Art History I
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Arts requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: A survey of art from Paleolithic through Gothic, including criteria for appreciating ancient art and its relationship to contemporary civilization.
OBJECTIVES: We study and discuss masterpieces of our cultural heritage from prehistoric times up to the Renaissance. Art History includes a brief historical background, showing how history reveals itself in the arts. Our emphasis is on appreciating ancient art and understanding the ties of modern civilization with antiquity. To accomplish this goal we select seminal literary texts to acquaint ourselves with the great western thoughts. Understanding these ideas will help give you an understanding of our cultural and philosophical base.
REQUIREMENTS: Students must come to class prepared. Texts should be read, questions formulated, and responses prepared before class. Whenever there is a reading assignment you should also read the introductory material. I expect each student to participate in class discussions and to provide insight into the readings. During your preparation you should take notes, analyze what you read, draw conclusions and summarize key concepts. Ask for clarification whenever difficulties arise.

There are two major directions in Art History. One is the development of a vocabulary and other practical information that gives you the ability to become conversant in art. The second is developing an understanding of events, peoples and the arts of their time. The history of civilization must include the study of fundamental themes, providing us with a broad perspective that can be related to individual experience. These themes, taken from literature and the visual arts, are the basis for our discussions.

There are four examinations during the semester. Reading assignments, discussions in class and your careful completion of the study questions will provide preparation. Tests include slide identification and short answer questions but the major part of each exam consists of essay questions, allowing you to demonstrate a synthesis of learning. Short quizzes may be given at any time. No makeup is possible without written approval from the instructor prior to the quiz or test.

Access to a college level dictionary is essential. You may not know the meaning of certain words found in the reading assignments. Learning the definition of these words is part of the course work. A quality education includes an extensive vocabulary used to express yourself more precisely. This knowledge allows the use of a more refined language, one more pleasing to the ear of discerning and sensitive individuals. Exams will include vocabulary type questions.

Each student is given the opportunity to write a paper of 7-10 pages. To complete this assignment satisfactorily you must turn in a complete outline and bibliography on February 15. The typed paper is due March 5 if you want it back, April 23 if not. No credit for late papers. The paper must adequately cover your subject, contain clear reasoning and be free of grammatical errors. Your thesis should be precise and your work well organized with appropriate detail. You must carefully reference all ideas other than your own and draw valid personal conclusions in your paper.

Grading is based on exams (80%) and the paper (15% - 20%). Participation will count as a supplement to the examination scores. The reading will follow the outline as closely as possible. Changes are likely.