History of Western Art
ART 202 on-line,
Course number: 0683
Instructor: Kate Casprowiak
E-mail: The class website on WebCT includes a web-based email service. To use the site email click on “Mail” from the class site Toolbar; then use the Browse function to select the addressee. Compose your message and send it. (Alternatively you can email me at: email@example.com)
Office hours: My office hours are by appointment; contact me directly (using WebCT email) to make arrangements.
Use this service for ALL email that pertains to this class. Students enrolling in this class are expected to be comfortable with basic computer functions.
Class Web Site
To log onto our class website, go to http://vista.bellevuecollege.edu. Enter your student number as your username and your birth date (MMDDYY) to access you’re my WebCT main screen. The class site should appear as a link. The site will be open by the first day of fall quarter. The site will be used to post announcements, discussions, messages and assignments, as well as course slide lectures.
Occasionally, web site technical problems can block you from accessing the site for a few minutes to a few hours. If you cannot access the site, check back later. If you still cannot access the site at a later time, please contact Distance Education for further instructions. Any planned interruptions for maintenance will
be announced in advance by a pop-up announcement after you log into your Vista account.
The Distance Education office is an excellent resource for help with technical problems. They are very knowledgeable and it is the mission of the Distance Ed staff to assist you to have the best online learning experience possible. Contact the Distance Ed staff at 425.564.2438.
This course begins with an examination of European art from the early Renaissance to the Rococo era. We will study works of art and architecture and examine them in their historical context and observe how they reveal cultural changes from the fourteenth to the mid eighteenth century.
We will focus on examples of painting, sculpture, the graphic arts, and architecture in order to introduce you to key principles and centers for each art historical period. We will examine the works on a variety of levels, including: the visual components of media (materials), technique, composition, style and subject. Historical and social context, the changing the role of the artist and patronage will also be considered. The subject of art history forms a necessary basis for students wishing to pursue careers in the arts in such fields as gallery and museum management, interior design, graphic design, visual technology, arts administration, teaching, research, restoration, and connoisseurship, among others. It is also a great study for anyone looking to build visual analysis skills and gain knowledge of history.
· To demonstrate an understanding of the social, historical, and aesthetic significance of works of art and architecture
· To sharpen skills of visual analysis by looking, analyzing and writing about works of art
· To relate technical processes of art making to visual styles
· To demonstrate analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Outcomes will be accomplished by completing reading assignments, thoughtfully engaging with the on-line lecture modules, participating in discussion groups and completing a research project. In order to be successful in this course a student must be active throughout the entire term and must take the initiative to contact me if any concerns or questions regarding the course material or your ability to succeed in the course come up.
Class Participation and Communications
One of the advantages of an online class is that the classroom is open 24/7 and you can come to class when and where it is convenient for you. One of the disadvantages is that being and online learner often requires a greater degree of self-discipline. My suggestion to you is that you “come to class” at least three times per week, just like you would for a classroom class. The more frequently you come to class, and the more that you participate through reading and writing discussion responses, the more you will get out of the course.
All communications will be done through the class’s Blackboard site. Any necessary revisions or important class announcements will be announced through the site so you will need to check your class email and announcements on a regular basis. Please be aware that it is your responsibility to remain appraised of all class matters.
You can interact with me or the whole class via the discussion board or email. Using the discussion board is equivalent to raising your hand in class. It is a communication that will benefit the entire class and your classmates may respond. Of course broadcast emails to the entire class are another option for group interaction.
A personal email is equivalent to coming up to see me (or another student) after class or during a break. Please use email when a one on one conversation is desired.
When corresponding with me via email, please understand that it may at times take up to 24 hours to respond on weekdays and up to 48 hours on weekends. I make every effort to check my email several times per day and to be responsive to your questions or concerns. Even though we don’t physically see each other, I do get to know my students through our online interactions. I want you to know that there is a person “behind the curtain” (so to speak) that does care about you and your success in this class! It is my intention to provide feedback and grades within a day or two of the submission of work.
Kleiner, Fred S, Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, 13th Ed., Boston: Thomson Wadsworth, 2005.
Required readings are on final pages of your syllabus and will consist of textbook assignments. I will occasionally post additional reading assignment as PDF files that you can download and print (you can read them on-line too if you prefer). You are expected to have read the assignment listed after the week’s heading by the time you come to class; this will ensure you get the most out of lecture and give you the opportunity to ask questions should any come up in the assigned reading.
