Los Angeles Mission College/Art Department
ART 101/HISTORY OF WESTERN ART
course is designed as a survey of the visual arts of the western world
from the Paleolithic through the Medieval. During the semester we will
use both archaeological and written records to examine the theory that
art is shaped by contemporaneous social, religious, political and
economic forces. Cultural interaction and the influence of style across
time will also be taken into account. Lectures will be laced with a
good deal of information about the materials and methods of production
used in the creation of art.
subject matter is roughly divided into three parts. For the first four
weeks, we will examine the art of the Prehistoric and the ancient Near
East; We will then move to the Aegean and Mediterranean as we examine
the Classical cultures of ancient Greece and Rome for six weeks. The
rest of the course will focus primarily on the art of Northern Europe
during the Medieval. Students completing this course will develop a
vocabulary to identify and analyze works of art within particular
traditions and chronological periods in the history of western art.
This is a 3 unit UC/CSU transferable course.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of this course student will be able to:
- Comprehend and recall a broad range of foundational knowledge, appreciation and experience in the area of art history.
- Identify major works of art, architecture and archaeological sites from the Paleolithic-Medieval.
- Incorporate Art Historical terminology into discussions and written essays.
- Apply various methodologies (historical and archaeological) in the interpretation of a work of art.
- Analyze works of art within their historical context through an understanding of social and cultural events.
TEXT AND READINGS
The required text for this course is Fred S. Kleiner, Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, Western Perspectives, 13th
edition. I will accept any addition of Gardner's as long as it
corresponds to the class material i.e. must be WESTERN (Volume I) and
9th-13th editions only. You may purchase the text (latest edition) at
the LAMC bookstore. Readings will be assigned on a weekly basis in
correspondence with each “Learning Unit.” The readings will serve as a
primary source of information and should be completed prior to the
posting of discussions and completion of assessments. You may also use
the weekly handouts as study guides to help you focus on areas of
importance within the reading assignments. This method of study will
make it easier to absorb the terminology, dates
and geography covered during each “Learning Unit.” Please refer to the
weekly “Modules” and/or the week-by-week schedule below for assignments
and due dates.
MINIMUM TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS
- Computer access-You will need access to a computer with MS word installed. Your computer must be reliable and accessible.
- Internet access-it is possible to take this course using a dial up connection, but high speed or wireless is highly recommended.
- You must be using the appropriate wed browser
- You must configure your browser’s cache.
- Plug Ins-you will need to insure you have the following plug in installed on your computers:
-Adobe Acrobat Reader-you will need the most current version to download these files from the class website.http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html
-Quicktime-available from http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/ to view video segments.
will make extensive use of Email.Make sure that you update your profile
with current email information. If you do not have email, there are
several ways you can get one for free such as www.yahoo.com or www.hotmail.com.
- You must accept Etudes-NG SSL certificate and settings for alerts.
- For instructions on how to verify/check these requirements please see the Etudes System Requirements.
ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION POLICY
online class environment is different from the traditional in-class
experience in that we will not meet face-to-face, however, there will be
plenty of contact between students and instructor and “classroom”
discussions with your fellow students as well as collaborative learning
activities. In order to stay active in the class through participation
in discussions and activities, you will need to log in to the class
website between 3-4 times per week at minimum. There is no mandatory
amount of time you need to be “logged-on”, however.
One of the
first things to keep in mind when taking an online course is that the
key to success is motivation. It is advised that you plan your time for
completing assignments the same way you would in a traditional class.
As a three unit class, you should be prepared to spend a minimum of 9
hours per week working on course material, on and off line. And don’t
forget: although you may not meet me in person, I am always available
to help you with any questions or needs you might have. I’m only a
Grades will be determined by the following criteria and values:
Students will be graded in four areas: Weekly Discussion Forum ( 25 points x 16=400 points), Semi-Weekly Quiz
(30 points x 10 = 300 points) PLEASE NOTE: the quizzes are due by the
end of the semester on June 9. However, it is recommended that you
complete the quizzes at the end of their specific modules in order to
avoid falling behind., VoiceThread activities (10 points x 10 = 100 points , Final Project ( due at the end of the semester = 300 points ) and Participation (be nice, be helpful) (100 points) TOTAL POINTS = 1200
more information about how each area is graded, please refer to the
individual grading rubrics listed with instructions for each assignment/
assessment. Instructions for each individual assignment/assessment
will be listed within the weekly modules in Etudes. Due dates are
listed in the weekly modules and also within the course outline.
