AR215 Art History I

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AR 215 Art History I


F1T 2008 DLA


Buckingham, Leslie Lynn


Senior Instructor of Art and Design


B.A. in Art History, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A. in Art History, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Office Hours

I will be logged into Yahoo Messenger while at my desk, and available for questions.

Daytime Phone

816-987-2654 (fax and answering machine)

E-Mail (for Yahoo Instant Messenger)

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Art History, Volume 1, 3/E
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Marilyn Stokstad, University of Kansas

Publisher: Prentice Hall
Copyright: 2008
Format: Paper; 688 pp

ISBN-10: 0131743201
ISBN-13: 9780131743205

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:

Supplemental Resources: (These are not required)

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.)  These tools are not necessary to do well in the course, though they may significantly aid some students with their studies.  Use your own discretion.


Art History, Volume 1, VangoNotes Audio Study Guide, Complete
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ISBN-10: 0136153747 | ISBN-13: 9780136153740

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CW & Gradetracker with Digital Image Flashcards for Students
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ISBN-10: 0136006078 | ISBN-13: 9780136006077
Online study library of flashcards featuring every image from Stokstad, Art History, 3/e. Each image is accompanied by a critical thinking question and identifying information for the work of art. Students can create their own study sets, and print their sets out with the images for self-study and to add their own notes





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Course Description:
AR 215 Art History I: (MGE) 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.





Total %

Introductions Post




Quizzes (8) 



Discussion Questions (16)




Exams (3)




Response Paper (1)




Proctored Final Exam






Letter Grade Policy


Number of Points



450 - 500



400 - 449



350 - 399



300 - 349



299 or below

Below 59.9

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.






Week 1

Chap. 1 - Prehistoric Art

Chap. 2 - Ancient Near East

pgs. 1-47 

Introductions post
quizzes Chap. 1-2

DQ 1-2

Week 2

Chap. 3 - Ancient Egypt

pgs. 48-81

quizzes Chap. 3

DQ 3-4

Exam 1

Week 3

Chap. 4 - Aegean Art

Chap. 5 - Greek Art

pgs. 82-167

quizzes Chap. 4-5

DQ 5-6

Week 4

Chap. 6 - Roman Art

pgs. 168-231

quizzes Chap. 6

DQ 7-8

Exam 2

Week 5

Chap. 7 - Byzantine Art

Chap. 9 - South Asia

pgs. 232-267

pgs. 310-336

quizzes Chap. 7, 9

DQ 9-10

Response Essay Assignment Given (due Week 8)

Week 6

Chap. 10 - China

pgs. 342-366

quizzes Chap. 10

DQ 11-12

Exam 3

Week 7

Chap. 14 - Early Medieval

Chap. 15 - Romanesque

pgs. 440-551

quizzes Chap. 14-15

DQ 13-14

Week 8

Chap. 16 - Gothic

pgs. 552-583

quizzes Chap. 16

DQ 15-16

Final Exam

Response Essay due

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Core Assessment/Response Essay details

Response Essay Reading Part 1.doc

Response Essay Reading Part 2


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