Syllabus fidm 2012 art history 1


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  1. 1. FIDM SURVEY OF WESTERN ART I (ANCIENT ART HISTORY)—Spring 2012 Syllabus and Course ScheduleDates/Times: Wednesdays, 4:15-7:00 pm.Instructor: Dr. Paul Koudounaris (phone: 310-529-4112; Note: I do not have an office here, but I am always availableto meet with you after class; if that is difficult for you, I am happy to make a specialarrangement to meet with you at another time. Also, I check my email frequently andabsolutely promise I will respond as quickly as possible to all of your questions (if youemail me, please be sure to indicate that you are in this particular class—I teach coursesat more than one university, so it helps me to know which class you are specifically in).Course material: Art of the ancient world, from prehistoric art through gothic. We willtake a contextually-oriented approach, and study ancient artifacts in their original social,religious, and historic contexts.Text: Janson’s Basic History of Western Art (see schedule for reading assignments)Requirements/Grading: We will have two exams (a midterm and a final, each countingfor one third of your final grade) and a short paper (see separate assignment sheet; alsoone third of your final grade). Details of the exam format will be given in class.Study guides: Each week I will pass out study guides for our lectures. They will includeimportant names and terms, and possible essay questions. I advise you to take notesaccording to the study guides, as the multiple choice questions on the exams will be takenfrom the names and terms, and the essay questions will be taken word for word fromthose on the study guides. I will also list some images on the study guides—on the examsthere will be a few slides, and those will be chosen from the images which I list.Note sheets for the exams: I will pass allow you to make and use a note sheet for theexam—you can use a full sized piece of paper, and you can write on both sides, whateveryou want, and you can use it for both the multiple choice and essay portions of the exam.Please note that you have to write it out by hand—no computer-generated note sheets. Toexplain, I am not forcing you to write it by hand to be a bother, but because I believe ithelps the learning process and reinforces the material when you actually write it down,rather than simply cut-and-pasting on the computer.Online resources: Copes of everything I pass out in class will be available online. Youwill also have review presentations, and a series of review questions for the exams. Thesematerials can be accessed both at a Facebook page I have set up for the class, and at thisaddress: you want to access the materials via the Facebook page (honestly, the links are fasterthere), you can search for it under FIDM ART HISTORY 1 SPRING 2012. You mightneed to request to join (it is a closed group), but I will approve all requests. Importantnote if you download the weekly study guide sheets: the downloadable files for the
  2. 2. weekly handouts all have tags in their addresses that say "2011 winter" instead of "2012spring"--dont worry, these are the right files for your class. The files are correct, it is justan issue with the embedded link name, but they are the correct handouts for your class.Attendance: FIDM desires your presence in class, and asks that I take attendance at eachmeeting. The essay questions we will have on the exams are based on material discussedin the lectures, so honestly consistent attendance is important in ensuring that you do wellon the exams.NOTE ON READING ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE TEXT: We do not work directly withthe textbook in class, it something more like background material. I will not ask youquestions about the text in class, nor will I quiz you on it or draw questions directly fromit. Because of that, I am not specifying exact pages you need to read for each class—youcan read it at your own pace, but I do suggest that you read along to keep up with theclass. Below you will find listed the subject chapters relevant to each lecture. Eventhough I have not required exact page numbers be read for each class, it is important thatyou eventually do read through the text—as I said, it is background material, and it isimportant to have read through it in order to truly learn the course material.
  3. 3. CLASS SCHEDULEDate Topic and Text4/4 Course introduction and Prehistoric Art. In text: Prehistoric Art4/11 Neolithic and begin Egypt. Text: Egypt (you are free to break up the Egypt chapter over this week and the next week)4/18 Egypt. Text: Egypt.4/25 Ancient Near East and Ancient Aegean. Text: Near East and Aegean.5/2 Begin Greek Art. Text :Greece (you are free to break this up over the next week as we will continue with this subject area). Second half of the class is a REVIEW FOR THE MIDTERM EXAM5/9 MIDTERM EXAM in the second half of class. In the first half of class we will continue with Greek Art. Text: Greece.5/16 Hellenistic Art and Roman Art. Text: End Greece and begin Rome (you can break up the section on Rome between this week and the next)5/23 Roman Art; Early Christian Art. Text: Rome and Early Christian/Byzantine Art.5/30 Byzantine and Christian Art. Middle Eastern Art. Text: Early Christian/Byzantine Art. Note: there is no section on Middle Eastern Art in the text.6/6 Gothic Art. Text: Gothic Art (in particular architecture in France). Second half of class is a REVIEW FOR FINAL EXAM.6/13 FINAL EXAM and PAPERS DUE
  4. 4. ART HISTORY I Paper AssignmentDue Date: if you want to get your paper graded and returned, you must give it to me oneweek before the Final Exam. If you do not care about getting your paper graded andreturned by the end of the quarter, I will be glad to accept it up until the day of the FinalExam.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 ifyou find it would be a burden to complete it, I will be glad to let you complete analternate assignment (see separate handout).Go to a local museum which has strong holdings in ancient art—you can find Egyptian,Greek, Roman, etc. pieces at especially the Getty Villa (in Malibu; not the Getty Center)and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Select an ancient artwork (one from one ofthe periods or civilizations we discuss in class) and write a short paper (perhaps threepages) in which addresses the following:--describe in detail the artwork you have selected; are there any unusual features, oraspects of it which seem particularly interesting or striking to you?--give some historical background; what, if anything, is known about it?—whatcivilization made it, when was it made, etc.--compare it to any similar pieces we have seen in class; for example, if you choose apiece of Roman sculpture, how is it similar or different to examples we have discussed inclass or you have seen in the book?--what did it represent?—discuss any symbolism, etc.; course notes and the book may beuseful in this regard, as will comparing it to previously studied examples, as thesymbolism might be similar--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 exampleswe have discussedPlease write in essay format. FIDM will reimburse you eight dollars for a museum visit. If you go to a museum and pay for an admission, save your receipt or ticket, and I will turn them in at the end of the quarter.
  5. 5. ART HISTORY I Alternate Paper AssignmentsI realize that the standard paper assignment might be difficult for some people tocomplete—this is especially true for those of you who live in southern Orange Countyand do not have transportation up to Los Angeles. Frankly, there is not a decent museumin Orange County at which you could find an acceptable collection of Ancient Art onwhich to base your paper. Thus, I am happy to allow those of you who are unable tocomplete the standard paper assignment to choose an alternative. There is no set alternatepaper assignment, but there any number of alternative papers or projects that you mightpursue. If you choose to do an alternate assignment, I encourage you to focus onsomething that is of interest to you, or that involves your major courses of study. Forexample, if you are interested in fashion design, perhaps a good alternate assignmentwould be to study the costume and attire of a historical period, and make drawings andwrite a short paper in which you detail and explain a historical garment. Or if you areinterested in pottery or ceramics, perhaps you want to make a copy of an ancient vase andwrite a short paper in which you discuss the original and how you made your copy.Again, there are any number of possible papers and projects, and if you are sincerelyinterested in something, I will most likely find it acceptable. But please, whatever you do,just clear the assignment with me first—either talk to me in person or send me an emailand let me know what you want to do.If you do an alternate assignment in which you make something large or bulky, pleasegive me a photograph of what you have made rather than the actual item.