note: It may appear to you that there are a lot of assignments in this
class. Keep in mind, however, that the assignments are short and the
material is interrelated. This means that the material covered in the
assignments is not exclusive. We will be working on building our
knowledge of Art History throughout the semester; what you learn in week
one will come up again over and over. For example, your weekly
discussions and quizzes will serve as the foundation for your “section
A= 100-90% 1200-1080 points
B=89-80% 1079-960 points
C= 79-70% 959-840 points
D= 69-60% 839-720 points
F= 59% or less 719 points or less
will be graded within 1 week of submission. Your grades will be posted
on the class web site. It is your responsibility to make sure that you
have received the proper grades for your assignments. If you believe
that there has been an error in grading one of your assignments, don’t
hesitate to contact me; send me an email as soon as possible.
EXTRA CREDIT: It will be possible to earn extra credit. The maximum possible is 100 points.
OFFICE HOURS AND COMMUNICATION POLICY
Contact between instructor and students and between students is essential to succeed in this course.
The best way to reach me is via Email: LEZOAL@lamc.edu.
I will respond to emails within 24 hours. Emails received on the
weekends will be answered by or on Monday. If you do not receive a
response within 24 hours, please resend. Please include your full name
in the subject line of your email.
You may also send me a PRIVATE MESSAGE through the Etudes board or post a public question in the CLASS DISCUSSIONS forum. I find that most students prefer to send their questions through Etudes because it tends to be more convenient.
I will be communicating with the class on a weekly basis through the ANNOUNCEMENT
section in Etudes. I will be posting an announcement with important
information at the start of each week. If there is an announcement for
the entire class, it will also be posted in the ANNOUNCEMENT section.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
is the policy of Valley College to make its services, facilities,
programs and accommodations accessible to all students, including people
with disabilities, and comply fully with the provisions of the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If a disability prevents you
from fully using our facility or enjoying our services and programs, we
would like your input and ideas on how we can serve you better. Any
concerns, comments or suggestions should be directed to Disabled
Students Programs & Services (DSP&S), http://www.lavc.edu/dsps/
who do not complete all assignments in the first learning unit by the
due date will be dropped from the course. Exceptions may be made under
certain circumstances. I do not drop past the first week. It is the
students’ responsibility to drop the course after the first week.
LATE WORK POLICY
must be turned in by the due date in order to receive full credit.
Late work received by the end of the semester will receive half credit.
It is important to plan sufficient time to complete assignments.
Falling behind and leaving work for the last minute will be detrimental
to your final grade and overall class performance. Exceptions may be
made under certain circumstances.
use complete sentences and proper grammar in your discussion posts. Be
respectful of others opinions and contributions. Keep in mind that we
all have something unique to contribute to this class. One of the best
ways to show that you appreciate contributions is to offer thoughtful
feedback on your classmate’s efforts. Accept help when you need it and
offer it when you can.
CLASS PHILOSOPHY AND EXPECTATIONS
class is a community. We all have the same objective: to learn!
Online students may feel isolated at times, but it is important to
remember that you are not alone. I need each of you to approach our
online class with a great attitude and willingness to help each other.
Think of our online class as a community. Many problems and questions
can be resolved by asking a fellow student. I am always here to help
you, but I truly believe your experience will be more fulfilling if you
establish a good level of communication with your fellow students. The
subject of our first discussion forum is an introduction where we will
share some things about ourselves. Use this introductory exercise as a
way to get to know each other. Is there a student in the course with
whom you have something in common? Let them know and share. Let’s work
together to make this semester great for everyone!
Let’s keep the following “ground rules” in mind when beginning this course:
- Participation in discussion forums and VoiceThread activities is mandatory.
- Spend time learning how to navigate in your course management system.
- Check the announcement board regularly.
- Address technical problems immediately.
