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Web Antonia Thomas, Lecturer Phone: 814-898-6689

Email: aat13@psu.edu or via ANGEL Office: Otto Behrend Science Bldg. (OBS) 135

Required Texts: Art: A Brief History, 5th edition by Marilyn Stokstadt and Michael W. Cothren For the online portion of the course, students also will be assigned reading, images, and other materials.

Prerequisites: None, including prior exposure to fine art. The course is directed at students outside the field.

Course Objectives:

ART H 100 is designed to meet two principal goals: To increase students' powers of visual analysis and to help them build a critical vocabulary for discussing an art object's medium, composition, style, and iconography; the second is to foster an understanding of the implication of the visual arts in their social and cultural contexts, both historical and contemporary.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of visual analysis.

2. Students will build a critical vocabulary for discussing an art object’s medium, composition, style, and iconography.

3. Students will gain an understanding of the implication of the visual arts in their social and cultural contexts.

4. Students will gain an appreciation for art in an historical context.

General Course Structure:

Orientation Module 1: Ancient Art of Egypt & Greece Module 2: Roman to Byzantine Module 3: Asian & Islamic Module 4: Carolingian & Romanesque Module 5: Gothic & Early Renaissance Module 6: Renaissance & Reformation Module 7: 17 th Century European Module 8: The Americas & Africa Module 9: 1715-1910 European & American Module 10: Impressionism & Post-Impressionism Module 11: Early 20 th Century European & American Module 12: Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism Module 13: Later 20 th Century Project Presentations & Evaluations

Assignment requirements and responsibilities:


All assignments must be submitted to the appropriate folder and lesson on ANGEL.


All online assignments must be submitted via ANGEL by midnight Saturday.


All parts of the research project assignment must be submitted on time for the project to be considered complete. Any missing element will result in a five percent deduction in your overall grade for the assignment.


If you miss turning in the assignments for all or part of a module, be forewarned that you will receive a zero for the assignment(s).


All work must be your own. Attempting to turn in any work in part or in full that is obtained from another source, including another student—and failing to credit source material—is plagiarism and is an illegal offense. Any form of cheating, including work that has been plagiarized, will result in a failing grade for the assignment. Using someone else’s work is theft of intellectual property. It is no different than walking out of a store with a CD or piece of jewelry without paying for it. Perhaps equally important is that it shows a distinct lack of critical thinking. Check the PSU/Behrend policies concerning academic integrity at:



Students are expected to adhere to Standard Written English. Your textbook from composition offers specific grammar and usage topics common to the needs of college students.


All assignments must be turned in for students to be considered for a “D” grade or higher at the end of the semester.


Your written work will be graded on content, but Standard English must be used or your grade will suffer. The research project will go through several phases; each will receive a grade.

Your overall semester grade is based on the following:

Assignments = 45%

Mid Term = 10%

Project = 35%

Art Evaluations = 10%


You will be provided with a reading schedule, online learning schedule, and list of assignment due dates. (Occasionally, the schedule may have to be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, and I will inform you if this should occur.) Organize your tasks according to your lifestyle and your own schedule. Invaluable not only in this class but in future academics and your professional life, organization and use of resources is your responsibility and should be taken seriously.


I am your first line of defense—after your own hard work—with regard to your success in this class; any student may contact me via Ask the Instructor or ANGEL email to discuss not only progress but also individual assignments and specific concerns regarding the research project. If you have concerns and wait even a week, it may be too late to get the help necessary for success in Art History 100.