Welcome to Art: Its History and Meaning!

Final Exam Extension

Hello everyone,

A few of you have emailed asking for an extension on the final. You may all have until 5/22 at 11:59PM. After this deadline, no exams will be accepted. The exam should only take about two hours to complete, so if you are writing pages and pages for each question, you are probably spending too much time.

Please be in touch with any questions.

-Prof. Carroll

Final Exam

Hello Everyone,

The final exam is now available on the course website under “Assignments.” It is due 5/21 at 11:59PM. As a reminder, no late exams will be accepted. Please be in touch with any questions.

-Prof. Carroll

Module 15 Announcements

Hello Everyone,

We’ve reached the last module of the semester, in which we’re going to look at contemporary art in the United States. There are no required assignments to hand in for this module, but a list of everything for the module is below.

1. Complete module 15 readings
2. Review module 15 powerpoint and notes
3. Optional Final Paper revisions due 5/19 at 11:59PM (This is optional. If you are happy with your grade on your final paper, there is no need to submit revisions)
4. Optional extra credit 5 due 5/19 at 11:59PM

This is a shorter module than usual, in order to give you time to prepare for the final. We will be having a zoom meeting this evening 7-8PM, which is mandatory, to review for the final exam. This session will not be recorded, but I will post notes to the class website on the “Final Review” slides page. Since we won’t be having office hours, please email me if you’d like to set up an appointment. A zoom link has been emailed.

A few words on the final. A couple of you emailed me to request extra time. The exam will now be posted at 9AM on 5/19, and will still be due 5/21 at 11:59PM. I hope this extra time helps make the exam less stressful. There won’t be office hours next Thursday, but I will be available by email should you have any questions about the exam. I will also email you all this information again next week when the exam is posted.

-Prof. Carroll

Module 14 Announcements

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all having a good week, and that the end of the semester is going well. We are approaching the end of the course, and this week is our second to last module. We will be looking at art of the 20th century, primarily in the United States. This week you will need to:

1. Complete module 14 readings
2. Review module 14 powerpoint and notes
3. Complete the module 14 discussion. PLEASE NOTE: This discussion was previously labeled “Module 15 Discussion” on the course schedule. A corrected version of the schedule has been uploaded, and the discussion is titled “Module 14 Graded Discussion” in the class online group. This assignment is due 5/12 at 11:59 with module 14.”

Looking ahead to our final module, you will have a short powerpoint and readings due with module 15. The assignments due for module 15 are both optional: optional extra credit 5 and the optional final paper revisions. These revisions are a chance to improve your final paper and submit a revised version for a new grade. In the event your original final paper grade was higher than the revised grade, I will use the original higher grade to calculate your grade for the course. Everyone who submitted a final paper has received feedback; use this feedback to revise your paper if you are submitting revisions. Overall the papers were quite good. Well done! If you did not submit a final paper, you may submit one as your revised version. However, you will not have an additional opportunity to submit a revised paper for a higher grade. That said, I strongly encourage those of you that did not submit a final paper to turn one in. Not handing in an assignment results in an automatic zero, but handing in a paper at all guarantees you will have some points on the assignment. The revisions and extra credit 5 are due 5/19 at 11:59PM.

Next week on 5/13 we will also have a mandatory final review session, in advance of the final which will be posted 5/20 and is due 5/21 at 11:59PM. As a reminder, I cannot accept late final exams, so please turn in your exam on time. If you know this timing is going to be an issue in advance, please email me.

Finally, thank you to those of you who have already submitted course evaluations. I appreciate your feedback. If you haven’t submitted an evaluation, your feedback is extremely helpful, so if you are able to submit one, please do.

Office hours are tonight 7-8PM. A zoom link has been emailed.

-Prof. Carroll

Module 13 Announcements

Hello Everyone,

Today we begin module 13 and our study of modern art. Below is a summary of everything that you need to complete for this module.

1. Review Modernisms powerpoint
2. Complete assigned readings
3. Quiz 2 due by email 5/5 at 11:59PM

All materials for module 13 are now available on the course website. Quiz 2 is also posted under “Assignments.” I have also posted a final review powerpoint to help you study for the final exam. This can be found under slides along with slides for all previous modules; it is labeled “Final Review.”

As we approach the end of the semester, I want to remind everyone that if you submitted an assignment and have not received a grade for it, please email me as soon as possible. I have returned all assignments submitted so far except for the Final Paper and Extra Credit 4. I will be returning those in the next week.

