ART F261X: History of World Art I
Prehistoric to Medieval Art and Architecture
Meeting Time: Distance, asynchronous
Course website: WordPress (https://art261.community.uaf.edu/) for course content, Canvas for grades and announcements, and Slack for discussion
Instructor: Dr. Zoë Marie Jones
Office: Music 303 or 304
Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-12pm, or by appointment
Co-Instructor: Jessica Zaydak-Mangold
Office hours: by appointment
From the course catalogue:
Origins of art and its development from the beginning through contemporary painting, sculpture and architecture. ART F261X – ART F262X may be taken in reverse order; however, course content is presented in a chronological sequence beginning with fall semester.
Attributes: UAF GER Arts Req
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:
*Click the links for more information and break down on each course requirement.
- Introductory Video – 8%
- 3 Unit Assessments (Grant Proposals for New Gallery Addition) – 15% x 3= 45%
- Final Project (Recreation Project) and 2 Posts on Final Project – 20%
- Discussion Board Participation (2 prompts per week) – 25%
- Provide comprehensive responses to each discussion post: 40% each, total of 80%
- Responding to a total of two classmates’ discussion posts each week: two posts of 10% each, total of 20%
- General Education Assessment Project – 2%
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 below. More specific information on these assignments will be posted on the course website. All assignments must be submitted by 11:59pm 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 Canvas 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)
* All assignments must be submitted by 12pm (midnight) on the due date.
Week 1 (August 23 – 29): What is art? What is art history?
- ONE DISCUSSION POST DUE SUNDAY, AUGUST 29
- INTRODUCTORY VIDEO DUE SUNDAY, AUGUST 29
Week 2 (August 30 – September 5): Prehistoric Art
- TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Week 3 (September 6 – 12): Ancient Near Eastern Art
- TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Week 4 (September 13 – 19): Ancient Egyptian Art
- TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Week 5 (September 20 – 26): Ancient Aegean Art
- TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
- GRANT PROPOSAL I DUE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Week 6 (September 27 – October 3): Ancient Greek Art
- TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3
Week 7 (October 4 – 10): Etruscan Art
- TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10
Week 8 (October 11 – 17):Roman Art (The Roman Republic and the Early Empire)
- TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17
Week 9 (October 18 – 24): Roman Art II (High Imperial Art and the Late Empire)
- TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24
- GRANT PROPOSAL II DUE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24
Week 10 (October 25 – October 31): Jewish and Early Christian Art
- TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31
Week 11 (November 1 – 7): Byzantine Art
- TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Week 12 (November 8 – 14): Early Medieval Art
- TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14
Week 13 (November 15 – 21): Romanesque Art
- TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
- GRANT PROPOSAL III DUE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
- GENERAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT ASSIGNMENT DUE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
Week 14 *Thanksgiving Break*
- NO ASSIGNMENTS DUE THIS WEEK; WORK ON FINAL PROJECTS
Week 15 (November 29 – December 5): Gothic Art
- TWO DISCUSSION POSTS DUE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5
- FINAL PROJECT DUE
Finals Week (December 6 – 12)
- FINAL PROJECT REFLECTION PAPER DUE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8
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