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: 12/9;1/26/11;11/11;11/12

Cross Listed as:
Related ID:ART 2C

1. 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 Post-Impressionism. 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.
Prerequisite: Honors Institute participant.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in ART 2C.

2. 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.
3. 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, 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. Baroque Art
    1. Italy
      1. architecture & sculpture (Lab)
      2. painting
    2. Spain
      1. painting
    3. Flanders
      1. painting
    4. Holland
      1. painting (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 (Lab)
      3. Beginnings of Romanticism: "Gothic" & Neoclassical
        1. architecture & painting
      4. Romanticism: the Sublime & the Terrible
        1. Painting (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 (Lab)
    7. Late century Romanticism: Visionary art
    8. Architecture - Late 19th c.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Two midterms (all exams have slide ID, short answer, and essay questions)
  2. Final examination
  3. A research paper
  4. Seminar (small group)
  5. Weekly moderated online discussions

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.
7. 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

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
  3. Oral presentations
  4. Electronic discussions/chat
  5. Laboratory
  6. Field trips
10. Lab Content -
  1. The lab consists of eight weekly instructor-proctored discussion sessions held via Etudes online.
  2. 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).
  3. 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. 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.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the A.A. 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: 2013-02-26 18:02:26

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines