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					                          Syllabus: Spring 2011
                Rogue Community College---Redwood Campus
                        ART 206 History of Art III
                                           4 Credits

                              Instructor: Karl Brake
                                 RWC Room CH7
                        Tuesday, Thursday 11:00am-12:50pm

  Firehouse Art Center (Esther Bristol Education Center) Office Hours,
                        Monday, 8:30am-9:00am,
                      Wednesday 4:00pm-5:30pm
  Wiseman Gallery Office Hours Tuesday, Thursday 10:00am-10:30am,
                          and by appointment
                            Phone: 956-7481

                                Instructional website:

Required Textbook: Marilyn Stokstad, Art History, six volume Portable Fourth Edition, Pearson

Volumes used this term: Volume 5, A View of the World, Part 2, and Volume 6, Eighteenth Century to
Twenty-First Century Art

Course Description: This three-term sequence course is designed for both art majors and
non-art majors. This intent of this study is to gain skills in appreciating the beauty and
meaning in art and life. For art majors, a necessary foundation is laid for advance study in
studio and art history. Non-art majors are provided a meaningful understanding of human
beings’ creativity as reflected in the evolution of art. Studies the history of art in the context
of the cultures producing them by studying selected works of painting, sculpture,
architecture, and other fine arts from the Renaissance to Baroque periods, with reference to
significant artistic forms and movements of the early cultures of Asia, Africa, and the

From the emergence of our human ancestors until the present day, visual art serves as one of
the most powerful and poignant means for understanding not only what people of various
times were thinking, but what they were dreaming and feeling. The concepts, ideas, and
emotions expressed and communicated through art cannot be accessed through any other form
of human endeavor; as is the case in all of the arts, it is a unique and intimate glimpse into
what it means to be human. Looking primarily through the lens of the art of the Western
Tradition, we will examine and explore the rich interplay of art and culture from the

Renaissance to Baroque periods in Western Art, and the formative earlier periods in Asia,
Africa, and the Americas.

To help our understanding of the information and spirit of the works of art under study this
term, we will discuss them through the following concepts:
Form: What are the essential VISUAL QUALITIES of the work of art? Simply put,
how does it appear? What is depicted, and through what mediums? How do we
describe the linear, chromatic, and textural features of the work? How is it composed
and presented?

Content: What MEANING (S) do we ascribe to the work? Are there stories directly
attributed to the work? What other kinds of meanings are attached to it, and how do
we reference those meanings? Has the meaning changed over time?

Context: What factors OUTSIDE THE WORK OF ART affect its content and form:
social, political, religious, environmental, economic, etc? How does it relate to other
forms of creative expression?

These ideas are both very useful in the mental organization of the wide range of
material we will cover this term, but they will also be used to structure the exams.


Two Exams------------------------------------------------------------------20 points each
Historical Fiction Paper---------------------------------------------------20 points
4 Discussion summaries---------------------------------------------------7.5points each
Attendance and Participation--------------------------------------------10 points

Averaging points           Exam equivalents

A+     = 11 points         over 100 points
A      = 10                93– 100
A-     = 9                 90 – 92
B+     =8                  86 - 89
B      =7                  82 - 85
B-     =6                  80 - 82
C+     =5                  76 - 79
C      =4                  72 - 75
C-     =3                  70 - 72
D+     =2                  66 - 69
D      =1                  60 - 65
Below D, no points         0 – 59

RCC defines letter grades as:

                           90-100 points--------A

                        80-90 points----------B
                        70-80 points----------C
                        60-70 points----------D
                        60 points or below--F

A – outstanding effort both in and out of class
B – Very good work and effort, clearly above the minimum requirements
C – Good . . . average work, meeting all requirements
D – Below average, contributing less than the required effort
F – Failing to do enough work to merit credit or cheating
Grades based on these areas of evaluation: follows course requirements, development of
personal expression, knowledge and critical understanding, manipulative and analytical skills,
aesthetic qualities.

