Survey of Western Art History 131

Ancient to Medieval

FALL, 2007

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Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, England. Dated from 2750-1300 B.C./B.C.E.

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Purpose of the Course: This is a first-year semester survey of major monuments and trends in the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture covering the period from the Stone Age to the art of the Medieval period. Students who attend lectures and study faithfully will achieve a sufficient knowledge of the art of these periods to pursue further coursework in these areas. They will also have a good background for the second course in this series, Survey of Western Art 132, which covers art from the Renaissance to Modern Art.

REQUIRED Text: Gardner's Art Through the Ages, 12th edition, 2006. Edited by Kleiner and Mamiya.


EXAMS: There will be six quizzes, a midterm and a final. These are each worth one third of your grade. ATTENDANCE is required, will be taken, and will be counted toward your final grade. Students are allowed two unexcused absences (except for the days of the quizzes, the midterm, and the final). After that, the student must provide acceptable proof of illness, required court appearance, or other such compelling reason. These are usually letters on the appropriate official stationary. Lateness may, at the discretion of the instructor, also be counted as an absence. NO MAKE-UP EXAMS WILL BE GIVEN for missed quizzes. No make-ups will be given for the midterm or the final except under the most exceptional circumstances.

GRADING: The numerical scale is: 100-90 is an A; 89 is A-; 88-87 is a B+; 86-80 is a B; 79 is a B-; 78-77 is a C+; 76-70 is a C; 69 is a C-; 68-67 is a D+; 66-60 is a D; and 59 and below is an F.



How to Do Well in this Class: The history of art is a cumulative subject; the material cannot be crammed in an overnight session before the exam. Do the reading before coming to class; learn to take notes from the lectures; go over your notes and your reading periodically. Take advantage of the Web site! Visit local museums and galleries. Surf the Net for artists and related topics (more on that in class).

Students who enroll in this class are assumed to have read and understood the provisions on this Web site and the hard-copy syllabus concerning especially attendence, cheating, and comportment.

The Web Site: This is located at: Please refer to this frequently.

Finally: Please note that the instructor does not believe, as did the Old Man of the Mountain, "Everything not forbidden is permitted." Common sense and courtesy determine course and student conduct.

Disabilities Services: The University promotes equal educational opportunities for students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability and need assistance in any part of the course, please notify me and make an appointment immediately with the Disability Resource Center. Please note that I will need a letter from the Disability Resource Center in order to accomodate your situation.

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