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Art 5, Survey of Art, part 1, Prehistoric to MedievalPresentations accessed using BlackboardMeeting times: T,W,T: 5-8:30William MierseWilliam.mierse@uvm.edu 656-8242 (Emergency only: 651-1029)Office, 405 Williams. Hours: most meeting days by 3:45 pmCourse Description:This is the basic survey of western art, beginning with the prehistoric period and endingwith the European medieval period. It is a narrative, descriptive history which focuses onthe key monuments of architecture, sculpture, and painting that are most often regardedas canonical to the development of the western artistic tradition. There are two goals tothe course, 1) to introduce you to these core monuments in a way that helps you tounderstand why they are seen as important points in the history of western art, and 2) toprovide you with the tools needed to begin to analyze any work of art.Course structure:This is the same basic course as I teach during the academic year (14 weeks). The onlychange that I have made is to cut the presentations that are not directly related to thenormal narrative of the development of western art. We meet three times each week for 3½ hours. The class starts on time and runs until 8:30. You need to plan on being hereevery day and on time. Each meeting is a full chapter in the textbook, and the equivalentof a normal week of class during the academic year. We move quickly, and there is littleor no time to catch up.Normally I will lecture for 1½-2 hours, take a short break, show a video or dvd related tothe presentation in some way, and follow that with a discussion of the presentation andvideo/dvd. All aspects of the meeting can appear in the examinations.Grading:The class will have two examinations (a mid-term and a final) and an optional paper.You can do just the two examinations (each worth 50 points) or you can opt to also writethe paper in which case the points are distributed as shown below. The total value of thecourse is 100 points, and letter grade will be assigned on the basis to the points earned.Option 1 Option 2Mid-term 50 points Midterm 33 pointsFinal 50 points Paper 33 pointsFinal 34 points

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