Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
4 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory.4.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 66 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: 1.5 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree,   Certificate of Achievement,   Foothill GE
 GE Status: Humanities

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 12/09;1/11;11/11; 11/12

Cross Listed as:
Related ID:ART 2BH

1. Description -
A History of Western art from ca.600 through ca.1600. This course examines the Middle Ages and the Renaissance using images, objects, and architecture to develop a comprehensive understanding of the social, political, and religious forces that shaped this period. Illustrated lectures and readings.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ART 2BH.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Classify a broad variety of art and cultures through a knowledge of the development of visual arts and material culture.
  2. Interpret cross-cultural and changing religious beliefs (including the schism between the Catholics and the Protestants) and how they influence artistic production.
  3. Analyze political ideologies arising during this period and consider their impact on recurring motifs in the visual arts.
  4. Identify the style, content and approximate dates of a broad range of art works ranging from ca.600 to ca.1600.
  5. Describe and evaluate the impact of Greco/Roman philosophy and science on the development of European society in the 11th and 12th centuries in specific relation to Scholasticism and the development of the Gothic style in art.
  6. Explain in written form the relationship between commerce, nascent capitalism, a growing mercantile class, and artistic production in the 15th and 16th centuries in Italy.
  7. Assess in written form the impact of the Germanic and Celtic culture on the formulation of a new western Christian art in the early middle ages.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the control of artistic production and political and social influence.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Slide collection and projection equipment adequate for the lectures on the subject.
  2. Access the Artstor online image archive. Classroom must be internet connected and provided with digital projector, DVD player, and VHs player.
  3. When taught via Foothill Global Access, ongoing access to a computer with e-mail address, software and hardware, and internet.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
The following content is delivered via lecture (Lec) in the scheduled class sessions unless otherwise stated.
  1. Early Medieval Art in Europe
    1. Migration Period
      1. Animal Style
      2. Germanic art
      3. Viking art
      4. Hiberno Saxon art
    2. Carolingian Period
      1. painting & illumination
      2. crafts
      3. architecture
    3. Ottonian Period
      1. architecture
      2. sculpture
      3. painting & illumination
  2. Romanesque Art
    1. architecture: Languedoc-Burgundy, Germany-Lombardy, Normandy-England, Tuscany, Aquitaine
    2. sculpture
    3. painting & illumination
  3. Gothic Art
    1. Early Gothic
      1. architecture
      2. sculpture
    2. High Gothic
      1. architecture (Lab)
        1. Rayonnant style
      2. sculpture
      3. stained glass & illumination
    3. Late Gothic
    4. Non-French Gothic
      1. England
      2. Germany
      3. Italy
  4. The Proto-Renaissance in Italy
    1. sculpture
    2. painting - maniera greca, Duccio, Giotto
      1. International style - Simone Martini
  5. Early Renaissance Art in Europe
    1. First half of the 15th c. (Lab)
      1. sculpture
      2. architecture
      3. painting
    2. Second half of the 15th.c.
      1. architecture
      2. sculpture
      3. painting & engraving
  6. Renaissance Art in Sixteenth Century Italy (Lab)
    1. High Renaissance
      1. Leonardo da Vinci
      2. Bramante & His Circle
      3. Raphael
      4. Michelangelo (Lab)
        1. Later works
    2. Mannerism
      1. painting
      2. sculpture & architecture
    3. Venetian Renaissance
      1. architecture
      2. painting
  7. Renaissance Art outside of Italy
    1. 15th century
      1. Flanders
        1. sculpture
        2. painting & manuscript illumination
      2. France & Germany
        1. painting
    2. 16th century
      1. Germany
        1. painting & printmaking
      2. The Netherlands
        1. painting
      3. France
        1. painting
        2. architecture
      4. Spain
        1. architecture
        2. painting - El Greco
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Two midterms
  2. Final examination
  3. A research paper
  4. Seminar
  5. Weekly moderated online discussions
7. Representative Text(s) -
Kleiner, Mamiya, and Tansey. Gardner's History of Art, Vol. I & II 14th ed. New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 2011.

The text is also available online at

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Electronic discussions/chat, Independent study, Field trips.
10. Lab Content -
The lab consists of eight weekly instructor-proctored discussion sessions held via Etudes online. In addition each student will attend a library orientation/term paper introduction in the library with the instructor (there are 7-8 sessions scheduled each quarter). Finally, every student will prepare and present a seminar. The seminar sessions require the students to present their material to the instructor outside of class time. All lab activity attendance (discussions/library orientation/seminar) is recorded and graded.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Approximately one chapter of text (30 - 60 pages) per week.
  2. Primary/secondary source reading from handouts
  3. 7-8 page paper prepared using the MLA format and researched using primary and secondary sources only
  4. Written essay responses on all three exams
  5. Short answer responses on all three exams
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degree and Certificate of Achievement in Art HIstory and satisfies the Foothill GE Requirement for Area I, Humanities. This course also meets the Area 3, Arts and Humanities requirement for IGETC and Area C-1 of the CSU-GE breadth requirements.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-04-08 17:18:07

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines