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COURSE NUMBER: ARTS111
COURSE TITLE:Art History I
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): F2 901
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:135
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:Online

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The historical development of the visual arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and architecture) in Western society, focusing on major artistic styles and movements from the Paleolithic to 14th Century Italy. Examines works of art as expressions of the ideas and beliefs of artists within their cultural and social contexts.

PREREQUISITES:
Place into ENGL101.

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Examine Art History from the Paleolithic to Fourteenth-Century Italian Art by critical examination and evaluation from selected reading material and research. The students will demonstrate this in writing and tests and quizzes.
  • Identify prominent artists, styles, movements and the events which influenced these changes. The student will demonstrate this through writings and tests and quizzes.
  • Use creative and research skills, as well as museum experiences, as a means of exploring interdisciplinary methods of inquiry that will promote excellence in the arts. The student will demonstrate this through writings and tests and quizzes.
  • Demonstrate the potential for a lifelong appreciation and understanding of the visual arts through classroom as well as co-curricular experiences. The student will demonstrate this through writings and tests and quizzes.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:

Weekly

Week 1: Introductions and how we look at art.
  • Now-Read the "Welcome Letter" found in the announcements.
  • Now-Read the Introduction to Janson's History of Art, volume 1, eighth edition.
  • Posting 1: Post a quick biography of yourself and possibly something you would like to share with the class. No word count and this will be worth 5 points.
  • Posting 2: Post a response to these questions; A. What are some of the criteria that we should consider when evaluating a work of art? B. What are some of the factors in a piece of art that can indicate where and when a work was created? As with all postings, please include your personal thoughts and relate your readings to the post. Take in consideration if you strongly agree or disagree on the philosophical views of the book. This posting is to be 250-350 words worth 20 points.
Week 2: Paleolithic art
  • Read chapter 1 (Paleolithic Art)
  • Complete quiz 1
  • Posting 3: Post a response to this question; A. Why did prehistoric humans spend their time and energy making art? B. What functions did those visual representations serve? C. What do these images mean? Give examples. Include your own personal feelings and emotions. This posting is to be 300-400 words and is worth 30 points.
Week 3: (Neolithic Art)
  • Posting 4; Post a response to this question on the discussion board; describe the distinct differences to these three cultures and the respective mediums of choice as illustrated by Janson's History of Art (your favorite book by now) in chapter 1. A. Paleolithic cave dwellers, B. Neolithic Catal Huyuk, and C. Neolithic Western Europe, Discuss the modes of expression and the factors influencing these modes in each culture. This posting is to be 450-550 words and is worth 40 points. It would be logical to dedicate at least 150 words per culture. This is a moderated post.
  • Read chapter 2 (The Ancient Near East)
  • Complete quiz 2
  • Posting 5: Post a response to this question: Compare, contrast and define these 4 cultures: Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, and Assyrian. Give examples from each culture. This posting is to be 400-500 words and is worth 40 points.
Week 4: (Egyptian Art)
  • Read chapter 3 (Egyptian Art)
  • Complete quiz 3
  • Posting 6: Post a response to this question; how do Middle kingdom portraiture and painting differ from those of the Old Kingdom? What historical circumstances might account for these changes? This posting is to be 300-400 words and is worth 25 points.
Week 5: (Egyptian and Aegean Art)
  • Posting 7: Compare and contrast the sculptures of "Khufu", from Giza, (fig.3-10), "The Seated Scribe" from Saqqara, (fig. 3-15), "Lady Sennuwy", (Fig. 3-18), "Kneeling Figure of King Hatshepsut", from Deir el-Bahri, (fig. 3-26) and "Akhenaten" from Karnak, Thebes, (fig. 3-35). Include dates, purpose and compositional similarities and differences. This posting is to be 500-600 words. This post is worth 50 points.
  • Read chapter 4 (Aegean Art)
  • Complete quiz 4
  • Posting 8: Compare and contrast these three distinct cultures of Aegean art, Cycladic, Minoan, and Mycenaen art. This posting is to be 300-400 words. This post is worth 30 points
Week 6: (Greek Art)
  • Read chapter 5 (Greek Art)
  • Complete quiz 5
  • Posting 9: Between the Archaic and Classical Greek periods, how did Greek artists change the way they conceived a sculpture? How did the Greek artist create a sense of movement in Hellenistic works? Give examples and dates. 400-500 words this post is worth 40 points.
Week 7: (Etruscan Art)
  • Read chapter 6 (Etruscan Art)
