Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course is an introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture in the West from the prehistoric era through the Middle Ages, including the achievements of the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations. We will study the major art monuments within their historical, religious, and social contexts, with particular focus on the development of style.
Required Textbook: Fred S. Kleiner, Gardnerâ€™s Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, vol. 1, 15th ed., 2017.
Recommended Textbook: Bruce Cole, The Informed Eye: Understanding Masterpieces of Western Art, 1999.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Three exams consisting of slide identifications, comparisons, brief essay, short answer
Museum assignment: a brief paper (c. 6 pages) comparing and contrasting two Greek works at the Dallas Museum of Art; thorough guidelines will be provided
Three in-class group projects that focus on the relevance of the art and architecture of the past to today.