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16 / 36 - Late Summer Session
June - August 2017

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Course Syllabus
16 / 36 - Late Summer Session
June - August 2017
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: ARTS 112 A
Course Title: Art and Ideas II
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Mon 
5:30 PM-9:30 PM
Additional Notes:

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Survey of world art from the Renaissance to the present. G.E.


Art Across Time 4th edition
Author: Adams, L. S. (McGraw-Hill)
ISBN: 9780073379234

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.

Special Course Requirements

Students will need to provide four clean blue books before the first exam to be handed out at each exam and quiz. Blue books can be purchased at the college bookstore.

Instructional Methods

Course consists of lecture and in-class discussion accompanied by slide images corresponding to topics in your textbook. Since the material presented in the course is primarily visual in nature, and since much of the material covered will come from lectures and class discussions, regular attendance should be an important concern of each student. It is imperative that you take good notes; lectures will include information not in the textbook. For each week, PowerPoint(s) will be provided on our course D2L site listing works and vocabulary that students are expect to learn and will be tested over. Time and other limitations will not permit covering the entire book. Learning visual information may prove very different from previous classroom experiences. Reviewing the images between weekly meetings is extremely important!

Out of Class Activities

Students must keep abreast of reading and processing images. Associating images with cultural and period styles is essential to good performance in this course. Be sure to complete the assigned readings before each class. I strongly suggest students make flashcards in order to study the required images and vocabulary.

Graded Activities

In-Class Activity 1, 2, and 330 Points
Description -

During the class period before each exam, students will participate in one graded in-class group/partner activity.  (One graded activity per exam.)  The goal of these in-class activities is to encourage students to think critically about works of art and reflect on the contexts in which they were produced.  In particular, the activities will be orientated toward skill building, allowing students to practice talking about art and using art historical terms in preparation for the exams.  Students may reference their notes, flashcards, and textbook.  Afterwards, we will discuss each activity as a class. 

Method of Evaluation -

Each in-class activity is worth 10 points.  The following simplified grading scale will be used for all in-class activities:

10: student fully participated in the activity
8: student participation was good, but not excellent\
6: student participation was lacking in effort
0: student was not present

There will be no make-up activities.  If a student misses an activity due to illness or another unfortunate event, I will take the average of his/her other two activities in place of the missing activity grade ONLY after s/he presents appropriate documentation (such as a written excuse from a medical doctor).  Special arrangements must be made with myself in the case of family illness or death.  No matter what the cause of the student’s absence, he/she MUST contact me by e-mail no more than 24 hours after the end of the class; failure to make contact within this period will result in a grade of zero for that activity.

Exam 1, 2, and 3300 Points
Description -

Designed for students to recognize key works and their corresponding cultures and to show understanding of each work's meaning, cultural context, and stylistic approach. All examinations will take place in our classroom at the start of class. Students are free to leave the classroom once they have finished the exam. At 7pm, all exams will be collected and the class will reconvene for lecture and discussion of new material.

Exams are not cumulative, although some vocabulary, themes, and concepts will continue to be relevant. Students must provide a blue book for each exam.

Method of Evaluation -

Each exam is worth 100 points and will cover material discussed since the last exam.  The format is:
10 Slide IDs (5 pts each = 50 pts)

  • Given: image of a work
  • Student must provide:
    • Title (1 pt)
    • Artist/Architect (1 pt)
    • Stylistic Period (1 pt)
    • Answer to Short Question(s) (often relating to the work’s subject, style, material, context, function, or artist/patron; 2 pts)

2 Essays (Thematic and/or Compare & Contrast) (15 pts each = 30 pts)

  • Given:
    • Images of works to discuss (identified by title, artist, and stylistic period)
    • A writing prompt
  • Students must respond with an essay written in paragraph form, fully answering the prompt and discussing all given examples.

Vocabulary (20 pts)

  • Given: 10 terms and 10 definitions
  • Students must:
    • Match the term with a given definition (1 pt)
    • Give the title of a work from class that incorporates or relates to the term (1 pt)

If you miss an exam due to illness on another unfortunate event, you will be allowed to take a make-up exam only after presenting legitimate documentation, such as written excuse from a medical doctor. Special arrangements must be made with the instructor in the case of family illness or death. No matter what the cause of your absence, you MUST contact the instructor by e-mail no more than 24 hours after the time of the examination; failure to make contact within this period will forfeit the possibility of taking a make-up exam. Do not assume that your email has been received unless acknowledged by the instructor.

Note: the Evening Campus has arranged for students to take make-up tests on Saturdays during the session from 9am in BUH 102.

Final Quiz50 Points
Description -

Designed for students to recognize key works and their corresponding cultures and to show understanding of each work's meaning, cultural context, and stylistic approach. In preparation, students should study the material from week 7 and be familiar with the material from week 8 (i.e. read their textbook before class and take good notes during class). Students must provide a blue book for the quiz.

Method of Evaluation -

The Final Quiz will take place during the last 30 minutes of week 8's class.  The format is:
1 Take Home Essay (20 pts)

  • Given: Students will receive a writing prompt at the end of week 7’s class. The writing prompt will require you to focus on artwork of your choice from week 8’s class material.
  • At the start of the quiz, students must turn in their essay. 
  • Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12 pt font (roughly 300 to 600 words). 
  • Please rely on your textbook, course notes, personal observations, and any additional sources provided by your instructor. You should not do any additional research!

