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Distance Education · Visual and Performing Arts · Art - ARTS

Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th Century)

  • Summer II 2018
  • Section N03 CRN-40464
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/05/2018 to 08/02/2018
  • Modified 06/28/2018

Meeting Times


Contact Information

Instructor:  Mrs. Jamie Speck

Office:  N/A

Phone Number: *(979) 204-4395 (Call or Text) 

                        For use during office hours or in the event of testing issues.

                       *Best Contact, but please do not call/text before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m.

Email:  [email protected] (Blinn account) &

 [email protected]  (D2L account in online class)

Office Hours:  Monday, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.  

Course email ([email protected]) is the best written contact for class-related questions/concerns/assignments. I will do my best to respond to student communication within 24 hours.  




A chronological analysis of the historical and cultural contexts of the visual arts from prehistoric times to the 14th century.

3 class hours per week; 48 total contact hours. Credit: 3 semester hours.


Prerequisites: Students must be college ready in reading, by means of appropriate exemption score by TSI or alternative test; or by completing READ 0306, or READ 0307, or DIRW 0326, or ESOL 0325 with a C or better, or by completing READ 0208 or ESOL 0226 with a passing grade.


Core Curriculum Statement

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge in human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. For details relating to this core course, please see:


Identify and describe works of art based on their chronology and style, using standard categories and terminology.

Investigate major artistic developments and significant works of art from prehistoric times to the 14th century.

Analyze the relationship of art to history by placing works of art within cultural, historical, and chronological contexts.

Critically interpret and evaluate works of art.


Textbook materials, digital camera or camera phone and/or scanner, and various inexpensive/common office and house hold supplies for art projects. 

Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective

  • Author: Fred S. Kleiner
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning. USA, 2015
  • Edition: Volume I, 15th edition
  • ISBN: 9781337033381 OR 9781305633940
  • Availability: New or Used
  • Price: Please check with Blinn College Bookstore for current pricing.


Textbook or online access of textbook is REQUIRED. The cover may say: "Art History I ARTS 1303 for Blinn College," and is a specially priced package put together specifically for Blinn students by Cengage. The regular 15th edition textbook has a photo of Pont-du-Gard (looking norhteast) on the cover.

Optional: MindTap for Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, 15th edition, helps you engage with your course content and is fully online. Within MindTap you may complete reading assignments from the text, annotate your readings, use Google Map links, experience 360 degree panoramas, zoom in to see images better, and use numerous other study tools.

If you only desire the online component, then you may purchase from a Blinn College Bookstore or Cengage online. You will also be offered a free limited-time trial offer for the online access, MindTap, when you log in and register with Cengage.  However, please note that access must be purchased to continue MindTap use during the full semester. If you do purchase the online component, you will receive a key/pin code to register with. More details about MindTap are provided within your course in the Introduction Module of your class content. 


Course Requirements

Students will be expected to attend all classes (or enter online sites) weekly, purchase books, packets and instruments as indicated by instructor, take quizzes and tests, participate in individual and/or group class discussions, write short and/or long essays that describe, interpret, analyze, and/or compare artworks. In addition, students will be expected to be able to form conclusions pertaining to different art periods or artists, submit typed assignments, complete and submit homework projects, and take a proctored comprehensive final exam. 

 Exam:  Proctored Final Exam (Comprehensive)

Quizzes:  Open book/notes, but timed, over chapter content and notes.  Modules 1-4 have one quiz each.

Vocabulary:  These assignments are meant to familiarize students with chapter terms.  There will be one vocabulary assignment per Module, in Modules 1-4.

Dropbox Assignments:  Dropbox assignments will take the form of written essays and/or art projects.  These assignments are found in Modules 1-4.

Discussion Board:  All students are expected to participate in Discussion Board postings. Topics and criteria are set according to the Module's content.  Discussions may be found in Modules 1-4. One lowest Discussion grade will be dropped.


OPTIONAL: Extra Credit Assginment

One OPTIONAL assignment does require independent travel to a major art museum of choice. Most major art museums are located in larger, urban areas. For example, in Texas: Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, ETC…I accept all major art museum visits, regardless of state or country, as long as they are current. You must save your ticket and/or take a photo of yourself at the museum. More detailed instructions are included in the course content.


Students must have access to the proper computer equipment and browsers to accommodate the eCampus platform and software. Please check with Distance Learning to make sure that you have all of the required tools to participate in an on-line class.



Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes

Your grade in this course is based on the following:

Quizzes 200 points (20%)

The Quizzes are open book/notes.  (50 points each)


Dropbox 200 points (20%) Drop Box Assignments

Essay(s)/Project(s) = 200 points total. 

Vocabulary 100 points (10%) Key Terms

The Vocabulary assignments are an open-book, participation-based matching activity, meant to familiarize you with key terms in each chapter.  (25 points each)

Discussion Board 200 points (20%) Discussion Board Topics

Discussion Board topics will be selected and posted based on the Module's content. Participation will be based on the student's original written post, as well as the student's written replies to peers.  (25 points each.) The lowest discussion grade will be dropped.

