INTRODUCTION TO WORLD ART I (ANCIENT ART HISTORY SURVEY)—Art 110 01 Syllabus and Course Schedule, Fall 2011, CSUDHDates/Times: Mondays 7:00-9:30 pm.Instructor: Dr. Paul Koudounaris (phone: 310-529-4112; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; officeand office hours: TBA—I will put the office info on one of the later class handouts since at theprinting of this syllabus an office has not yet been assigned to me.Course material: Ancient Art, from Prehistoric Art through Medieval, both Western and non-Western. The goals of the course are to familiarize you with the visual cultures of a variety ofancient civilizations, and to study the artifacts created by them within their original social,religious, and historic contexts.Text: Kleiner and Mamiya, Gardners Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective, volume 1,13th edition (see schedule for reading assignments); our readings for the “non-Western” sectionsof the course will available for free download from Blackboard.Requirements/Grading: We will have three exams, all equally weighted (this includes the FinalExam—it is not cumulative, and is weighted equally with the others). In addition, there is a paper/project (see separate assignment sheet; it is weighted the same as the exams), so you will havefour grades total, and your final grade will be based on an average of those four marks. I do notgive pop or surprise quizzes, and I do not assign “homework” other than reading the text,studying your notes, and of course your class paper/project. There are no “:extra credit”assignments per se, but there is a special out of class assignment based around the Dia de losMuertos holiday and veneration of the dead in other cultures and the ancient world—see theassignment sheet. Completing that assignment will get you 20 points, which is equal to two lettergrades on an exam.Exam dates and format: I will give more details of format before each exam, but the first exam(October 3) and the Final Exam (December 12) will both have 20 multiple choice questions andtwo essay questions; the second exam (November 7) will be essay only, with three essayquestions, but it will be given to you as a take-home exam, and you will be allowed to use yournotes and book. I use this system because some people are more comfortable with exams whichmultiple choice questions, while other people prefer exams with more written content, so I havefound that varying the exam format helps achieve a balance between the two sides. Again, I willgive exact details of format before each exam. Note that that Final Exam will NOT becumulative.Study sheets: I will prepare a study guide for each week of class. Due to budgetary restrictions itis simply not possible for the Art Department to provide photocopies of anything other thanexams. It would be a good idea to print out the study sheets from Blackboard and bring them withyou to class.Attendance: Since much of what we will learn is classroom-based, attendance at each meeting isimportant and I encourage you to be present. I do not, however, impose penalties for absenteeismor tardiness.Blackboard system/online resources: For those of you unfamiliar with it, Blackboard is theschool’s online support system. All of our class materials will be posted on Blackboard, and ashas been previously noted, you will be expected to download and print out materials such as the
study sheets. If you are not familiar with it, please do familiarize yourself with the Blackboardsystem. You will also find online review sessions—these are abbreviated synopses of the classesin ppt format, but please note that they are meant to reinforce what we discuss in class, not as asubstitute for missing class meetings. I am aware that Blackboard some people have reportedproblems with access to Blackboard in this past, and this sometimes leaves students in anunfortunate situation. If there are ever problems with Blackboard, please do notify me so at least Ican be aware; in the past I have tried other options such as alternate website or Facebook groups—like I said, if you have problems with Blackboard access, let me know and I will look forsolutions.Note for any students with special needs or requiring special assistance (including disabledstudents and non-native English speakers): I am happy to make any accommodations for you andhelp you in any way I reasonably can. If you will need any special accommodations (includingextra time to complete exams) please let me know as early in the semester as possible.Statement regarding academic integrity: We are bound in this class by the ethical conductexpected of students at the university and outlined in the catalog—please see the catalog if youhave questions regarding plagiarism, student conduct, or any other such matters.
ScheduleAug. 29 Course introduction; Prehistoric (Paleolithic) Art and Neolithic Art; pages 1-14.Sept. 5 NOTE: SEPT. 5 IS A HOLIDAY, no classSept. 12 Egyptian Art, pages 39-65Sept. 19 Egyptian Art, pages 39-65Sept. 26 Egyptian Art, pages 39-65; review for First ExamOct. 3 FIRST EXAM; Ancient Near Eastern Art, pages 17-37Oct. 10 Ancient Near Eastern Art, pages 17-37; Ancient Aegean Art, pages 67- 83; begin Greek Art, pages 85-123Oct. 17 Greek Art, pages 85-123Oct. 24 End Greek Art; Hellenistic Art, pages 123-140Oct. 31 Roman Art, pages 157-206Nov. 7 Not meeting in class on Nov.7: SECOND EXAM (take home exam); Dia de los Muertos assignment (see handout)Nov. 14 Roman Art, pages 157-206; Early Christian Art, pages 209-215, 218-228Nov. 21 Byzantine and Medieval Art, pages218-228, 246; Islamic Art, pages 261-282Nov. 28 Early Indian and Asian Art; Precolumbian Mexican and Central American Art (readings posted on Blackboard)Dec. 5 South American Art (reading posted on Blackboard); review for Final ExamDec. 12 FINAL EXAM, 7:00 PM. NOTE ALSO THAT ALL PAPERS MUST BE TURNED IN BY THIS TIME.
