Art 5 - Art History of the Western World: 1400 through Contemporary
Monday & Wednesday 8 am - 9:30 am
section 38065

Instructor Denise Johnson
  Voice mail: 477-8467 (use only for non-emergency contact)
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Course Description
This course surveys the development of art in the western world from the Renaissance era to the 20th century. Students will study how symbolism, visual concepts, and artistic style reflect the philosophy, religion, values, and concerns of a variety of cultures and historical periods. 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.

This is a 3-unit UC/CSU course.

Required Text
Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. Revised Second ed. Vol. 2. New York: Prentice Hall Inc., and Harry N. Abrams, 2005.

Instructional Website
This course will be taught from an instructional website, Lecture presentations, worksheets, this syllabus and other instructional materials are available to students at this site. Please let the instructor know if you do not have internet access.
Good attendance is essential to your success! 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 February 10without a grade of "W," or April 28 with a "W."

Special Accommodations
If you are a student with a disability or require special accommodations, please discuss your needs with the instructor as soon as possible. Students with special needs are highly encouraged to contact the DPS office at 941-2379 for information regarding the resources that are available.
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.

Students will be graded on ten worksheets, an Exhibition Review paper, two exams, and a cumulative final exam. The maximum amount of points possible is 500.
The grading scale is as follows:
100 - 90% 500 - 450 points
89 - 80% 449 - 400 points
79 - 70% 399 - 350 points
69 - 60% 349 - 300 points
59% - or less 299 - 0 points


Students are required to complete ten worksheets during the course, which will be worth a maximum of 25 points each. Points will be assigned according to completeness. 10 points will automatically be deducted from late worksheets.

No more than two additional worksheets may be completed for a maximum of 5 points extra credit each.

Exhibition Review

Students are required to visit a museum or gallery showing artworks that are relevant to this course and to write a three to four page Exhibition Review paper. This paper should follow MLA guidelines, and some sort of documentation, or proof of your visit, should accompany the paper (i.e. ticket stub, museum pamphlet, "visitor" sticker, etc.). The Exhibition Review paper will be worth a maximum of 50 points.

During your exhibition visit, find a work of art that particularly appeals to you. It can be a work that you enjoy very much, or one that you truly dislike. Take as many notes as you can during your visit. If the exhibition space permits it, you may want to take a photograph of the work to include in your paper. Next, research that artwork utilizing books, periodicals and online resources. The source of any facts or information that you report, and that are not specifically your personal opinion or the result of your own personal observations, should be cited within the body of your paper. The Exhibition Review paper should cite at least one paper source (i.e. book, magazine article or pamphlet- NOT a website). Finally, discuss the artwork in detail. Examine the social, political and cultural context that the work was made under and address any stylistic influences it may exhibit. Include your own personal interpretation and reaction to the work, as well as insightful interpretations that you may have come across in your research.

A list of recommended art viewing places, along with their web addresses, is provided in this syllabus. It is highly recommended that students consult museum and gallery websites before their visit to obtain information on the works they will be viewing and to make sure that the museum will be showing works that are relevant to this course.

Exams #1 and #2 will be worth 50 points each and will consist of slide i.d.s, multiple choice, fill-in-the blank, matching and short-answer essay questions.

The final exam will be worth 100 points, and will be cumulative.

Exams may NOT be made up.


Class Schedule and Required Reading
Please complete and be prepared to discuss the assigned readings before the date they will be presented in class. Exams will be given on Mondays and worksheets will be due on Wednesdays. 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.
Date (week of)
Discussion Topic
January 23
January 30
Early Renaissance
Pages 18 - 41 & Chapter 17
February 6
Early Renaissance
Worksheet #1 Due
February 13
Chapter 18
Worksheet #2 Due
February 20
President's Day - NO CLASS
February 22
Worksheet #3 Due
February 27
Exam #1
March 6
Chapter 19
Worksheet #4 Due
March 13
Worksheet #5 Due
March 20
Spring Break - NO CLASS
March 27
Chapter 26
Worksheet #6 Due
April 3
Worksheet #7 Due
April 10
Exam #2
April 17
Chapter 27
Worksheet #8 Due
April 24
Worksheet #9 Due
May 1
Worksheet #10 Due
May 8
Rise of Modernism
Chapter 28
Exhibition Review Due
Worksheet #11 Due
May 15
Rise of Modernism
Worksheet #12 Due
May 22
Final Exam 8am - 10:30 am

Recommended Art Viewing Places
Los Angeles County
Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino
J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
at the Getty Center
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
(LACMA) Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
250 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles
Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd.
UCLA Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Riverside County
3824 Main Street
California Museum of Photography Riverside
San Bernardino County
Wignall Museum/ Gallery
5885 Haven Avenue
Chaffey Rancho campus
San Diego County
Museum of Contemporary Art,
700 Prospect Street
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado
in Balboa Park
San Diego