Exam 300 points (30%) Final Exam (comprehensive)

Comprehensive Multiple Choice exam consisting of: slide identification, vocabulary, chronological ordering, and other chapter content taken from previous quiz questions.  The exam is online in eCampus and is proctored.  It must be taken at an approved learning/testing center either on-campus or remotely. (300 points)

Extra Credit (Bonus) 50 points possible OPTIONAL

These are bonus points that may be awarded for participating in an extra credit assignment.  This assignment may require significant off-campus travel to an art museum. (worth up to 50 extra points)

TOTAL POINTS: 1,000 points (100%)

Your grade in this course is based on a 1,000 total point system.

(Divide the total points earned by 1,000 to get your %.)


Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
A (90-100%)

1,000-900 pts.

B (80-89%)

899-800 pts.  

C (70-79%)

799-700 pts. 

D (60-69%)

699-600 pts. 

F (0-59%)

599-0 pts. 

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Procedures Manual are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s BlinnBuc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for BlinnBuc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Course Policies



Due to the online nature of this course, I will be checking your attendance using a D2L instructor tool that keeps track of student log-in and actual course access dates.

You must log into eCampus and ACCESS THE CLASS (CLICK INTO IT) a minimum of at least once per week (every 7 days consecutively). If you do not, a ONE WEEK UNEXCUSED absence will be assigned.





Due to the online nature of this course, I have allowed a flexible schedule that gives students the ability to work at their own pace; however, following a course calendar for due dates is a necessity.  You will have ample time to complete each Module; therefore, missed assignments should not be an issue.  If you foresee a reason that will result in a missed assignment, please contact me in advance so that we may make arrangements accordingly. 

In most circumstances, I will not allow make-up work for an entire missed Learning Module (assigned unit of study). Work submitted late will be at the discretion of the instructor for acceptance. If late work is accepted, expect the automatic subtraction of five points on that assignment grade. Students are offered an extra credit assignment that will allow them to earn up to 50 points of missed credit, due on the last official class day.




Tentative Instructional Schedule    
Week Day Section(s)
Topics Covered Weekly
1 R 07/05/18 INTRO & MOD.1 First Class Day: Instructor Welcome, Review Syllabus, Syllabus Quiz, & Class Orientation. Read INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS ART HISTORY? Begin Introduction Module Assignments, including introducing yourself in "Nice to Meet You!" and complete the Introduction Discussion, "What is Art?" 9.6
F 07/06/18 INTRO & MOD.1 CH. 1: ART IN THE STONE AGE. Read and view chapter content.
Sa 07/07/18 INTRO & MOD.1 CH. 2: ANCIENT MESOPOTAMIA AND PERSIA. Read and view chapter content.
Su 07/08/18 INTRO & MOD.1 CH. 3: EGYPT FROM NARMER TO CLEOPATRA. Read and view chapter content. 
2 M 07/09/18 INTRO & MOD.1 All Introduction and Module 1 Assignments are due by 11:30 PM. This includes: Intro Discussion, Practice Dropbox (testing location), Discussion #1 & #2, Quiz #1, and Vocab #1.  9.6
T 07/10/18   CH. 4: THE PREHISTORIC AEGEAN. Read and view chapter content. 
MODULE 2 Day of Record
W 07/11/18 MODULE 2 CH. 5: ANCIENT GREECE. Read and view chapter content.
R 07/12/18 MODULE 2 CH 6: THE ETRUSCANS. Read and view chapter content.
F 07/13/18 MODULE 2 Work on Module Assignments.
Sa 07/14/18 MODULE 2 Work on Module Assignments.
Su 07/15/18 MODULE 2 Work on Module Assignments.
3 M 07/16/18 MODULE 2 All Module 2 Assignments are due by 11:30 PM. This includes: Discussion #3, Project #1, Quiz #2, and Vocab #2.  9.6
T 07/17/18 MODULE 3 CH. 7: THE ROMAN EMPIRE. Read and view chapter content.
W 07/18/18 MODULE 3 CH. 8: LATE ANTIQUITY. Read and view chapter content.
R 07/19/18 MODULE 3 CH. 9: BYZANTIUM. Read and view chapter content.
F 07/20/18 MODULE 3 Work on Module Assignments.
Sa 07/21/18 MODULE 3 Work on Module Assignments.
Su 07/22/18 MODULE 3 Work on Module Assignments.
4 M 07/23/18 MODULE 3 All Module 3 Assignments are due by 11:30 PM. This includes: Discussion #4 & #5, Project #2, Quiz #3, and Vocab #3.  9.6
T 07/24/18 MODULE 4 CH. 10: THE ISLAMIC WORLD. Read and view chapter content.
W 07/25/18 MODULE 4 CH. 11: EARLY MEDIEVAL EUROPE. Read and view chpater content.
R 07/26/18 MODULE 4 CH. 12: ROMANESQUE EUROPE. Read and view chapter content.
F 07/27/18   CH. 13-14: GOTHIC EUROPE & LATE MEDIEVAL ITALY. Read and view chapter content.
MODULE 4 Last Day to Drop with a "Q"
Sa 07/28/18 MODULE 4 Work on Module Assignments.
Su 07/29/18 MODULE 4 Work on Module Assignments.
5 M 07/30/18 MODULE 4 All Module 4 Assignments are due by 11:30 PM. This includes: Discussion #6-#8, Quiz #4, and Vocab #4. 9.6
T 07/31/18   Study for Exam!
W 08/01/18   Optional EC due by 11:30 PM. 
  Last Day of Class
R 08/02/18    
  Final Exam
        Total Contact Hours 48


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes

Total Contact Hours: 48