Art 6 - Women Artists in History
Cindy Sherman, Untitled Film Still 21, 1978
Spring 2014
Monday & Wednesday 11 - 12:20 pm
section 76901
Instructor: Denise Johnson
Student Consultation Hours: by appointment in CAA 302
Mailbox: CAA 302
Voice mail: 909 652 - 7867






Course Description

This course will explore the contributions of women artists to the western art tradition from the prehistoric era to the present day.  Visual language and art terminology will be used to examine a variety of artworks made by women from an assortment of historic, social, political and personal contexts.  Because women have been traditionally underrepresented and generally discouraged from participating in the visual arts, students will develop a critical eye and utilize writing to actively question and critique the art historical tradition.  Through this evaluation students will gain a general level of knowledge and appreciation for the contributions of women artists throughout history.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course, you should be able to demonstrate:
    • analyze and interpret works of art made by women from a range of historical periods utilizing appropriate art historical methodologies.
    • demonstrate an understanding of the historical context of women's contributions to art including the historical arguments against women's participation and the obstacles faced by women in overcoming traditional barriers.
    • use higher order questions during class discussions, written and oral assignments, and on tests (when applicable), concerning the history of women's participation in art history and related to a cross cultural appreciation for the diversity of expression.






Course Materials
Required Text (Please choose one, or both. You must read at least one!!!)
Slatkin, Wendy. Women Artists in History: From Antiquity to the Present. Fourth edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersery: Prentice Hall, 2001.

Slatkin textbook






Chadwick, Whitney. Women, Art, and Society. Third edition. New York: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2002.
Chadwick textbook





Recommended Texts
Broude, Norma and Mary D. Garrard, ed. Reclaiming Female Agency: Feminist Art History After Postmodernism. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. (Chaffey Library 704 R29)
Reclaiming Female Agency






Girls, Guerrilla. The Guerilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art. New York: Penguin Books, 1998. (Chaffey Library 704 G93)


Guerrilla Girls Bedside Companion






Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Seventh ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. (Chaffey Library 808.02 G43)
MLA Handbook






Instructional Websites

This course will be taught from the instructional website: Lecture presentations, assignments, and other course materials will be available to students at this site, and you will need to access it regularly.  Please let the instructor know if you do not have internet access.


Various course materials will be available on the course moodle site at Registered students will use moodle to take online quizzes, review their current grade, utilize a discussion board, and access other materials.











Important Dates
Add Deadline
The deadline to add this course with an instructor's add code is January 21.
Drop Deadline
Students wishing to drop the course, must do so via MyChaffey View by January 27 for a refund, by January 28 without record, or by April 9 with a "W" grade.
Submission Deadline
All coursework must be submitted by the last day of lecture. NO COURSE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 12:20 PM ON May 13!!
Grades will be available online by May 30.












There are 500 points possible in this class. Fifty-Two percent of your grade will be earned by writing a Compendium of Knowledge, 20% by writing reading and lecture questions with a learning community, 20% by taking online quizzes, and 10% with two Activity Reports.

Students are strongly encouraged to keep track of earned points on the grade table included on page 12 of the printable syllabus. If requesting an appointment to review your grade, you will be asked to bring the grade table with your earned points recorded to the meeting.


Grading Scale
  100 - 90% 500 - 448 points  
  500 - 487
  486 - 468
  467 - 448
  89 - 80% 447 - 398  
  447 - 433
  432 - 418
  417 - 398
  79 - 70% 397 - 348  
  397 - 373
  372 -348
  69 - 60% 347 - 298  
  347 - 333
  332 - 318
  317 - 298
  59% - or less 297 - 0 points  




Study Time
Students should plan on spending two to three hours reading, fulfilling assignments and studying for this class for every hour spent in the classroom. That's 96 to 144 hours of Photo 1 study time you should plan for during this semester!











Compendium of Knowledge - (4 X 20) + 4 ((3 X 10) + 5 + 5) + 20 = 260 points, 52%

A Compendium of Knowledge is a collection of concise but detailed information about a particular subject.

Students will practice their skills using art historical methods by submitting four Methodology Worksheets, each worth 20 points.