  • Complete the quiz for chapter 6
  • Posting 10: Describe the typical Etruscan temple. How does it differ from a Greek temple? What are the similarities? What were the contributions of the Etruscans to urban architecture and design? This post is worth 20 points and is to be 200-300 words.
Week 8: (Roman Art)
  • Read chapter 7 (Roman Art)
  • Complete quiz for chapter 7
  • Posting 11: After reading chapters 6 and 7 and becoming well versed in Ancient Roman culture (the Etruscans to the Late Empire); A. Analyze what the arts of painting and sculpture reveal about the lives of ordinary Romans? B. What were they trying to achieve with these works? Include the techniques used. This posting is to be 250-350 words and is worth 20 points.
Week 9: (Midterm, Early Jewish, Early Christian, and Byzantine Art)
  • Complete the midterm exam
  • Read chapter 8 (Early Jewish, Early Christian, and Byzantine art)
  • Complete quiz for chapter 8
  • Posting 12: Post a response to another student's posting. You may select any of the previous posts. Please state who you are responding to, author and post. What can you bring to bear? Include personal reflection. Post to a student's response which you did not answer. This posting is to be 150-250 words. This posting is worth 10 points
Week 10: (Islamic Art)
  • Read chapter 9 (Islamic Art)
  • Complete quiz for chapter 9
  • Posting 13: Post on the discussion page a response to this question. Compare the arts of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. In what ways are these works similar or different? Take in consideration the visual arts, music, architecture and literature. (300-400 words) worth 30 points
Week 11: (Research Paper)
  • Posting 14: Your 2000 word paper is due. This paper is worth 200 points. Your topic will be given to you at the beginning of the semester.
Week 12: (Early Medieval Art)
  • Posting 15: Post a response to another student’s 2000 word paper. What can you bring to bear? This post is to be 150-250 words. This is worth 10 points.
  • Read chapter 10 (Early Medieval Art)
  • Complete quiz 10
  • Posting 16: Post a response to this question: Compare and contrast the following, Hiberno-Saxon, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Carolingian, and Ottonian art; on what artistic tradition is the art of this culture based? This post is to be 400-500 words. This post is worth 50 points.
Week 13: (Romanesque Art)
  • Read chapter 11 (Romanesque Art)
  • Complete quiz for chapter 11
  • Posting 17: Post a response to this question: Explain how the Romanesque style served the different needs of emperors, abbots, and pilgrims? This post is to be 200-350 words and is worth 20 points.
Week 14: (Gothic Art)
  • Read chapter 12 (Gothic Art)
  • Complete quiz 12
  • Posting 18: Post a response to this question; How would you describe the birth of the Gothic architectural style with regard to the individual elements in Suger's plan (i.e., pilgrimage choir plan, pointed arch, ribbed groined vault)? Are these individual elements new to Gothic architecture? This post is to be 300-450 words and is worth 30 points.
Week 15: (Gothic Art and the Birth of the Renaissance)
  • Posting 19: Post a response to this question: Describe the primary factors in the cultural awakening of the Late Middle Ages. This posting should be 300-400 words and is worth 35 points
  • Read chapter 13 (Art in Thirteenth and Fourteenth-Century Italy)
  • Complete quiz 13
  • Posting 20: Post a response to this question; How did the Black Death affect the iconography of mid to late 14th century Italian painting? This post is to be 300-400 words and is worth 30 points.
Week 16: (The International Style)
  • Posting 21: Post a response to this question; How would you defend the statement that Giotto abandoned the Byzantine tradition and restored the art of the ancients? What was his debt to Cimabue? This post is to be 200-300 words and is worth 25 points.
  • Posting 22: Define the International style and illustrate its presence in the works of the Limbourg Brothers, Gentile da Fabriano, and Melchior Broederlam. This post is worth 40 points and is to be 300-400 words.
  • Posting 23: Post a 500 word summary of a museum visit. The posting may be of a virtual museum visit. Please list the museum visited. The summary is to concentrate on the works created before 1200 AD. I want to hear of your appreciation of the works viewed and its relationship with what you have learned in class. This posting is worth 60 points and to be at least 600 words. This is a public forum.
Week 17: (Final)
  • Final due

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
Janson’s History of Art, Volume 1, Reissued 8th edition
ISBN: 9780133910117

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:
Quizzes and Exams: 200 points
(13 chapter quizzes, a midterm and a final)
The final is comprehensive.
Research paper: 200 points
Writing assignments: 660 points
The student will write a minimum of 8600 words during the semester.
There is a total of 1060 points possible during the semester.

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STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer- to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Spring 2019

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