World Art History II, 15th c.–present

World Art II: 15th century to the present

Spring 2020 (before COVID-19; transformed syllabus published elsewhere)



[Note to anyone reading this: more scholarly readings are distributed during class time, to be read during class in teams. I have found this a better technique for a class that is primarily G.E. students who have never read scholarly articles in Art History before. Plus, the nature of the class is that we cover a lot of terrain quickly, so scholarly readings were often going unread by students before switching to this model.]


Introduction to World Art History

1/13 (Mo): Introduction to the Course

For today, read (or watch): 

  • the syllabus
  • the course website on Courses


1/16 (Th.): What is Art History and What is World Art History?**

Because this class is based on a flipped classroom model, I provide the materials that I’d lecture on outside of class so that in class we can apply, discuss, or create materials. It is therefore crucial for your learning to complete all readings/videos before coming to class. I highly recommend taking advantage of the reading notes participation point option. Also, don’t forget that you can earn 5 participation points for writing a reflection (up to 2/week).


For today, read (or watch): 


Complete Before Class:

  • Look at this object here. Then complete the formal analysis worksheet (distributed in class–if you lost it, here is a copy to print) using what you learned in the videos above (esp. art historical analysis and how to do a visual analysis). You can just call it “the vessel” or “the object” for now. You should NOT try to do outside research–just rely on your eyes. It’s OK if you struggle! We are going to work on developing this skill, and it takes time. (5 pts. participation)


Unit 1. 1375–1700

1/20 (Mo.): Holiday


1/23: (Th): Learning to look and developing a critical vocabulary (The Weisman Museum of Art)

For today, we will focus primarily on developing your ability to do a formal analysis. 

  • We will visit the Weisman Museum of Art, and each team will make a short presentation.
  • Review the videos and readings from the previous class.


1/27 (Mo): The Mexica, the Inka, and Their Imperial Reach**

For today, read: 


1/30 (Th): The Renaissance or renaissances?**

For today, read: 


Works analyzed in class:

[NOTE: I will try to add all the works analyzed and discussed during class time, as well as activities–many of these are addressed in blog posts or in other places on my website]


2/3 (Mo.): Payson Library Special Collections: Early Modern Transformations in Book Culture & the Printing Revolution**

  • Today’s class is required, so please be on time and in attendance. 


Important information about today:

  • We will meet at Payson Special Collections study room for today’s class. It is located on the second floor of the library. 
  • Please be advised that you will need to leave your belongings in a separate room, and no drinks or food are allowed.
  • Please wash your hands before coming to class.
  • Please bring a pencil.
  • Everyone will complete an activity during class, but more importantly you will 
    • (a) gain a better sense of what special collections is and does, 
    • (b) have the opportunity to examine real objects dating to the 14th to 17th century


To read for today**:




2/6 (Th.): The Expanded “Renaissance” World**

For today, read: 




2/10 (Mo.): Art in Western Africa: Edo, Sapi, and Kongo Art**

For today, read: 




2/13 (Th): Art in South Asia


For today, read: 


2/17 (Mo.): Art in East Asia**

For today, read: 










2/20 (Th.): Baroque and Rococo Art in Europe**

For today, read: 


Review: Artemisia Gentileschi, 


2/24 (Mo.):Payson Special Collections Day II


To complete AFTER your visit today:

  • After today’s visit, your team should select 1 object they wish to do their project on–selecting one of the objects we observed in Payson’s special collections. No two teams can have the same object, so sign-up quickly! Sign up here.
  • You will also write a team exhibition proposal (with bibliography) that is due on 3/16. It is best to complete this after you have a chance to revisit your chosen object on 3/9.


2/27 (Th): EXAM #1


3/2–3/6: Spring Break (no classes)

Classes do not meet.


Unit 2. 1700–1900

3/9 (Mo): Payson Special Collections Team Follow-up Visit 

***Team Project Proposal due 3/19***


3/12 (Th.): The Enlightenment and Neoclassicism in Europe and the Americas**

Please read: 


3/16 (Mo.): Romanticism and Orientalism

For today, read: 


3/19: (Th.): Western U.S. Native American/First Nation Art & Pacific Northwest Coastal Art**

***Team Project Proposal due today***

For today, read: 


3/23 (Mo.): Paintings, Prints, and Visual Culture in East Asia**

For today, read: 


3/26 (Th.): Art and Architecture in Western and Central Africa: Mali, Ghana, and DRC**

For today, read: 


3/30 (Mo.): Arts of Micronesia and Polynesia**

For today, read: 


4/2 (Th.): No class–day off for Museum Trip


4/6 (Mo.): Art of Modern Life: Realism, Impressionism and Beyond**

For today, read: 


Our World, 1900–present

4/9 (Th): Modern Art**

For today, read: 


4/13 (Mo.): Team Project Workshop



  • bring any relevant materials that you might need for your project.
  • Plan to work on the project in your team for class, and to ask questions.



4/116 (Th.): Modern to Contemporary Art**

For today, read: 


4/20 (Mo.): Global Trends in Contemporary Art**

For today, read: 


4/23 (Th.): EXAM #2


FINAL EXAM DAY (Wed, 4/29 @ 1:30 PM): Team Presentations


Reflect on your teamwork in a project reflection (submitted individually after your presentation); details below. (25 points)