ARTH 110 Course Information

Our core introductory art history course breaks from the tradition of the western survey course that emphasizes chronology, style, slide tests, and European art.  Rather, this class focuses upon issues and problems in the arts, particularly how the arts express cultural, religious, and social ideas and issues.

Individual sections will examine a variety of broad themes such as the human body, archaeological investigation, and religious architecture. Each class will have five distinct learning units with associated assignments.  Rather than emphasizing memorization and slide tests, these classes will focus upon papers and oral presentations and assignments that seek to solve problems involving the arts.

The content of individual sections will vary considerably according to the expertise of the instructor. Click on the instructor's name below to see a synopsis of the content for each of the five learning units in her or his sections.

All sections of 110 meet both the fine arts requirement and the human diversity requirement of the core curriculum.

Unit 1:  Visual Mechanics: How Art Works

Unit 2:  Four Great Cultures of Ancient Mesoamerica

Unit 3:  Roman Architecture

Unit 4:  Survivor: Asmat 

Unit 5:  Coventos and the Colonization of Mexico

Unit 1: African Sculpture

Unit 2: Ancient and Medieval Architecture of Europe

Unit 3: The Artist in Renaissance Italy: From Craftsman to Genius

Unit 4: Art and Architecture in China

Unit 1: Fresco Painting and Restoration

Unit 2: Contemporary Native American Voices

Unit 3: Modern Art and Ideas

Unit 4: Warriors Between Worlds: Asmat Art and Collections

Unit 1:  The Ancient World

Unit 2:  Arts Of China, Korea & Japan

Unit 3:  Creating The 19th Century Landscape

Unit 4:  The Rise Of Modernism: Cubism, Primitivism & Expressionism

Unit 5:  After Modernism: Postmodernism, Multiculturalism, Feminism

Unit 1:  Contemporary Land Art

Unit 2:  Traditions of Landscape Painting in China and Europe

Unit 3:  The Iconography of Buddhism

Unit 4:  Class Structure, Religious Strife, & European Baroque Painting

Unit 5:  Contexts of West African Art

Unit 1: Art Before History

Unit 2: The City as Theatre from the Ancient Near East to the Italian Renaissance

Unit 3: Paradise: The Idea of the Garden in the Islamic World

Unit 4: In Our Image and Likeness: Portraits of/by Women

Unit 5: Light and Meaning from Plato to Us

Unit 1:  Ancient Near East and Egypt; Propaganda and Structure

Unit 2:  Women Artists; Obstacles and Accomplishments

Unit 3:  Reformation to the Counter-Reformation; Christianity and Politics

Unit 4:  China and Japan; Art, Architecture and Religion

Unit 1: European Renaissance and Baroque era art and architecture
Unit 2: Mesoamerican art and the impact of the Spanish Conquest on artistic traditions
Unit 3: Colonial Latin American art and culture
Unit 4: Asian artistic traditions along the Silk Road and beyond

Unit 1: Formal Analysis:  The Portrait: From Ancient Akkad to the Digital Selfie

Unit 2: Contextual Analysis: Patronage, Emotion, and Illusion in Baroque Art

Unit 3: Primary Research: Illuminated Manuscripts

Unit 4: Power, Design, and the Spiritual:  Highlights of Islamic Art and Architecture

Unit 5: Orientalist Art: Eugène Delacroix to Henri Matisse

Unit 1: Northwest Coast Native American Art

Unit 2: Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal) Art

Unit 3: Ancient Egyptian Art

Unit 4: Dutch Art in the “Golden Age” (1600 – 1700)

Unit 5: Asmat Art

Unit 1: Buddhist Art: the Silk Road, India, China, and Japan  

Unit 2: Architecture of the Gods: Temples, Palaces and Tombs

Unit 3: East and West:  Artistic Intersections

Unit 4: The Tale of Genji: Gender and Art in Japan

Unit 1: Exhibitions & Power

Unit 2: Graffiti & Street Art

Unit 3: South African Art & Cultural Landscape

Unit 4: Monuments & Memorials

Unit 1: Native American Art

Unit 2: Arts of China

Unit 3: Women Artists

Unit 4: Modern Sculpture

Unit 1:  Art and Archaeology of Ancient Mesopotamia and Persia

Unit 2:  19th-Century European Nationalism

Unit 3:  The Modern City

Unit 4:  The History of Museums

Unit 5:  Craft and the Decorative Arts

Unit 1:  Art and Architecture of the Ancient Near East and Egypt

Unit 2:  Mesoamerican Art and Architecture

Unit 3:  The Art and Architecture of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome

Unit 4:  Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture

Unit 5:  The Early Art of India, China, and Japan

Unit 1: Power and Identity in Ancient Egypt

Unit 2: The Power of Images in the Near East

Unit 3: The Greco-Roman Inheritance: Society, Religion and Politics

Unit 4: The Politics of Plunder: Looting, the Antiquities Trade and the Destruction of Cultural Property

Unit 1: Museum Studies

Unit 2: Native American Art

Unit 3: American Civil War

Unit 4: Japanese Art

Unit 1: First Civilizations

Unit 2: Ancient Greek and Roman Civilizations

Unit 3: Arts of China

Unit 4: Arts of Africa

Unit 5: Modern Art

Unit 1: The Art of Memory

Unit 2: Sacred Art and Architecture

Unit 3: Domestic Architecture

Unit 4: Engineered Landscapes