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Spring 2017

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ART103 - Western Art History 1
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Surveys history of western art from prehistory to CE 1500, and compares and contrasts with the art of later periods. Introduces the distinctive features of the art produced by western civilization and relates its development to that of other regions.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Analyze art and architecture spanning prehistory to CE 1500. Recognize the historical style of artwork based on visual analysis and demonstrate an understanding of the chronology and style characteristics of artwork.*

2. Research a designated art topic in depth and write a minimum two-page paper. Utilize proper art vocabulary to describe the artwork and historical era.*

3. Critique artwork in terms of medium, diverse genres, ranges of historical periods, geographic locations and style characteristics. Define within selected artworks the presence of the five levels of style characteristics: content, subject, form, technique and material.

4. Demonstrate a mastery of analytic skills such as observation and inductive reasoning in interpreting artwork in relation to cultural and social contexts.*

5. Practice the knowledge of art history by actively participating in class lectures, discussions, written assignments and exams.


* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.




Content Outline:
I. Why Do We Study the History of Art?
II. The Language of Art.
III. Prehistoric Western Europe.
IV. The Ancient Near East.
V. Ancient Egypt.
VI. The Aegean.
VII. The Art of Ancient Greece.
VIII. The Art of the Etruscans.
IX. Ancient Rome.
X. Early Christian and Byzantine Art.
XI. The Early Middle Ages.
XII. Romanesque Art.
XIII. Gothic Art.
XIV. Precursors of the Renaissance.
XV. The Early Renaissance.




Effective Term: Fall 2016