There are also a few miscellaneous announcements this week. The first is that course evaluations are now available on the Brooklyn College Portal (http://portal.brooklyn.edu). Please take some time to fill out a course evaluation; your feedback is invaluable in helping me improve this course and my teaching. I take your feedback seriously, so if you have time, please do fill out an evaluation.

The art department is hosting a symposium presented by undergraduate students on May 13th and 14th; you are all invited to attend. The event poster is below.

Finally, office hours are tonight 7-8PM. A zoom link has been emailed. Please stop by with any questions.

-Prof. Carroll

Module 12 Announcements

Hello Everyone,

I hope you’re all having a good week! Today we begin module 12, in which we will be looking at art of the Yoruba Peoples and the Kingdom of Benin. Please see below for a summary of everything you need to do to complete this module.

1. Complete module 12 readings
2. Review module 12 powerpoint and notes
3. Submit final paper by 4/28 at 11:59PM
4. Optional extra credit 4 is due 4/28 at 11:59PM

Looking ahead to the end of the semester, there are a couple of major assignments to keep in mind.
1. Quiz 2 will be due 5/5
2. Optional Final paper revisions will be due 5/19
3. The Final exam will be posted 5/20 and will be due 5/21. No late final exams will be accepted.

As we approach the end of the semester, there are some housekeeping items to attend to. As of today, all assignments have been returned (except module 11 discussion and extra credit 3). If you submitted ANY assignment and did not receive a grade, please email me. If you didn’t receive a grade back, it is most likely because I never received your email. Missed/un-submitted assignments receive an automatic zero, so please make sure you have grades for everything you submitted so that you don’t receive a zero because of a technology error like an email not going through.

The zoom link for office hours tonight, 7-8PM has been emailed. Please be in touch with any questions.

-Prof. Carroll

Module 11 Announcements

Good morning everyone,

Today we begin module 11, in which we’ll be looking at the art of post-Renaissance Europe. We’ll be covering quite a bit of time in this lecture, so please pay careful attention to the dates of these works of art. Below is a list of the assignments associated with this module, as well as the due dates of some major assignments that will be due soon. Please keep these in mind as you plan your time.

1. Complete post-Renaissance Europe assigned readings
2. Review post-Renaissance Europe lecture and notes
3. Module 11 Discussion due 4/21 at 11:59PM
4. Optional extra credit 3 due 4/21 at 11:59PM
5. Final paper due 4/28 at 11:59PM
6. Optional extra credit due 4/28 at 11:59PM

As a reminder, you must complete 3 of the 5 extra credit assignments to receive points. So you if you want extra credit but didn’t hand in extra credit 1 or 2, you MUST hand in extra credits 3-5. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Handing in just one or two of the extra credit assignments will not get you any extra points. You may hand in more than 3, but the grade bump will still be 1/3 of a grade.

I also want to say a few words about late assignments. While I typically don’t accept late work, I have been more lenient this semester because of the difficult circumstances of the pandemic. As we approach the end of the semester though, I have to be more strict about this policy. I cannot accept the final exam, the final paper revisions, or extra credit 5 late, no matter what the circumstances are. This is because final grades are due shortly after these assignments are to be turned in. Please hand these in on time; this is especially important for the final exam. If you need an extension on other assignments, please email me in advance.

Finally, please below attached two flyers for lectures put on by the art department that may be of interest to you.

Office hours are tonight 7-8PM. The zoom link has been emailed.

-Prof. Carroll

Lecture Flyer 1

Lecture Flyer 2

Module 10 Announcements Part 2

Hello Everyone,

Over the weekend, everyone should have received their graded formal analysis paper. If you handed in a paper and did not receive a graded paper from me, please email me as soon as possible. Your 2nd paper, which is due in about two weeks, is based off of the formal analysis, so it is important that you have your paper with feedback to do well on the next assignment.

There is now a revised course schedule on the course website that reflects a few changes in the readings for the next few modules. It is also attached to this email. Please be sure to refer to this version of the course schedule going forward.

-Prof. Carroll

Module 10 Announcements

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful spring break! There are a number of important announcements this week, so please read this email carefully.

