Ryerson University:

Courses for the 2017-2018 year TBA

Queen’s University:

Landscape/Environment in Art and Visual Culture

Instructor Karla McManus, Department of Art History and Art Conservation, Winter Term, 2016

First glimpsed in the background of portraits, landscape later emerged as a genre in its own right. Artistic and cultural engagement with the land has been shaped by the changing understandings of our surrounding environment, influenced by instrumentalist, ecological, and philosophical ideas about humanity’s place in nature. By looking at the major developments in the history of landscape, and by reading the important writings of scholars that have shaped and reflected these changes, we will approach the challenge of ‘landscape/environment in art and visual culture’ with critical reappraisal.

Concordia University:

Studies in Contemporary Photographic Arts: Theory and Practice

Instructor Karla McManus, Department of Art History, Winter Term, 2013.

Through the reading of key primary texts influential to the development of contemporary photography, this course examines the inter-relationship of theory and practice in the medium.  In class discussions and lectures, students were encouraged to debate and reflect on the shifts in photographic meaning, production, and intention during the 20th and into the 21st century and to develop their own understand of the ethical, aesthetic, and conceptual role of the medium in our contemporary world.

Studies in Contemporary Photographic Arts

Co-instructors Elizabeth Cavaliere and Karla McManus, Department of Art History, Winter Term, 2012.

Through readings of key primary texts in the development of photography and the viewing of contemporary photographs, this course examines the influence of various theoretical frameworks on photographic production and the inter-relationship of theory and practice.

Aspects of the History of Photography

Instructor Karla McManus, Department of Art History, Fall Term, 2011.

In a series of thematic lectures that draw on the history of photography from its invention in the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, this course tells the larger story of photography’s development, highlighting the impact of technological, theoretical, aesthetic, and vernacular developments in the medium.

Landscape and Environment in Art

Instructor Karla McManus, Department of Art History, Winter Term, 2011.

This course traces the trajectory of landscape art in the Western art tradition as a cultural and aesthetic practice, with a particular focus on the theoretical and conceptual interpretations of landscape as both a subject and a medium through which humans have expressed their relationship to space and place. In the second half of the course, emphasis is placed on the cultural and scientific development of environmental and ecological ideas and their impact on art-making.

 Assistant Teaching:

Montreal: Evolution of a City through Architecture and Urbanism, Dr. Jean Bélisle, Summer Term, 2010, eConcordia, Concordia University Online Learning, Montreal.

Perspectives of Art History. Dr. Kristina Huneault, Fall and Winter Terms, September 2009 to April 2010, Department of Art History, Concordia University, Montreal.

History of Architecture: Renaissance to Present. Dr. Katie Cholette, Winter Term, 2009, Department of Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa.

History of Photography. Dr. Randy Innes, Fall Term, 2008, Department of Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa.

Women, Art and Society. Professor Cindy Stelmackowich, Winter Term, 2008, Department of Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa.

Visual Art and Popular Culture. Professor Julia Pine, Fall Term, 2007, Department of Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa.

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