Art History 202 (Telecourse)
Renaissance to Rococo
(11thEdition is acceptable). ISBN: 0-15-505090-7. New texts come with a helpful CD-ROM for study. Textbook Web site: http://www.wadsworth.com/cgi-wadsworth/course_products_wp.pl?fid=M2&topic_code=6ED2&discipline_number=37&product_isbn_issn=0155083155
Go to menu to the right and click on Student Companion Site.
RECOMMENDED: A Short Guide to Writing About Art by Sylvan Barnet, ISBN: 0321101448.
(on Reserve at the BCC Library). A short, concise book on writing essays
about art - highly recommended for those of you who choose to do the
*NOTE THE DATES OF EXAMS – there are no make-up dates for this class.
-2 Quizzes/Midterms: The tests are 50% objective (slide identification) and 50% subjective (short essay).
First quiz – Videotapes 1-6 - Thursday, April 28th.
Second quiz – Videotapes 6-12 - Thursday, May 19th.
-1 Final Exam - Comprehensive but mostly focusing on Videotapes 12-20 – June 16th
All Exams will be based on Slides which will be available for review in the lobby of the C Building. I always choose slides for the quizzes and exams from those on display.
-One (1) Research Paper OR One (1) Art Project - We hope you will try the Art Project, even if you believe you are not at all "artistic"...you may surprise yourself!
ALL PAPERS AND PROJECTS ARE DUE: Thursday, May 26th.
GRADING: Average of 2 quizzes = 1/3 of your grade
Choose any artist from the Renaissance through Rococo and write a 6 - 8 page typed Biographical Essay. Obviously, you should choose an artist whose work you really like as you're going to get to know that artist very, very well. In your essay you should give a good overview of the artist's life and his/her major works. You might then focus in on one or two characteristic works or perhaps demonstrate how your artist's works changed or matured during his/her life. Finally, in your conclusion, try to make some kind of connection between the artist's life (or background, or training, or time period) and his/her artistic style.
Start exploring your textbook as soon as possible (like yesterday...)
for your artist. Find one who really
"grabs" you. Don't immediately
choose Michelangelo or Da Vinci because "you've heard of
them..." We will be studying
hundreds of great artists this quarter.
Choose one you've never heard of but whose work intrigues you. If you can, visit the Art Library in the
All papers must have in the following order:
1. a title page
2. the main body of your paper (minimum of 6 pages & maximum length of 8
pages) of text beginning with an introductory paragraph with a clearly
All pages must be numbered. Titles of works of art must be in italics or
underlined and the date also given with the first mention of the work and
the corresponding Figure number (see #3 below). You must have in-text
citations of your sources of information – remember to cite all sources of
information that are not your own opinions or ideas, not just direct quotes.
There should be no reproductions in your written section.
3. page(s) for reproductions – you must have reproductions for each work
discussed listed as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. Include title, date, culture,
medium and current location of the work. (can be black & white copies)
4. a Bibliography or Works-Cited page (see the MLA handout).
Include a minimum of 3 sources other than your textbook.
Encyclopedic sources are unacceptable. At least 2 of your sources must be
published texts. Web site sources must have the name of an author and
be from a reputable site such as from a college or museum.
All papers must be typed, double-spaced with a 12 point font, 1-1.25" margins, single-sided, and stapled in the upper left hand corner – no folders.
ALL PAPERS AND PROJECTS ARE DUE: Thursday, May 26th
Late Papers or Projects are accepted only up to one week late and will be penalized a full letter grade.
THE ART PROJECT: This is an opportunity to have some hands-on interaction with our covered time period and can be a lot of fun. Just remember that it is replacing a 6-8 page research paper though and should show the same kind of commitment and quality.
All Projects must include 2 copies of a one-page, typed explanation of your idea, the process involved in the making, comments on the results, and a clear statement showing an understanding of the original works meaning and the new context you have chosen to present the work in. Make sure your name is on your project and one of your typed sheets is attached to the back. Turn in the 2nd copy to me directly in class.
– Some choices:
1 – MODERNIZE AN OLDER WORK
Take a well-known, easily recognizable, motif or monument (it must be one we cover in class between now and the end of the quarter) and MODERNIZE IT. Make it "Contemporary".
You may use any medium or combinations of media available to you: paint, pen and ink, watercolor, sculpture, felt pens, mosaics (which can be made from everything from cut pieces of paper to egg shells), photography, collage, computer software, etc.
2 – DESIGN A ROOM (for Interior Design majors only)
Using motifs from one of our covered style periods including at least one of the actual works covered in class, design a room. You can take a serious approach to this choice or a “tongue-in-cheek” sort of approach with treatments similar to #1 above. All room design boards must be all in color and contain a to-scale floor plan (can also include an elevation or perspective view), wall, floor, & molding surface examples, furniture and window treatment fabric examples, and 4-5 furniture examples.
3 – PHOTO ESSAY
Find at least three to four works of local public art that remind you of something we cover in Art History 202 (Renaissance to Rococo). Describe the buildings (or pieces) and discuss why they remind you of the previous style. Do they serve a similar function? Do they have the same meaning? Do they "fit" into their modern environment?
INCLUDE at least five to six mounted photographs of each piece or building you use. The written part should be 2-3 double-spaced typed pages. This can be presented in a portfolio-style folder or 3 ring binder.
The size of the project is up to you, but try to keep it within poster size, remember you will have to carry it around.
BRING ALL ART PROJECTS BEFORE CLASS TO MY OFFICE on: Thursday, May 26th
Late Papers or Projects are accepted only up to one week late and will be penalized a full letter grade.
