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DEVELOPMENT OF EURO-WESTERN ART AND IDEAS I AH 191-01 (Tuesday)

SYLLABUS

Daphne Lange Rosenzweig, Instructor


E-mail: drosenzw@ringling.edu
Office hours: By appointment

Class semester: Fall, 2007 Class time: Section 01 - Tuesday, 8:30 – 11:15 am
Class credit: 3 Class room: Goldstein 5

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION AND GOALS:

a. Course Requirement:
This course, “Development of Euro-Western Art and Idea I” (hereafter, “Art and Ideas”), is
required for all Ringling College of Art and Design first year students, and is a prerequisite for
the required second semester course “Development of Euro-Western Art and Ideas II” as well
as all advanced art history courses in the Liberal Arts Program.

b. Course Description:
This course proceeds chronologically through Euro-Western art, from the pre-historic through
Renaissance eras. It emphasizes the evolution of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Major
monuments, artists, and stylistic developments in Euro-Western art are placed within their
cultural, cross-cultural, geo-political, and intellectual contexts.

c. Course Goal:
The goal of this required “Art and Ideas” course is to provide students with a working knowledge
of the history of Euro-Western art and architecture, and the cultural and intellectual milieu which
have shaped its development.

d. Course Competencies:
The competencies to be achieved in all Liberal Arts art history courses are addressed in both
the conceptual and the practical framework of this course. Participation in art history courses will
enable students to develop skills in critical thinking about issues of artistic context and
discernment. This includes:

1. The capability to name and place (stylistically, culturally, philosophically and historically)
a core group of art works within the Euro-Western tradition; and

2. The capability to apply critical methodologies to analyze works of art, including works
not introduced in the course.

Writing competencies will be addressed through the required course work.

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2. WRITING AT RINGLING:

a. In Liberal Arts Program courses at the Ringling College of Art and Design, all writing
assignments (reports, quizzes, response papers, essays, essay questions on exams, research
papers, etc.) are expected to be appropriately organized and coherent, and demonstrate a
command of Standard English. Research should be consistently and appropriately documented
in accordance with a prescribed format. For clarification of Standard English issues, and
documentation formats, see Keys for Writers (Fourth Edition), by Ann Raimes.

b. Plagiarism Policy:
The intentional and/or unintentional use of another writer’s words, ideas, intellectual property or
research, without showing proper credit (documentation of the source), is called plagiarism.
Plagiarism is dishonest and illegal. Plagiarized assignments receive an F, and the guilty student
could receive an F for the course. Writing Studio will cover the proper ways to document and to
give credit where it is required, so you can avoid the crime (inadvertent or otherwise) of
plagiarism.

3. COURSE CAUTIONS AND ACCOMMODATIONS:

a. Course Cautions:
During the semester, there may be material discussed and/or illustrated which might be
considered by some to have controversial, adult, or otherwise “politically incorrect” content. Be
forewarned, however, that the course follows the history of Euro-Western art, and art and ideas
perceived as containing such content are presented for their educational value, not for reasons
of exploitation or confrontation. If you have a problem with this, please see the instructor.

b. Policy on Laptops and Other Equipment During Class Time:


The use of laptops, cell phones, and other mechanical/digital devices during the class period is
not permitted. All electronic devices (notebooks, MP3s, cell phones, etc.) are to be turned OFF
during art history classes. The only exception will be for the student/notetaker entering the
current class lecture notes into his/her computer. For this purpose only, designated seating will
be assigned by the instructor at the beginning of the semester. If you are anticipating an
emergency phone call, please alert the instructor at the beginning of the class and turn your cell
phone to the vibration mode. Otherwise, all cell phones must be turned OFF. Text messaging
during class is not permitted for any reason.

c. Course Accommodations:
The Ringling College of Art and Design makes reasonable accommodations for qualified people
with documented disabilities. If you have a learning disability, a chronic illness, or a physical or
psychiatric disability that may have some impact on your work for this class and for which you
may need accommodations, please notify the Director of Academic Resource Center (Virginia
DeMers; second floor, Ulla Searing Student Center, room 227; 359-7627), preferably before the
end of the drop/add period, so that appropriate adjustments can be made. The specific
document guidelines essential to complete this process appear at www.arc.rsad.edu. Ms.
DeMers will examine the documentation provided and, as indicated therein, write a letter listing
the accommodation(s) needed, for you to give your instructors.

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Note: the Academic Resource Center can help you read the text effectively, prepare for
examinations and help you write about art. Make an appointment with ARC if you wish
assistance. Documented SLD students and any others who might have trouble with text
comprehension, spelling, or clarity of expression will find this Center an excellent source of aid.

