understanding of how Persian sculpture transitioned through various styles, influenced by political changes and global art movements.

Modern and Contemporary Iranian Sculpture
In this module, learners will explore the genesis of the modern sculptural movement in Iran, identifying key modern and contemporary Iranian sculptors and their works. Themes prevalent in modern and contemporary Iranian sculpture, along with the techniques employed, are discussed. The global recognition of modern Iranian sculptors and how they have navigated the international art scene while retaining a unique Iranian identity is also explored.

Contextual Understanding and Analysis
This module focuses on the socio-political themes depicted in Iranian/Persian sculpture and how gender and societal norms are represented in this art form. A comparative study with other regional sculptural forms will provide a broader understanding of Persian sculpture's unique attributes. The impact of historical events and the evolution of sculptural narratives over time are explored, offering a contextual understanding of Iranian/Persian sculpture.

Practical Engagement and Analysis
This hands-on module offers learners the opportunity to engage with both traditional and modern Iranian/Persian sculptural techniques through workshops. Field visits to museums and sculpture galleries, as well as critique and analysis workshops, will provide practical experience and deepen learners' appreciation and understanding of Persian sculptures. Interpretation and discussion of Persian sculptures will further enhance analytical and critical thinking skills.

Contemporary Discourse and Future Directions
Focusing on the contemporary scene, this module explores current trends, emerging sculptors, and new movements in Iranian/Persian sculpture. Discussions on the global influence and reception of Iranian/Persian sculpture will broaden learners' perspective on its international standing. Engaging in contemporary debates and discussing the future of Iranian/Persian sculpture will offer a glimpse into the ongoing evolution of this ancient art form in modern times.

Capstone Projects
The Capstone Projects provide an opportunity for learners to apply their knowledge and skills in a practical or research-based setting. Whether investigating a chosen era or sculptor, creating a piece of sculpture, reviewing an exhibition, conducting a comparative study, or engaging with local art communities, these projects aim to provide a rich, hands-on experience that complements the theoretical knowledge acquired during the course.

Additional Projects
These additional projects offer further avenues for practical engagement and deeper exploration into modern and contemporary Iranian/Persian sculpture. Group discussions, virtual gallery projects, art critique portfolios, interactive workshops, and artist interviews will enrich the learning experience, fostering a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of Iranian/Persian sculpture. Through these projects, learners will be able to interact with the art form in diverse and meaningful ways.

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