AR215 Art History I

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AR 215 Art History I


FA 2007 HO


Buckingham, Leslie Lynn


Senior Instructor, Art and Design


M.A. in Art History
B.A. in Art History

Office Location

MA 430C (in Interior Design)

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 20 - December 11, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

10:10 - 11:25 AM

Credit Hours



Art History: A View of the West, Volume 1, 3/E
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Marilyn Stokstad, University of Kansas

Publisher: Prentice Hall
Copyright: 2008
Format: Paper; 544 pp

ISBN-10: 0131566105
ISBN-13: 9780131566101

You may use an earlier edition of the textbook, but you should realize not all the illustrations or text will be available to you in earlier editions.


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Additional Resources:

Please note that a companion website with useful links and self-quizzes is maintained by the publisher at

Additional learning tools available from the publisher...(Prices and links are from the Prentice Hall website.)
  • Art History Interactive CD for STUDENTS- Dual Platform (PC and MAC)
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Course Description:
A chronological survey of the history of art from the prehistoric and ancient eras through the medieval. Instruction is not limited to the western tradition but includes sections on Asia, India, Africa, and the Americas. Art is studied within historical and cultural contexts. Gallery tours augument slide-lecture instruction. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, examinations, and gallery/museum tours.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize and identify the special stylistic characteristics of the arts from the wide range of civilizations and cultures addressed in this course.
  2. Discuss some of the ways specific civilizations and cultures are directly reflected in their art and architecture.
  3. Use the specialized language of art and architecture, both orally and in writing, to discuss and respond to art.
  4. Observe art with greater perception (a “trained eye”) and an ability to begin interpreting both its form and its content.

Core Assessment:

  ·          The paper should be 2 –5 pages in length. (double-spaced, 12 pt Arial or Times New Roman font)

·        Your focus will be on a single work of art.

·        NO RESEARCH is necessary. 

Your Trip to the Museum:

You will choose a work of art from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. You can find directions to the museum and a list of their operating hours at The museum is NOT open on Mondays. You will need to bring:

·        a pad of paper

·        a pencil - The museum will not allow you to use a pen in the gallery. 

·        a few extra sheets of paper for sketching. Your sketches do not need to be professional or finished, so any blank sheet of paper will do. 

·        the handout I will give you, copied from A Survival Guide for Art History Students, by Christina Maranci. Chapter 3, “Putting Words to Images: Mastering the Response Essay,” pp. 33 –70.


Choose an appropriate work of art! The date, period, and place of origin should be relevant and fall within the parameters of our class. Choose a work of art that engages you intellectually or emotionally.

Plan on spending a minimum of 40 minutes with the object you choose.  This is 40 minutes of quality looking, not discussion with a friend. My suggestions will take you 45 minutes to 1 hour: 

1.      look at the object for at least 15 minutes (no notes yet)

2.      then take as many notes as you can (to make things easier, the Survival Guide handout has listed questions to ask yourself while taking notes)

3.      take a break to walk around, stretch, get a drink

4.      look at the object again for another 15 minutes (you will be more perceptive the second time around)

5.      take notes again

6.      try sketching the object (this doesn’t have to be good but will miraculously seem to point out to you additional observations about the object)  

It is often helpful to come back another day to look again, but this is not necessary to complete the assignment, particularly if you follow my suggestions and take good notes.

The Paper Itself:

This exercise is called a response essay. You do not need to research anything. You will visit the museum, choose a work of art, and write the essay based only on what you can see. Looking is not as simple as you may think. Rather than merely describe the object, you will want to analyze its form. You need to ask yourself the questions:

·        “What is this doing?”

·        “Why do I have this response?”

The challenge is to analyze a work of art, separating its parts in order to understand the whole. You must resist the urge to merely describe, and instead evaluate the object.   Further insights and instructions can be found in A Survival Guide for Art History Students, by Christina Maranci. Chapter 3, “Putting Words to Images: Mastering the Response Essay,” pp. 33 –70. 

Organization of the Paper: (further explanations and examples can be found in the Survival Guide handout)

1.      The Introduction

a.      Write a Short Description of the Work You Have Chosen. Include identifying subject matter or forms, setting or space, color, and medium.  

b.      State Your Main Argument. A thesis statement related to the overall effect or meaning of the object.

c.      State (Briefly) the Ways in Which You Will Prove It.

