Art History I



Instructor: John Simmons

Office: MA #114

Ph: O. 614-8690; C. 284-0583

Office hours: M-F: 8:30-10:00


TEXTBOOK: “History of Art” 7th ed. rev. Vol.1; H.W. Janson


This course consists of a study of the major periods/styles of art from Pre-historic times up to the 15th century. We will focus on works of visual art in various media, the personalities creating the work, and the cultural context in which they were created.


Five critical thinking papers

(See separate sheet on Angel or “R” drive “Essential Questions”)


Quizzes & in-class work


Grading scale

A= 90-100

B= 89-80

C= 79-70

D= 69-60

F= 59-0

(note: grades will not be given or discussed over the phone; e-mail only please)


ATTENDANCE: Students will receive credit for each class attended. Losing points for lack of attendance may affect a student’s final grade.

EXTRA CREDIT: No individual extra credit will be available. However, extra credit may be offered to the entire class at the instructor’s discretion. Extra credit opportunities will be announced in class.

MAKE UP TESTS: Students who miss a test must have an acceptable written excuse from an authorized office. Any tests missed must be made up within one week of the original exam date (except in extended illness), whether excused or not. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange a make up time with the instructor. Tests missed without an excuse will be assessed a penalty of 25 points. Make up tests may not be in the format of the original test missed.

CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY: A student worker will be responsible for grading quizzes, objective parts of tests and recording grades for this course. The student worker is required not to discuss grades or student performance with anyone except the professor of this course. Please inform the professor if you object to a student worker performing the above duties during the normal discharge of the duties related to her/his position as a student worker. Failure of the student to notify the instructor otherwise will be taken as assent to the above mentioned policy.

Grades will not be released to any person other than the student, nor will grades be released to others over any communication device. If a student wants grades or other personal information shared with parents or others, they must sign a waiver in the Records office of Lee University.

ACACEMIC HONESTY: Students are expected to do their own work both in and out of class except where group work is specifically permitted by the instructor. Cheating (including plagiarism on papers as well as downloading papers from or to the Internet) will result in a zero for the work involved and possibly other consequences.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY: Students are responsible for all work assigned and information covered in class even if absent. Being absent is no excuse for not knowing about an assignment, not reading assignments for the day, late papers, etc.

Late papers will lose points. Make sure that you do not wait until the night before to see if your printer is working. To facilitate meaningful discussion, students are expected to read the assignments in the text prior to coming to class. Unannounced quizzes will be given at the teacher’s discretion.


Lee University is committed to the provision of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities as defined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you think you may qualify for these accommodations, notify your instructor immediately. You may also contact the Office of Academic Support Programs with questions about special services (614-8181).


Definition: The application of rational, ethical and creative thinking tools for discerning and/or making sound decisions, judgments and appraisals.

Skill #1: Learning for Understanding and Retention

Basic concepts:

1. Summarize or restate in your own words.

2. Elaborate on the main idea.

3. Give examples to support or clarify.

4. Relate the issue/content/skill to life or other concepts.

The above concepts will be used in class and applied to class tests. Learn these processes. They will help you in all of your college classes. Critical thinking will be applied in class and expected from students.