About ARTH 005 ZRA

Introduction to the visual arts, primarily painting, sculpture, and architecture in the Western world from prehistoric through Gothic.


CDE students only even after level restrictions are removed; Degree students enroll in ARTH 005 A; total combined enrollment = 160

Section Description

This is a survey of the major monuments of architecture, sculpture, and painting the have come to be recognized as forming the canon of western art history from 30,000 BCE to 1400 CE. During the course we will explore the changing roles that the visual arts have played by examining the ways that artists have responded to the societal contexts in which they have worked. We will examine the messages embedded in many of the works, the styles in which the works were created, and investigate the means that different artists have used to make their images compelling.

Section Expectation

Because of the Covid19, this spring the class will be a little different. It is an asynchronous class structure, which means that there is no fixed meeting time. Each week will be a module with a series of assignments and projects that you will need to complete over the seven day period. They are structured in a certain sequence and and are due on specific days during the course of the week. The week will start with reading a chapter in the text book and will be followed by taking an on-line quiz, viewing a lecture, doing a hands-on assignment, meeting with your group (you will decide a meeting time together), viewing a video or reading an article, writing a short commentary on the video or article, and responding to the posting of others in your group. Each week's module is full and will require that you adjust your time to do all the required aspects by their due dates, but the only time that you must set aside to meet is when you, with your other group members, decide to address one portion of the hands-on assignment. At the end of the semester there will be an additional group assignment that will require that you and your other group members find a time to meet to discuss how to do the assignment. The class as a whole will not have a meeting time.


The class will have several types of evaluation: weekly quizzes based on the textbook chapters, hands-on assignments, short writing projects based on video or reading assignments, group discussions and assignments, short mid-term essays, and short final essays both based on lectures, and a group project.

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