6 Slide IDs (5 pts each = 30 pts)

  • Given: image of a work from week 7’s class material
  • Student must provide:
    • Title (1 pt)
    • Artist/Architect (1 pt)
    • Stylistic Period (1 pt)
    • Answer to Short Question(s) (often relating to the work’s subject, style, material, context, function, or artist/patron; 2 pts)

If you miss the quiz due to illness on another unfortunate event, you will be allowed to take a make-up quiz only after presenting legitimate documentation, such as written excuse from a medical doctor. Special arrangements must be made with the instructor in the case of family illness or death. No matter what the cause of your absence, you MUST contact the instructor by e-mail no more than 24 hours after the time of the examination; failure to make contact within this period will forfeit the possibility of taking a make-up exam. Do not assume that your email has been received unless acknowledged by the instructor. 

Note: the Evening Campus has arranged for students to take make-up tests on Saturdays during the session from 9am in BUH 102.

Current Event20 Points
Description -

Too often, we think about the material from this course as being history--happening or relating only to past people and societies.  However, the fields of art and architectural history and archaeology are thriving with new discoveries, new exhibitions, and advances in scholarship happening almost every day!  Once during the semester, I would like you to find a current event (dated within the last 6 months) related to any period, country, culture, region, or style of art history, architectural history, or archaeology. You will need to briefly share your current event with the class, as well as turn in a brief paragraph describing your current event. 

While some art historical current events make mainstream news, others are found elsewhere. One easy way to filter through some of these is to “like” different pages on Facebook or visit their websites.  Some good ones include ARTnews Magazine, Artsy, and Archaeology Magazine, as well as any museums that have antiquities or artwork (such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).  You will want to read the actual news website and properly cite it. Of course, current events can also be found by doing a Google search and by reading printed newspapers and magazines.

Method of Evaluation -

In order to receive full credit:

  1. You must briefly present your current event to the class.
  2. You must turn in a paragraph describing your current event.
    • This can simply be a summary of the current event, and/or you can relate the current event to material from the course.
    • Your paragraph should include include the date of the event, discovery, or break through.
    • It should be typed, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12 pt font (roughly 150 to 250 words). 
    • At the end, you should include a citation for your source, following MLA format.  (Please see the Purdue OWL website for citation instructions and examples:
    • Be sure to proof-read your document for spelling and grammar errors!

You may present and turn in their current events at any point during the session.  No current events will be accepted after the conclusion of our final class.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

My goal as a teacher of art and architectural history is to illustrate the relevance of the material and cultural legacy to the twenty-first century student and help them to develop visual literacy. By understanding other societies and their place in that legacy, students can relate past to present and realize the vast, collective impact that has shaped the art and architecture of modern society. While a work of art typically does not change over time, our perception of it can.  It is always a joy to revisit this material through the fresh eyes of my students!

Note: the schedule below is subject to change slightly if more time is needed for in class for discussion, questions, and current event presentations.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Introduction; Precursors & Early Italian Renaissance

Discussion of the changes in artistic styles that began in 14th-century Italy and matured into the Early Renaissance in the 15th century.


Introduction and Chapters 12 and 13 (pg. 466-513)


Bring in 4 clean blue books before the first exam.

Week 2
Early Northern and High Italian Renaissance; Italian Mannerism

Discussion of the continuation of the Renaissance in Northern Europe and in Italy, leading to its zenith in the 16th century under such luminaries as Bramante, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo.  Discussion of the abrupt changes that led artists to reject Renaissance principles and create the Mannerist styles. 

In-class activity 1.

Chapters 13 (pg. 514-27), 14 (pg. 528-54), and 15 (pg. 567-78)

Week 3
Exam 1; High Venetian, Late Netherlandish, and Late German Renaissance

Exam 1.

Discussion of the Renaissance styles in Palladian architecture and the Veneto region of Italy, as well as the later Renaissance styles of Northern Europe.


Chapters 14 (pg. 554-66), 15 (pg. 578-5), and 16.


Exam 1 (Chapters 13, 14 (pg. 528-54), and 15 (pg. 567-78))

Week 4
Baroque and Rococo

Discussion of the 17th century in Italy and elsewhere where Renaissance principles lingered but new ideas emerged. Additionally, an examination of the gradual shift from Italy to France as a center of artistic creativity.

In-class activity 2.


Chapters 17 and 18 (663-80).

Week 5
Exam 2; Neoclassical and Romanticism

Exam 2.

Discussion of the range of styles that dominated the arts of the 19th century, from the ideals of Neoclassicism to the emotional canvases of the Romantics.


Chapters 18 (pg. 681-3, 19, and 20.


Exam 2 (Chapters 14 (pg. 554-66), 15 (pg. 578-5), 17, and 18 (pg. 663-80)

Week 6
Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism

Continued discussion of arts that dominated the 19th-century, from the taste for realism precipitated by social changes around the middle of the century, to the invention of photography, and then the radical changes in the arts of late 19th-century Paris and the rapid succession of movements that followed into the early 20th century.

In-class activity 3.


Chapters 21, 22, and 23 (pg. 789-803).

Week 7
Exam 3; Symbolism, Art Nouveau, Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Prairie Style, and International Style

Exam 3.

Discussion of the early modern movements of the 20th century that so vehemently sought to divorce the past and move into new territory. Luminaries such as Matisse, Picasso, and Duchamp highlighted as to their pivotal place in this innovative period.


Chapters 23 (pg. 804-13), 24, and 25.


The Take Home Essay portion of the Final Quiz will be assigned today and due Monday of Week Eight.


Exam 3 (Chapters 18 (pg. 681-3), 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23 (pg. 789-804)

Week 8
Dada, Surrealism, American Regionalism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, & Contemporary Art; Final Quiz

Discussion of the amalgam of styles of the later 20th century and current directions in the arts.

Final Quiz


Chapters 26, 27, 28, and 29.


The Take Home Essay portion of the Final Quiz is due in class today.


Final Quiz (Chapters 23 (pg. 804-13), 24, 25, 26, 27, and 29)

Additional Notes:

This is the last day share your current event with the class and turn in your paragraph.


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