Art History I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Spring 2024 Office Hours: M/W: CUB 001: 11:45-noon, 12:15-12:30 Parcells 408

T/R: CUB 010 (or 007): 3:15 - 3:45

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ARTS-1303-003 Art History I


Course Description

A chronological analysis of the historical and cultural contexts of the visual arts from prehistoric times to the 14th century.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


TEXT: Janson’s History of Art, The Western Tradition, Prentice-Hall, 8th edition

(7th edition ok, but plate numbers differ)  The REVEL edition has an online access code.



Additional Materials:  When taking this class on campus, I emphasize the importance of taking good notes. I still recommend you do so. When you are reading or listening to lecture, follow along with the review sheet (which includes terms/concepts and “test slides” (the images you will be tested on)

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Make special note of policy regarding:               

Academic Honesty:  The instructor and the instructor’s academic superiors have final authority over the grades given to students or the lowering of grades because of cheating or plagiarism.

Plagiarism:  As defined by AC, plagiarism is the use, without the knowledge, of a person’s ideas and/or materials, either in whole or in part, to fulfill required course assignments.  The purchase of any written material which is intended for presentations as one’s own work in partial fulfillment of a course assignment will be considered an act of plagiarism.  Consequences of plagiarism will comply with those listed in the AC guidelines. See below: , pp 10-12

regarding plagiarism, cheating and its definitions, disciplinary actions and procedures

Grading Criteria


Student grades will be based on quizzes and exams that will include both short-answer and multiple-choice questions, discussion boards, and our Core Curriculum assignment (which will be given first)

Work assessed:

Group Core Assignment: 15%

Discussion Boards: 10%

Unit 1 test: 25%

Unit 2 test: 25%

Unit 3 test: 25%

Discussion Boards

One of the key educational outcomes in this class is that all students participate in the discussion boards and learn to represent their thoughts in written form. If possible, students should check the board daily, read the postings and make responses. Each student should check discussion boards regularly in order to stay current on the week’s discussion.

Be timely in your work. Once a discussion board is closed, no further postings will be allowed.

Discussion boards will be open until 5:00 p.m. on the Saturday of the week the discussion board is opened.

It is expected that students will have differences of opinion. These differences should be encouraged and openly expressed on the boards. However, please do so in a respectful manner. No personal insults or attacks will be tolerated. Always give your opinion and support for your thoughts. Do not be offended if someone disagrees with you. A good discussion should have variations in opinion and be an outlet for intellectual growth.

Each week students will have new topics for discussion. Some will concern the chapter covered in the class and some will be geared to getting to know each of your classmates. In order to get full credit for each chapter discussion, students should give their initial response to the question by midnight on Thursday. Then by 5 PM on Saturday of that week, students should respond to at least four other student postings with thoughtful responses that contribute to and benefit the overall discussion.

For the initial posting, begin a new thread on the discussion board. In order to keep the discussion relevant, each person should post the initial comments prior to reading any posts from classmates. Later in the week, the student should comment on the postings made by fellow students within the thread for that student. Comments such as “I agree” or “Well said” or “Point taken” should be avoided. Students should also avoid restating their original post because only postings with new information or comments will receive credit. If the student agrees with the post, then indicate why there is agreement. All postings must have some detail and be specifically related to the week’s topic.

The discussion boards are intended to encourage critical thinking. As with all written work, please cite any outside sources used. Students are encouraged to make frequent, thoughtful, and meaningful contributions to each discussion. Students should always support positions and opinions with facts and logic, not feelings and hearsay.

For more information on discussion board requirements, see the document on discussion board guidelines in the course content section for this class on blackboard.

The Group Core assignment will be a slide presentation. Instructions for this assignment are in a separate document.

TESTS will be a combination of fill-in-the-blank (terminology) and short-answer questions (side identifications).


WEB class.

Due dates will be posted as soon as they are available. 


GENERAL CALENDAR – subject to change


Discussion board topics will be posted for each unit: Introduction/Core Unit, Unit 1, Unit 2, and Unit 3

Week 1:

Syllabus and Introduction/ Study guide

introduce Core Assignment (due last week of class)

Prehistoric Art (Paleolithic and Neolithic), Ancient Near East

Week 2: Ancient Near Eastern Art, Egyptian Art - EXAM

Week 3: Aegean Art and Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic Greek Art

Week 4:  Etruscan Art, Roman Art - EXAM

Week 5:   Early Christian and Byzantine Art, Early Medieval Art

Week 6:  Romanesque and Gothic Art - EXAM

Week 7: Core project work time

Week 8: Core Assignment:  (due last week of class)


Additional Information


There is a video explaining testing procedure posted in the Introductory Unit Folder (I will NOT use the tests embedded in the ebook - the ebook is for content only) 


Art History classes examine both visual (art) and verbal (history) information. Studying for your Art History class needs to take both kinds of information into account.

Taking notes:

You should have a notebook and/or notecards (3x5” or 5x7” index cards).

The notebook is for recording general information (this will be one of your resources for writing your essays, as well as where you will record information for the fill-in-the-blank questions on the exam)

You could also make a notecard for every test slide (I will tell you when we are looking at one).  On one side of your card, draw or paste a xerox picture of the artwork. On the other side, write at least 3 points in complete sentences about the artwork.


What kind of information constitutes a “point”? Keep the “journalism” questions in mind: Who, what, when, where, why and how.

WHO is the ARTIST?  (applicable mostly to Survey II)
(What country is the artist from? What time period are they working in? Who was paying the artist? Is there something interesting about the artist’s personality?)

WHAT culture does this work represent? You may include information about a culture’s beliefs, practices or artistic techniques.

WHAT is the SUBJECT matter?

(What is happening in the artwork? Is there a story, a theme, or action taking place in the work?)

WHY did the artist create it? What is this work about? What does it MEAN?

(What does it tell you about the artist, the time period, the patron who paid for it, etc.?)

HOW does the artist communicate the meaning or symbolism of the work? (Discuss the “formal elements” of the work)

WHAT is the MEDIA (or materials) of the work?

(For example: is this a painting—in oil, in tempera, or in fresco? Is it painted on a wood panel, on canvas, or on the wall? Is this a sculpture—cast in bronze, carved from stone or molded in clay? Is this architecture?)

WHEN was the artwork made? Can you say something about the time period in general? You may also provide an exact date.


For each exam, you will be given a review sheet. This will list terms, concepts and test slides for each chapter.

Exam Format:

  • Fill-in-the-blank questions: 25 questions x 1 point =25 points
  • Slide Identifications: 15 slides x 5 points = 75 points – 4 minutes to respond per image

Fill-in-the-blank questions:

The answers to these questions will center on terms, concepts and other information listed on the review sheet. However, if it was covered in narration and the text, it may appear on the exam. You should use your review sheet and notes on the exams.


  • Title  (underlined, except for architecture)
  • Name of culture or period (if anonymous artist) OR name of artist (when known)
  • Write a short paragraph about the artwork, making sure the first sentence includes a proper noun (specific person, place or thing—like the title of the work). Don’t number your sentences, but include at least three “points” relevant to the work.

For example:

Seated Khafra       (sometimes spelled Khafre)


This diorite sculpture of the Pharaoh Khafre crowned with an image of the hawk-god Horus was found in the king’s Valley Temple by the Nile River. Its hard material and the rigid stance of the figure represent both the king’s power and his status as a living god.

In these 2 sentences, there are five italicized “points.” Remember, you only need three!


Syllabus Created on:

06/04/22 5:59 PM

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06/04/22 5:59 PM