You’ll further sharpen your understanding of women’s contributions to the art historical tradition through four Compendium Page Sets, each set worth 40 points. As well, “Daily bRead” readings will be distributed during most class sessions. Students will earn five points for accurately and insightfully citing at least one of these texts per Compendium Page Set. At the end of the semester, you will correct and fine-tune these writings in a final Compendium of Knowledge, worth 20 points.

Each of these writing assignments combined constitute the Compendium of Knowledge.

  Learning Communities - (2 X 30) + (4 X 10) = 100 points, 20% of grade

Students are required to submit two questions related to each lecture discussion, each class date, for 30 classes. (We have 33 class meetings this semester.) Each “Daily Question” will be worth 2 points, and will be compiled and redistributed amongst Learning Communities on community meeting dates.

In preparation for quizzes, Learning Communities will review an assortment of given questions, find questions on assigned topics, and refine those questions for inclusion on the upcoming quiz. Communities will submit ten improved questions worth ten points, during four meetings over the semester.

Quizzes - (3 X 30) - lowest score + 40 points = 100 points, 20% of grade

Students will submit three 30 point quizzes via Moodle. Quiz questions will derive from Learning Communities and will be made available on Saturdays. Quizzes must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the date due. The lowest quiz score will be dropped.

A mandatory, comprehensive final quiz, taken before final appointments, will be worth 40 points.

Activity Reports - 25 + 25 points = 50 points, 10% of grade
Students will be asked to submit two Activity Reports aiming to connect course content within the art community at large. The Exhibition Report, requires students to view an exhibition held at an off-campus art venue during the current semester, while the Event Report requires students to attend an on-campus event relating to modern or contemporary art. Each report is worth 25 points.











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.
*RFA = Reclaiming Female Agency
**italicized title = article provided on "Assignments" page
Discussion Topic
Assignment Due
January 14
January 16
Art Historical Methods
Approaches to Art
January 21
Evidence of Early Women Artists
Chadwick: Preface and Introduction
Chapter 1
January 23

Women, Venus & Magic

Chadwick: Chapter 1
January 28
Mother Worship
Methodology Worksheet 1
Slatkin: Chapters 2 - 6
January 30
Man Becomes the Measure
February 4
Of Guilds and Convents
Chadwick: Chapter 2
Chapter 8
February 6
Learning Community 1
Compendium Pages Set 1
February 11
The Virtuosa
Quiz 1

RFA: The Antique Heroines of Sirani

February 13
Baroque Theatrics
February 18
Arte Gentileschi
Methodology Worksheet 2
Chadwick: Chapter 3
Who Was the Real Artemisia?
February 20
Protestants & Beer

Chadwick: Chapter 4
Slatkin: Chapter 9

February 25
Enlightened Ladies
Chadwick: Chapter 5
Slatkin: Chapters 10 & 11
February 27
Art & Revolution
Compendium Page Set 2
Slatkin: Chapter 12
RFA: The Portrait of the Queen
March 4
The Cult of True Womanhood
Methodology Worksheet 3
RFA: Depoliticizing Women
March 6
Learning Community 2
March 11
Sister Suffragette!
Quiz 2
Chadwick: Chapters 6 & 7
Slatkin: Chapter 13
March 13
Bros and Hos
Chadwick: Chapter 8
Slatkin: Chapter 14
March 18
Spring Break
March 20
March 25
Avant-Garde Ladies  

Chadwick: Chapter 9
Slatkin: Chapter 15

March 27
The New Woman
Compendium Pages Set 3
RFA: Mary Cassatt - Modern Woman or the Cult of True Womanhood?
April 1
Abandoned Dolls

RFA: New Encounters with Les Demoiselles D' Avignon

April 3
Women in the Margins
Exhibition Report
April 8
Hitler's Bath & Other Triumphs

Methodology Worksheet 4
Chadwick: Chapter 10
Slatkin: Chapter 17
April 10
Learning Community 3
April 15
Everything's Rosie?
Quiz 3

Chadwick: Chapter 11
Slatkin: Chapter 17

April 17
The New American Form
April 22
Seductive Subversion
April 24
Sexual Politics
Compendium Pages Set 4
Chadwick: Chapter 12 & 13
Slatkin: Chapter 18
April 29
The Artist's Body
RFA: The Sexual Politics of the Dinner Party
May 1
Postmodern Shift
Event Report

Chadwick: Chapter 14

May 6
The So-Called Third Wave
Final Compendium
May 8
Where Do We Go From Here?

