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Effective: Summer 2016

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Honors Institute participant.
Advisory: Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ART 2C.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Humanities Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory. (66 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will be able to Identify and name the major art historical periods from the 16th to the 19th century.
  • A successful student will be able to contrast the varied artistic responses to the Industrial revolution with specific reference to meaning and subtext.
Description -
History of Western Art from ca. l600 to the 20th century. An introductory survey examining images, objects, and architecture produced from the late Renaissance to Modernism. Illustrated lectures and readings. The honors sections expand the primary sources for the student. In addition to the textbook, students have a reading list of sources. Lectures are more interactive and the student is expected to participate in group discussions. Exams are more exacting with an emphasis on the student being able to comfortably assimilate political, social, and economic factors into their analysis.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Classify a broad variety of art through a knowledge of the development of visual arts and material culture.
  2. Recognize and analyze political and religious ideas which are manifested in the visual arts.
  3. Interpret and recognize ideas, principles and new technologies that have influenced artistic expression.
  4. Identify the style, content and approximate dates of art works from ca.1600 to the present.
  5. Contrast the varied artistic responses to the Industrial revolution with specific reference to meaning and subtext.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of how artists helped instigate and then support the French Revolution.
  7. Explain the connection between Romantic literature and poetry and the visual arts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
  8. Discuss and interpret Italian Baroque art within the context of Counter Reformation ideology, the voyages of global exploration, and the scientific discoveries of the 16th century.
  9. Evaluate the influence of non-western cultures on the development of late nineteenth century art.
  10. Critically assess, in written form, the impact of industrial development on both the production and consumption of art.
  11. analyze how modern movements in art (Cubism, Pop Art etc.) responded to, and commented on, the challenges of industrialized, technologically advanced societies.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Slide collection and projection equipment adequate for the lectures on the subject.
  2. Access to the Artstor online image archive. Classroom must be internet connected and provided with digital projector and DVD/Blue Ray player.
  3. When taught via Foothill Global Access, ongoing access to a computer with e-mail address, software and hardware, and internet.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
The following content is delivered via lecture (Lec) in the scheduled class sessions unless otherwise stated.
  1. Baroque Art
    1. Italy
      1. architecture & sculpture (Lec and lab)
      2. painting
    2. Spain
      1. painting
    3. Flanders
      1. painting
    4. Holland
      1. painting (Lec and Lab)
      2. printmaking
    5. France
      1. painting
      2. architecture
      3. sculpture
    6. England
      1. architecture
  2. 18th century: Rococo, Early American Art & the Birth of the Modern World
    1. Early 18th c. - Late Baroque & Rococo
      1. Late Baroque & Palladian Classicism in England
      2. Rococo & French taste
      3. Rococo & Late Baroque in Italy & Germany
    2. Later 18th c.
      1. Reactions against Rococo
        1. landscape & portraiture
      2. The Enlightenment: painting (Lec and Lab)
      3. Beginnings of Romanticism: "Gothic" & Neoclassical
        1. architecture & painting
      4. Romanticism: the Sublime & the Terrible
        1. Painting (Lec and Lab)
  3. The Modern World
    1. 19th.c. - Pluralism of Style
      1. Romanticism (& Neoclassicism continued)
      2. Eclectic Romanticism: architecture & sculpture
      3. Romanticism in Figure Painting
      4. Romantic Landscape (Lab)
    2. Rise of Realism
      1. painting
      2. photography
    3. Realism - Second half of the century
      1. painting
      2. photography
      3. sculpture
    4. Romantic responses to Realism
      1. painting
      2. photography & sculpture
    5. Manet & Impressionism
    6. Post-Impressionism (Lec and Lab)
    7. Late century Romanticism: Visionary art
    8. Architecture - Late 19th c.
    9. An introduction to major movements in modern art
      1. An overview of modern movements in art from Fauvism and Cubism to Post Modernism (Lec and lab)
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Two midterms and a Final Exam: the two midterms and the final include slide identification questions, short answer questions, and essays.
  2. Research paper: a nine-to-ten page research paper presented in the MLA format using at least five primary and secondary sources.
  3. Seminar: traditional face-to-face courses will feature a group seminar project presented by the students to the instructor
  4. Weekly moderated online discussions: when taught online the students will participate in 11 weekly synchronous online discussion. Face-to-face students will participate in eight weekly discussions.
Online students will write 11 weekly assignments including short answer and essay questions.

All assessment for the honors courses involves a greater emphasis on accessing and discussing primary source material. The research paper is also more exacting; students must provide a more extensive bibliography than for the regular series (2A,2B,2C) and the list of acceptable subjects is expanded. In addition, lectures and discussions move beyond the material covered by the text with the students required to read reserved texts in the library to broaden their grasp of the subject matter.
Representative Text(s) -
Kleiner, Mamiya, and Tansey. Gardner's History of Art. Vol. I & II 14th ed. New York; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 2011.

Text is also available online at

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion based on the selected images chosen for each lecture.
  2. Online Discussions (synchronous) in the Etudes CMS based on weekly discussion topics provided by the instructor.
  3. Oral presentations in the assigned seminar groups
  4. Field trips to local museum
  5. Independent study
Lab Content -
  1. The online lab activity consists of eight weekly synchronous instructor-proctored discussion sessions held via Etudes online.
  2. Each student will attend a library orientation/term paper introduction in the library with the instructor (there are 7-8 sessions scheduled each quarter).
  3. The 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/participation (discussions/library orientation/seminar) is recorded and graded.
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. 9-10 page paper prepared using the MLA format and researched using primary and secondary sources only.
  4. Written essay responses on all three exam.
  5. Short answer responses on all three exams.