2.      The Main Body (a detailed description/analysis including, but not limited to, the following):

a.      Discuss the Medium, the medium’s traits, and the artist’s use of the medium.

b.      Discuss the relevant formal elements (i.e.: line, shape and space, composition and relative scale, light and color, style)

c.      Discuss the composition (i.e.: unity/variety, balance, emphasis, focal point)

d.      Discuss the relationship the formal elements and composition have to the subject’s meaning (or overall effect).

3.      The Conclusion.

a.      Restate the Main Argument

b.      Place this work of art into the big picture. Relate it to a larger issue, art-historical movement, etc.

4.      Attach an image of the object (This can be a postcard purchased from the museum bookstore, a photograph, or your sketch.)

Don’t forget to include the objective information somewhere within the paper: creator (artist/culture/period); date; medium; size; exhibition/museum/collection. Most, if not all, will be available on the museum label found near the object.

Mechanics of the Paper:

·        2 –5 pages in length

·        Double-spaced

·        12 pt. font, Arial or Times New Roman

·        Pages numbered

·        Proper organization, complete sentences, grammar, punctuation, spelling and word choice 

Remember that less-than-graceful writing will count strongly against you, as well as misspellings and typos and other signs of carelessness. Nothing puts a grader in a worse mood than the evidence that the writer has so little self-respect or respect for the reader that she or he hasn’t bothered to correct the smallest of mistakes.  Proofread.  It helps to have someone read over your “final” version before you print it out.  You’d be amazed at what you miss. 



Exceeds Expectation

Meets Expectation

Does Not Meet Expectation

No Evidence

Critical Thinking





Object Appropriateness: date, period, and place of origin are relevant and fall within parameters of class

All 3 are relevant


2 of 3 are relevant


1 of 3 is relevant


No relevance


Introduction includes brief overall description (identifying subject matter or forms, setting or space, color, medium) and main argument

Contains good brief overall description (including all relevant information) and main argument


Contains both description and main argument, but description is missing basic components or main argument is inappropriate


Missing either the description or the main argument altogether


No description or argument


Special properties of medium and artist’s use of medium

Explains properties of medium and analyzes artist’s use of medium


Explains properties of medium but no analysis of artist’s use of medium


No understanding of medium employed; incorrect facts


No discussion of medium (even if mentioned)


Formal elements: line; shape and space; composition and relative scale; light and color; style

Discusses all relevant traits well


Discusses some traits


Mentions some traits, no discussion


No discussion


Composition or design principles most significant for work: unity/variety; balance; emphasis; focal point

Discusses all relevant traits well


Discusses some traits


Mentions some traits, no discussion



No discussion


Relationship between elements, design and meaning or content

Relates formal elements and composition to meaning/content


Relates formal elements or composition to meaning/content


Content/meaning is misunderstood or content/meaning is stated without relating it to formal elements or composition


No discussion of content/meaning


Effective Communication





Objective info included: creator (artist/culture/period); date; medium; size; exhibition/museum/collection

All information included


1 omission


2 or more omissions


No information included


Ability to follow parameters of paper: 2 –5 pages in length, double-spaced, 12 pt Arial or Times New roman font

All 3 requirements met


2 of 3 requirements met


1 of 3 requirements met


No requirements met


Image included: postcard, photo, or sketch







Mechanics of Writing: Complete sentences, grammar, punctuation, spelling and word choice

No more than 1 error


2 to 3 errors


4 to 5 errors


Over 5 errors


Meaningful organization of content: clear introduction, main body, and conclusion

No errors in organization


1 or 2 errors


3 or 4 errors


More than 4 errors


You can find further hints on writing art papers from these sources on reserve:

A Short Guide to Writing about Art, by Sylvan Barnet. 3rd edition. 

A Survival Guide for Art History Students, by Christina Maranci. Chapter 3, “Putting Words to Images: Mastering the Response Essay,” pp. 33 –70. 

Look! The Fundamentals of Art History, by Anne D’Alleva. Chapter 3,

Class Assessment:

Assessment in this course is by means of:

  • Examinations and quizzes.
  • Written assignments and projects.
  • Class discussions.
  • Attendance and participation.