MIDTERM AND FINAL EXAM
The exams will focus on works of art seen in class and the required readings. It will include all or several examples of the following:
· Slide Identification/ Short Answer: You will be shown a slide from your slide list and asked to identify the artist, movement, title, date and respond to a given question.
· Multiple choice/ Matching: You will be asked a question about an image and then select the correct answer from several options/ or you will match the correct image to the correct movement, artist, or term and be asked to arrange them in chronological order.
· Terms: You will be provided with a list of terms and you will be asked to choose one term that best applies to a particular definition.
· Extra-Credit: Each exam will have two extra credit unknown Slide Identifications. You will be shown a work of art that has not been seen in class or in the text and you will attempt to identify the artist, movement, date, and provide a reason for your attribution. The slide will be by an artist we have studied.
After the midterm you will be assigned a research project that will focus on an artist from the periods of art covered in our text. You can choose whichever artist you want to focus on but if the artist is not in our text you must clear it with me. Details of the RP will be posted week 5.
Discussion posts (10)- 200pts
Research Project- 100pts
Final Exam- 150pts
**NOTICE: YOU CANNOT PASS THIS CLASS WITH OUT ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN THE ON-LINE DISCUSSIONS!
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The Bellevue College Academic Calendar is separated into two calendars. They provide information about holidays, closures and important enrollment dates such as the finals schedule.
Week 1, 9/19
LECTURE Introduction, syllabus/ course review & Gothic Review
DUE: Sunday, 9/25 Discussion Post 1
Week 2, 9/26
READING Chapter 19, 497-517
LECTURE I. Sculpture (The Pisanos)
II. Painting in Florence
III. Painting in Siena
IV. Civic Painting and Architecture
DUE: Sunday, 10/2 Discussion II
Week 3, 1/17-1/19
READING Chapter 20, 519-532
“Muscipula Diaboli,” The Symbolism of the Méeode Altearpiece, by, Meyer Shapiro, Art Bulletin 27 (1995). Posted on MyBC
LECTURE I. Sculpture and Painting
II. Painting continued
DUE, Sunday, 10/9 Discussion III
Week 4, 10/10
READING Chapter 20, 532-539 & Chapter 21, 540-552
LECTURE I. France and Germany in the 15th Century
II. Renaissance Competition
III. Renaissance Sculpture
ASSIGNED Research Project (due week 11)
DUE, Sunday, 10/16 Discussion IV
Week 5, 10/17
READING Chapter 21, 552-577
LECTURE I. Renaissance Painting
II. Painting and the Rise of Humanism
III. Renaissance Architecture
ASSIGNED MIDTERM (opens Friday, 10/21 at 9:00a.m.)
DUE, Sunday 10/23 MIDTERM (closes at 11:59pm)
Week 6, 10/24
READING Chapter 22, 578-596
LECTURE I. Leonardo
DUE, Sunday 10/30 Discussion V
Week 7, 10/31
READING Chapter 22, 597-623
LECTURE I. Architecture
II. Painting in Venice
DUE, Sunday 11/6 Discussion VI
Week 8, 11/7
READING Chapter 23, 624-647
LECTURE I. Germany
II. Portraiture and Architecture
III. The Netherlands
DUE, Sunday, 11/13 Discussion VII
Week 9, 11/14
READING “This Was Tomorrow: Pieter Aertsen’s Meat Stall as Contemporary Art,” Charlotte Houghton, Art Bulletin, June 2004
Chapter 24, 648-657
LECTURE I. Baroque Architecture
II. Baroque Sculpture and more Architecture
DUE, Sunday, 11/20 Discussion VIII
Week 10, 11/21
READING Chapter 24, 657-671 & Chapter 25, 672-686
LECTURE I. Italian Baroque Painting I
II. Italian Baroque Painting II
III. Spanish Baroque
IV. Flemish Baroque
V. Dutch Painting I
VI. Dutch Painting II
DUE, Sunday, 11/27 Discussion IX
Week 11, 11/28
READING Chapter 25, 686-703 & Chapter 29, 751-757
LECTURE I. Dutch Painting III
II. French Baroque
DUE, Sunday, 12/4 Discussion X
Week 12, 12/5, Finals Week
ASSIGNED Final Exam (opens Monday at 9:00a.m.)
DUE Final Exam (closes Tuesday at 11:59p.m.)