Exams: Each exam will cover only the material in the preceding section: the last exam is not
comprehensive. They will consist of three sections: 1) Identification; 2) Form, Content, and
Context; and 3) Essay. Make-up exams will only be given in extraordinary circumstances.
Specific study images will be posted on my website a week before each exam.

Historical Fiction Paper: You will write one paper for the class, a Historical Fiction based
on a work of art from the cultures/time periods under study this quarter. Details will be
given when the paper is assigned in class, but in general terms, in the space of 4-6 pages, you
will research and discuss a work of art from the point of view of a fictional character.

Discussion Summaries: At the beginning of a given lecture section, a question will be
posed to the class regarding that material. You will bring a statement, fact, or opinion about
the subject, and the class will discuss the ideas within a limited amount of time. You will
then need to write a one-page summary of the discussion; summaries will be graded based
on synthesis of the range of concepts raised during the discussion. Each class day will
generally have some time devoted to discussion, so, if you miss class, you will be able to
come up to speed. You are encouraged to speak up and contribute during slide lectures.

Attendance and Participation: Faithful attendance is absolutely crucial to your success in
class; exams will be based on a combination of text and lecture materials. Attendance is
required. If you need to miss class for any reason, please contact me as soon as possible,
simply to make your life easier. Circumstances such as illness, family crisis, and accident can
be accepted as excused absences, but you must notify me in a timely manner. Unexcused
absences will affect your final grade negatively; faithful attendance (no unexcused absences
or latenesses) may improve your final grade. Lateness or leaving early can be considered

Electronic Devices: All electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones,
personal music gear, blackberries, laptops, etc must remain off during class times. Laptops
may be permitted for students with special learning needs. Repeated abridgement of this
policy may count as absence from class.

Online Resources: On my instructional website, listed above, various support materials are
posted, including study slide-shows for exams (posted one week before the exam), the
syllabus, narrative course notes, and discussion questions.


Amendments may be made to the calendar, dependent upon the pace of the class.

You are expected to read the indicated chapters before the date assigned to them.

            Topics                                                   Reading/Assignments

March      29 Intro to class----------------------------------------------------------Introduction

            31 India and Southeast Asia after 1200-------------------------------Chapter 23

April       5 China and Korea after 1279----------------------------------------Chapter 24

            7 Japan after 1392------------------------------------------------------Chapter 25
                                                                    Discussion #1

           11 Art of the Americas after 1300------------------------------------Chapter 26
                                                                Discussion Summary #1 due

           13 Art of the Pacific, and Art of Post-Colonial Africa------------Chapter 27, 28

           19 The Rococo-----------------------------------------------------------Chapter 29
                                                                   Discussion #2
                                                           Historical Fiction Paper assigned

           21 Neoclassicism and Romanticism----------------------------------Chapter 29
                                                             Discussion Summary #2 due

           27 Realism and Impressionism-----------------------------------------Chapter 30

May          3 Post-Impressionism----------------------------------------------------Chapter 30

             5 Exam #1 ------------------------------------------------------------------N/A

             7 Fin-de-Siecle Art/the Aesthetic Movement----------------------Chapter 30

           10 Expressionism/the Bauhaus-----------------------------------------Chapter 31
                                                              Discussion #3

            12 Cubism-----------------------------------------------------------------Chapter 31
                                                                     Discussion Summary #3 due

            17 Futurism and Dada--------------------------------------------------Chapter 31

            19 Surrealism and Related Forms-------------------------------------Chapter 31
                                                           Historical Fiction Paper due

             24 Surrealism and Related Forms-------------------------------------Chapter 31

             26 Abstract Expressionism----------------------------------------------Chapter 32
                                                                 Discussion #4

             31 Pop Art, Minimalism, and new forms-----------------------------Chapter 32
                                                   Discussion Summary #4 due

 June        2 Post-Modernism-------------------------------------------------------Chapter 32

             7 Contemporary Trends------------------------------------------------Chapter 32

 June        9 Exam #2

Expected Course Outcomes:                                 Assessment Methods:
1. Recognition of the major historical                    1. A series of tests will be given to analyze
   periods of art in terms the aesthetic, artist             students' ability to identify the artist and
   and style.                                                aesthetic characteristics of the art from
                                                             different time periods, styles, and
                                                             movements. Synthesize broader cultural
                                                             contexts, trends, and ideas affecting and
                                                             affected by the visual arts.

