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Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2017/2018

ARTS 112: Art And Ideas II

Course Description

Survey of world art from the Renaissance to the present.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: None

Syllabus Contents



  • Adams, Laurie Schneider. Art Across Time. 4th edition. McGraw-Hill, 2011.
    • ISBN-978-0-07-337923-4
      • Note: CD is not required.

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

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Course Overview

Welcome to Art and Ideas II (ARTS 112), online! This course is a historical survey of art styles from the Renaissance to the present day. It is expected that the student will become knowledgeable and conversant about the works of art under study. The student will be able to explain the purpose and meaning of specific artworks, compare and contrast works of art and architecture, and develop an interest in furthering their knowledge of art history.

Each week we will focus on a different art style progressing chronologically from the Renaissance to the present day. Since we are studying the visual arts, you will be directed to related web sites to view artworks in addition to regular readings, discussions, and quizzes. This course is a great way to get acquainted with and excited about art!

Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

Course Objectives

  • To explore the artistic styles from the Renaissance through the Modern World.
  • To investigate the meanings of the art works encompassed by these periods.
  • To distinguish one style from another and to discern implied meanings, given the context of a particular civilization.
  • To trace the stylistic development within a given culture.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Identify key monuments from each cultural period.
  • Identify the stylistic characteristics from each period.
  • Understand the meaning of the artifacts from each period.
  • Trace stylistic development within each given culture.


Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussion (8) 160 16%
Quizzes (6) 480 48%
Midterm Paper (1) 180 18%
Final Paper (1) 180 18%
Total 1000 100%

Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1A 10 Wednesday
Discussion 1B 10 Saturday
Quiz 1 80 Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 2 80 Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 3 80 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Midterm Paper 180 Sunday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 4 80 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Quiz 5 80 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 20 Wednesday/Saturday
Final Paper 180 Sunday
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 20 Wednesday
Quiz 6 80 Saturday
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Each student is responsible for

• Weekly Text and Website Readings.
• Weekly Discussion.
• Six Quizzes.
• Midterm Paper and Final Paper.


Text and Website readings should be completed prior to submitting assignments or taking quizzes each week. Become familiar with bolded terms and concepts in each week's readings, because they may be included in quizzes and they will be essential to the completion of papers.


Discussion postings should be complete by Wednesday (response) and Saturday (comment to classmate) of each assigned week. Postings should be fully developed, always include image examples, and include citations. See the Content area of the Course for grading criteria.


Quizzes must be completed by Sunday of each assigned week (except for Week 8 when it is due by midnight Saturday). All quizzes will be taken through the Quizzes area of the course. They are worth 80 points each, open book, consist of 40 multiple-choice questions, and have a 120 minute time limit. There are no quizzes in Week 4 and Week 7 since papers are due those weeks.


Papers will be graded on the basis of percent of completeness, correct spelling, neatness, citations, and content. The Midterm Paper is due Week 4 by midnight Sunday and is worth 180 pts. It is a biography of an artist whose work falls within the timeframe of our class (Renaissance to present day). The Final Paper is due Week 7 by midnight Sunday and is worth 180 pts. It is an analysis of works of art. It does not require a visit to a museum, as art is everywhere! Both papers have a suggested minimum length of 4 pages. Specific requirements for these papers are posted in the Content section for the duration of the class. See the Content area of the Course for grading criteria. All papers should be submitted to the proper Dropbox by the specified due date. The Dropbox records the date and time of submittal. Please label your files accordingly: Midterm Paper or Final Paper. Papers are expected to be submitted in Microsoft Word; any other file format should be saved as an .rtf document. Please note: Papers previously submitted to any course, may not be (in whole or in part) submitted to this course. Also, the dropbox for the Midterm Paper will not be available until the Plagiarism tutorial and quiz (located in the Quizzes section) are completed within this course.

Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: The Early Renaissance and The High Renaissance in Italy
Read Chapters 13 and 14.
Class Activities
• Make sure you have thoroughly read the course syllabus and understand what is expected of you. Note that web resources are listed under Links.

• Visit the Content area each week to view the assignments and read the announcements for timely information.

• This week go to and read the biography section and then examine carefully the available images.

• Next go to, and for views on this week’s discussion regarding restoration.
Discussion 1A
Introduce yourself in the Introduction discussion. Please give us more than your name. Include your profession, hobbies, interest or background in art, and any other information that can help us get to know you. Please post your response by midnight Wednesday.
Discussion 1B
Then, comment on the Restoration controversy using da Vinci’s “Last Supper” and Michelangelo’s “Sistine Chapel Ceiling.” After restoration, whose work is it? Is the work repaired or damaged? Should works be left to age naturally or should restorers intercede? While there are no wrong answers, please give this some thought based on what you have learned in your readings. Please post your response and comment by midnight Saturday.
Quiz 1
Quiz 1 must be completed by midnight Sunday.
Week 2: Mannerism and the Later 16th Century in Italy and 16th Century Painting and Printmaking in Northern Europe
Read Chapters 15 and 16.
Class Activities
• Begin work on the Midterm Paper.

• Visit and read the text and click on the following images: “The Haywain,” “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” and “The Ship of Fools.”

• Next go to and click on “The Ambassadors in London” from 1533 to view the work and all of its details. Then, click the biography button in the upper left.

• Finally, go to and view the three self-portraits by Albrecht Durer. Note the hairstyle and clothing and think about what image Durer was trying to project.
Discussion 2
In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: Compare the Italian Renaissance and the Northern Renaissance, noting the similarities and the differences between subjects, technique, and media. Please post your response by midnight Wednesday and comment by midnight Saturday.
Quiz 2
Quiz 2 must be completed by midnight Sunday.
Week 3: The Baroque Style in Western Europe and Rococo, the 18th Century, and Revival Styles
Read Chapters 17 and 18.
Class Activities
• Continue working on the Midterm Paper.

