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Survey of Art History
Part I: From Prehistoric times to the end of the Middle Ages



The Course

    An historical and analytical introduction, considering representative monuments in their context and proposing ways of understanding visual evidence

Meeting Place and Time

  • Pannell 012: Tuesday and Thursdays 9:00-10:15

Required Textbooks

    1. Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothran
    Fourth Edition: Book 1 (portable edition)
    (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2010)

    Available in the SBC Book Shop

    You can also purchase a new or used copy through, Barnes & Noble, or wherever you can get a price.

    2. Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothran
    Fourth Edition: Book 2 (portable edition)
    (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2010)

    Available in the SBC Book Shop

    You can also purchase a new or used copy through, Barnes & Noble, or wherever you can get a price.

Student Responsibilities

  • Active class participation, which includes being prepared for each class, and taking part in discussion.
  • Read all the assignments before class meets, as indicated on the schedule
  • Attend all class meetings
  • Takes notes in class and make notes while reading the textbook


  • Three non-cumulative tests. Each test will be comprised of identifications and may also contain comparisons, unknowns, multiple-choice questions, and fill-in-the-blank vocabulary questions

  • Eight entries in your own Google Sites website.
      Part 1 — REQUIRED: For each image, write a paragraph or two using complete sentences
      Part 2 — OPTIONAL EXTRA CREDIT: If the object inspires you, moves you, gets your creative juices flowing, add more (see the ArtReaction website for ideas)

    • INSTRUCTIONS for Part 1
      • In each case, select ONE of the images provided
      • Research the image using Stokstad & Cothren, class notes, and any extra readings you think are necessary
      • Write one or two paragraphs using complete sentences in which you identify, describe, and react to the image selected
      • Write thoughtfully, clearly, concisely, and correctly (spelling and grammar will be taken into account)
    • SOME GUIDELINES for Part 1
      • Once you have made your selection, spend some time examining the image closely
      • Carefully note all the information in the caption (name, place, location, date, medium, size)
      • Read carefully what your class notes and Stokstad & Cothren say about the image
      • Consider the circumstances by which image came into existence (when, where, how, and by whom it was made or constructed, and why)
      • When you write, describe what you see in the image and your reaction to it
      • You may want to comment on subject matter, design, shape, color, purpose, function, medium, and so on
      • Point out and comment on interesting or eye-catching features

    • INSTRUCTIONS for Part 2
      • Be clever, imaginative, creative, inventive, insightful, thoughtful, and observant!!

      Entries must be completed by the end of the week (midnight, Sunday) they are assigned


      First Test = 20%
      Second Test = 20%
      Third Test = 20%
      = 40%
        PLEASE NOTE: Each ArtReaction Entry will be marked as either Satisfactory (grading from S1 to S6, with S1 as ‘excellent’, down to S6 – ‘needs improvement’), or Unsatisfactory (grading from U1 to U6, with U1 as ‘needs more work’, down to U6 – ‘we need to talk’). A Final Letter Grade will be assigned at the end of the semester.

      Work not completed by specified deadlines will be downgraded


    • Please initial the sign-in sheet at the beginning of each class
    • Attendance at every class is expected. If you expect to be absent for whatever reason, notify me ahead of time.
    • Each absence without prior notification will result in a lowering of your final grade
    • Chronic absence will be noted and reported