Course Description
A selective history of the western European tradition of art. Students will learn about major artists, periods, and movements, and develop verbal, written, and conceptual skills enabling them to analyze and interpret works of art from the Renaissance to Modern periods.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

  1. Identify major works of art from the 15th to 20th century by artist, title, and period
  2. Describe, analyze, and compare major works of art using art historical methods such as iconographic analysis and formal analysis
  3. Explain the relationship between works of art and the cultural context in which they were made
  4. Use online resources to find information relevant to the study of art history

Course Textbook
wordpressThere is no required textbook for this course.  All course materials will be available on the course website: 

The course textbook will be supplemented by assignments from the Smarthistory multimedia web-book, as well as other online resources:


  • There will be homework assignments due at each class meeting.  Homeworks will be based on Smarthistory videos and assigned web resources.  Homeworks will be graded.


  • There will be three unit exams, each consisting of slide identification, multiple-choice, short answer, and paragraph-response questions.  The Final Exam is not cumulative.

Written Assignments

  • Basic Visual Analysis Essay:  This is a skills-builder exercise designed to introduce you to the basic skill of describing and analyzing a work of art
  • Visual Analysis Essay:  For this assignment you will apply the skills you learned in the Basic Visual Analysis assignment, and write a more fully developed essay that places the work in historical context.
  • Museum Paper:  A visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (or an equivalent survey museum) is a course requirement.  For this assignment you will write a Visual analysis of a work that you saw in-person in a museum.

Course grades will be based on the following:

Homework 15%
Exams (3) 45%
Basic Visual Analysis 10%
 Visual Analysis Essay 10%
Visual Analysis Essay 15%
Museum Paper 15%

Late Submission Policies and Missed Quizzes and Exams

Exams Students may be excused from an exam only for a valid reason such as illness or family emergency. A make-up exam must be scheduled within one week of the scheduled exam.
Homework Late Homework assignments will not be accepted.  I will only accept emailed assignments under circumstances that I deem valid.
Essays Essay assignments will be accepted up to one week past the posted deadline.  Late submissions will be penalized by a half-grade deduction.Exception:  if you are working with the Writing Center you can receive an extension without penalty if you show evidence that the essay is in progress, and that you are working with tutors in the Writing Center.
NOTE:  It is your responsibility to complete ALL course assignments. Failure to do so will likely result in a failing grade

I will not accept homework assignments if you are absent.  Therefore, excessive absences will have an adverse effect on your grade.

Class Conduct
This class will be conducted in accordance with the college’s Student Code of Conduct. Behavior that is disruptive to the class or that interferes with instruction will not be accepted.  For more details about the college code of conduct please visit the college website:

Cell Phone Use and Texting in Class
As a courtesy to other students, all cellphones should be turned off or set to vibrate at the beginning of class.  Students should refrain from texting during class lectures and activities.  If you must send or receive a message during class, please leave the room quietly to minimize interference with class instruction.  If you cause a distraction by texting in class, you will be asked to leave the room.

Academic Honesty
This class will be conducted in accordance with the college’s standards of academic honesty. Cheating, plagiarism, or any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Students are encouraged to visit the college website for an excellent overview of plagiarism, and tips on how to avoid it:

What Happens if I Plagiarize?
If you submit an essay that is plagiarized (or that is predominantly a paraphrase of another resource) you will receive an “F” for the assignment, and you will be reported to Professor Ruben Barato, the Director of Counseling, who will add your name to his file.  After meeting with Professor Barato, you will be given an opportunity to make the assignment up under the following conditions:

  • You will be required to attend a plagiarism workshop with one of the college librarians
  • You will be required to re-submit the paper, but you will not be able to earn a grade any higher than a “C”

Students with Disabilities
Westchester Community College provides services for students with documented learning disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, physical disabilities, visual, hearing, and other health impairments.  To learn more about the support services available visit the college website:

Where to go for help

  • You are responsible for your own learning, so seek out help if you need it – and do it before it is too late!
  • Make an appointment to meet with me, or drop by before class to see me
  • Visit the Academic Support Center (LIB G 31), or attend a study skills workshop
  • Make an appointment with the Writing Center for assistance with essays
  • Ask your classmates for help, or set up a study group

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