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Art History: Prehistoric to Renaissance

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ART 111

       Course Name: Art History: Prehistoric to Renaissance

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is comparative study of art as expression of human experience from prehistoric to Renaissance period. Content includes major artists, styles and movements. Focus is on development of perceptive stylistic analysis and ability to understand a work of art in relation to cultural context.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A.    Student will identify and classify artworks from Pre-historic to Gothic Italian art.
B.    Student will identify and attribute works of art from the period as to time period, region, artist (when known), and style.
C.    Student will distinguish between a culture’s symbols and the images, objects, sculptures or structures they created.
D.    Student will analyze art work in relation to its religious, social and cultural meaning.
E.    Through class discussion and participation student will discuss and integrate lecture and textbook content.
F.    Student will attach specific information to art work as to subject, function, medium, elements, organization, style, time-line, and artist.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Overview of the Art Medium
    1.    Subject
    2.    Function
    3.    Medium
    4.    Elements
    5.    Organization
    6.    Style
    7.    Judgement

B.    Discussion of Reality:  Physical and spiritual

C.    Mesopotamia Art
    1.    Overview
    2.    Cultural preception
    3.    Innovations
    4.    Examples

D.    Egypt Art
    1.    Overview
    2.    Cultural perception
    3.    Innovations
    4.    Examples

E.    Crete Art
    1.    Overview
    2.    Cultural perception
    3.    Innovations
    4.    Examples

F.    Art of Greece
    1.    Overview
    2.    Cultural perception
    3.    Innovations
    4.    Examples

G.    Art of Rome
    1.    Overview
    2.    Cultural perception
    3.    Innovations
    4.    Examples

H.    Medieval Europe and its Art
    1.    Overview
    2.    Cultural perception
    3.    Innovations
    4.    Examples

VII.  Methods of Instruction

    A.    Slide presentation with lecture stressing the iconological importance of the work.
    B.    A field trip to a museum.
    C.    Possible films/videos.
    D.    In-class discussions.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

    A.    Attend all classes
    B.    Do all homework assignments/readings
    C.    Participate in class discussions
    D.    Attend field trip as scheduled
    E.    Tests/reports (research) written paper

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

    Text:        varies by instructor
    Visuals:    35mm slides for presentations

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

   Factual identification tests:  known works of art are identified by title, artist, and civilization; unknown works of art are identified by style characteristics of an age and of a civilization.

    One final examination which asks for an intensive interpretation in essay form of works of art and their relevance.

    An outside report or class shared presentation of any one period or work of art produced by one artist.

XI.   Other Course Information

Make-up exams, incomplete grades, late assignments are at the discretion of the instructor.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.