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

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: A survey of art from Renaissance to our present time with an emphasis on artists and art in their political, social, and religious context.
DESCRIPTION: A survey of art from Renaissance to Modern, with an emphasis on art in its political, social, and religious context.
OBJECTIVES: We study and discuss masterpieces of our cultural heritage from Early Renaissance to the Modern Era. Art History includes a historical background, showing how history reveals itself in the arts. Our emphasis is on the relationship of art to its political, social and religious setting. To help accomplish this goal we select seminal literary texts to acquaint ourselves with the great western ideas. 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 essay examinations and several quizzes during the semester. Reading assignments, discussions in class and your careful completion of study questions will provide preparation. Exams include slide identification, and 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 test or quiz date.

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. We read aloud in class and discuss reading assignments as a group. Quizzes 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 an outline and bibliography by October 18. The typed paper is due by December 3 if you want it back, during the final exam if not. No credit is given 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 (about 75%) and the paper and other small assignments (about 25%). Participation will count as a supplement to the examination scores. The reading will follow the outline as closely as possible. Changes are likely.