1. By now, everyone should have received their graded midterm. If you submitted an exam, but did not receive a grade, please email me. Overall the exams were quite good. However, as I mentioned in my email when I returned the midterms, there was a high instance of plagiarism. There seems to have been some confusion as to what constitutes plagiarism when it comes to the lecture notes; you are allowed to reference your notes and lecture materials while taking exams, but should not be copying the lecture notes word for word. If your exam was too similar to the notes, I indicated as such. Please review the syllabus again to be sure you understand the class policies on cheating and plagiarism. If you are ever unsure if your writing is too similar to a source, please ask me.

2. I have decided to change the extra credit policy. The 1/3 grade bump is no longer capped at a B+. You will still need to complete 3 of the 5 extra credit assignments to receive any points; there are 3 left in the semester, so please consult the course schedule and be sure to hand in at least 3 of the extra credit assignments if you want the grade bump. If you have a C, your grade would become a C+. A B would be come a B+, a B+ an A-, etc. A new syllabus is on the course website with this change.

3. This week we begin module 10. The assignments for this module are to review the lecture and notes, complete assigned readings, and complete the module 10 discussion by 4/14 at 11:59PM.

If you have any questions, please stop by office hours today 7-8PM. A zoom link has been emailed.

-Prof. Carroll

Spring Break Announcements

Hello Everyone,

This is just a reminder about the change in the course schedule. There is no class or office hours today and no assignments are due this week. The module on Aztec Art and New Spain, as well as all assignments associated with this module, are now due 4/7 at 11:59PM. If you already handed in the formal analysis paper or extra credit 2, but would like to take until April 7th, please email me.

A revised course schedule is up on the class website.

Enjoy the rest of your break!

-Prof. Carroll

Module 8 and 9 Announcements

Hello everyone,

It has been brought to my attention that module 8 is scheduled during spring break. This is a mistake; you are NOT expected to do work during your break. Please take this time for some well deserved time off.

Modules 8 and 9 are going to be switched, so module 8 is now spring break and module 9 will be Aztec Art and New Spain. Aztec Art and New Spain assignments will be due 4/7 at 11:59PM. A revised course schedule will be posted to the course website this afternoon. Please be in touch with any questions!

Apologies for the confusion and have a wonderful break!

-Prof. Carroll

Module 8 (3/25-3/31) Announcements

Hello Everyone,

Today marks the beginning of Module 8. This module we will be looking at Aztec Art and the Art of New Spain. The assignments for this module are below.

1. Aztec Art and New Spain powerpoint
2. Module 8 assigned readings
3. Formal analysis paper due by email 3/31 at 11:59PM
4. Optional extra credit 2 due by email 3/31 at 11:59PM

As a reminder the midterm is due today (3/25) at 11:59PM.

I am holding office hours this evening 7-8PM. A zoom link has been emailed.

-Prof. Carroll

Midterm Announcement

Hello Everyone,

The midterm exam is now available on the course website under assignments. Because of a technical issue, it did not become available at midnight as scheduled; thank you to those of you that brought this to my attention. The exam deadline will be extended 24 hours to make up for this, and is now due 3/25 at 11:59PM.

Please be in touch with any questions.

-Prof. Carroll

Module 7 (3/18-3/24) Announcements

Hello Everyone,

We are now halfway through the semester!

This module is the midterm, so there are no assigned readings or powerpoints. Take this week to study and practice writing comparisons in preparation for the exam. The midterm will be posted to the class website (under assignments) on 3/23 at 12:00AM and is due 3/24 at 11:59PM by email.

As a reminder, there are a few major assignments coming up quickly after the midterm. Your first paper, the formal analysis paper, is due 3/31 at 11:59PM. The full assignment description is up on the course website.

Yesterday I sent out grades for quiz 1. If you did not receive your grade but did submit an assignment, please email me. Overall the quizzes were quite good; good work! However, I did notice that some responses were quite similar. As a reminder, you should not be discussing quizzes and exams with each other.

The zoom link for tonight’s office hours has been emailed. Please stop by or email me with any questions.

-Prof. Carroll

Module 6 (3/11-3/17) Announcements

Hello Everyone,

Thank you to everyone who sent in their Quiz 1. That assignment concludes module 5. Today we begin module 6, in which we will study Medieval art. For this module you will need to:

1. Complete assigned readings
2. Review lecture (posted in 2 parts because of the file size)
3. Complete the module 6 discussion by 3/17 at 11:59PM

Tonight, 7-8PM, is our midterm review. The midterm is in Module 7; it will be posted on 3/23 and is due 3/24 at 11:59PM. As stated on the syllabus, the midterm will include 2 comparisons (each in the same format as the quiz) and 1 short essay question. I will post a powerpoint with the images and a word document with the questions; you will need to complete the questions in the word document and email it back to me by the deadline. Under module 6 slides, you will find study tips and a review powerpoint. We will be going over the review powerpoint in tonight’s class. I have emailed the zoom invite. The exam will cover modules 1-6.

