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ART HIST 1AA3 WORLD ART&CULTURAL HERITAGE II

Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2014/2015

Term: 2

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Alison McQueen

Email: ajmcq@mcmaster.ca

Office: Chester New Hall 601

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24154

Website:

Office Hours: Virtual Office Hours Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4-5 pm; Skype address: Dr.AlisonMcQueen



Course Objectives:

Course Description

This course is suitable for students enrolled in any program in any faculty. Whether you’re thinking about majoring in Art History, or you love to make art, or you want to understand better what you’re looking at when you go to a museum or travel the world, I look forward to working with you in this class!

The course is designed to demonstrate and teach students some of the basic tools with which they can analyze secular and religious works of art and architecture from c.1300 to the present day and to examine works as both aesthetic objects and historical documents. The course is unique in its structure and design. The tutorials incorporate resources from the collection of the McMaster Museum of Art and interviews with professionals working at galleries and museums across Ontario. Technique videos that have been specially created for this course will help students to understand how art works are made in a variety of media. Assignments will enable students to engage with their local art communities and to relate those experiences to the content of the lectures, which will present a global perspective on art and architecture.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of Art History 1AA3, you will be able to:

  • Identify a range of artistic traditions and practices from around the world
  • Place art works in their social and historical context
  • Apply key terms for studying art
  • Examine art produced in a range of media
  • Discuss current issues including: deaccessioning, UNESCO’s roles with respect to World Heritage Sites, and the roles of patrons, collectors, visual art institutions and art world professionals for fostering knowledge and preserving cultural heritage


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required Course Material

Textbook: Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothren. Art History. Volume II. 5th edition. New York: Pearson, 2014.

You have the option of purchasing the physical book with access to e-resources, or you can purchase only the e-text. I’ve also arranged for you to have the possibility of acquiring an à la carte version, which is “binder ready” if you prefer to carry around smaller sections of the text.

Besides the textbook, course materials will be available from the learning management system, Avenue to Learn (ATL).


Method of Assessment:

Assessments

The following is a weekly chart outlining the assessments:

Week

Assessment 

Weight (points)

1

Mini Analysis Paper: Patron WebQuest

6

2

Quiz: Fill-in-the-blanks

2

3

Quiz: Connect works of art

2

4

Quiz: Create a timeline of works of art

2

5

Short Answer: Analyze known works of art

2

6

Short Answer: Analyze unknown works of art

2

7

Midterm test

20

8

Mini Analysis Paper: UNESCO & World Cultural Heritage

8

9

Mini Analysis Paper: In Your Community: An Art Institution Near You

8

10

Mini Analysis Paper: The Roles of Art World Professionals

8

11

Mini Analysis Paper: Current Events in the Art World: Deaccessioning

8

12

Quiz: Artists’ Techniques

2

13

Final exam

30

 

Total Assessments

100

Midterm test 20%

The Midterm test will take place on Friday February 27th. You must make available in your schedule a 50-minute period of time between 7:30 am and 7:30 pm on February 27th. The earliest start time will 7:30 am. The latest start time will be 6:40 pm.

The format of the questions on the midterm will include: Fill-in the blanks, Connect works of art, Create a timeline of works of art, Analyze known works of art, and Analyze an unknown work of art. 

As part of your required assignments for this course, you will have an opportunity to complete quizzes during weeks 2-6 that will focus on each of the types of questions. You will have a clear understanding of how to complete each type of question that will be on the test before you write the midterm.

The test will be set for a 50-minute period. You should not expect to have time to consult your textbook or your notes during the test. Any student attempting to do so will find it difficult to complete the test in the allotted time. At the end of the 50-minute period, your access to the test will expire. A computer will randomly generate the set of questions each student receives for this test. No student should plan on consulting with others while writing the test, nor should students arrange to write the test consecutively with the intent of passing along information. No one should expect any two tests to have the same arrangement of questions or content of questions.

Final Exam 30%

The date and time of the final exam will be scheduled by the registrar’s office. The first part of the final exam will include questions that are similar in format to the midterm test and will cover material from Week 8 through to Week 13: Fill-in-the blanks, Connect works of art, Create a timeline of works of art, Analyze known works of art, Analyze unknown works of art. The final exam will also include a cumulative section that will include two short answer questions. Students will have choice and will write on two of five questions. Short answers must be written in full sentence and paragraph form, as with a paper assignment. Answers written in point form will not be accepted for the short answer section and will not be graded. The cumulative section of the final exam will focus on significant topics and issues that have been addressed as part of the entire course: patronage, UNESCO and World Cultural Heritage, the Roles of Art World Professionals, and deaccessioning.