4. HEALTH AND SAFETY:

Ringling College of Art and Design is committed to providing students, faculty, and staff with a safe
and healthful learning and work environment and to comply with all applicable safety laws and
regulations and safe work practices.

5. COURSE TEXT:

GARDNER’S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A CONCISE HISTORY; Fred S. Kleiner and Christin J.
Mamiya. 2006.

The required text is in paperback and available in the campus bookstore. It is accompanied by a
CD-ROM which provides a variety of study guides, including reproduction of those images noted in
the textbook by a “disk” logo next to the plate number. The textbook and CD-ROM are the keys to
class organization and examinations. You must keep up with assigned reading and also learn to
extract important ideas from the material introduced in class. Bring the textbook to each class.

6. COURSE WORK AND GRADING POLICY:

a. Attendance:
Regular and timely class attendance is MANDATORY. Class only meets once a week. There
is a wealth of information, to be presented in chronological fashion. Missing a class interrupts
the systematic development of your studies.

Class absences are not excused for reasons other than health, family emergencies, or legal
requirements; a note from a doctor or the Office of the Dean of Students is required to gain
excused absences. Please be aware that any more than two unexcused absences will result in
an automatic lowering of your final grade. Additional absences will result in further grade
reduction and possible failure of the course.

Attendance will be taken each class. At the beginning of each class, you are to find your folder
from the alphabetized box by the back entrance to the classroom. At the end of class, you will
turn this folder in to the instructor directly. Only the student whose name is on the folder may
hand that folder in. There will be a break in the middle of class, but class folders may not be
picked up or handed in at that time. Do NOT write on the attendance sheet stapled to your
folder; only the instructor will make entries on the attendance sheet.

Class will begin promptly. Because late arrivals are disruptive, you are expected to be in class
on time. If for some reason you must be late, enter by the back door only. If, during the course
of the semester, too many students are coming in late, the doors will be locked routinely at the
beginning of each class session and there will be no late admittance.

b. Required Work:
1) Completion of all required readings, and meaningful class participation based on the
readings and the CD-ROM study guides, as well as websites which may be introduced in
certain classes.

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2) There will be three mandatory one-hour examinations, the first and second each worth 35%
of the final grade, for a total of 70% of your grade, and the third examination 30% of the final
grade, for a total of 100%. These are non-cumulative examinations and will cover required
chapters in Gardner as well as information introduced in class. The exams will include
identification of selected works of art and term identification from your Gardner text. SLD
students may have tests read to them; please notify the instructor in advance for this
accommodation. The three exams are scheduled as follows:

First exam: week six Second exam: week ten Third exam: week fourteen

c. Course Grade:
1) Midterm examination and second examination [35% each, total of 70% of grade].
2) Third examination [30% of grade].
3) Regular and timely class attendance and participation also affects grade.
4) There may be several opportunities to earn extra credit; these specific opportunities will be
announced in class as far in advance as possible by the instructor. Extra credit typically
would involve an event or exhibition attendance or video-DVD viewing outside class time,
with a one-page write-up to be handed in within two weeks of the opportunity. These papers
are not graded; they are either accepted for extra credit or not. They must satisfy the writing
criteria discussed in #2 (above).

d. Class Effort:

CLASS PARTICIPATION is essential and expected of every student. Preparation for each
class is therefore important.

Eating will not be allowed in the classroom. Please straighten your chair at the end of each
class, and put all drink containers in the garbage can at the front of the classroom.

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7. COURSE SCHEDULE [Tentative]: TOPICS AND READING ASSIGNMENTS
GARDNER CHAPTER
WEEK DATE TOPIC
(bring text to class)

“The Subjects and Vocabulary of Art


1 8/28/07 Introduction to semester History”; begin Chapter 1, “Prehistory and
the First Civilizations”

2 9/4/07 Prehistory and the First Civilizations Continue Chapter 1; begin Chapter 2

3 9/11/07 From Egypt to Greece Complete Chapter 2

4 9/18/07 From Greece to Rome Chapter 3

5 10/2/07 Early Christian Art Chapter 4

FIRST TEST (covers Gardner, “Subjects


6 10/9/07
and Vocabulary”, and Chapters 1-4)

7 10/16/07 Early Medieval to Romanesque Chapter 6

8 10/23/07 Romanesque and Early Gothic Chapter 7

9 10/30/07 High Gothic and 15th century Europe Chapter 8

SECOND TEST (covers Gardner,


10 11/6/07
Chapters 6-8)

11 11/13/07 16th century Europe Chapter 9

12 11/20/07 16th century Europe Chapter 9

13 11/27/07 16th century Europe Chapter 9

14 12/4/07 THIRD TEST (covers Gardner, Chapter 9)

15 12/11/07 SUMMARY

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