ART F261X: History of World Art I
Prehistoric to Medieval Art and Architecture
Meeting Time: Distance, asynchronous
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, or by instructor permission
Course website: WordPress (https://art261.community.uaf.edu/) for course content, Blackboard for grades and announcements, and Slack for discussion
Instructor: Dr. Zoë Marie Jones
Office hours: by appointment only
From the course catalogue:
Origins of art and its development from the beginning through contemporary painting, sculpture and architecture. ART F261 – 262 may be taken in reverse order; however, course content is presented in a chronological sequence beginning with fall semester. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. (3+0)
This course is an introduction to the styles, major figures, and masterpieces of the history of world art from prehistory to the medieval era. The course focuses on analyzing works of art in order to explore the relationship between artistic production and cultural phenomena. We will examine art’s connections and relationships to religious and governmental institutions, private patrons, art markets, contemporary art criticism, philosophies of art, and the concept of the artist as a conduit for individual expression. The course will also acquaint you with a variety of approaches for critically thinking and writing about visual culture.
Learn to recognize and analyze key styles, artists and concepts of art from throughout the history of art. Gain an understanding of the relationship works of art have to their larger cultural, historical and social contexts. Become familiar with major concepts and methods of the discipline of art history.
Student Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, students will be able to:
- Apply discipline-specific vocabulary, concepts, and principles to a specific instance, style, or artistic creation
- Respond subjectively as well as objectively to aesthetic experiences and differentiate between emotional and intellectual responses
- Explain the nature and scope of the perspectives and contributions found in a particular discipline within the Arts and Humanities as related to the human experience, both individually and collectively.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the intellectual, imaginative, and cultural elements involved in the creative arts through participation in and study of the arts.
Course Readings/Materials: All course content can be found on the course website
Technical Requirements: Because of the online nature of the course, students are required to have easy access to a computer with word processing capabilities and regular access to the Internet.
Course Requirements and Grading Information:
- Introductory Video – 10%
- 3 Unit Assessments (Grant Proposals for New Gallery Addition) – 10% x 3= 30%
- Final Project (Recreation Project) and 2 Posts on Final Project – 20%
- Discussion Board Participation (2 posts per week) – 40%
Grades will be calculated using a standard 100-point scale and all assignments will be graded out of 100 points (eg: A=92-96, A- =90-91, etc.). Final grades will be weighted based on the percentages associated with the assignments above.
Assignments: The due dates for assignments are noted on the course schedule. More specific information on these assignments will be posted on the course website. All assignments must be submitted by 511:59pm on the due date. It is the student’s responsibility to submit these assignments on time. Late assignments will be docked ½ letter grade for each day the assignment is delayed.
How to check your grade: You can check your grade by accessing our course on Blackboard and heading to the grade center. Please let me know if there is a mistake as soon as possible. There is a lot to keep track of in this course and I can make mistakes.
Course Calendar: (subject to change)
Week 1 (August 24 – 30): What is art? What is art history?
ONE DISCUSSION POST DUE SUNDAY, AUGUST 30
ONE POST OF INTRODUCTORY VIDEO DUE SUNDAY, AUGUST 30
Week 2 (August 31 – September 6): Prehistoric Art
TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Week 3 (September 7 – 13): Ancient Near Eastern Art
TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Week 4 (September 14 – 20): Ancient Egyptian Art
TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Week 5 (September 21 – 27): Ancient Aegean Art
TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
GRANT PROPOSAL DUE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Week 6 (September 28 – October 4): Ancient Greek Art
TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
Week 7 (October 5 – 11): Etruscan Art
TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
Week 8 (October 12 – 18): Art of the Roman Republic and Empire
TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18
Week 9 (October 19 – 25): Jewish and Early Christian Art
TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25
GRANT PROPOSAL DUE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25
Week 10 (October 26 – November 1): Byzantine Art
TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Week 11 (November 2 – 8): Early Medieval Art
TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Week 12 (November 9 – 15): Romanes que Art
TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15
Week 13 (November 16 – 22): Gothic Art
TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
GRANT PROPOSAL DUE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
Week 14 *Thanksgiving Break*
NO ASSIGNMENTS DUE THIS WEEK; WORK ON FINAL PROJECTS
Week 15 (November 30 – December 6): Art Biomedical Unit
ONE DISCUSSION POST DUE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
ONE POST OF YOUR FINAL PROJECT DUE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
Finals Week (December 7 – 12)
FINAL PROJECT REFLECTION PAPER DUE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9
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The Writing Center in the UAF English Department is available for help with writing assignments. Hours and location can be found at: http://www.alaska.edu/english/studentresources/writing
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The Department of Art will endeavor to comply with the intent of state laws or acts and the university health and safety policies in an effort to maintain a safe academic and working environment for students, staff, and faculty. Please be aware of the locations of fire alarms, exits, and evacuation routes.
Safe and Effective Learning Environment:
The Department of Art will endeavor to comply with university policies prohibiting sexual harassment and supporting Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination. Therefore, intimidating, harassing, and disruptive behavior in the classroom and studio will not be tolerated.
Students with Disabilities:
The UAF Office of Disability Services, a part of UAF’s Center for Health and Counseling, provides academic accommodations to enrolled students who are identified as being eligible for these services. The Office of Disability Services implements the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and ensures that UAF students have equal access to the campus and course materials. As the instructor of this course, I will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities.
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