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Distance Education · Visual and Performing Arts · Art - ARTS

Art History II (14th Century to the Present)

  • Summer II 2018
  • Section N03 CRN-40320
  • 3 Credits
  • 07/05/2018 to 08/02/2018
  • Modified 07/15/2018

Meeting Times

This is an online class. Students need to go to eCampus to login and complete the class. Information on taking an online class is sent to the student's Blinn email by Distance Learning. Students need to check their email and take any orientations to Distance Learning that are sent out. Weekly attendance is required in this course. Attendance policies are explained in further detail under Course Policies in this syllabus.

Contact Information

If you have concerns regarding the class or grades, questions about the material, or fall behind in the class, I encourage you to contact me by email within eCampus or by using my Blinn email account. All emails must be sent either through your Buc email address or eCampus. 

Instructor: Cassie Phan

Office Hours

  • Monday, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Online

Office Hours are conducted online from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on Mondays.

I will respond to emails sent during office hours as promptly as possible, and otherwise within 24 hours Monday - Friday. Emails sent after 5 pm on Friday will be replied to by 10:00 am Monday morning. 


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

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 the 14th century to the present day.

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.


Required: Materials Kleiner, Fred and Mamiya, Christin. Gardner's Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective. Volume II. 14th Edition. Prentice Hall. 

Course Requirements

Students will be expected to attend all classes (or enter on-line sites), purchase books, packets and instruments as indicated by instructor, take quizzes and tests, participate in class as individual or in group discussions, write short and long essays describing, interpreting, analyzing, comparing art, and drawing conclusions pertaining to different art periods or artists, submit typed assignments, and take a comprehensive final exam.

Exam 1 (100 pts)

Chapters 14-18

Exam 2 (100 pts)

Chapters 19-21

Exam 3 (100 pts)

Chapters 22-25

Final Exam (200 pts)

Chapters 14-26. Please note this exam will be comprehensive and will include previously tested material.

Quizzes and Homework (150 pts)

Quizzes and Homework Assignments

Written Assignment (150 pts)

Written Essay Assignment

Class Participation (200 pts)

Participation in weekly Discussion Forums and Online Activities 




Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Exams 30%

Exam 1: Chapters 14 - 18 (100 pts)

Exam 2: Chapters 19 - 21 (100 pts)

Exam 3: Chapters 22 - 25 (100 pts)


Final Exam 20%

Comprehensive Final Exam

Written Assignment 15%

Essay Assignment

Quizzes and Homework 15%

Quizzes and Homework Assignments

Class Participation 20%

Includes participation in weekly discussion posts and completion of other online activities as posted. 

Total 100%


A (100 - 90%)  
B ( 89 - 80%)  
C ( 79 - 70%)  
D ( 69 - 60%)  
F ( < 60%)

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

This is a very rapidly paced course. We will cover multiple chapters per week. Refer to the schedule/calendar portion of this syllabus for a schedule of assignments and due dates.

Students are required to complete a Syllabus Quiz, Chapter Exams, Quizzes, Homework Assignments, Written Assignment(s), Discussion Posts, the Final Exam, and participate in online activities as assigned. There are deadlines with these assignments. If a deadline is missed, late work penalties will be applied. Exams may be taken late only with approved documentation for an excused absence. 

Attendance Policy

As per Blinn College policy, students are administratively dropped from courses for excessive absences. Due to the condensed nature of this summer course, students will be given a warning following one unexcused absence and will be dropped from the course if two unexcused absences are accumulated.

In order to be counted present each week, students must complete all assignments for the week, such as discussion posts, essays, quizzes, and exams. If any assignments are not turned in during a week, an absence will be recorded. It is the student's responsibility to provide documentation for excused absences to the instructor in a timely manner. There are no exceptions to this policy. 

Please note, you are expected to have a reliable computer with a reliable connection to the internet in order to participate in this course. In the event that you experience technical issues, computers are available for use in campus libraries both in Brenham and Bryan. Computer problems are not an excusable absence. It is your responsibility to contact your instructor prior to a missed deadline should you encounter technical issues. 



Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Week 1 (July 5-6)

Lecture(s): Chapter 14 

: Syllabus, (Textbook) Introduction: What is Art History, Chapter 14: Late Medieval Italy 

: Syllabus Quiz: Due Sunday, July 8, 11:30 pm. Discussion Post 1 Due Sunday July 8, 11:30 pm. 

Contact Hours: 3 hrs (online)

Week 2 (July 9 - 13)

Lecture(s): Chapters 15 - 18

: (Textbook) Chapter 15: Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Northern Europe, Chapter 16: The Renaissance in Quattrocentro Italy, Chapter 17: Renaissance and Mannerism in Cinquecentro Italy, Chapter 18: High Renaissance and Mannerism in Northern Europe and Spain. Additional online material as assigned.

: Homework 1 due Sunday, July 15, 11:30 pm. Discussion Post 2 due Sunday, July 15, 11:30 pm. Exam 1 (Chapters 14 - 18) Due Sunday, July 15, 11:30 pm.

Contact Hours: 12 hrs (online)

Week 3 (July 16 - 20)

Lecture(s): Chapters 19 - 21

: (Textbook) Chapter 19: The Baroque in Italy and Spain, Chapter 20: The Baroque in Northern Europe. Chapter 21: Rococo to Neoclassicism: The 18th Century in Europe and America. Additional online material as assigned.

: Homework 2 due Sunday, July 22, 11:30 pm. Discussion Post 3 Due Sunday, July 22 11:30 pm. Exam 2: Chapters 17 - 20 Due Sunday, July 22, 11:30 pm. 

Contact Hours: 12 hrs (online)


Week 4 (July 23 - July 27)

Lecture(s): Chapters 22 - 25

: (Textbook) Chapter 22: Romanticism, Realism, Photography: Europe and America 1800 to 1870, Chapter 23: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism Europe and America 1870 to 1900, Chapter 24: Modernism in Europe and America 1900 to 1945, Chapter 25: Modernism to Postmodernism in Europe and America 1945 to 1980 

: Discussion 4 due Sunday, July 29 11:30 pm. Exam 3: Chapters 21 - 25 due July 29, 11:30 pm.

Contact Hours: 12 hrs (online)

LAST DAY TO DROP WITH A Q: Friday, July 27


Lecture + Exam
Week 5 (July 30 - Aug 2)

Lecture(s): Chapter 26: Contemporary Art Worldwide

Assignment(s): Essay due Monday, July 30, 11:30 pm.

FINAL EXAM: DUE Thursday, August 2, 5:00 PM. Will be available online beginning Tuesday, July 31 at 5 am and will end Thursday, August 2 at 5:00 pm. 

Contact Hours: 9 hrs (online)


Total Contact Hours: 48