ART 101 Western Art History

ART 101 is an online course taught in Canvas with one field trip to a museum (see "Important Dates" below).

Fall 2019 Schedule Information

ART 101-Sec 931 is an 16-week, online class.

Course start date: September 3, 2019

Course end date: December 20, 2019

Please note that this 16-week course is equivalent to a normal, semester-long course and will require 157.5 hours of work in accordance with the course outline of record.

Course Description

ART 101 Western Art History

CRN 75866-931

3 units, Lec-52.5, field trips, Credit, Degree Applicable, UC/CSU

Survey of Western Art from 35,000 B.C.E. to 500 C.E.: Paleolithic art through the Early Medieval period. Art will be discussed from critical and historical perspectives, with regard to formal visual elements of style and the social context of the societies, values, and ideas that gave birth to Western art.

This course meets requirements for the CCSF GE Area E Humanities, IGETC Area 3 Arts, and CSU GE-B Area C1 Arts, as well as specific major and general education requirements at various private and public universities. It meets the requirement for broad survey knowledge toward a B.A. degree in Art History.

Prerequisites/corequisites: none

Method of grading: only letter

Repeatability: Course is not repeatable.

Location: This is an online course taught in Canvas with one field trip to a museum (see "Important Dates" below)

Regular course meeting times: Asynchronous activities will occur online every week with regular deadlines.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

A. Distinguish between and analyze the various techniques and formal visual elements of individual works of art in different media.

B. Define and differentiate the various styles within ancient art.

C. Evaluate works of art in relation to the context and historical background in which they were created.

D. Summarize the concepts that define ancient art, and assess its influence on subsequent artistic periods

E. Examine and appraise works of art for formal elements and content, and demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast stylistic elements that distinguish aesthetic and cultural trends.

Important Dates

A midterm exam will be conducted online. See course syllabus for details.

A final exam will be conducted online. See course syllabus for details. The current syllabus will be available at the start of the new semester.

Field trip: Students will visit to the Legion of Honor in San Francisco either on their own or as part of an organized class field trip. See course syllabus for details. The current syllabus will be available at the start of the new semester.

Course Syllabus

Follow this link to a sample past course syllabus in Canvas. (This is a sample course syllabus only. You will receive the current syllabus when the course begins). Please pay special attention to the section on the course drop policy.

How do I access the course in Canvas?

Follow these steps to access our online course:

  1. Bookmark and follow this link to our online classroom in Canvas: This is where you will complete and turn in all work, interact with peers, and be able to contact me.
  2. Type in your CCSF ID for your username. Examples: W12345678 or @12345678
  3. Type in your RAM ID for your password. Find out how to do this in the RAM Instructions Google Doc. Need help with your RAM ID? Call the CCSF Helpdesk at 415-239-3711 or toll-free at 844-693-4357.
  4. Please note: You will not be able to log into the course until the course start date.

Required Textbook

  • Free Open Educational Resources will be delivered online via links in Canvas.
  • Free library research resources such a books, articles, and online materials from databases such as EBSCOHost and ArtSTOR will be delivered online via links in Canvas.

Recommended Textbooks/Optional Further Reading

Kleiner, Fred S. Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective, 15th ed. Vol. I. Kentucky: Wadsworth/Cengage, 2015. (or any edition from the last 7 years)

ISBN-13: 978-1305633940

ISBN-10: 1305633946

Copies of this text are on course reserve at the Rosenberg Library. It is not the responsibility of the instructor if the reserve textbooks are checked out, nor does an unavailable reserve book entitle a student to excused late work.

Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing About Art, 11th ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2014.

ISBN-13: 978-0205886999

ISBN-10: 020588699X

Multiple versions and editions of this book are available at various CCSF libraries for your use.

Required Technology

  • Reliable access to a fairly new Mac or PC with a current operating system
  • Current browser (Chrome or Firefox are preferable)
  • Reliable internet connection. Note that you have access to computers for free at CCSF. The main computer lab maintains regular hours during the semester and offers a positive study environment for completing online coursework. Find out more on the Academic Computing Resource Center website.
  • Software for creating PDFs to submit assignments

Recommended Skills

  • Basic computer skills (word processing, email, file management)
  • Basic internet skills (use of browser, searches, uploading/downloading files)
  • Time management skills and a growth mindset

Drop policy

This course adheres to the CCSF policy on evaluating attendance. The drop policy for this course is as follows:

Drops before the course Census date/”no-shows”:

You will be required to introduce yourself and complete a few online introductory tasks by day 3 of this course. If you do not complete this work, you will be counted as a “no show” and dropped from the course.

Drops after the course Census date due to cessation of engagement in course:

Attendance in a CCSF online course equals engagement in academic-related work such as the completion and submission of discussion posts, assignments, and quizzes. Simply logging-in and clicking around a course does not count as attendance. If you miss more than two consecutive weeks of coursework (= “engagement in academic related work”) without prompt communication to the instructor of an excusable absence, you will be dropped or withdrawn from the course in accordance with CCSF's attendance policies. If you are withdrawn, a W will appear on your transcript. See pg. 463 of CCSF’s Academic Policies and Procedures for an explanation of “withdrawal.”

Important: You cannot be withdrawn from a course after the semester deadline to withdraw. It is your responsibility to drop yourself ( = “withdraw”) before this deadline if for any reason you do NOT wish to finish the course for a letter grade other than a W.

Students who wish to drop themselves from the course are responsible for doing so before the semester deadlines (see CCSF's add-drop procedure).

How do I prepare myself for a successful start in ART 101 Online?:

  • Review the course syllabus in Canvas.
  • Plan dedicated time to your online learning: This course will require several hours a day of work (157.5 hours for the entire course). Some students may require more or less time to complete tasks, so please use this number of work hours as an estimate.
  • Plan to work fully online: We will not have any required on-campus meetings, however, you should plan to visit at least one local museum to successfully complete your museum visit paper assignment. See more beyond the next point.
  • Plan to visit one museum on your own before the “Museum Visit Paper Assignment” deadline listed in the syllabus. Please see the assignment instructions in Canvas for more information.
  • Plan to ask questions. Need help? Not sure? Don’t wait to reach out to your instructor. My goal to support you and guide you to a successful completion of the course.
  • Read the article, “What Makes a Successful Online Learner” to familiarize yourself with the demands and rewards of online learning.

HELP! What do I do if I cannot login to Canvas or see the ART 101 course in my dashboard?

You will not be required to log into the course until the first day of class.

If you are having trouble logging in on the first day of class and are enrolled in the course:

We are here to help you! You can find more support tips and resources in the CCSF Online Support Center.

For other Canvas-related questions, contact the Canvas helpdesk using the Canvas support live chat. or the hotline number available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 844-592-2198.

If you added the course after the start date: You will be able to log in within one business day.