Art 110: INTRODUCTION TO WORLD ART I (ANCIENT ART HISTORY SURVEY) Paper AssignmentDue Date: if you want to get your paper graded and returned, you must give it to me one weekbefore the Final Exam. If you do not care about getting your paper graded and returned by the endof the semester, I will be glad to accept it up until the day of the Final Exam.This is intended as a museum assignment. PLEASE NOTE: I am aware that time andtransportation issues may make this assignment more difficult for some students, and if you findit would be a burden to complete it, I will be glad to let you complete an alternate assignment (seebottom).Go to a local museum with holdings in ancient art. If you are interested in Egyptian, Greek, orRoman art, you can find pieces especially the Getty Villa (please, please, please note: the GettyVilla is NOT the Getty Center, the Getty Villa is in Malibu) and LACMA (Los Angeles CountyMuseum of Art). For Medieval Christian art, you should be able to find some examples atLACMA and the Getty Center. If you prefer Precolumbian American Art (Inca, Maya, Aztec,etc.) there are some other options, including both the Natural History Museum in Exposition Parkand the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana (the Bowers also usually has African and Asian Art ondisplay as well). Select an ancient artwork (one from one of the periods or civilizations wediscuss in class) and write a short paper (perhaps four to five pages) in which addresses thefollowing:--describe in detail the artwork you have selected; are there any unusual features, or aspects of itwhich seem particularly interesting or striking to you?--give some historical background; what, if anything, is known about it?—which civilizationmade it, when was it made, etc.--compare it to any similar pieces we have seen in class; for example, if you choose a piece ofEgyptian sculpture, how is it similar or different to examples we have discussed in class or youhave seen in the book.--what did it represent?—discuss any symbolism, etc.; course notes and the book may be useful inthis regard, as will comparing it to previously studied examples, as the symbolism might besimilar--what might its purpose have been, or how might it have been used?—this may requirespeculation on your part, based on what you have learned, or based on similar examples we havediscussedPlease write in essay format and please cite all of your sources (including internet sources).Alternate assignments: almost anything of interest to you is a potentially acceptable alternateassignment, just so long as it fall within the parameters of the class (i.e., it must involvesomething from one of the cultures or time periods we are studying). You are free to propose analternate assignment—please, though, ask me about it first, just so we can affirm that it is anacceptable assignment for our class.
Art 110 Fall 2011: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Assignment—NOVEMBER 2The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is perhaps Mexico’s most identifiable holiday,but it is also a celebration that has ties to a long-standing Christian tradition of veneratingthe dead on November 2. It can also be compared to pagan ancestor worship rites fromwhich the Christian practice probably derived, and likewise has parallels in many othercultures which are practiced to this day. Because our class this year is scheduled to meeton November 2, I have decided to cancel our classroom meeting for that day, and insteadgive you an assignment based on the Dia de los Muertos.Before I explain the assignment, let me please make clear that I do not want this to besome boring and painful task—my intentions are to use the Dia de los Muertos as anopportunity to expand our cultural awareness and see the many ties that exist betweendifferent societies, so I want this to be, if not fun, at least interesting. I am asking you toturn in a paper, but you don’t have to treat it as an extra term paper. A couple of pageswill suffice; what I want is for you to simply understand and interpret this holiday.The assignment: First, I would like you to read an essay which I have put online—youcan find it on Blackboard under “Day of the Dead Essay.” Second, I would ideally likefor you to attend some kind of Dia de los Muertos event. This is why I have canceled ourregular classroom meeting for November 2. Obviously, we do not have the facilities orthe organizational capacity to go to an event as a group field trip, but I am hoping youwill go on your own. Olvera St. in Downtown LA will definitely have an event, but manyother places will as well—in the past I believe they have even had them sometimes hereat the school. I will put together some kind of list which I will pass out to the class beforeNovember 2. Third, I would like you turn in to me a paper—as I previously said, it doesnot have to be long, maybe two or three pages. In this paper, I simply want you to givesome kind of synopsis from the online essay about the history and traditions of the Dia delos Muertos, talk about the event you went to and what you saw that carries on thesetraditions (or did you also see things which you think are unique or new?), and makesome kind of comparison between the Dia de los Muertos and the veneration of the deadin certain ancient cultures—in our class lecture the meeting beforehand (October 31), Iwill give specific examples of rites for venerating the dead in Rome and other cultures,and you can use these as examples.Due date: Our next scheduled class is in fact our take home exam (Exam 2), so just turnthis in when you turn in your take home exam—this would be on November 9.Credit: I will give you up to 20 points (that is two letter grades on an exam, by the way)for doing this.Two inevitable questions:I do not have the time or transportation to be able to go to a Dia de los Muertos event onthat day, what should I do? Obviously I must be understanding of that kind of issue. I dosincerely want you to go to an event, that is why I canceled our class meeting, but Icertainly would never demand you do anything that is outside of your ability. If you
cannot go on November 2, there are other events you might be able to attend on differentdates—the largest Dia de los Muertos event in Los Angeles at the Hollywood ForeverCemetery, and they do not hold it on November 2 (this year it will be on October 22, butI will double check that date and others that are occurring before November 2). If youcannot attend an event on an alternate date, you could try looking at websites about theDia de los Muertos, you will find many photographs and probably also videos. But really,I hope you can make it to some kind of event, because I would prefer this be somethingyou experience—but I won’t certainly penalize you if you can’t.You said that you are going to talk about some related practices in Ancient Rome andother cultures in the class meeting before November 2 (which would be our October 31class). I couldn’t make it to that class—what should I do? Missing class is always anunfortunate thing. If you cannot make it to the class on October 31, I suggest you asksomeone else in the class if you can borrow their notes. Some of what we talk about willalso be posted online in the ppt review, but of course there is no complete substitute formissing a class. In this case, since you might be missing information which would helpyou with this paper, if you cannot come to class I would suggest that you do some of yourown research on ancestor worship practices in other cultures—it won’t be hard, crossreference ancestor worship with Ancient Rome, Egypt, or any other culture, and I amsure you will come up with some of the same information which I will present in thelecture.