1441 Lecture1 regular rev MT 01 15 Essay

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ARTH 1441:
Historical Survey of the Arts:
Renaissance to
Professor: Darius A. Spieth
Art History Program
LSU School of Art

Outline Lecture 1

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What is Art History?
A short history of the idea of

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Print out and Read the Syllabus! (It will answer almost any question you might have)
Class materials will be posted on Moodle (This includes Syllabus & my PowerPoint Presentation)
Grades will be posted on Moodle
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Come to class! Take notes!
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3 Exams, each worth 20% of grade; 60% of final grade for all three exams
2 Written Assignment, each worth 10%; 20% of final grade for two papers
20 unannounced quizzes (“clicker questions”) over the course of the semester; the 5 lowest scores will be dropped; 20 % of final grade (.75% per question)
Make-up exams are no entitlement! (require official, written documentation; recognition of documentation is entirely at the discretion of professor! – Avoid!)
NO bonus point, NO “I” grades!

3 Exams

20 Identifications (taken from “Essential Works” posted weekly on Moodle) +
5 Associations (art historical terminology/vocabulary; underlined terms in
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(letter-size) Scantrons
Keep Scantrons in envelope at all times for protection

What to study? How to study? 

Your primary study materials for this class are my PowerPoint lectures posted on Moodle
Underlined Terms in PowerPoint lectures and lists “Essential Works” (ca. 20/lecture), posted on Moodle, allow you to narrow down materials to study for exams
Keep up with materials throughout the semester, attend class, cramming the day before the exam won’t do you any good!
Consider flashcards

Paper #1

Paper #1:
 Due date: February 2
 2 pages long (no less, no more!), double-spaced, 12 pt. font size, standard margin
 Topic: Analyze formally an object you saw in one of the exhibitions below . Select one object that you find the most interesting and write an essay about. For this first paper, try to focus more on the formal qualities of the object you selected, i.e. try to describe as precisely as possible what you see (forms, colors, materials, etc.), then look at contextual information (artist’s intention, when and where created, possible influences, etc.)
Two Exhibitions:
 “Surreal Salon 7,” Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, 1515 Dalrymple Dr
(City Park), Baton Rouge, LA 70808, Ph. (225) 383-1470, open Tu-Sun, noon to 6:00 p.m.,
January 1 - 29, 2015. Free admission. Note: The exhibition is juried by California-based painter and graphic artist Shag (Josh Agle), who will make a class visit in late January.
For more information, see: http://www.batonrougegallery.org/surreal-salon/
 “A Freedom of a Different Kind: The Art of Michael Triegel,” LSU Glassell Gallery, Shaw
Center, 100 Lafayette Street, downtown Baton Rouge, Ph. (225) 389-7180, open Tu-Fr
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sat. and Sun., noon to 5:00 p.m., January 22 to March 1, 2015.
Free admission. Note: You will see in this exhibition many prints. If you select an engraving, etching, etc. you need to address the fact that you are dealing with a graphic art object. Michael Triegel is scheduled to make a class visit in February. For more information, see: http://design.lsu.edu/calendar/michael-triegel-paula-g-manshipendowed-lecture/
Don’t forget: Your name, title of paper, staple paper before handing it in

Paper #1:
Examples from two shows Paper #2

Paper #2:
 Due date: April 15
 2 pages long (no less, no more!), double-spaced, 12 pt. font size, standard margin
 Topic: Peasants and the Rural Life in Art. Select one artwork