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Ringling College of Art and Design Course Syllabus Spring 2009

Mission of the College:

Ringling College of Art and Design recognizes that artists and designers play a
significant role in society. The school's primary mission is to provide programs leading
to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree that prepare students to be discerning visual thinkers
and ethical practitioners in their chosen area of art and design.
Instructor: Office phone: Email:
Daphne L. (941) 309-5037
Course Course Section: Course Title: Credit
Prefix: number: Hours:
AH 192 03 Development of Euro-Western 3
Art & Ideas (II)
Building: Room: Meeting days and times:
Goldstein 05 Thursday 8:30 – 11:15 am
Course Description:
The chronological development of Euro-Western Art and Architecture considers the
historical, cultural, and intellectual concepts that inform the creation and
comprehension of the visual arts. This course is a required, introductory art historical
study of the Euro-Western painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance
Era through the Post-Modern Era. South Asian and Japanese art also will be
introduced. This lecture course will provide the student with an appreciation and
understanding of the art historical perspective with an emphasis upon the “zeitgeist”
or spirit of the era in which the artists created their work. Prerequisite: AH 191 or
Course Objectives:
The course objectives for students are as follows:
 Ability to identify a work of art by title, artist, stylistic period, and school.
 Ability to compare and contrast specific works of art in terms of purpose,
meaning, iconography, style, compositional organization, and historical
 Understand the designated artistic themes and how themes are variously
expressed and interpreted in different stylistic components of the course.
 Identify aesthetic criteria as they apply to different works of art.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students should develop the following competencies:
 Demonstrate the ability to analyze, interpret, and evaluate works of art.
 Demonstrate an understanding of differences in cultures and societies.
 Demonstrate responsibility for independent learning and perseverance towards
goal attainment.
 Recognize the social and ethical responsibility of creating art and design.
 Show an ability to discern artistic merit of diverse forms of art in their contexts.
 Be able to defend critical interpretations concerning the significance of artistic
Course Outline:
See course schedule at end of syllabus, page 6.

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Grading Policies:
Attendance policy: 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 will begin promptly at 8:30 am. 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 arriving late, the doors will be locked routinely
at the beginning of each class session and there will be no
late admittance. Any student who is consistently late will
have his or her grade lowered.

Attendance will be taken each class. At the beginning of

each class, pick up 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 absences may be excused for reasons of health,

family emergencies or legal requirements; however, a note
from a doctor or the office of the Dean of Students is
required to gain excused absences. Please be aware that
only two unexcused absences are allowed in this class.
Each unexcused absence thereafter lowers your final grade
by one-half of a letter grade. Students are responsible for
material presented in each class as well as any outside
work required for each class.

Assignment Criteria: 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.

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

2) There will be three mandatory examinations. These are

non-cumulative exams and will cover required chapters in
the Gardner text as well as information introduced in class.
The exams will include identification of selected works of
art and term identification from the 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 five (2/12/09)

Second exam: week ten (3/26/09)
Third exam: week fifteen (4/30/09)

Students are expected to complete three exams on the

dates stated in the syllabus. It is the student’s
responsibility to ensure that all tests have been completed.
If you are ill the date of the exam, you must call or e-mail
me prior to the time of the exam and submit an acceptable
written excuse (documentation from a doctor, proof of
emergency) upon return to class. Makeup exams will be
given by the week following the scheduled date in the
syllabus; see instructor to schedule. Students lacking an
exam will forfeit the appropriate percentage points.

First and second exams: in-class exams, including

identification of works of art and terms; for works, know
artist’s name, title of work, date, school and medium, and
be able to discuss several important features of the work.
At the end of each class, we will review the material which
we have covered that day in your text and note the
required works and terms; be sure to bring your textbook
to each class.

The third exam will be a short in-class test together with a

prepared essay based on a visit to the Ringling Museum;
specifics will be handed out later in the semester.

Course Grade: 1) First and second exam (35% each, total 70% of grade).
2) Third exam (25% of grade).
3) Regular and timely class attendance and participation
also affects grade (5% of grade).

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Extra Credit Activity: 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 one week of the
opportunity. These papers are not graded; they are either
accepted for extra credit or not. They must satisfy the
Assignment Criteria discussed above. Up to three extra
credits may be earned.

Grading Opportunities:
There are three exams. There may be extra credit opportunities.
Grading System:
Grade Numerical Equivalent
A Superior Performance 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B Above Average 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C Average Performance 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D Below Average 1.00
D- Lowest Passing Grade 0.67
F Failing 0.00
WF Withdrew Failing 0.00
Grading System:
These grades are not computed in the GPA
P Credit But No Grade
N No Credit
W Withdrew Passing
I Incomplete (see policy below)
Required/Recommended Materials:

Required/Recommended Text:
Fred S. Kleiner and Christin J.Mamiya, Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: A Concise
History (Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth, 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 text 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. Please bring the text to each

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Library and Learning Resources:
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) ( 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.

Additional help with utilizing library resources is available by appointment with Sarah
Carter in the library
Disabilities 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 the Academic Resource Center (Room 227 Ulla Searing Student Center;
359-7627) preferably before the end of the drop/add period so that appropriate
adjustments can be made.
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. Rules and safety
guidelines for maintaining a safe working environment in this shop/studio/class will be
provided to you at the beginning of the course (i.e. students must wear close-toed
shoes, students must wear protective eyewear, students may not eat or drink in the
studio, etc.).
Academic Integrity Policy:
There is a ZERO tolerance policy for theft, plagiarism, and all forms of harassment,
punishable by possible dismissal and receiving an F for the course. Plagiarism is the
intentional and/or unintentional use of another writer’s ideas, words, or research
without proper citation (documentation of the source). The Writing Studio and ARC
can cover the proper ways to document and give credit where it is due. Plagiarism is a
Professional Behavior in the Classroom:
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 official
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.

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. Art and ideas perceived as containing such content, however, are presented
for their educational value, not for reasons of exploitation or confrontation. If you have
a problem with this, please see the instructor.

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Incomplete Policy:
Incompletes are granted only by the direction of the instructor.

Course Schedule (Tentative), Topics and Reading Assignments:

1 1/15/09 Renaissance Chap. 8
2 1/22/09 Renaissance Chap. 9
3 1/29/09 Renaissance to Baroque Chap. 10
4 2/5/09 Baroque
5 2/12/09 FIRST EXAM (covers Chaps. 8, 9, 10)
6 2/19/09 Baroque to 18th century, SE Asian art Chaps. 11, 15
7 2/26/09 Early 19 century art, Japanese art Chap. 17
8 3/5/09 19th century Movements Chap. 12
9 3/19/09 Visit on own to Ringling Museum of Art
10 3/26/09 SECOND EXAM (covers Chaps. 11, 12, 15, 17)
11 4/2/09 Early 20th century art Chap. 13
12 4/9/09 Modernism Chap. 14
13 4/16/09 Late 20 century
14 4/23/09 Contemporary art
15 4/30/09 THIRD EXAM (covers Chaps. 13, 14; with essay)

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