2. Recognition of the significant cultural            2. Witten exercises, including but not
   needs and beliefs that affect the                     limited to essay, term papers, and
   character of art in the time period                   short review to demonstrate
   studied.                                              synthetic understanding of material.
                                                         Written and verbal response to
                                                         different points of view through
                                                         information presented via film and
                                                         video, textbook, and lecture.

3. Recognize various art processes and                3. Demonstration of knowledge of
   techniques used by artists to express                 materials and methods of art-making
   ideas, emotions, cultural values and                  processes via tests, written
   activities, through painting, sculptural,             assignments, and class discussion.
   multi-media, and architectural form.

4. Analyze symbolic language and how it            4.   Use accepted nomenclature and
   conceptualizes ideas of ethics and                   essential terminology in verbal and
   values important to the meaning of the               written discussion of works of art
   art in the cultural and personal context.            and cultural systems. Analyze and
                                                        interpret the symbolic language of
                                                        the art in relation to systems of
                                                        mythological, religious, political,
                                                        social, economic, environmental

5. Use the principles of understanding art         5.   Formulate and express a personal
   in everyday life to bring balance to the             response to a particular art work,
   analytical/conceptual, physical/                     comparing that to accepted academic
   metaphysical needs of being human,                   theories of that work’s larger
   leading to greater self-esteem and                   cultural meaning(s) via individual or
   worth.                                               group written or visual art projects.
                                                        Provide written summaries of
                                                        discussions, document other
                                                        students’ points of view.

6. Compare and analyze works of visual                  6. Relate major styles and periods of
   art in the context of other art forms,               visual art to other forms through
   including but not limited to: music,                 written assignments and research
   drama, literature, and cinema.                       projects.

RCC Institutional Expectations for Students

Drop and Withdrawl Policies
    “Administrative Drop: students who do not attend at least 50% of the class sessions
      during the first week of school and who do not contact the instructor to indicate a
      plan to attend will be automatically dropped from the class during the 2nd week of
      the term.”
    “Withdrawal policy: Students withdrawing in the first 2 weeks of the term get a full
      refund. Students withdrawing between Friday of the 2nd week and the Friday before
      the last week of the term receive no refund and grade of W will be assigned for the

Academic Honesty (this is RCC’s basic Academic Integrity guideline, which may vary by
 “Cheating, plagiarism, and other acts of academic dishonesty are regarded as serious
offenses. Instructors have the right to take action on any suspected acts of academic
dishonesty. Depending on the nature of the offense, serious penalties may be imposed,
ranging from loss of points to expulsion from the class or college.”

Classroom Behavior “Expectations for classroom behavior are outlined in the Student
Code of Conduct, available in the catalog, schedule, and online. Students may not engage in
any activity which the instructor deems disruptive or counterproductive to the goals of the

class. Beepers, pagers, and cellular phones can be a nuisance and are not to be brought into
the classroom. Instructors have the right to remove students from class for not following the
Code of Conduct or other specified classroom rules.”

Smoking restrictions (Board policy)
Smoking is not permitted on the premises of Rogue Community College except in
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disability, such as vision, hearing, orthopedic, learning disabilities, psychological or other
medical conditions, should make an appointment with the Disabilities Services Office.
(Located in the Wiseman Tutoring Center at the Redwood Campus or Building G/207 at the
Riverside Campus.) Any student who feels that he or she may need an academic
accommodation for a disability, such as vision, hearing, orthopedic, learning disabilities,
psychological or other medical conditions, should make an appointment with the Support
Services Office. (Located in the Wiseman Tutoring Center at the Redwood Campus or
Building G/207 at the Riverside Campus.)"