Introduction Post 3 .6%
Quizzes ( 83 @ 1 pt each) 83 16.6% 450-500 pts = 90-100% =A
Discussion Questions (16 @ 4 pts ) 64 12.8% 400-449 = 80-89% =B
Core Assessment/Response Essay 100 20% 350-399 = 70-79% =C
Exams (3 @ 50 pts each) 150 30% 300-349 = 60-69% =D
Final (Comprehensive) 100 20% 299 and below = 59% and below =F
TOTAL = 500

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments will be accepted up to one week after their due date, but will be penalized one letter grade (10 percentage points).  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
While the instructor will ask for students' opinions of some of the art presented in class, please be respectful.  Abusive and disrespectful commentary will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

This is an intensive reading class. You are asked to read the appropriate sections of your textbook for the subjects listed. These readings should be completed prior to the assignments/quizzes for that week. Study and review the material on a continuous basis and keep up on your readings. I cannot emphasize this enough. If you wait to begin your readings or to begin serious study until exam time, you will perform poorly in this class. I can guarantee it.
August 21
Chap. 1 - Prehistoric Art
pgs. 1-11 
Introductions post
DQ 1
August 23
pgs 11-23
quizzes Chapter 1
August 28
Chapter 2 - Ancient Near East
pgs 24-39
DQ 2
August 30
pgs. 39-47
quizzes Chapter 2
September 4
Chap. 3 - Ancient Egypt
pgs. 48-62
DQ 3
September 6
pgs. 62-67
DQ 4
September 11
pgs. 67-81
quizzes Chap. 3
September 13
Exam - Chapters 1-3
Exam 1
September 18
Chap. 4 - Aegean Art
pgs. 82-105
DQ 5
September 20
pgs. 106-128
quizzes Chap. 4
September 25
Chap. 5 - Greek Art
pgs. 128-157
DQ 6
September 27
pgs. 157-167
quizzes Chap. 5
October 2
Chap. 6 - Roman Art
pgs. 168-185
DQ 7
October 4
pgs. 185-218
DQ 8
October 9
pgs. 218-231
quizzes Chap. 6
October 11
Exam 2 - Chapters 4-6
Exam 2
October 16
October 18
October 23
Chap. 7 - Byzantine Art
pgs. 232-254
DQ 9
October 25
pgs. 254-281
quizzes Chap. 7
October 30
Chap. 9 - South Asia
pgs. 310-327
DQ 10
November 1
pgs. 327-336
quizzes Chap. 9
November 6
Chap. 10 - China
pgs. 342-354
DQ 11
November 8
pgs. 354-361
DQ 12
November 13
pgs. 361-366
quizzes Chap. 10
November 15
Exam 3 - Chapters 7, 9, 10
Exam 3
November 20
Chap. 14 - Early Medieval
pgs. 440-459
DQ 13
November 22
pgs. 459-471
quizzes Chap. 14
November 27
Chap. 15 - Romanesque
pgs. 472-493
DQ 14
November 29
pgs. 494-511
quizzes Chap. 15
Response Essay due
December 4
Chap. 16 - Gothic
pgs. 512-537
DQ 15
December 6
pgs. 537-551
DQ 16
quizzes Chap. 16
December 11
FINAL (comprehensive)

Discussion Questions. (DQs). These are found in the ECompanion site corresponding to our class. Go to and type in your student # and OPEN password. Once you are within the AR215 companion site, you will be able to navigate using the menu on the left and you will find discussion questions for every week. While you may both post your initial response AND respond to other students throughout the week, please post your initial responses by the date listed above on the syllabus.

Quizzes. These can be found on the companion site for your textbook, . Complete the quizzes for the designated chapter by the date listed above and e-mail them to me. You can re-take them as many times as you like, and therefore I will only give one point for each perfect score. Each chapter except Chapter 1 has 7 short quizzes I would like you to take.  (see below).

Chapter 1: Prehistoric Art in Europe (6 points possible)
                         Historical Context - Multiple Choice (1)
                         Artists, Patrons and Works - Multiple Choice (1)
                                     Matching (1)
                                    Pattern Match (1)
                         Elements and Media - Multiple Choice (1)
                                     Matching (1)
Chapter 2: Art of the Ancient Near East (7 points possible)
                         Historical Context -  Multiple Choice (1)
                         Artists, Patrons, Works - Multiple Choice (1)
                                     Matching (1)
                                     Pattern Match (1)
                         Elements and Media - Multiple Choice (1)
                                     Matching (1)
                                     Labeling (1)

On every succeeding chapter we cover, do the above quizzes for 7 points possible.

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Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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