Chadwick: Chapter 15
Slatkin: Chapter 19
Who Are the Great Women Artists?

May 13
Learning Community 4
May 18
Final Quiz Due at 11:59 pm
May 20
Grade Appointments 11:30 - 2 pm











To ensure that our learning community functions well and that everyone is treated with the respect that they deserve, we must all agree to the following courtesies and guidelines.

Good attendance is essential to your success! While you will not be graded directly on your attendance, numerous absences are sure to negatively affect your grade.

  Take a Break from Texting!

Please DO NOT text message during class. If you need to attend to an important message, please leave the classroom and return when you can fully commit your attention to the class discussion.

  Respect is Key

We will often consider provocative and challenging subject matter in this class and must therefore agree to respect each other’s views and identities. Our diverse backgrounds and opinions are assets and no student shall be made to feel inferior or uncomfortable because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or physical/ intellectual abilities.

  Cheating & Plagiarism

Integrity is an essential component of the student academic experience. The academic evaluation a student receives for a course becomes a permanent college record and it is critical that such records be accurate and consistent. The integrity students learn and exhibit at the college will be a model for the professional integrity they practice when they complete their college work. Accordingly, Chaffey College has classified academic dishonesty into the following categories and included examples for each category.

  • Cheating
  • Unauthorized collaboration
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty
  • Interference or sabbotage
  • Plagiarism
  • Fabrication
  • Retaliation
Gibson Girl
  Late Assignments

You may turn one assignment in one class day late. The late assignment will not be marked down, however any assignments turned in more than one class late, or in addition to the one accepted assignment, will NOT receive credit.

  Complete Assignments Before Class Begins

Assignments need to be turned in at the start of class. Please do not use class time to prepare for the class you are missing because you’re doing your homework!

  Online Quizzes

Quizzes will be taken online on the course's Moodle page. In progress quizzes can be saved, printed, and updated. However, once the quiz has been submitted, answers cannot be edited. Make-up quizzes cannot be accommodated, except under extenuating circumstances!

  Extra Credit

Opportunities to earn extra credit may be announced during class. However, students are limited to earning a maximum of 25 extra credit points (five percent) during the semester. Any points earned above 5% of the total course grade will NOT be applied to the final grade.











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Have you considered in A.A. in ART HISTORY?

The Art History program prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities and for careers in education, museums, research, and related fields. Students learn the major theories and artistic movements in Art and Architecture from the ancient to the modern world, and evaluate the influences that social, political, and religious institutions have in the creation of art. The program addresses the dynamic fields of both Western and Non-Western Art and Architecture, as well as the critical roles that Photography, Contemporary Art, and Graphic Design have in shaping our society. Students should consult with the intended transfer institution to determine the appropriate courses to complete at Chaffey.

To obtain an Associate's Degree in Art History, students must complete both the major requirements below and the graduation requirements listed on pages 24-25 of the college catalog.

Major requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree:
Art 1 Contemporary Art: 1945 - Present
Art 3 Art History of the Western World: Ancient to Medieval
Art 5 Art History of the Western World: Renaissance to Modern

Plus one studio course:
Art 10 Fundamentals of Design in Two Dimensions
Art 12 Fundamentals of Design in Three Dimensions
Art 14 Introduction to Drawing
Art 18 Introduction to Ceramics
Photo 7 Introduction to Digital Photography
Photo 10 Beginning Photography

Plus one course from the following:
ART 9 Art of the Pre-Columbian Americas (Non-Western)
ART 11 Asian Art History (Non-Western)
ID 13 Non-European Architecture and Design (Non-Western)

Plus two courses from the following:
ART 6 Women Artists in History
ART 407 History of Design
PHOTO 1 History of Photography


Plus two courses from the following:*
ART 10 Fundamentals of Design in Two Dimensions
ART 12 Fundamentals of Design in Three Dimension
ART 14 Introduction to Drawing
ART 18 Introduction to Ceramics
PHOTO 7 Introduction to Digital Photography
PHOTO 10 Beginning Photography