Assignments 50%

Students will complete 6 quizzes and 4 mini research papers.  These assignments will be available to you as part of your weekly tutorial and must be completed before you can access the following week’s tutorial.

Quizzes

The quizzes are incorporated into your respective weekly tutorial and are designed to help you take command of the course outcomes. You will be self-assessing your performance on each quiz. You will receive 2 points for completing the quizzes in weeks 2 to 6, and 12.

Mini Analysis Papers

The Mini Analysis Papers (MAP) require research, field world, and preparation and you will want to plan in advance to manage your time so that you have each analysis paper completed when required. You must submit your analysis papers to your TA through dropbox before you sign on to the tutorial for the following week. Grading rubrics for each paper will be posted on ATL.

MAP: Patron WebQuest

Step 1

Using the web (or printed sources if you prefer) locate 3 patrons (individuals or couples – a couple does not count as 2 of the required 3!) who have made a significant contribution to the visual arts. The patrons could have contributed to their local communities, or they may have contributed at the regional, national, or international level. The patrons may have donated works of art to a gallery or museum.  They may have created institutions in their name where visual art works are displayed, or they may have buildings or rooms in art institutions named after them. The patrons may have created foundations to support the visual arts in some way.

You will write 1-2 pages (300-600 words) with the goal of sharing with your fellow students about the patrons you have discovered. Outline what the patrons have contributed and why they are important.  The patrons you discuss must have been living (or live) and have made their contributions (or continue to) within the period of our course: from c.1300 to the present. You will document your sources by including the weblinks for where you found information, or citations if you used library resources. You will submit your assignment to your TA through dropbox AND you will post your assignment to your Tutorial Assignment Board (maximum 50 students).

Step 2

The second part of your assignment is to go into your Tutorial Assignment Board and read some of the findings posted by your fellow students. Find 1 posting of particular interest to you and submit a “response” to this posting.  Your response does not need to be long (75-100 words is fine) but it should indicate what you learned from your fellow students, and why this particular patron interests you.  A simple “like it” will not suffice!

MAP: UNESCO & World Heritage Sites

Step 1

You will write a 3 to 4 page paper (900 word minimum) that analyzes what you are learning about UNESCO and World Cultural Heritage Sites. Your paper can include information that you have learned from presentations in the class, as well as answers to questions raised in presentations. A high quality paper will go beyond the presentations.  It will demonstrate that you have explored UNESCO’s website and have learned about what is involved in designating and maintaining sites, and what happens when a site is deemed at risk. Some UNESCO documents (such as policy documents) will be made available to you through ATL and you can use those as resources. You are encouraged to also find other resources that can support your research. All papers should examine some of the World Cultural Heritage Sites that have been discussed in class and a highly-ranked paper will examine in depth at least one site that is “new” to you (not covered in course material).

Step 2

Your TA will post your paper on your Tutorial Assignment Board.  The second part of your assignment is to go into your Tutorial Assignment Board and read some of the findings posted by your fellow students. Find 1 posting that is new to you and submit a “response” to this posting.  Your response does not need to be long (75-100 words is fine) but it should indicate what you learned from your fellow students and why it interests you.  Have you ever visited one of these sites?

MAP: In Your Community: An Art Institution Near You

You will want to plan for this assignment well in advance because it requires you to do field work!  You will visit an art institution and write a 2 to 4 page paper (600 word minimum) that analyzes the institution (for example, museum, public gallery, commercial gallery, artist-run center).  Some of you will visit more than one institution as you prepare for this assignment (you can document that at the end of your paper), then choose one institution as the focus of your paper. You will want to consider the purpose or mission of the art institution, and how well you think it fulfills that purpose. Consider who the audience(s) is/are and how the institution communicates with its audiences. You could find out how many people work at the institution. You could also include research on the history of the institution: when was it founded and why was it founded? Your paper should document what was going on at the institution when you visit it – there could be exhibitions, events, or talks, and you should analyze what you think of what is going on. In your conclusion, you can feel free to be honest: did you know about this institution before, had you ever visited it previously, and is it a place that engages its audiences?

MAP: The Roles of Art World Professionals

You will write a 2 to 3 page paper (600 word minimum) that analyzes the roles of 3 or 4 people who work at museums and galleries and whom you have seen interviewed as part of this course. Your paper should outline the roles and responsibilities of each of the professionals.  You should also examine how each professional contributes to a broader context of cultural heritage in Canada.  The conclusion of your paper should, in part, address if there is any professional position in a museum or gallery that would interest you and why or why not. Your future aspirations may well be in a completing different field!  And that is fine. For the purposes of this paper, use your imagination and consider whether you have any strengths (natural or learned) that you think could contribute to any of the positions you analyze.