Finally, I have graded and returned your paper thesis and notes assignment. If you handed the assignment in and didn’t receive a grade, please email me. If you’d like to meet with me about the assignment, please email me to schedule a time as this week’s office hours is dedicated to the midterm review.

-Prof. Carroll

Module 5 (3/4-3/10) Announcements

Hello Everyone,

Thank you to everyone who submitted their paper thesis and notes assignments, which was due yesterday at 11:59PM. I look forward to reviewing these, and will be sending you grades and feedback shortly. If you submitted the assignment and did not get an email back from me to confirm that I received it, please email me.

Today we begin Module 5 and will study Islamic Art. The module materials are now available on the course website. The first quiz is also due this module, and you can find it on the course website under assignments. Below is a list of all assignments that must be completed by the end of Module 5 (3/10 at 11:59PM)

1. Complete assigned readings
2. Review Islamic Art powerpoint
3. Complete Quiz 1 and email to me by 3/10 at 11:59 PM

Looking ahead in the semester we have a couple big assignments coming up:
1. Module 6 has a required discussion forum, so please make sure to plan to complete that
2. The midterm exam is going to be posted on 3/23 and is due 3/24. Under Module 7 slides you will find study tips and materials. Please start reviewing sooner rather than later; we will be having a midterm review on 3/11, so review the study materials in advance and come prepared with questions. The midterm review is MANDATORY.

The zoom invite for office hours, tonight 7-8PM, has been emailed to you all. As a reminder, office hours are on a first come first serve basis, so if you arrive on the zoom and are in the waiting room, that just means I’m meeting with another student. I will meet with each student in the order which they arrive to the zoom.

-Prof. Carroll

Module 4 (2/25-3/3) Important Announcements (posted 3/1/21)

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a good weekend! I have a couple important mid-week announcements:

1. This is a reminder that your paper thesis and notes assignment is due Wednesday at 11:59PM.

2. A powerpoint and notes summarizing last Thursday’s optional paper writing workshop is now available on the course website. It is under Module 3 slides.

3. Thank you to your classmate who pointed out that a slide was missing from the Module 4 lecture on the Ancient Mediterranean World. I posted the corrected powerpoint and notes yesterday evening, so if you had already reviewed that, please go back and look at Slide 19 in Part 1 to learn about the “Head of a Roman Patrician from Otricoli.”

Please reach out with any questions.

-Prof. Carroll

Module 4 (2/25-3/3) Announcements

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to Module 4! Thank you to everyone who posted in the Module 3 discussion forum. I will be emailing you all your grades and feedback in the next few days.

This week we will be looking at the Ancient Mediterranean World and discussing how to write papers. Tonight on zoom from 7-8PM I will be hosting a paper writing workshop. This is optional, but attendance is encouraged. We will be talking about essay structure and practice writing a thesis. Please see a summary of upcoming assignments below.

For module 4 you will need to:

1. Complete assigned readings
2. Review the Ancient Mediterranean World powerpoints (it is in 2 part because it is a large file, so please be sure to review both parts) and notes
3. Submit your paper thesis and notes by filling out the looking at art worksheet and emailing it to me. This is due 3/3 at 11:59PM
4. Optional Extra Credit 1 is due 3/3 at 11:59PM

Looking forward to Module 5, we will have our first quiz due 3/10 at 11:59PM. The quiz will be a compare and contrast. This will follow the same format as the extra credit assignment, so that will be good practice. The quiz will be available under assignments on 3/4.

Please be in touch with any questions.

-Prof. Carroll

Module 3 (2/18-2/24) Announcements

Hello Everyone,

Module 3 materials are now available on our course website. For this module you will need to participate in a discussion forum, so if you haven’t joined our group yet, please do so at this link: http://cuny.is/group-artd1010-spring-2021. You will need to make an Academic Commons website in order to register. You can make an account here https://commons.gc.cuny.edu.

