GET1019 Patrons of the Arts

Prof. Greg Dean Petersen (aka Greg/Prof Greg)

  • Office Location: YSTCM: Studio 16 (3rd fl, near lifts)
  • Office Hours: 8am-4pm unless I’m in a meeting or classroom.
  • Office Phone: (65) 6516-3363 (I’ll answer if I’m in my office)
  • Email: (response time typically 1-2 business days)


Course Description

This course is a conceptual and practical introduction to the complex networks that drive “patronage,” including multifarious kinds of patronage. Issues raised and debated include exploring money, religion, politics, social classes, and many other social constructs that influence what art people support, and why they, especially you, support different kinds of art.  Critical thinking and expression skills will be developed through written assessments, classroom discussions, and contributions to blog postings related to the module materials.

Course Objectives

  • Identify major western historical leaders and their influence on the arts, including core knowledge of names, places, and dates.
  • Summarize, interpret, and predict how money, religion, politics, and social status affect the arts.
  • Assess and discriminate between and among these issues.
  • Integrate the knowledge and draw reasonable conclusions using supporting evidence.

Required Materials


Grading Criteria

  • Comprehension: To what extent do you know and understand the basic meaning and significance of the information?
  • Analysis: To what extent do you recognize the various components of the information and their relationships?
  • Evaluation: To what extent do you understand the validity and value of the information?
  • Inference: To what extent are you able to make decisions and predictions based on your Analysis and Evaluation?


Weekly Quizzes: 25%

  • To make the classroom experience as engaging as possible, everyone needs to have a basic understanding of the assigned course material before coming to class (see “required” material at the top of each blog page for the week). Consequently, you will have a short timed quiz at the beginning of each class. You must get at least 50% on the quiz to “pass” and participate in the NUS curve at the end of the semester.

Classroom Participation: 25%

  • Everyone ready to begin class on time begins with the same neutral/”C” score.
  • Participation can, and should, begin before you enter the classroom by posting questions on the blog by 11:59pm the day before your class.
  • You can add to your score by making a notable positive contribution to a class environment by asking an evaluation or inference questions, responding to classmates with counter-arguments or counter-questions in a respectful manner, and answering question using clear ideas and strong supporting details, etc.
  • You can deduct from your score by unauthorised electronic use, chatting in class, arriving late or leaving early without an official excuse, answering comprehension or analysis questions incorrectly, responding to classmates disrespectfully, etc.
    • *Please note: The only authorized electronic use in the classroom is during Socrative exercises, and only one electronic devise is permitted per group during Socrative exercises.
  • Socrative exercises count as part of your classroom participation grade and are curved based on the quality.

Classroom Presentation, 15%

  • Each student will give a 5-7 minute presentation on a specific case study related to the materials for the week and the course.
  • Your presentation should have an overarching argument (main idea), that has several supporting idea and supporting details.
    • The main idea should be yours.
    • The supporting ideas should come from the course materials.
    • The supporting details should be primarily from the art, but can come from any of the five kinds of supporting details.
  • Please avoid the typical traps if you want to pass this assessment:
    • Trap 1, The Short Cut: presenting typical internet information, which is rarely linked to the course material
    • Trap 2, Segmenting: it seems that most students want to do something like the following: 1. historical information, 2. background on the artist, 3. background on the piece, 4. talk about the course materials, 5. talk about the work; this means you have no clear MI and weak SIs and SDs.
  • Deadline: Variable, depending on sign-ups.

Philanthropic Statement, 15%

  • Each student needs to complete a Philanthropic Statement (will cover these in detail in the early weeks of the semester).
  • Deadline: End of Week 6 in IVLE folder “Philanthropy.”

Grant Proposal: 20%

  • The final assignment in this course is a proposal to do some kind of meaningful art project.
  • Deadline: Wednesday of Reading Week in IVLE folder “Proposal.”


Absences and Late Work

  • You are responsible for the material assigned and covered in class. If you miss class, it is not my responsibility to give you a personal class. Students wishing to discuss missed discussions with me must first meet with two classmates and bring your notes with you to be used as discussion points.
  • Late work will not be accepted without official documentation. Students failing to do so will receive a “0″ grade for the missing work.

Academic Integrity

  • NUS publications, guidelines, and consequences govern all matters pertaining to academic integrity.
  • Please see the documents listed in the Student Handbook and the eModule on Plagiarism.

Final Grading

I reserve the right to give you your own personal curve using the following two rules:

  • Constancy over aberration.” (I reserve the right to average out the peaks and valleys in your performance.)
  • Speed isn’t everything, direction counts.” (For students who struggle to catch on to the teaching/learning style used in this course, but put in a good effort and make significant improvement, I reserve the right to weigh the end of the semester more heavily than the beginning of the semester.)

You will be assigned a final grade based on your total score at the end of the semester using the NUS grading scale and curve.


  1. Introduction
  2. Tolstoy, What is Art?
  3. Frey, Art: The Economic Point of View
    1. *Pocket Cengage (Style Guide)
    2. *Big Fish Presentations (Presentation Guide)
  4. LeMay, Generosity Plan
  5. Muth, Philanthropy for Dummies
    1. Gary, You the Philanthropist
  6. Tindall, Mozart in the Jungle
  7. Marsh, The Only Grant Writing Book You’ll Ever Need
  8. Sayre, Entertainment and Society
    1. Barnard, Consumers: Markets, Public, and Audiences
  9. Singh, Cultural Patrons in the Developing World
  10. Barnes, Status Groups
  11. Danzinger, Political Beliefs
  12. Young, World Religions
    1. Colbert, Marketing culture and the arts
  13. Nochlin, Why are there no great women artists?