Art History 1 Syllabus
Instructor: Carol Norman (please call me Carol)
Office: C113G Office hours are posted on my door.
Phone: 424-3520 (ext. 50223) My home phone # is 423-1781. Only call me at home if it's very important and you cannot reach me at school E-Mail email@example.com Webpage:http:\\faculty.jscc.edu\cnorman Study guides, the syllabus and reading assignments will be posted on my JSCC web site as well as in elearn.
Text: This time you have a choice of texts. Textbook: Stokstad, Marilyn, and Cothren, Michael, Art, a Brief History (ISBN 978-0-13-605909-7) or Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History, volume one, (any edition). Prentice Hall and Harry Abrams, Inc (2nd revised ISBN:0-13-145528-1 or the third edition Website: A companion website may be found at www.prenhall.com/stokstad. Please note that the study questions from this site are for additional chapter review and are not representative of class exam questions.
Course Description: “A survey of the visual arts in world cultures from pre-history to the Renaissance.”
At the end of this course the student will be:
Š familiar with the visual arts, as seen in world cultures, from prehistory up to the Renaissance
Š aware of the context of the historical period and cultural framework in which these works were produced
Š able to recognize, decipher, and discuss the iconography of various works of art
Š able to analyze the formal structure of an art work
Class discussion is encouraged. Because of the broad scope of the course we have to move at a fairly rapid pace. Since we shall probably cover every chapter in the book it is imperative that you keep up with the reading. You will be provided with a reading guide that approximates the pace at which we will cover the reading. You are expected to read the entire text. This course will be a very visual one and we shall be viewing slides of many works of art, as well as video presentations.
Assignments: The course is broken into 12 lessons. There will be four tests, each worth 15% of your grade, plus three short essays (500 word) and a group project, each worth 10% of your grade.. The tests will all be multiple-choice, each with 50 questions, some of which will be slide identification. A study guide with images will be provided for each test.
All written assignments must be typed. The amount of words assigned is a minimum. There is no maximum amount of words. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. (Plagiarism = presenting someone else’s thoughts, ideas or words as your own.) Any essay or project containing plagiarized material will be given a 0.You must write in your own words and cite your sources.
There is a plagiarism detection service, available through the drop box, in the e-learn backup section of this course. You should use it before printing and turning in your paper just to make sure you haven’t inadvertently plagiarized, while you still have the chance to edit your paper. It may save us both a lot of grief.
Grade Scale: A=90 to 100, B= 80 to 89, C= 70 to 79, D= 60 to 69, F= below 60 ( a minus = the first two grades in the category and a plus the last two, i.e. B- =80 or 81 and B+ =88 or 89
Attendance: Attendance is mandatory. Since we will be viewing and discussing images that may not be in the book, your attendance is very important to your understanding of the material covered. If you must miss a class please get the information from the content of the back-up e-learn course.
Class cancellation: In the advent of inclement weather and unexpected school closing or class cancelation we will access the class through e-learn and make up any missed work that way.
Disabilities: Students with documented disabilities should notify me of any special needs that they may have. We want to make sure that all students have every opportunity to do well in this course.
Below are the essay assignments. Some have a choice of essays. Choose one for each essay assignment and write a (minimum) 500 word essay on it. Be sure to cite specific examples of artwork to illustrate your points.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. (Plagiarism = presenting someone else's thoughts, ideas or words as your own.) Any essay containing plagiarized material will be given a 0. You will not be able to redo a plagiarized essay but you can use the e-learn dropbox plagiarism check before submitting them to make sure you have not inadvertently plagiarized.
Essay # 1
Analyze a work of art.
Choose any work of art from our text and analyze it. Mainly, in terms of its formal qualities; look for the elements of design and the way they are organized into the composition. Then, in terms of any iconography you can see. What role would this piece have played in the context in which it was originally made?
