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ART H 203 A: Survey of Western Art-Modern

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Meeting Time: 
MW 10:00am - 11:20am
SMI 205
Kolya Rice
Kolya Rice

Syllabus Description:

Art History 203 (Writing Credit)
Survey of Western Art--Modern
Winter 2022


Instructor: Kolya Rice
Office hours: M/W 9-9:50 and by appointment
302 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, 6th Edition, vol. 2 (2018) Purchase etext here

2. Electronic Reserve Readings (ER) posted on Canvas

3. Lectures Guides (download from Canvas, print, and bring to class)

ArtH 203 Lecture Guides Winter 2022 zip

Helpful sources on 2hr 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 will 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.

2.) 3-Page Compare/Contrast Formal analysis essay (See prompt on Canvas)

3.) 3-Page Summary Essay (See prompt on Canvas)

4.) 5-Page Directed Research paper (See prompt on Canvas)

5.) Midterm exam

6.) 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 (30%)

3-Page Compare/Contrast Essay (5%)

3-Page Summary Essay (5%)

5-Page Directed Research paper (20%)

Participation (15%)

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:


Course Outcomes:

Learn Actively - Learning is a personal, interactive process that results in greater expertise and a more comprehensive understanding of the world.

  • Distinguish formal qualities that separate different stylistic periods
  • Employ interdisciplinary methods of visual analysis
  • Explore the relationships between art and its social, cultural, political, historical and/or religious contexts
  • Develop interdisciplinary knowledge to examine how power and privilege manifest in culture and investigate how systems of power are related to class, race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation and other identities
  • Identify strategies in visual representation for challenging systems of power and privilege


Think Critically, Creatively and Reflectively - Reason and imagination are fundamental to problem solving and critical examination of ideas.

  • Use a variety of approaches to think critically about and reflect on personal and cultural assumptions and biases, and to consider alternative views regarding issues of power and inequality as they relate to issues of the visual representation of sexuality, ethnicity, gender and religion
  • Identify key art historical issues, determine the assumptions underlying arguments, and recognize the way that historical and cultural context affect meaning
  • Explore and articulate various ways that art represents cultural identity which is shaped by varying degrees of power and privilege, in relation to both a local context and interconnected world

Communicate with Clarity and Originality - The ability to exchange ideas and information is essential to personal growth, productive work, and societal vitality.

  • Discuss multiple interpretations of course content as it relates to structures of power, privilege and inequality using discipline-appropriate concepts and theories, and articulate how and why these structures inform personal, professional and social identities
  • Articulate points of view while using details of a work of art or its context as evidence
  • Demonstrate proficiency to conduct guided research using a wide variety of materials from multiple points of view
  • Use appropriate sources and technologies to gather and present information
  • Question and reflect on assumptions, statements and information made throughout the course by the text, instructors and students
  • Demonstrate effective use of interdisciplinary methodologies employed in the course to visually analyze works of art and architecture
  • Contribute ideas and information individually and in a group dynamic


Religious Accommodations Policy

School of Art policies_2019.pdf



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

Download all Electronic Reserve Readings and Reading Guides here:

ArtH 203 Electronic Reserve Readings and Reading




Catalog Description: 
Western art from 1520 to the present.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
October 14, 2021 - 5:51am