Art History: Early through Gothic
ART 250 Fall 2010
Course Description and Goals
Slide lecture survey of western art from the earliest known artistic endeavors through the Gothic period (approximately 1350 CE). Particular attention is given to cultural contexts from which these works emerge and the significance of these works historically and artistically. Writing intensive.
Davies et al, Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition, 7th ed. (portable editions vol. 1 and 2)
There are 3 exams, 12 slide quizzes, 5 writing assignments, plus a final activity.
Readings- You are responsible for the readings assigned in this syllabus. On the day that they are assigned you should complete them before class. Always bring the day’s/week’s reading to class. Taking notes on what you read, on your computer, in a notebook, or in the margins of the text, will assist you in summarizing and remembering the major points of the texts. Despite its ease, highlighting is rarely helpful.
Slide quizzes- There is a slide quiz for each chapter on My.Wartburg. The closing time for the quiz is 9 am on the day we begin the next chapter. Each student will sign a contract indicating that they will take all quizzes without help or assistance of any kind.
Exams- There will be 3 non-cumulative exams over the course of the semester. The exams are primarily short answer and essay.
Papers- All papers will be submitted via email. Please ensure that you have a patch for Microsoft
Paper 1- Description- 1-2 pages
Paper 2- Annotated Bibliography- 3 pages
Paper 3- Context- 3-4 pages
Paper 4- Comparison- 3-4 pages
Paper 5- Codicology - 2 pages
Late work will not be accepted unless prior arrangement has been made with the professor.
Participation-While primarily a lecture class, there will be opportunities for students to ask and answer questions, as well as discuss issues raised by the course material. Just being present does not count as participation.
Grading points (1000 possible)
Exam 1 100
Exam 2 100
Exam 3 100
Paper 1 50
Paper 2 50
Paper 3 100
Paper 4 100
Paper 5 100
Slide quizzes 120
Final Activity 80
Attendance: Attendance is required. If you miss more than 10% of the class meetings, your final course grade will be docked. If you fail to take any of the exams, or fail to turn in one of the writing assignments, you will receive a grade of F for the course. In the case of absence due to documented illness or documented participation in College-related activities, alternatives may be arranged.
This is a writing intensive course, which means that you will write at least 20 pages or 5,000 words and at least 40% of the course grade will be based on the writing component of the course.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides protection from illegal discrimination for qualified individuals with disabilities. Students requesting instructional accommodations due to disabilities must arrange for such accommodations by contacting Carla Coates, Pathways Associate for Testing and Disability Services, in the Pathways Center, located on the third floor of Vogel Library. She may be reached by phone at ext. 8230 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plagiarism is the representation of the work or ideas of others as your own. Plagiarism can result from failing to cite a source, giving sufficient credit to the original authors, closely paraphrasing without attribution, and direct copying. The Academic Policies Committee of Student Senate and the Honor Council have asked faculty to remind students that “[a]s a matter of personal commitment, students, faculty, and staff of Wartburg College are expected to demonstrate three simple principles:
1) All work submitted be your own.
2) When using the work or ideas of others, including fellow students, give full credit through accurate citations.
3) Maintain academic honesty both on examinations and class assignments.
If you are uncertain about the ground rules on a particular assignment, ask for clarification. All are responsible for abiding by these guidelines and opposing academic dishonesty by reporting any act that goes against these guidelines.” All forms of plagiarism and cheating will result in severe academic penalties. In most cases the assignment will receive a zero and the instructor reserves the right to report this academic dishonesty to the student’s advisor and the dean. In some cases, at the professor’s discretion, the students will be given a failing grade for the course
Schedule of classes: When texts are listed for a class session, students should arrive having already read and reflected on this material. Assignments are listed on the dates they are due.
September 8 Introduction to course
10 The Earliest Art
Read: Chapter 1
13 The Earliest Art
15 Ancient Near Eastern Art
Read: Chapter 2
17 Ancient Near Eastern Art- Video Assignment Description paper due
20 Ancient Near Eastern Art
22 Egyptian Art
Read: Chapter 3
24 ILAC Session- Meet in Library Classroom 2
27 Egyptian Art
29 EXAM 1
October 1 Ancient Aegean Art
Read: Chapter 4
4 Ancient Aegean Art Annotated Bibliography due
6 Greek Art
Read: Chapter 5
8 OUTFLY PLACEHOLDER
11 Greek Art
13 Greek Art
15 Greek Art
18 Etruscan Art
Read: Chapter 6
20 Roman Art
Read: Chapter 7
22 Roman Art Context Paper due
25 Roman Art
27 Roman Art
29 FALL BREAK
November 1 Early Christian Art
Read: Chapter 8
3 Early Christian Art
5 Byzantine Art
8 EXAM 2
10 Islamic Art
Read: Chapter 9
12 Islamic Art
15 Early Medieval Art
Read: Chapter 10
17 Early Medieval Art Comparison Paper due
19 Early Medieval Art
22 Romanesque Art
Read: Chapter 11
24 Romanesque Art
26 THANKSGIVING BREAK
29 Romanesque Art
December 1 Field Trip to University of Iowa Special Collections (tentative)
Read: Chapter 12
3 Gothic Art
7 Gothic Art Codicology Paper due
9 Gothic Art
11 EXAM 3
Final activity is on Tuesday September 14 at 11:30.
The Professor reserves the right to make changes to this syllabus and will notify the students if she does so.
 Wartburg College Honor Code at http://www.wartburg.edu/academics/honorcode.html.