2014-2015 Classes

Spring 2014: Dr. James is on Sabbatical Leave  

Tentative Offerings for on campus fall 2014-spring 2015 and PLAN AHEAD FOR MAY TERM IN ITALY 2015!!  Click link for more detailed information. May Term in Italy 2015

 FALL 2014:

ARTH 101 (see fall 2013 for description) TTH tentatively 9:25-10:40

REN 100: Renaissance Studies  (see fall 2013 for description) TTH  tentatively 1:25-2:40


IN 609 Inquiry in the Arts (3 s.h.) Graduate Teacher Education course

offered Wed. evenings 6-9 PM. Team taught.
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. This semester the visual arts will be the primary emphasis.

Spring 2015:

ARTH 102: Survey of Art in Western Europe

The Medieval and Renaissance Eras

 Deming 105 TTh 9:25-10:40

The second of three introductory courses in the history of western art, this course covers Western European Art from the the Hiberno-Saxons in England through the Renaissance, c.700-1600 .  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.  Art 102 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. Art 101, 102, and 103 are required for a major in art history.

Textbook: A word of caution: This book is complicated by the variety of formats offered. Same as ARTH 101 and 103: Stokstad & Cothren. Art History 5th edition, Pearson-Prentice-Hall.  ISBN-10: 0205949487 • ISBN-13: 9780205949489. This edition was new fall 2013 .  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.

NOTE: The book comes in several formats. You will need chapters 14-21.  If you buy the split volumes, you will need both. If you purchase the little “portable” volumes, you will need book 2 Medieval Art and Book 4 14-17th centuries. The combined version above serves ARTH 101,102,&103.You may also subscribe to an on line version through the publisher, which costs far less. Art History, Combined Volume, is your best value.

Stokstad & Cothren  ©2011  |  Pearson  |  Electronic Book; 1240 pp  |  Available
ISBN-10: 0205800327  |  ISBN-13: 9780205800322  Online purchase price: $79.99

ARTH 202: The Early Renaissance In Italy

Deming 105  TTH 1:25-2:40

This course is an in depth and contextual study of the early Renaissance in Italy, focusing on the cities of Florence, Siena, Mantua, Rome, and Venice.  This is the period in which some of the most famous artists of all times worked, including  Giotto, Duccio,  Brunelleschi, Ghiberti,  Donatello,  Fra Angelico, and Masaccio. In addition to developing a body of knowledge, you will develop your skills in areas of organization, logical thinking, public speaking, and good writing. You will also see how much or how little Dan Brown knows about art history! The class culminates in an individual research project. The course fills one of the prerequisites for Renaissance Studies in Italy (ARTH 343).

Textbooks: Two are required. A word of caution: When ordering your textbooks from the Internet, please note the edition of the book, the date of publication, and the translator 9as applicable).  It DOES make a difference. Do not be lured in by the super cheap version, as it is probably the out-of-date edition.

1. Hartt/Wilkins History of Italian Renaissance Art  (7th edition, Prentice Hall) ISBN-13:  9780205705818

2. Giorgio Vasari. Lives of the Artists vol.I translated by George Bull. Paperback | Penguin Classics | 1988 ISBN 9780140445008


ARTH 314/REN 607: Art in England: 600-1600

ditchleyportrait_edited-1This upper level art history course cross-lists with a graduate class, which gives each group a unique position.  we study architecture, painting, manuscript and book production, portraiture especially as it relates to costuming, and sculpture. The course gives graduate students and those with a love of England a context for English history and especially for Shakespeare and his world.


INT 213: Honors Colloquium: The City of Florence

Brunelleschi’s Dome at the Pazzi Chapel, S. Croce.

CONTENT OF COURSE:(taught on campus) This course gives a window into Renaissance Florence: 1400-1600. We will study the art, architecture, and urban planning in context, considering the history, politics, religion, literature, social situation, economics, and cultural atmosphere that caused the art to be what it is. Attention is given to the Medici dynasty, as that family dominated politics and the cultural scene in Florence.  Using films, we will consider the perception of Florence in later time periods. The course may include a field trip to the Split Banana to sample Italian gelato and an Italian dinner.

Textbooks : Loren Partridge, The Art of Renaissance Florence: 1400-1600 Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-520-25774-0.

Vasari’s Lives of the Artists. Translated by George Bull. Penguin, vol. 1. ISBN: 9780140445008  or for Vasari, you may use on line sources.


INT 213: Honors Colloquium: Technical Art History: Where Art and Science Meet

Team Taught 

This course is an Honors Colloquium, open to all Global Honor scholars and to other qualified students with permission of the instructor(s). Students will be introduced to the Making, Investigating, Analyzing, Conserving, and Interpreting of Art. Students will learn about  various media, methods of conservation,  Problems of attribution, forgery issues, and how scientific investigation and conservation can affect interpretation in art. This is fascinating sleuth work!  The course culminates in a research project on a work of art that has undergone scientific investigation, a hands-on project, and an oral presentation. Trips to museums and a conservation lab at a nearby museum will be included and required.

Textbooks:REQUIRED:  Daniel V. Thompson. The Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting. Dover Publications, $12.95  ISBN 10:0486203271

Tiarna Doherty and Anne T. Woollett. Looking at Paintings: A Guide to Technical Terms, Revised Edition (Getty Publications, 2009), ISBN 978-0-89236-972-0, pa, $18.95  (100 pages, 6 1⁄4 x 9 1⁄4 inches, 71 color and 7 b/w illustrations)


RECOMMENDED HIGHLY: Ralph Mayer. The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques, 5th edition (1991),  Viking Adult | ISBN: 9780670837014

May Term 2015: ARTH 342: Renaissance Studies in Italy, taught in Italy!! Plan Ahead!  Don’t miss out!  

Click for the May Term 2015 page, which gives detailed Waiting for a train in Milaninformation. Cost estimates are subject to change. You won’t believe the places we go!! You learn a lot and have fun learning it! And the gelato is worth the cost of the plane ticket.