MAP: Current Events in the Art World: Deaccessioning

You will write a 2 to 4 page paper (600 word minimum) that analyzes what you are learning about deaccessioning art works from museums and galleries. Your paper will focus on what you learn from both the Art World Interview in Tutorial in Week 9 of the course, as well as a research paper by Dr. McQueen that she will make available to you on March 1st through ATL. Your paper should both analyze the issues involved in deaccessioning art works, and should take a stance on whether you think deaccessioning should be taking place and, if so, under what circumstances. Your paper should outline information and key issues. You must also develop an argument, and defend that argument. You do not have to be entirely for or against deaccessioning; if you think both are appropriate, outline the instances you would be on one or the other side of the issue.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Policies

Grading

At the end of the course your overall percentage grade will be converted to your letter grade in accordance with the grading system located at

http://academiccalendars.romcmcmaster.ca/content/php?catoid=7&navoid=559&hl=%22grading%22returnto=search#Grading_System

Communication & Feedback

Students who wish to correspond by email with their professors or teaching assistants must send messages that originate from their official McMaster University email account. This protects the confidentiality and sensitivity of information and confirms the identity of the student.

Academic Dishonesty

Academic Dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behavior can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty, please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity.

The following illustrates three of the forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examination

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

Schedule of Weekly Topics

Please note: I will provide you with detailed handouts each week on ATL.

Week 1            Welcome and Introduction

Week 2            Patronage, Faith and Secular Life in 14th-Century European Art

Week 3            Art and Social Context in 15th-Century Northern and Southern Europe

Week 4            Art, Rituals and Daily Life in 13th- to 17th-Century Southeast Asia

Week 5            Inspiration and Identity in 16th-Century European Art

Week 6           Across the Globe: Innovations in Printmaking c.1500-1830;

                      Religion and Rule in South and Southeast Asia from the 12th to the 16th centuries

Week 7          Illusionism in 17th-Century European Art

Week 8          Across the Globe: Art and Grandeur in the 15th to 18th Centuries;

                       Sacred Object, Art work, Artifact, Craft: Issues for the Visual Arts in the Americas from

                       the 1300 to the Present

Week 9          Across the Globe: Sacred Spaces

                       Communities and Social Practices in 20th-Century African Art

Week 10         Artistic Training and the Markets for Art: From Renaissance Guilds to Art Academies and

                        the Growth of a Global Art Market

Week 11          Experimentation and Innovation in the Visual Arts of 19th-Century Europe and America

Week 12          Ruptures in the Visual Arts of the 19th and early 20th Centuries

Week 13          Artists and their Communities in the 20th and 21st Centuries


Other Course Information:

Instructor & Contact Information

Dr. Alison McQueen

Virtual Office Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4-5 pm

Skype address: Dr.AlisonMcQueen

Teaching Assistants & Contact Information

Simon Bild-Enkin    bildensf@mcmaster.ca            Caitlin Ryan                        ryancla@mcmaster.ca

Christine Liou           lioucp@mcmaster.ca                        Heather Stephens             stephehm@mcmaster.ca

Given the online context of the course, most contact with your teaching assistants and myself will take place through email, virtual office hours and discussion forums. Each student is assigned to a Teaching Assistant (TA) and a “Tutorial Discussion Board” (maximum 50 students).  If you have questions for your TA, please post them on your Tutorial Discussion Board where your fellow students can also benefit from the discussion.  Correspondence of a personal nature (for example health or family emergencies) can be sent to your TA via email.  Your TA will confer with your professor when appropriate.  

Email Contact

Should you need to send an email to your TA, include “ART HIST 1AA3” in the subject header of your email. In the body of your email, include your full name and enough information for your TA to respond to your query. You should receive a response within 48 hours. If your TA will not be available for an extended period of time, we will note this in the “News” section of Avenue to Learn (ATL).

Course Reserves (Mills Library)

UNESCO. World Heritage Sites. 5th edition. Richmond Hill: Firefly Books, 2014.

Technical Requirements

This course will be delivered entirely online using ATL, McMaster’s online learning management system. System and software requirements can be found at: http://avenue.mcmaster.ca

Technical support for Avenue to Learn in available at: http://avenue.mcmaster.ca/support/html