art 101 Syllabus

Art 101
Prehistoric Through Medieval Art

Apring 2003 .................... Monday 1pm to 4pm........................................sections 3233 & 3235 honors

Course Description (From the MSJC 2002-2003 General Catalog)
This course surveys the development of the art of the Western World from the Paleolithic era through the Middle Ages. Students will study a variety of art forms in the context of history, culture, iconography, purpose and style. This course is designed for the Art major and those seeking to fulfill Humanities requirements. This is a 3-unit UC/CSU course.

Course Objectives
Students in this course will learn to identify and analyze works of art from before recorded history through the 14th century. Using visual language and art terminology, students will discuss and examine artworks from various historical, social and political contexts. Through this examination, students will gain a general level of understanding and appreciation for Western art, with an emphasis on maintaining a critical eye towards the art historical tradition.

Required Text
H. W. Janson and Anthony F. Janson. History of Art. Sixth ed. Vol. 1. Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, 2001.

Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to regularly review the companion website to the text: This site is an excellent study aid and will be consulted by the instructor in preparation of the exams.

Students are also encouraged to utilize the instructor's educational website . Students will find Lecture and Reading Notes, additional course materials and resource links on this site.

Students will be graded on ten worksheets, two exams, a cumulative final exam and an optional Research Paper or Museum Review.

The grading scale is as follows:
A 100% - 90%
B 89% - 80%
C 79% - 70%
D 69% - 60%
F 59% or less

Students are required to complete at least 10 worksheets during the course of the semester. Worksheets will be worth a maximum of 25 points each and will provide hands-on thinking activities intended to extend the basic concepts covered in each chapter. Students will have a variety of worksheet activities to choose from and points will be assigned according to completeness rather than correctness.

Students may choose to complete up to 2 additional worksheets for a maximum of 50 points extra credit.

Exams #1 and #2 will be worth 75 points each and will consist of slide identifications, multiple choice questions, fill-in-the blank questions, matching and essay questions.

The final exam will be worth 100 points, and will include new and previously covered material. The Final Exam is mandatory and may not be made-up or replaced.

Exams may NOT be made-up. Instead, you may elect to drop your lowest exam score by writing a Research Paper.

Research Paper
Students wishing to replace their lowest exam score or make up for a missed exam may choose to write a 4 to 5 page Research Paper, which will be worth a maximum of 75 points. This paper should follow MLA guidelines, and have a minimum of three sources cited.

Students should choose any work of art, any artist or any artistic movement covered in the course, which sparks their interest. The artwork should be analyzed on a formal level and on a personal level. Consideration and research should be given to the historical and social context the work was made in. The artwork does not have to be one that you enjoy. Often, examining the background of a work that you particularly dislike, and discussing exactly why you dislike it, is just as interesting as examining a work that you enjoy.

Museum Review
Students may choose to visit an art gallery or museum and write a 2 to 3 page Museum Review, for a maximum of 40 extra credit points.

Students should visit a gallery or museum and choose a particular work of art, or a particular artist whose work was seen and write a critical review of the work as it relates to the material covered in this course. This review should follow MLA guidelines and some sort of documentation, or proof of your visit, should accompany the paper. A list of recommended art viewing places is provided in this syllabus.

Honors Credit
Students taking this course for Honors credit are required to write a 4 to 5 page Research Paper in addition to the regular course requirements. This Research Paper will be worth 75 points. Please discuss your paper topic with the instructor.

Honors students may choose to write either the Research Paper or the Extra Credit Museum Review to replace their lowest test score or to make up for no more than one missed exam.

Cheating and Plagiarism Policy
Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. If the instructor finds evidence that a student is involved in cheating or plagiarism, the student will receive a course grade of F, and the proper college administrative departments will be notified.

It is in your best interest to attend all course lectures. Attendance will be recorded during each class. Numerous absences are sure to negatively affect your grade. The instructor reserves the right to drop any student from this course with three or more absences.

If you wish to drop this course, it is your responsibility to submit a drop card to the Admissions Office by the appropriate deadline. If you neglect to officially drop this course, and you have missed 3 or more class lectures, you may receive a grade of F.

Class Schedule and Required Reading
Please complete and be prepared to discuss the assigned readings before the date they will be presented in class. This is a tentative schedule, and may be changed by the instructor at any point during the semester according to the needs of the class.

Discussion Topic
Assignment Due
January 27 Introduction pages 16 - 29  
February 3 Prehistoric Art Chapter 1 Worksheet #1 or #2
February 10 Egyptian Art Chapter 2 Worksheet #3 or #4
February 17 Holiday    
February 24 Ancient Near Eastern Art Chapter 3 Worksheet #5 or #6
March 3 Exam #1    
March 10 Aegean Art

Chapter 4

Worksheet #7 or #8
March 17 Spring Break    
March 24 Greek Art: Geometric, Orientalizing and Archaic Periods Chapter 5
pages 94 - 111
Worksheet #9 or #10
March 31 Greek Art: Classic and Hellenistic Chapter 5 pages 111 - 149 Worksheet #11 or #12
April 7 Etruscan Art Chapter 6 Worksheet #13 or #14
April 14 Exam #2    
April 21 Roman Art Chapter 7 Worksheet #15 or #16
April 28 Early Christian and Byzantine Art Chapter 8 Worksheet #17 or #18
May 5 Early Medieval Art Chapter 9 Worksheet #19 or #20
May 12 Romanesque Art Chapter 10 Worksheet #21 or #22
May 19

Gothic Art

Chapter 11 Worksheet #23 or #24
May 26 Holiday    
June 2

Final Exam
12:50p to 3:20p

  Research Paper
Museum Review


Recommended Art Viewing Places
Riverside County
Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery
1499 N. State Street
909-654-8011 ext. 1531
Sweeney Art Gallery
UC Riverside
Watkins House
3701 Canyon Crest Dr.

UCR/California Museum of Photography UC Riverside
3284 Main Street
Los Angeles County

Bergamot Station 
2525 Michigan Avenue

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 
152 N. Central Avenue

Huntington Museum & Library 
1151 Oxford Road

J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center 
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles County Museum of Art 
5905 Wilshire Boulevard 323-857-6000
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) 
250 S. Grand Avenue 213-626-6222
Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd.
UCLA Hammer Museum      
10899 Wilshire Boulevard

San Diego 

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego 
700 Prospect Street
San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado in Balboa Park 619-232-7931