AH 11 Tuseday Sylalbus Spring 2014

 Ancient Art – Course Syllabus

AH 11                                                Section 99378                                           Fall 2017

Tuesday Thursday 9:30-10:50AM  Room VAPA 1001  Dr. Brian Legakis. 

Office Hours Monday-Thursday 8:30-9-30 AM   W 6:00-7:00 PM Wat

Cabrillo phone 479-6368            Home phone - 688-1325   

E-mail –  brlegaki@cabrillo.edu             Ancient Art Website – www.cabrilloarthistory.com


Prehistoric to Late Roman is a course that is designed to survey the architecture, painting, and sculpture of the Ancient World from 30,000 BC to 400 AD.  The cave painters of Prehistory, the Mesopotamian city builders, the Egyptian tomb craftsmen, and the Greek and Roman artists will be introduced according to the unique contributions in art from each region  This course uses archaeology to explain art, for the process of providing a cross-cultural approach peculiar to archaeologists.  Specifically, we as a class will explore many objects of art as documents of human history, not merely political, nor military, but often in terms of revealing the hidden details of daily life, of the Greeks, Babylonians, and Egyptian peoples.



Title: Art History Portable, Book 1: Ancient Art

Author: Marilyn Stokstad, Michael Cothren

Publisher: Pearson   ISBN: 9780205949328



Text readings - for class, exams, and essays.

Exams and quizzes - all are announced and on calendar.  Extra credit quizzes are not announced.

Essay - Brief essay assigned on the readings and museum/gallery viewings, as well as special topics.   

Grading - Letter grades will be given to all exams and most essays.   The course grade is based on the final exam, midterm exams, quizzes and essays, as well as attendance and participation.

Student Learner Outcomes – Individual student activities with measurable results

1. Write an essay that synthesizes the vocabulary terms and concepts included in the study of Ancient art.

2. Decide the identity of known and unknown Ancient art works in terms of period, iconography, form and style.



Attendance:  Students are expected to attend class on time and remain for the duration of a class period.

2 absences are reasonable for a semester course of 16 class periods but  3 absences would be cause for concern and may result in the lowering of a grade, or in dropping the student, not simply as punishment, but as a result of missed lecture material that will be used in quizzes and exams. Late students to class can be marked absent. Any time that a student misses three consecutive class periods, without contacting me, that student will be dropped from the course.

Assignments: All written assignments are expected to be turned in on time in the first 5 min. of class.  If you have a problem, contact me. Late papers are accepted - with one half grade marked down per day late.

Quizzes and Examinations: It is especially important not to be absent for a quiz or an examination.  It is unlikely that a make up will be granted to a student.  The examinations are not to be missed.

Pass – No pass - is by permission of the instructor and granted only during the first week of class.



Class attendance and note taking is crucial.  Cell phone use during lectures is not permitted. Reading assignments completed on time will aid the student in the lectures.  Students must check in with course website often.



Students needing accommodations should contact the instructor ASAP.


AH 11                   Calendar Fall 2017                           


Date      Due      Lecture Topics                                       Text Readings

8/29                  Introduction + Prehistory 1                       Read Prehistoric Art Chapter 

8/31      A1        Prehistoric 2  + Mesopotamia                    Read Ancient Near East Chapter


9/5                    Mesopotamia

9/7                    Mesopotamia


9/12                  Egyptian Art 1                                        Read Egyptian Art Chapter           

9/14      Quiz     Egyptian Art 2


9/19                  Egyptian Art 3

9/21                  Greek Bronze Age – Cycladic + Minoan      Read Aegean Art Chapter                         

                        Exam review


9/26                  Bronze Age Mycenaean                

9/28      EXAM  Midterm Examination


10/3                  Greek Intro + Greek Myth and Legend         Read Greek Art Geometric

10/5                  Greek Styles + Geometric                        


10/10                Archaic 1 Architecture                              Read Greek Art Archaic                           

10/12                Archaic 2 Sculpture                                             


10/17                Archaic 3 Painting                                  

10/19                Classical 1 Acropolis, Athens                    Read Greek Art Classical


10/24                Classical 2 Greek Sites 2                         

10/26Myth Quiz Classical 3 Greek Sculpture                      


10/31                Classical 4 Greek Vase Painting                

11/2                  Hellenistic 1 – 4th Century                        Read Greek Art Hellenistic


11/7                  Hellenistic 2 + Jewelry

11/9                  Italy - Etruscan                                        Read Etruscan Art

                        Roman Sculpture Free Standing                 Read Roman Art


11/14                Roman Sculptural Relief                          

11/16                Roman Architecture 1 Exam Review                                 


11/21    A2        Roman Architecture 2

11/23                Thanksgiving                           


11/28                Pompeii + Painting                                            

11/30                Seven Wonders of the Ancient World          Handouts


12/5                  Conclusions to Ancient Art

12/7      Final Exam In class normal class time


12/11-16            Finals Week -  No Class No Exam                                                          

AH 11            ASSIGNMENTS AND EXAM SCHEDULE           Fall 2017


Ancient Art Students should expect 25 pages of writing in this Course

Examinations and Quizzes see calendar for dates – no notes or text allowed

Quizzes - minimal review sheets.  All Quizzes and Exams have Essays.

