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ART H 203 A: Survey of Western Art-Modern

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Meeting Time: 
MW 8:30am - 9:50am
SIG 134
Kolya Rice
Kolya Rice

Syllabus Description:

Art History 203      AH 203 Syllabus Spring 2018 .docx
Survey of Western Art--Modern
Spring 2018

Instructor: Kolya Rice
Office hours: M/W 10-11 and by appointment
302 Art

Teaching Assistant: Lane Eagles
Office hours: T 12:30 – 2:30 and by appointment
311 Art

Course Description:
This course introduces the major figures, styles and movements in Western art from the High Renaissance to the present. It also presents the principle issues, techniques, and interpretive methods of the discipline of art history. As well as learning to recognize the key “monuments” of European and American art from around 1500 to 1900, students will consider how a study of visual products adds to our understanding of past cultures and societies. Illustrated lectures anchor the course, but discussion is encouraged at all times, and sophisticated reading assignments will be provided to expand upon the text and lectures.

Required Readings:
1. Textbook: Marilyn Stokstad, Art History, 5th Edition, vol. 2 (2014)
2. Electronic Reserve Readings (ER) posted on Canvas
3. Lectures Guides (download from Canvas, print, and bring to class)

Helpful sources on reserve in Art library:
J. Pierce, From Abacus to Zeus: A Handbook of Art History.
J. Hall, Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art.
S. Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing about Art.

To help you prepare for exams slides viewed in class during the week have been be placed on Canvas (under the "Files" tab). These slides will be accompanied with basic, factual information (Artist, Title, Date). 

Course Requirements:
1. Active participation in all quiz sections and in-class exercises
Quiz sections are writing-focused unless otherwise specified. Students will gain skills in college-level art historical rhetoric and composition by workshopping specific fundamentals of academic writing. All students are expected to attend quiz section to contribute to and engage in discussions, group and partner exercises, in-class exercises, and peer reviews. Quiz sections are designed to improve the quality of your course papers and is a necessary component of gaining a “W” credit. Students are required to bring prepared materials to every quiz section unless otherwise noted. See the syllabus for the weekly breakdown of these required materials (RM). Failure to participate in quiz section and bring required materials will result in a weekly penalty to participation grade. There is no way to make up points, unless student has documentation for an emergency (i.e. a doctor's note)

2. 3-Page Formal analysis paper (See prompt on Canvas)

3. 6-8 Page Research paper (See prompt on Canvas)
4. Midterm exam
5. Final exam
Note: make-up exams will not be given without legitimate documentation of severe illness, family emergencies, etc. Extensions for written work will be granted only under similar conditions. Late papers will not be accepted. All course requirements must be completed for credit to be awarded.

Midterm exam (25%)
Final exam (35%)
Short paper (5%)
Research paper (20%)
Participation (15%)

Key dates to remember:
4/11: Formal analysis paper due on Canvas by 8pm
4/25: Research paper thesis statement & outline due
4/30: Midterm
5/16: Rough draft of research paper due on Canvas by 8pm
5/30: Final draft of research paper due on Canvas by 8pm
6/5: Final Exam 8:30-10:20

VeriCite anti-plagairism software:

NoticeThe University has a license agreement with VeriCite, an educational tool that helps prevent or identify plagiarism from Internet resources and work submitted by previous students of this course. I will use the service in this class; all assignments and quizzes you submit will be checked by VeriCite. The VeriCite Report will indicate the amount of original text in your work and whether all material that you quoted, paraphrased, summarized, or used from another source is appropriately referenced. All instances of intentional plagiarism will result in zero credit on the assignment, and a report of indicating academic dishonesty to the School of Art and the University of Washington. For further information, visit:

Projected Course Outline and Reading Assignments
(Please have these assignments read by the date listed below.)

M 3/26 Introduction to Art History and the course
Stokstad: xxi-xli.

T 3/27 Introduction to quiz section, email etiquette, email peer-review
RM: previously-sent email to a professor or professional

W 3/28 - LG #1: The High Renaissance: Leonardo and Raphael

M 4/2 Stokstad: 631-640.
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #58, 59, 61, 66 (all readings
from H.W. Janson in one pdf but are individually numbered).

