Art 216

ART 216
Art History Survey: Renaissance to Contemporary

1. Catalog Entry
ART 216
Art History Survey: Renaissance to Contemporary

Credit hours (3)
A survey of art through a study of styles, iconography, media, and terminology within a broad cultural context. The course covers the Renaissance through the early 21st century, with an emphasis on western art.

Note(s): This course has been approved for Goal 8, Core Curriculum credit in Visual and Performing Arts.

2. Detailed Description of Course

This is the second of two introductory courses in art history that together cover the history of Western art from Prehistoric times to the present. The course is designed for art students who will take upper level art history courses and as a core curriculum elective in the visual and performing arts for students in other majors. The focus is on painting, sculpture, and architecture of Western civilization. The content and style of the art in each period will be examined in key works of art. The course proceeds in chronological order, beginning with the early Renaissance and covering styles and movements in most of the following periods:
    1) Renaissance Art
    2) Baroque Art
    3) Art of the 18th Century (Rococo and Neoclassicism)
    4) Art of the 19th Century (Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism)
    5) Art of the 20th Century (Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and others)
    6) Postmodern and Contemporary Art

3. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This is a lecture course, but class participation in the analysis of works of art is encouraged. Digital projects and other media will be used to familiarize students with the art works studied. Students are expected to attend class. By accepting admission to Radford University, each student makes a commitment to understand, support, and abide by the University Honor Code without compromise or exception. Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated. This class will be conducted in strict observance of the Honor Code. Students are referred to the Student Handbook for details.
4. Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to identify and evaluate ways in which the visual and performing arts of the western world in the past 500 years reflect and communicate aspects of the human experience. To meet this goal, students will:
    1) Evaluate works of art using the appropriate vocabulary and terminology for the periods and styles examined in class,
    2) Identify the relationship between these works of art and the specific historical, cultural and social contexts in which they
        were produced.

More specific objectives may be included in the course syllabus.

5. Assessment Measures

Grades are based on a variety of assessment measures including short-answer tests, written analyses, the creation of power point analyses of art works, and in some cases, a term paper.

6. Other Course Information

There are no prerequisites although most students will benefit from taking ART215 before ART216. Art majors may use one of these courses for their Goal 8 requirement. Other students may take ART216 without having taken ART215 and use it for the core curriculum Goal 8 requirement.

If the student has a learning disability recognized by the Disabled Student Services Office at Radford University, he or she should advise the professor of the nature of the disability during the first week of class.

Tape recording of class lectures is not normally permitted unless the student has a learning disability recognized by Radford University and the professor receives a formal request from the Disabled Student Services Office. At his or her discretion, the professor may allow tape recording under other special circumstances.

Review and Approval

March 18, 2005


June 20, 2015