Georgia Highlands College


Georgia Highlands College

ARTS 1111: Art History I


80022                                                                                      Instructor:  Brian Barr

Fall Semester 2016                                                             Office: (706) 802-5656

TR 8 am – 9:15 am                                                     

                                                                                                  124 (125) Lakeview bldg.


Office hoursMW 12-2:30, TR 12:15- 2, F 11-12 (online), or by appointment..


Text: Gardner's Art through the Ages parts 1 and 2


Prerequisites: READ 0099


The first part of a two part survey on the history of art, this course covers the major periods up to the High Renaissance.  It focuses on stylistic trends, as well as, social and cultural relationships that shaped the development of the distinctive art periods. While the primary focus will be on the history of western styles and concepts, significant non-western cultural art will be examined as well. Emphasis will be given to exploring how artists and craft workers adopted the techniques and concepts of previous styles while still reflecting the characteristics of their respective culture and time.  Students will be exposed to the subject by means of text, lecture, discussion, and use of audio/visual resources.


Goals and Outcomes:

A priority of this course will be to help students improve skills in the following areas: written communication, critical thinking, and knowledge of the humanities.  Specifically the class will examine the following learning outcomes, which reflect Highlands College general education outcomes:


  • Students will be able to place significant artists and artistic works into a historical context


  • Students will be able to analyze and contrast artistic styles and periods.


  • Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to research and format a topic for a college level term paper.


Class Policies

  • Students are required to be present and on time at each class.  By Humanities Division policy, if any student accumulates 5 unexcused absences in a class that meets two days a week, he or she may not return to class without appealing to the division chair. This appeal must be made within five days after the fifth absence.   Leaving class early (without prior permission) will be considered an absence. .    
  • Students are expected to take notes, as portions of the tests will come from lectures and discussions.
  • While this is primarily a lecture course, there will be time for discussion and questions.  Students are expected to keep up with the assigned readings in order to be prepared for classroom dialogue. 
  • Most readings will come from the text, but there may be some outside literature required for future discussions.  These may include books put on reserve in the library.  Advance notice will be given in regards to any outside readings.
  • Students should not talk without permission, receive cell phone calls, or leave the class during lecture time. 
  • All electronic devices must be turned off and out of sight during tests!  Any camera phones, text-messaging devices, etc. found out during tests will be confiscated until after the test.
  • Laptop computers are not to be used in class without permission.  Advance notice will be given for when and how computers are to be used in this course.
  • If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to catch up on the information!  Even if you were not in attendance when something was assigned, you are still expected to turn it in and turn it on time.  Find someone in class to inform you of any changes that might affect the next class.  And be sure to check your GHC e-mail regularly.
  • Plagiarism will not be allowed.  Any paper or test in which all or parts have been plagiarized will receive a zero (0) for that assignment.  The instructor will use procedures to check every major paper for evidence of plagiarism.  This class will use for submission of papers.

Testing and Grading:

  • Six quizzes will be given.  Each quiz will cover two or more chapters (each quiz is worth 10 points).  Quizzes will consist of Multiple-choice and true-false questions.
  • Students can only make-up 1 quiz. Make-up dates will be assigned later.
  • In addition to the quizzes, there will be a Midterm and a Final Exam.  Each test is worth 30 points and will consist of multiple-choice, true-false, and short essay questions.  These tests cannot be made up.
  • There will also be a term paper assignment worth 30 points.  Topics will be handed out later.  Look at the schedule for due date.  Late papers will only be accepted on the next class period and will automatically receive 3 points off.
  • Essay responses will be graded on the following criteria: a displayed understanding of course material, the correct use of terminology, and an evident use of introspection. 
  • There will be an IC project assigned for 15 points.  The due date will be assigned in class.
  • There will be writing projects assigned for up to 35 points.  The due dates will be assigned in class.
  • You can determine your grade by dividing the points you have earned by total possible points (200).  Grading – 1-.9=A, .89-.8=B, .79-.70=C, .69-.6=D, .59-0=F.
  • There will be a class project assigned for up to 10 extra credit points each.  The due date will be assigned in class.


Due to the subject matter and nature of this course, the syllabus and schedule may change at anytime.  Advance notice will be given whenever possible.

Policies on student conduct and academic integrity:

Disability Statement: “Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should make an appointment with the college Access Center (706: 802-5003) to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  You are also welcome to contact me privately to discuss your specific needs.”

This message applies only to students receiving financial aid:  Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid needs to be reduced accordingly.  Please be advised that any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each classStudents who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation.  If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time they signed the withdrawal form. 

Extended Absence Policy

         “Students, who have circumstances that prevent them from continuing to attend classes over an extended period of time, sometimes request that the faculty member permit them to submit work in absentia to receive credit to complete the course. If the concurrent absences will constitute more than 15% of the class sessions for the term, then written permission from the Division Chair is required before any course assignments can be completed while missing class.  The student must be in good academic standing in the course to make the request.  All approved coursework must be completed by the end of the semester in which the course was begun.”

Early Warning Program

Georgia Highlands College requires that all faculty members report their students' progress throughout the course of the semester as part of the institution-wide Early Warning Program (EWP).  The objective of the program is to support academic success by reviewing early indicators of satisfactory student progress.  In accordance with EWP, faculty members provide the Registrar's Office with academic reports of each student enrolled in their course(s) at checkpoints staggered throughout the semester.  The following success factors are reported at their corresponding checkpoint:

Week 2: Notification of Non-attendance

Week 5: Evidence of Course Pursuit

Week 8: Mid-term Grades

                  This course proudly supports the mission of IC @ GHC.

The mission of the Georgia Highlands College (GHC) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is to create a curriculum-wide culture of information competency (IC) among students, which will be demonstrated through writing or other modes of communication.


Testing Dates


Aug 30            Quiz 1 – 10 points                                                                                                                                         


Sept. 175        Quiz 2 – 10 points


Oct.  04           Quiz 3 – 10 points


Oct. 27           Quiz 4 – 10 points


Nov. 15           Quiz 5 – 10 points


Dec.  01           Quiz 6 – 10 points


Oct.   06          Midterm – 30 points


Dec. 06           Final (8am) – 30 points


Nov. 17           Research Paper due – 30 points


TBA                Library (IC) Project – 15 points


TBA                Writing Assignments – 35 points





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