CLASS STRUCTURE AND WEEK-BY-WEEK SCHEDULE
Our course is divided into three “sections”, each of which contains a number of “learning units” or “modules.” Each “section” is based roughly on a particular theme. Section I explores the prehistoric and world of the ancient Near East, including Egypt and Mesopotamia. Section II
focuses on the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, what we refer to as
“Classical Civilization’ due to the tremendous influence these areas
had on the development of the western world. Lastly, in Section III we examine the Medieval world of western Europe which encompasses the spread of Christian culture and art.
The learning units/modules
contain the information that you will need to follow each week, such as
learning objectives, assignments and assessments such as quizzes and
class discussions. You will need to complete these small assignments on
a weekly basis. There is a larger group project due at the end of the
class which is based on these “sections.” The project
is meant to be enjoyable and facilitate interaction with your classmates
while at the same time bringing together all the information you have
learned in each “section”.
When you are on the Etudes site for this course, you will see your weekly assignments listed in the “modules”, “assignment” and “discussions” areas of the interface.
Readings, Handouts and Lecture Notes
order to successfully achieve the learning objectives for each learning
unit and complete the assignments, it is necessary to complete the
readings and review the handouts and lecture notes. You will be
receiving most of your information from these three sources.
are assigned for each learning unit in our textbook, Gardner’s Art
Through the Ages. The readings correspond in theme with the topic
covered in each learning unit. For example, when we cover Egyptian art
in weeks 3-4, you will be assigned to read the chapter on Egyptian art
in Gardner’s. Since these chapters often contain a lot of information,
you should use the handouts as study guides; make sure that you have a
general idea of the chronology and terminology contained in your
handouts. You will also be incorporating the terminology on your
handouts (the definitions are contained in your readings) in your forum
posts. The lecture notes are just additional information that you may
use to supplement your readings. You will not be tested directly on the
lecture notes. Please note: lecture notes will not be provided for
every learning unit. The questions contained in the quizzes are taken
directly from the readings. I don’t quiz you on anything that is not
discussed in both readings and lecture. Basically, I don’t quiz you on anything outside major topics.
will also have the opportunity to hear the lecture notes read by me and
accompanied by images on VoiceThread. The “lecture” VoiceThreads are
not an assignment, but are rather meant to enhance what you have read in
your text book. A link to the “Lecture” VoiceThreads will be provided
in the “Module” section of our Course Management System (Etudes). You
will notice when reading the course outline that there will not be a
VoiceThread lecture for every learning unit (week).
GRADED ASSIGNMENTS ARE HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW IN THE WEEKLY SECTIONS OR “LEARNING UNITS” OF THE COURSE OUTLINE These assignments are listed again in the “Assignments” section of our class site, Etudes.
grade will be based on 4 types of assignments: Quizzes, Discussion
boards, VoiceThread assignments and Section Projects. All assignments
that you will be GRADED on are listed every week in the
“Assignments, Tests and Survey’s” section of Etudes. You readings
assignment etc are located every week in the”Modules.” Please note that
while your discussion assignment is listed in the assignments section,
you will actually complete this assignment in the “Discussion” section
contained in the quizzes are taken directly from the readings. The
questions are general in nature, and after the first few weeks, you will
have an idea as to the types of questions I ask. Again, use the
handouts and lecture notes to guide you in your readings. I don’t test
you on information that is not contained in all three sources, readings,
handouts and lecture.
will be a short project due at the end of the semester. There will be
several project choices available and you will need to select from one
from three choices. The Final projects are designed to be collaborative
activities with your fellow students. There are many benefits to
working together towards the completion on an assignment. However, I
will not force you into a group; it will also be possible for you to
complete the projects on your own if you choose to, however, you will
still be required to participate in the forums and offer your feedback
on the projects being developed by your classmates. If you are part of a
group, remember that it is important for every student to be
accountable for his or her share of work. More to come….
forums will be used during the semester as a means of sharing what you
have learned with your classmates. Participation in the forums is
mandatory and makes up a large portion of the final grade for the
course. There will be a forum assignment corresponding to every week,
or “learning unit” for a total of 16 discussion forums. The topic for
each discussion forum will be revealed in your weekly assignments. The
topics and purpose of the forums will be tied to your section projects.
