Course Number:
ART 211
Transcript Title:
Mod Art Hst:19th Cen/Europe
Jul 25, 2022
Jul 26, 2022
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture / Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
Repeats available for credit:

Placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98

WR 121

Course Description

Examines the visual arts of the 19th century in Europe and America.  Explores the beginnings of the modern world and societies focusing on the effects of societal changes to gain insight into our modern world. Surveys 19th century historical art movements and styles, including: Neoclassicism, Realism, Post-Impressionism, Art Nouveau, and Symbolism. Prerequisite: placement into MTH 65 or MTH 98. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the ways in which political events and technological changes affect the cultural climate of an era, be it historic or contemporary.
  2. View works of art, reflect on and evaluate the uniqueness of a work, its origins and context within its specific cultural milieu, while also appreciating its potential influence on later art and artists and its relationship to art of the past.
  3. Understand and value the art of the 19th century in all-encompassing ways and recognize how familiar much of it is in today’s world.
  4. Recognize formal qualities in 19th century art and read visual elements, artistic and cultural styles, and symbols.

Alignment with Institutional Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
Not Addressed
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)
4. Use an understanding of cultural differences to constructively address issues that arise in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

To establish an intentional learning environment, Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) require a clear definition of instructional strategies, evidence of recurrent instruction, and employment of several assessment modes.

Major Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed recurrently in the curriculum, regularly enough to establish a thorough understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a thorough understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Minor Designation

  1. The outcome is addressed adequately in the curriculum, establishing fundamental understanding.
  2. Students can demonstrate and are assessed on a fundamental understanding of the outcome.
    • The course includes at least one assignment that can be assessed by applying the appropriate CLO rubric.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

The student will:

  • Comprehend, apply, analyze and evaluate reading assignments
  • Identify artwork and architecture, and relate facts and ideas about these works of art in exam format
  • Research, plan, compose, edit and revise short papers

Course Activities and Design

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Course Content

Themes – 20th century art movements

  • Neoclassicism
  • Realism
  • Post-Impressionism
  • Art Nouveau
  • Symbolism

Concepts within themes


  • Theory and criticism in the history of art
  • Pattern-based thinking and historical process
  • Various interpretations of art
  • Art and gender
  • Creativity and the impulse to make art

Stylistic and Interpretive

  • Visual literacy
  • Art media and artistic technique
  • "Seeing and knowing"
  • Iconography
  • Formal elements of art

Social and Cultural

  • Other peoples and their histories, values, and culture
  • Art and economics
  • Art and the social fabric
  • Art and religion
  • Art and politics
  • Art and gender
  • Relationship of culture and style
  • Art and cultural transmission
  • Historical impact of art
    • The influence of art on ones own culture
    • The influence of art on relations with other cultures
  • Art and artists
    • The impulse to make art
    • The Gestalt of art
    • The role of the artist in society
    • Biography
  • Geography and its influence on art and culture
  • Artifact recovery, analysis, and restoration

Competencies and Skills:
The successful student should be able to:

  • Work creatively with art historical data, using it to develop principles of art history
  • Recognize and appraise patterns in historical phenomena
  • Assess the ways in which an art object is affected by our own vantage point
  • Recognize and discriminate among various styles of art
  • Trace the development of art from one period to another
  • Analyze formally works of art and appreciate the interrelationship of its elements
  • Determine symbolism in art
  • Employ iconographical nomenclature
  • Express the relationship of art to society and culture to style
  • Analyze the "meaning" of art objects through understanding of historical, social, and political context
  • Use specific terminology to describe works of art
  • Transfer to a four-year college and continue a course of study in the field of art history, fine art, anthropology, and history in general

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills:

  • Oral and written command of college level English