For Module 3 you need to:
1. Complete assigned readings
2. Review the Ancient China Powerpoint and lecture notes
3. Review the How to write an art history paper powerpoint and lecture notes
4. Participate in the Module 3 Discussion by 2/24 at 11:59PM

Looking ahead there are a few major assignments coming up:
1. Paper Thesis and Notes due 3/3 at 11/59PM
This may seem far away, but please review the assignment and look at the options for works of art sooner rather than later, so that you have enough time to complete the assignment!
2. Optional Extra Credit 1 due 3/3 at 11/59PM

Office hours are tonight 7-8PM.

There is also an art history lecture coming up on March 9th hosted by Professor Eva Molcard, who will be giving a talk titled “Collective Compilation: Esfir Shub’s Contributions to Early Soviet Cinema.” Please see the flyer below.

-Prof. Carroll

Module 2 (2/11-2/17) Announcements

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a good first week of the semester! Module 2 is now open, and materials are up on our course website (https://art1010carroll.commons.gc.cuny.edu/). For module 2 you will need to complete the following:
1. Complete assigned readings
2. Review Ancient Mesopotamia Powerpoint and Notes
3. Review Ancient Egypt Powerpoint and Notes

There are no assignments to be turned in during Module 2. Graded assignments begin in Module 3, so please look ahead at the course schedule and plan ahead! If you have not yet joined our class group site please do so here: http://cuny.is/group-artd1010-spring-2021

Office hours are today 7-8pm. I will be available on Zoom to answer any questions.


-Prof. Carroll

Module 1 (2/4-2/10) Announcements

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to ART1010, Art: It’s History and Meaning. This is a primarily asynchronous class, which means that we will not be “meeting” via video software every week. However, we will be meeting over zoom for our first class on Thursday 2/4/21 7-8PM. The zoom invite is at the end of this email; we will use the same zoom invite for all class meetings and office hours. The password for the zoom meeting room is art1010.

There are no assignments due for our first class session, but there are a few things you will need to do to access course materials. You will need to make a CUNY Academic Commons account using your Brooklyn College email. You can make a CUNY Academic Commons account at this link: https://commons.gc.cuny.edu/. If you do not know your Brooklyn College email, please see this help page for instructions on how to access the account: http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/academics/technology_students/CUNYcloudemail.php

Once you have an Academic Commons account, you will have access to our class website: https://art1010carroll.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

You will also be able to request access to our online discussion forum. Please request access through this link: http://cuny.is/group-artd1010-spring-2021

Please take some time to review the syllabus and course schedule, which are on our course website (https://art1010carroll.commons.gc.cuny.edu/). During our first class zoom meeting we will be reviewing the syllabus, so please come prepared with questions.

Please email me if you have any questions setting up your accounts or accessing the websites.

I would also like to let you all know about an Art Department event happening soon. The first Art History lecture – “Tropical Aesthetics of Black Modernism” is Tuesday February, 9th at 12:30 over Zoom at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89773555420. Attendance is not required, but all are welcome!

-Prof. Carroll

Welcome Announcement

My name is Professor Carroll and I’m looking forward to working with you all this semester. I’m a student in the PhD program in art history at the CUNY Graduate Center, and I specialize in art of the Byzantine Empire, which is one of the types of art we’ll be looking at this semester.

The goal of this course is to familiarize you with works of art over a broad period of time and place to develop an understanding of what art from various cultures looks like and means. You will practice describing art and using historical context to construct arguments about the meanings of different works.

This is a primarily asynchronous class, which means that we will not be “meeting” via video software during class time. There will be 3 mandatory Zoom meetings scheduled during the semester, an introduction to the course and review sessions for the midterm and final. These are already noted on the course schedule. I’ll be sending out information for those as they get closer. Office hours can take place over zoom or phone- that’s up to you. My office hours are Thursday 7-8PM via zoom, or by appointment.

So how is this class going to work? If you haven’t already, please read through the syllabus now. The syllabus has detailed descriptions of the course requirements and expectations. This class will through this CUNY Academic Commons Website (link: art1010carroll.commons.gc.cuny.edu). This is where you’ll find the links to readings, lectures, the weekly question and answer forums, discussion forums, and learning tools such as vocabulary lists that I’ll be providing for you. Assignments are also outlined, as well as class policies.

A quick note on the lectures; I’ll be providing you with PowerPoints with audio, a PDF version of the PowerPoint images, and a typed-up script. You can use any combination of these to learn the material based on your learning style and the technology you have.

Take some time to look at this site. Should you ever have an issue completing assignments because of technology issues or extenuating circumstances (family emergency, illness), please email me to let me know and appropriate accommodations can be made.

-Prof. Carroll

 

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