Just think of each discussion forum as work leading up to the work you
will complete in your section projects. I usually don’t make the
discussion forum topics available until a week before they are due
because the topics are related to the work you will be doing in each
learning unit. For example, a possible topic might be to discuss the
importance of the funerary arts in ancient Egypt. In general, the
topics are broad which enables you to focus on an area that is of
particular interest to you. The idea is for students to share what they
have discovered and learn from each other. This is important practice
for you because you will be collaborating with your classmates on your
section projects. For example, for the question on ancient Egypt, one
student might focus on tomb construction while another describes the
The forum posts are not meant to be long,
involved research projects, but they should display the fact that you
have completed the readings, reviewed the lecture notes and handouts and
have command of the subject matter. The minimum requirement for the
forum posts is three brief paragraphs (minimum 3-7 sentences) and two
replies to fellow students’ posts. You should also incorporate at least
three terms from the terminology section of your handout into the body
of your forum posts when applicable i.e. relates to the discussion
- Take some time to review the discussion threads before entering a discussion.
- Try to maintain threads by using the “reply” button rather than starting a new topic.
a good attitude. Be considerate of other’s opinions and offer
constructive feedback; part of your grade involves the feedback you
offer your classmates.
- Be sure to respond by the due date as discussions are graded assignments and will be closed by the due date.
VoiceThread and Images
Throughout the semester we will be using VoiceThread http://voicethread.com/
to view, comment on and discuss images together as a class.
VoiceThread is an online "media album" that allows for asynchronous
(not live) discussions using text, voice or webcam. Our VoiceThreads
will function in a way similar to our forums as they are areas for class
discussions. However, you may find VoiceThread to be more engaging
than our forums as we will be viewing, commenting and discussing images
in a way similar to how we would in an in-class environment where there
is a lecture and discussion. Personal avatars of users appear on the
screen when a comment is left. When voice or webcam is utilized,
discussions between students are more like in-class conversations and
the feedback you receive from me is personalized. VoiceThread is a
wonderful opportunity for us to work together even though we may be
view the following link for instructions on how to register for and use
VoiceThread. It is free to register. The above link http://voicethread.com/ is
for the actual website where you will register for VoiceThread. Please
note that registration and participation in VoiceThread activities is
mandatory for this class.
- Take time to listen to your classmate’s comments
- If you are one of the first to comment on a slide, return to it later after other’s have commented to hear what they had to say.
- Review the instruction in the link below on how to use VoiceThread before attempting to leave comments.
DUE DATES AND CONTENT OF SYLLABUS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
post is made prior to the due date or the response does not answer the
question and is terse and lacking a personal reflective quality. No
responses are given to other posts.
Reflective thoughts are shared prior to the due date and two replies are given to other posts.
thoughts are shared prior to the due date and incorporate terminology
and art historical information from readings and assignments (when
pertinent to discussion topic only). Two replies are given to other
Only three requirements for the project are met. Student has not met collaborative participation requirements.
requirements for the project are met including page or content length,
the thesis is addressed and supported by content and documentation of
resources. Student has met collaborative participation requirements as
set up by the group at the beginning of project.
five requirements are met. The project displays excellent exploration
of the thesis and original ideas. Student has met collaborative
participation requirements as set up by the group at the beginning of
Quantity of comments: Comments are left on only one slide. (1 point)
Quality of comments:
Comments are brief (less than 30 seconds). Comments do not show
reflection of the question being asked. Comments demonstrate repetition
of existing contributions. (2 points)
Quantity of comments: Comments are left on three slides. (3 points)
Quality of comments:
Comments show that student has considered the question being asked and
has planned comments. Student incorporates some informational
background from readings; lecture notes and handout. Comments are at
least 1 minute in length. (4 points)
Quantity of comments: Comments are left on three slides. (4 points)
Quality of comments:
Student leaves comments that are thoughtful and contribute to the
community of the class. Comments demonstrate personal insights and
interpretations. Student responses show excellent command of subject
matter through the incorporation of art historical terminology and
historical information from texts and lectureswithin comments. Comments
are over 1 minute in length. (6 points)