If you need help, come and see me during office hours. START THINKING ABOUT YOUR PROJECT AND PAPER NOW ... START WORKING ON IT TOMORROW. Don't put them off until the end of the quarter when all your other papers and projects are due and when there are no more books in the library!
NOTES FOR CLASS:
Keep ahead of the lectures by reading the chapter for the week before the lecture. Learn to take good notes during lectures and review sessions (Distance Learning students need to keep in mind that watching a video is like attending a lecture – take notes!). For many of the works of art we cover, it will be easy to sketch small thumbnail images to go along with your notes. For more complex works, make a small reproduction to cut out and paste in with your notes – these can be downloaded from the web (go to Google Image Search) or copied from your textbook. Making Flash Cards is usually the best way to study for art history exams where a lot of memorization is involved.
Take book notes. Underlining or marking over passages in your text with "highlighters" is essentially useless. Take notes that you can carry around with you to study. (Don't carry the book around...unless you're into body building!)
Make time-lines to help yourself remember dates. Just writing out a time-line for yourself is half of your studying finished. Round off dates to the nearest 10, i.e., don't memorize a date as 1428, round it off to 1430. I usually give about 20 years leeway on dates.
COME TO CLASS/REVIEW SESSIONS! Most important. If you must miss a class, get someone's notes (get to know your neighbor) or come and see me during office hours and I'll try to fill in the gaps. The most D’s and F’s are almost always earned by those students with the poorest attendance to the review sessions.
ASK QUESTIONS IN CLASS. ALWAYS!!! There is no such thing as a "stupid" question in this class. If you don't understand what I'm talking about, ASK. Distance learning students, if you don’t understand something on the tapes, write your question down and bring to the Review session or email me with the question if you want to know sooner.
Student Lisa Souza’s Metamorphosis of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa into Charles Schultz’s Snoopy.
DISTANCE EDUCATION (TELECOURSE) STUDENTS: For information regarding broadcasts on THE COLLEGE CHANNEL, on AT&T CABLE TELEVISION (Channel 28 to the Eastside, Mercer Island, and surrounding areas where available) or videotape availability, call the Distance Education Office at (425) 641-2438 and leave a message so they can return your call or go directly to the Distance Education Office in room A140.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, have emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation; please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. If you would like to inquire about becoming a DSS student you may call 425-564-2498 or go in person to the DSS (Disability Support Services) reception area in B132.
BOOKS ON RESERVE IN LIBRARY
3. Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing About Art. USE THIS BOOK!!! It explains footnotes, research papers, essays, etc. It even includes sample Art History comparison essays, similar to ones you will write in this class.
5. Vasari's Lives of the Artists in four volumes. The first Art Historian...a bit of a gossip, but fun to read.
6. Hart's History of the Italian Renaissance. The "bible" of Renaissance Art!
7. Leon Battista Alberti, On Painting. Written in 1435 by a true "Renaissance man", a must for any study of the Renaissance.
8. Germain Bazin, Baroque and Rococo Art.
Weeks 1-2: Read the Introduction to your text. Know the formal elements of art: Form, Space, Perspective, Volume, Line, Proportion, Composition, Texture, etc. The formal elements help us to define and describe a work of art. In Art History, this "definition" is called "Style". At the simplest level, "style" is what makes any work of art look the way it does. Learning to recognize the styles of different time periods is a major portion of this course.
Be sure to look at the maps given and the time lines that begin each chapter.
Read Chapter 19 – "From Gothic to Renaissance"
Weeks Chapter 21 – "Humanism and the Allure of Antiquity"
3 & 4 Spencer Reading #3: Ghiberti, Antiquity, and the Humanists (Focus on
Spencer Reading #4: Painters and Clients in 15th C. Italy
Weeks Chapter 22 – "Beauty, Science, and Spirit in Italian Art: The High
5 & 6 Renaissance and Mannerism"
Spencer Reading #6: Michelangelo's Views on Art
Weeks Chapter 20 – "Of Piety, Passion, and Politics: Fifteenth Century Art in
7 & 8
Chapter 23 – "The Age of Reformation: Sixteenth Century Art in Northern
Spencer Reading #1: Jan van Eyck and Roger van der Weyden
(read only van Eyck)
Spencer Reading #2: Painting in
Weeks Chapter 24 – "Of Popes, Peasants, Monarchs and Merchants: Baroque and Rococo
9 & 10 Art"
Spencer Reading #9: Distinctions Between Renaissance and Baroque
Spencer Reading #10: The Baroque
Spencer Reading #11: Rembrandt In His Century
Student Lori Burnett’s Update of Michelangelo’s Pieta
Note that you can access all handouts including the syllabus using the internet at the following URL: www.mybcc.net
1. ART HISTORY TERM SHEET & STUDY GUIDE
2. ART HISTORY STYLE PERIODS
3. CRACKS IN A GREAT DOME
4. GUIDE TO MLA DOCUMENTATION
5. ICONOGRAPHY OF JESUS
6. A RENAISSANCE CHRONOLOGY, LEONARDO DA VINCI
7. WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW
8. Art 202 Broadcast Schedule
9. DISTANCE LEARNING INFORMATION
10. CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE 1400-1600
11. SISTINE CEILING IMAGE, DIAGRAM, KEY 1
12. WOMEN ARTISTS IN THE RENAISSANCE TO ROCOCO,
Student update (right) of Leonardo da Vinci’s Study of Human Proportions According to Vitruvius (left)