Quiz 1 – slide and term identification covering Prehistory, Mesopotamia and Egypt Intro. Quiz 2 – Greek Myth

Examinations: detailed reviews for exams. Midterm Examination 1 slide and term identification covering Prehistory, Mesopotamia and Egypt and Bronze Age Greece Final Examination – Comprehensive Exam on Course

Assignment Essays

A 1 Questionnaire –Download questionnaire into an Office Word file or any .doc or .docx file and email with Photo.


A2 Essay is due on 11/21 and is part of the final exam.

            Theme: An Ancient Art Exhibit of 5 Objects only from Greek Art. 3 pages minimum.  Double-spaced, one-inch margins, not counting Title Page, Bibliography or Photo images.

1.You are given a modest grant to organize a museum exhibit of Greek Art with a Theme in San Francisco of five works of art borrowed from the following museums: 1 only per each museum

Louvre Museum in Paris  British Museum in London  Metropolitan Museum in NYC

J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu    Museum of Fine Art Boston

2. The exhibit requirement is that all five works illustrate Greek Art of Minoan, Geometric, Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods linked by a theme, such as religion, myth, war, everyday life, leisure etc. 

3. Your grade evaluation is based on your selection and description and attention to theme. 

Selections – have you selected works from the five museums, linked by a theme.

Descriptions – Five separate descriptions each with theme.  These must be very complete, using descriptions from text or museums and in your own words. No quotes.  Write everything in your own words. Are you providing a complete description common to museums – Object ID, material, medium, size, subject identification and iconography? These terms will be explained in class and online.    

Theme – Introduce your theme in your Introduction, and later during your description include a short paragraph on how each work of art meets your theme. Because your works are your choices you must name or identify each one carefully by object name, museum, artist etc.

4. Title Page – The only place for your name and title is on the first title page.  This information is not repeated anywhere else on the paper.

5. Introduction – Tell me what you are about to do.  This paper is an exhibit of five works of art from Greek art borrowed from five different museums linked together by a theme.  My theme is……  Stop after that – Now do not give the rest of your paper away.  Your first or topic sentence must state your paper theme or title precisely.  You will be graded down if you begin your paper with a quote or general sentence about art or life or whatever. 

6. Conclusions : From these works of art what do you want visitors to your exhibit to go home with?  What is your message?  General words will not be enough.  Be specific from your examples and link this to your theme.  Hint – how wonderful they are will not do it.  Be specific and factual.

7.  Cite all sources with a Bibliography at the end. Note – No encyclopedias are used for this paper.  Wikipedia as a source will automatically give you an F on this paper.

8. Illustrations in the form of photo images with labels of all selections at the end.                    

9. No quotes unless it is an ancient speaking briefly.

10. Write paper in your words.  Whole line or even half line copy/paste selections from an author is considered plagiarism and you want to stay away from that. 

11. Proof read carefully.  Misspellings and carelessness can be graded down.

12. Read this list over one more time before you turn your paper in, printed and not emailed to me.

 Note Taking and Preparing for Art History Courses

 How do you prepare for Art History courses?  Most of you are new to Art History courses.  Even those who have had Art History before or even my own courses might take a moment to read these tips. 


Art History may be studied in many different ways.  Naturally it is about art objects of great beauty and inspiration.   Some students feel that to be able to appreciate art it requires a natural talent.  Natural talent always helps.  Art Studio majors take Art History as part of their training for their major as artists, and their contributions in class are always helpful.  The study of Art History clearly encompasses the things working artists deal with daily – design and composition, line, shape, color, textured surfaces, and much more.  Art History also covers the subject matter and the stories around these subjects.  These discussions take us into the life and history of the period and the experiences of artists.   In talking about the artists we look into their favorite methods of creating, which brings us back to the art objects themselves.  As you can see, we often move back and forth between art and people and places.  There are things to observe, measure, and describe in great detail – just as in science, anthropology or history classes.  Art History is factual, and it is about much more than just dates and titles.


How do students learn the facts and methods of Art History?  Some are able to learn entirely on their own through their own research.  Many, however, find it overwhelming to get through the terms and names and subjects by themselves.  Taking this course assumes you would like to learn in a classroom atmosphere.  Each day you will see and learn about new art from exotic places.   My lectures are full of stories and experiences.  You may want to sit back and take it all in for the moment, but it is likely you will forget the details unless you take notes – really good notes.


You will need to take notes for quizzes and exams and for yourself.  I used to give out elaborate handouts only to find that students stopped taking notes.  Now my handouts are on the slide images, around them, above and below.  My stories need to be taken down as well because I weave all the information together into a whole.  Don’t make choices.  Everything is important and every slide you see could end up on an exam.  They will not all be used as there are too many, but you will not know which ones we will examine until you receive the exam review sheets.  I do not know myself until I actually make up the exams.


So, every day in class come prepared with your notebook and take everything down.  Date the top of each page, include the slide number at the bottom of each slide and at some point put the subject or artist above each page so you can find it quickly at a later date for study or to clarify your answer in a quiz.    Ideally you would read these notes after each lecture but I know that is not always possible.  The lecture slides are labeled and available online.  Check the online support for this class often.  It will help you in many ways, but it cannot substitute for great notes.   With all that you have invested in your notebook, ID it clearly.


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