Write a (minimum) 500 word essay. Be sure to cite specific examples of artwork to illustrate your points. The amount of words assigned is a minimum. There is no maximum amount of words
While you may use your text and any other source for information, the essay must be entirely in your own words, except for relevant quotes, for which you must cite your source. Please spend time looking at the art and making your own observations. Be sure to reference illustrations from the book or include images or links from other sources with your essay.
Essay # 2 Choose One and write a 500 (minimum) word essay..
1. Find the "classical" in our contemporary world. Find instances where we find classical proportion and imagery or architecture in our everyday world. Look at civic structures as well as advertisements, corporate and educational brochures. Discuss the messages implied by the use of classicism in each instance
2. What can we tell about a culture from its art? Thinking back over the wide spread of history that we have surveyed, for what purposes do different cultures produce art? How does their art reflect their culture?
3. Discuss the history and development of bronze casting in early cultures
Be sure to cite specific examples of artwork to illustrate your points. The amount of words assigned is a minimum. There is no maximum amount of words. While you may use your text and any other source for information, the essay must be entirely in your own words, except for relevant quotes, for which you must cite your source. Please spend time looking at the art, comparing works, and making your own observations. Be sure to reference illustrations from the book or include images or links from other sources with your essay.
Choose One and write a 500 (minimum) word essay
1. Discuss art in the service of religion
2. Discuss the historical development of the book (the “book” in general, not the textbook.)
3. Discuss the iconoclastic controversy
4. Discuss the debate between Bernard of Clairvaux and Abbot Suger. How is that reflected in the art?
5. Compare the way in which any two cultures (in chapters 6-15) created and used art.
While you may use your text and any other source for information, the essay must be entirely in your own words, except for relevant quotes, for which you must cite your source. Please spend time looking at the art, comparing works, and making your own observations. Be sure to reference illustrations from the book or include images with your essays.
Calendar ArtH 2010 Art History 1 Fall 2014
Week of: Topic Reading: Please look up the chapter by topic in your text and don’t just go by number as you may be using a different edition, with a slightly different chapter structure.)
Aug 26 Introduction: Nature of Art and Art History Starter Kit, Introduction
Sept 2 Lesson 1: Pre-History, Chapter 1
Essay 1 assigned, due Sept 23th
Sept 9 Lesson 2: Mesopotamia, Chapter 2
Sept. 16 Lesson 3: Egypt, Chapter 3
Sept 23 Lesson 4: Aegean cultures, Chapter 4 Essay 1 due Sept 23
Review Test 1 chapters 1-3 on Thursday, if time
Sept. 30 Test 1 Thurs start Lesson 5: Greece,
Chapter 5 essay 2 assigned, due Oct 23
Oct.7 finish lesson 5, start Lesson 6: Etruscan and Roman Art, Chapter 6
Group Project assigned/choose groups (due Nov 6)
Fall Break Oct 13-14
Oct 14 Finish Roman art. review for Test 2 chapters 4-6 if there is time.
Oct 21 Test Tuesday Oct 21 Lesson 7: Jewish, Early Christian and Byzantine Art, Chapter 7
Essay 2 due Oct 23
Oct 28 Group Projects Lesson 8: Islamic and Indian art Chapters 8 & 9
Last day to drop or withdraw from college
Nov 4 Lesson 9: Oriental Art Chapters 10 & 11 (review on Thursday, if time allows)
Nov 11 Test 3 chapters 7-11 Lesson 10 Art of the Americas & Africa Chapters 12 & 13
Nov 18 Lesson 11: Early Medieval and Romanesque Art Chapters 14 & 15
Nov 25 Lesson 12: Gothic Art Chapter 16 Essay 3 due Dec 2
No class Thursday Nov 27 for Thanksgiving
Dec 2 Lesson 12: Gothic Art continued review, if time last class
Final exam (test 4): Tuesday Dec. 9, 8:00-10:00
(All course dates may be modified during the semester)