T 4/3 Formal analysis, image description partner exercise
RM: high-res digital or printed image from LG #1 or #2

W 4/4 LG #2: Michelangelo
Stokstad: 641-649, 666-669.
ER: A. Blunt, “Michelangelo’s Views on Art,” from Readings in Art History II (1983): 103-124.
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67.

M 4/9 LG #3: Northern Italian Renaissance painting
Stokstad: 650-659.
ER: J. Berger, Chapter 3 from Ways of Seeing (1972): 45-64.

T 4/10 In-class office hours (optional)
RM: Formal analysis paper questions

W 4/11 LG #4: Mannerisms, 16th Century Venetian and Spanish painting
Stokstad: 659-666, 670-672, 694-695 (El Greco).
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #68.
Formal analysis paper due on Canvas by 8pm

M 4/16 LG #5 and #6: The Northern Renaissance
Stokstad: 677-689, 696-705.
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #70, 71.
Optional ER: B. Scribner, “Ways of Seeing in the Age of Dürer,” from
Dürer and
His Culture (1998): 93-117, 221-24.

T 4/17 General writing mistakes, thesis statements, thesis statement peer-review
RM: thesis statement draft

W 4/18 LG #7: Italian Baroque painting and sculpture
Stokstad: 711-729 (skim sections on architecture).
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #72.

M 4/23 LG #8: Baroque painting in France and Spain
Stokstad: 729-735, 755-764.
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #76.

T 4/24 Midterm exam review
RM (optional): midterm exam questions

W 4/25 LG #9: Baroque painting in Flanders and Holland
Stokstad: 735-755.
ER: D. Mitchell, “Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp: a Sinner among the Righteous,” Artibus et Historiae (1994): 145-156.
Research paper thesis statement & outline due

M 4/30 Midterm Exam in class

T 5/1 Primary and secondary sources, library catalogues, assessing academic articles
RM: hard or digital copy of D. Mitchell, “Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp: a Sinner among the Righteous,” Artibus et Historiae (1994): 145-156

W 5/2 LG #10: Rococo Painting
Stokstad: 903-913.

M 5/7 LG #11: “The Grand Manner” in the U.S. and England
Stokstad: 920-927.
ER: H.W. Janson, History of Art (1995): #81.

T 5/8 Rhetorical structure, introductory paragraphs, introductory paragraph peer-review
RM: introductory paragraph draft for research paper rough draft

W 5/9 LG #12: 19thC Representations of Native Americans and the West
Stokstad: 955-956, 974 (Church).
ER: R. Hughes, excerpt from American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America (1997): 175-205.

M 5/14 LG #13: Neoclassicism and Romanticism in France and Italy

T 5/15 Conclusion paragraphs, conclusion paragraph peer-review
RM: conclusion paragraph draft for research paper rough draft

W 5/16 Stokstad: 934-938, 943-950.
ER: Eugène Delacroix, excerpts from his Journals (1822-24 & 32) from
Art in Theory: 1815-1900 (1998): 26-30 & 84-89.
Rough draft of research paper due on Canvas by 8pm

M 5/21 LG #14: Romanticism in England, Germany and Spain
Stokstad: 953-956, 938-941 (Goya).

T 5/22 In-class office hours (optional)
RM: Research paper questions

W 5/23 LG #15: 19thC French Academicism, Naturalism and Realism
Stokstad: 961-966, 971-976.
ER: L. Nochlin, “Women Art and Power,” from Women Art and Power
and Other Essays (1988): 1-36.

M 5/28 Memorial Day Holiday-- No Class

T 5/29 Final exam review
RM (optional): final exam questions

W 5/30 LG #16: Manet and Impressionism
Stokstad: 976-980, 984-992.
Final draft of research paper due on Canvas by 8pm

Tuesday 6/5 Final Exam in class 8:30-10:20


Catalog Description: 
Western art from 1520 to the present.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:02pm