• Visit to read Elisabeth Vigee Lebrun's memoirs. Read as many chapters as you wish, or at least chapters 2, 4, and 8.

• Next go to and read the truth/fiction of Artemisia Gentileschi’s story.
Discussion 3
In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: Identify a common subject/theme or stylistic characteristic of Baroque art and explain why you think these commonalities exist. Please post your response by midnight Wednesday and comment by midnight Saturday.
Quiz 3
Quiz 3 must be completed by midnight Sunday.
Week 4: Neoclassicism: The Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries and Romanticism: The Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries
Read Chapters 19 and 20.
Class Activities
• Reminder – Midterm Paper is due this week by midnight Sunday!!

• Visit and scroll down to the section called “The Black Paintings.” Think about what Goya was trying to say about men and women in the various works.

• Next go to and click on “Jefferson” then click on “A Brief Biography” under the Further Information on Jefferson section. Read the entire text and then click on “The House.” View the original rooms #7, #8, #9, #10, and #11. Read the text and examine the illustrated floor plan. If you have the technical capability, use the Virtual Reality Panorama.
Discussion 4
In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: Romanticism involved more than romantic love and desire; identify another theme and choose a work from Chapter 20 that exemplifies this theme and then describe its “Romantic” characteristics. Please post your response by midnight Wednesday and comment by midnight Saturday.
Midterm Paper
The Midterm Paper is due by midnight Sunday.
Week 5: Nineteenth Century Realism and 19th Century Impressionism
Read Chapters 21 and 22.
Class Activities
• Continue working on the Final Paper.

• Visit and click on “Monet’s Garden at Giverny.” Read then click on “A Visit to Claude Monet’s Garden” at the bottom of the page. Isn’t it great to see pictures of the actual sites that Monet painted? Go back to the site’s home page and click on Claude Monet’s biography.

• Next go to and read the text about Mary Cassatt.
Discussion 5
In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: There were very few female Impressionist artists. Does it matter what gender an artist is? Does being male or female affect the subject an artist chooses or the ways in which that subject is portrayed? Please post your response by midnight Wednesday and comment by midnight Saturday.
Quiz 4
Quiz 4 due by midnight Sunday. (Please Note: Since there was not a quiz required last week, this week’s quiz will include some questions from chapters 19, 20, 21, and 22.)
Week 6: Post-Impressionism and the Late 19th Century and Turn of the Century: Early Picasso, Fauvism, Expressionism, and Matisse
Read Chapters 23 and 24.
Course Evaluations
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Class Activities
• Continue working on the Final Paper.

• Visit and read about the highest priced paintings by Van Gogh. Vincent sold only one work in his short career/lifetime. Think about what it would have meant to Van Gogh's confidence if he had sold at least a few works. What would he think of the million dollar price? What do you think?

• Next, go to and read the text and view the thumbnail images.
Discussion 6
In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: Discuss the symbolism in a work from Chapter 23 or 24. What do you think the artist was trying to express and what symbols did he/she use to convey that message? Please post your response by midnight Wednesday and comment by midnight Saturday.
Quiz 5
Quiz 5 must be completed by midnight Sunday.
Week 7: Cubism, Futurism, and Related 20th Century Styles and Dada, Surrealism, Fantasy, and the US Between the Wars
Read Chapters 25 and 26.
Class Activities
• Reminder – The Final Paper is due this week by midnight Sunday!

• Course Evaluation - Please evaluate the course. You will be able to submit your course evaluation between Sunday of Week 5 and Thursday of Week 7. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation.

• This week visit (you may have to copy this link into your browser) and click on “Calder Foundation.” Then click on “Calder’s Work” and look around.

• Compare Calder’s images to Moore’s images at
Discussion 7
In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: In order to gain a perspective on the rapid changes in the 20th century and its effect on art, please choose one image from the text (from this week's readings) and then research two noteworthy inventions, world events, or discoveries that influenced it. Share your findings with the class. Please post your response by midnight Wednesday and comment by midnight Saturday.
Final Paper
The Final Paper is due by midnight Sunday.
Week 8: Mid-Century Abstraction and Pop Art, Op Art, Minimalism, and Conceptualism and Innovation, Continuity, and Globalization
Read Chapters 27, 28, and 29.
Class Activities
• Our last week! Visit and click on “Classic Paintings” and use the triangle/arrow key to view images and text.

• Next, go to and view the large scale sculptures.

• Finally, we’re going to have a little fun with Super Realist sculpture. Go to and click on the thumbnail image. Guess which one is a sculpture and which one is the real person!!
Discussion 8
In this week’s discussion, respond to the following in your own words: Now that we’re at the end of class, I hope you realize how much art and history are intertwined and the benefits that we can gain from its study. Decide which chapter was most interesting to you and create a topic for a discussion, paper, or chat based on that chapter’s content and locate and post a link to a website (excluding wiki-sites) that will assist in the completion of that topic. Please post your response by midnight Wednesday.
Quiz 6

Quiz 6 due by midnight Saturday. (Since there was not a quiz required last week, this week’s quiz will include some questions from chapters 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29.)

Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.


Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the site.


There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

The only way to conduct a productive discussion online is to reply promptly. There will be one Discussion each week. If you miss an assigned deadline, you will receive a “zero” for that particular Discussion topic. A standard deduction of 45 pts (25%) will be applied for each late paper submitted. However, papers submitted after one week late will not be accepted and will be assigned a “zero” grade. Quizzes may be taken early or re-opened only if special circumstances apply and arranged with the instructor.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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