Fall 2013 Classes

FALL 2013…  Courses Offered 

ARTH 101: Survey of Art in Western Europe

The Ancient World

Deming 105  TTh 9:25-10:40

Syllabus will be posted on Blackboard

The first of three introductory courses in the history of western art, this course covers Western European Art from the the Cave through Byzantium and Islam.  We analyze painting, sculpture, architecture, manuscript illuminations and decorative arts, endeavoring to place them in the context for which these objects were created, making every effort to understand the art as those who created it intended. Important differences distinguish the various times and places, but vital continuities tie the periods to each other and to our world today. Upon completion of the class, you will be an informed observer of art, with the ability to discuss and write about art in an historical context. Moreover, you will develop your skills in areas of organization, logical thinking, and good writing.  Arth 101 is an entry-level, general education course with no prerequisites. Although this is the first of three courses, they do not need to be taken in chronological order. The Art Department offers a bus trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Arth 101, 102, and 103 are required for a major in art history.

REQUIRED TEXT:  Stokstad & Cothren. Art History 5th edition, Pearson-Prentice-Hall.  ISBN-10: 0205949487 • ISBN-13: 9780205949489. This is a new edition.  If you own the 4th edition, you may use that one — it will work just fine. I wish the publishers did not feel compelled to change the editions so often. Pearson Learning offers a subscription to an online version and an e-book option. the ebook and a new textbook both come with a subscription to MyArtsLab, which offers study guides and videos that  I HIGHLY recommend.

Optional: Sylvan Barnet. Writing About Art, ISBN-13:  9780205708253.

ISBN numbers do matter!!

Click this link or look on Blackboard for an explanation of options for your textbook. ARTH 101 book options-5th ed.


REN 100: Defining the Renaissance

Defining the Renaissance provides a survey of the history  art, literature, and science of the period, which extends from c.1300-1650. Activities extend from lectures to field trips, including the National Gallery of Art and the Blackfriar’s Playhouse.

Textbook: Henry M. Sayre. The Humanities: Culture  Change, and Continuity, 2 ed. Book 3. The Renaissance and the Age of encounter: 1400-1600.  Pearson/Prentice Hall  ISBN: 13: 978-0-205-1334-0  NOTE: you only need book 3 and not the entire text.


1)  Henry M. Sayre. The Humanities: Culture Change, and Continuity, 2 ed. Book 3. The Renaissance and the Age of Encounter: 1400-1600.  Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2012. ISBN: 13: 978-0-205-1334- 0.  NOTE: You only need Book 3, so be sure the ISBN matches.

2)  William Shakespeare. All’s Well That Ends Well. Folger Shakespeare Library ed./Washington Square  Press, ISBN 0-7434-8497-5. E-book available.

INT 213/ARTH 311: Honors Colloquium: The Seventeenth Century in Europe

This course, which receives honors and research credit, covers the Seventeenth Century in Europe.The century is studied in the context of the politics, religious change, and scientific discoveries and how these circumstances charged and changed art and architecture. This course requires a visit to a museum that has a collection of art of the 17th century.  The Art Department offers a bus trip to the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

The required textbooks are

Henry M. Sayre. The Humanities: Culture  Change, and Continuity, 2 ed. Book 4. Excess, Inquiry, and Restraint 1600-1800.  Pearson/Prentice Hall  ISBN: 13: 978-0-205-1333-3.

Ann Sutherland Harris. Seventeenth Century Art and Architecture (2nd Edition) Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0-13-145581-8.

Optional but highly recommended: Sylvan Barnet. Writing About Art, Pearson/Prentice-Hall ISBN-13:  9780205708253.  




ARTH 400/ARTM 400: Senior Seminar in Art History and Arts Management

team taught by Dr. Marlena Hobson and Dr. Sara James

Meeting Place: Seminar Room, Chris House, 233 Sycamore Street

1.5 semester hours credit each in fall and spring semester

Time: TBA

Textbooks: Turabian, Kate. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 7th edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press ISBN-13: 9780226823379; You need this in the new edition, as it has updated information on citing electronic sources.

Sylvan Barnet. Writing About Art.  Or another a good style manual and a good dictionary.

Spring and May Term 2014: Sabbatical leave

LOOK TO THE FUTURE:  May Term in Italy 2015 Awaits you!

 ARTH 243: Renaissance Studies in Italy   

Tentative dates: 22 April – 11 May 2015.

Apply through the Spencer Center.

Note that an application and $1000 deposit are due October 15, 2014.

For more information, including prerequisite classes and cost, see my May Term page (link above) or contact me by email or phone. Parents are welcome to inquire on behalf of their daughters.