Fall 2014 Classes

FALL 2014…  Courses Offered 

IMPORTANT NOTE ON  ALL TEXTBOOKS: All textbooks will be available in the college bookstore.  If you order from an outside vendor, please be sure that you order the correct edition of your textbook. The edition number follows the title in the textbook lists below. Which edition you choose DOES make a difference.  Your quizzes and exams are keyed to the edition listed.  BEWARE: If you find a book that is really cheap, it’s probably an outdated edition.  The ISBN numbers and pictures on the covers, also noted below, assist in getting the correct edition.

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. Stokstad5th ISBN-10: 0205949487 • ISBN-13: 9780205949489.  If you own the 4th edition, you may use that one — it will work, although the quizzes are keyed to the 5th edition. Some (not a lot) of the material could be different.  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.

Accademia Social 12th May (119)

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 ($15) and the Blackfriar’s Playhouse (one performance free).


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: IMPORTANT: 1: Be sure you order the 2nd edition. Tests will be keyed to that text. (A first and a third edition are also available, so don’t buy these)  2. You only need book 3 and not the entire text, so be sure the ISBN matches

2)   Christopher Marlowe. Edward II,  New Mermaid downloadedition:Kindle version is available as well as a print edition.  Link to Amazon.


Guest lecturer for theatre is Marlowe scholar Dr. Paul Menzer. In addition to having Dr. Menzer speak in class, you will see the play and attend a lecture at the Blackfrairs Theatre at no cost to you!

Accademia Social 12th May (119)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.


IN 609: Inquiry into the Arts for the MAT students (3 s.h.)

Team taught with Constance Harrington.  Offered on Staunton campus, Wednesday evenings, 6-8:30 pm, in Deming 105

CONTENT OF COURSE: Students understand and interpret both visual and performing arts using formal and contextual analysis. Presents understanding and appreciating art (1) as formal constructions in which meaning resides in selection and arrangement of materials or processes particular to the art form, and (2) as the expressions of cultures, eras and makers with distinctive qualities of mind and spirit, and distinctive interpretations of the nature and experience of humankind. The nature of creativity, goals of arts education, and integrating arts across the curriculum are emphasized. The course culminates in a hands-on project for a classroom , a journal, a museum paper/formal analysis of a work of art seen during the course of the semester, and an oral presentation.  A visit to a museum is required.  A field trip to the National Gallery, organized by the art department is an option.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Tests are keyed to this edition, so WIlkins-0205772978be sure you have the correct book:  Art Past, Art Present, 6th edition.  David Wilkins, Bernie Schultz, Katheryn M. Linduff,  ISBN-10: 0205772978 • ISBN-13: 9780205772971©2010 • Pearson • Paper Package, 672 pp   Published 06/08/2009


Prepare for May Term:

May Term in Italy 2015 Awaits you!  ARTH 243: Renaissance Studies in Italy   

Pisa10_edited-1Tentative dates: 22 April – 11 May 2015. Apply through the Spencer Center. Note that an application and $1000 deposit are due October 15, 2014.   Approximate cost: $4,000. final amount depends on the number of participants.  For more information, including required prerequisite classes, see my May Term page (link above) or contact me by email or phone. Parents are welcome to inquire on behalf of their daughters.