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AH 101 v1, Introduction to Western Art

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours 

Instructor Information:

Betty Crouther

Instructor name:

Louise Arizzoli, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art

Instructor Information:

Louise Arizzoli teaches a variety of art history courses for the Art and Art History department at the University of Mississippi.

She received her PhD in Art History from Indiana University in 2013, with a specialization in the history of collections in America, as well as Renaissance and Baroque European Art. She also holds an MA in art history from Indiana University and an MA from the University of Rome ìLa Sapienzaî, with a focus on museum studies.

Prior to joining the University of Mississippi in the Spring 2013, she was Acting Curator for Western Art before 1800 at the Indiana University Art Museum.

Contact Information:

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
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Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students with no prior experience in the study of art to various styles of western art. Two-dimensional media, such as painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography will be explored. Three-dimensional media, such as sculpture and architecture, will also be studied. Finally, the history of art will be surveyed from prehistoric art through contemporary art.

Textbook Information:


Gateways to Art. Understanding the Visual Arts. De Witte, Debra, Larmann, Ralph and Shields, Kathryn.

Print version: Thames and Hudson publishing company, October 2011, ISBN 978-0-500-28956-3

Ebook version: at, ISBN 978-0-500-77041-2 Available online or as a download.

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Course Objectives:

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Analyze the basic vocabulary of visual elements (line, shape, light, value, color, texture, mass, space) and principles of design (proportion and scale, unity and variety, balance and rhythm, and emphasis and focal point)

  2. Recognize and discuss materials (media) used to make art

  3. Place works of art in their historical context based on a general timeline

  4. Identify different styles and movements in art.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 29 instructional modules (or lessons). NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.
Reading Assignments
Required Assignments
  • Introduction


1: Fundamentals
  • 1.1 Art in Two Dimensions: Line, Shape, and the Principle of Contrast
  • 1.2 Three-Dimensional Art: Form, Volume, Mass, and Texture
  • 1.3 Implied Depth: Value and Space
  • 1.4 Color
  • 1.5 Time and Motion
  • 1.6 Unity, Variety, and Balance
  • 1.7 Scale and Proportion
  • 1.8 Emphasis and Focal Point
  • 1.9 Pattern and Rhythm
  • 1.10 Content and Analysis

Chapter quizzes on Blackboard

Recommended: online activities including practice quizzes on textbook website

Course Exam 1

This exam covers Part 1 and consists of multiple choice and essay questions.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
2: Media and Processes
  • 2.1 Drawing
  • 2.2 Painting
  • 2.3 Printmaking
  • 2.4 Visual Communication Design
  • 2.5 Photography
  • 2.6 Film/Video and Digital Art
  • 2.7 Alternative Media and Processes
  • 2.8 The Tradition of Craft
  • 2.9 Sculpture
  • 2.10 Architecture

Chapter quizzes on Blackboard

Recommended: online activities including practice quizzes on textbook website

Course Exam 2

This exam covers Part 2 and consists of multiple choice questions.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
3: History
  • 3.1 The Prehistoric and Ancient Mediterranean
  • 3.2 Art of the Middle Ages
  • 3.3 Art of India, China, and Japan
  • 3.4 Art of the Americas
  • 3.5 Art of Africa and the Pacific Islands
  • 3.6 Art of Renaissance and Baroque Europe
  • 3.7 Art of Europe and America (1700-1900)
  • 3.8 Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries: The Age of Global Art

Chapter quizzes on Blackboard

Recommended: online activities including practice quizzes on textbook website

Final Project
A formal analysis of an art object in a museum. Final project paper
Course Exam 3 (Final exam)

This exam covers Part 3 and consists of multiple choice questions and essay questions.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding



This course uses the University of Mississippi's Plus/Minus grading scale.



Reserved for near perfection; exceeding all expectations; work of definitely superior quality



Awarded for work exceeding all expectations; work of definitely superior quality



Awarded for very strong performance; exceeds most expectations



Awarded for strong performance; exceeds expectations



Awarded for better-than-average level of performance; exceeds some expectations



Recognizes achievement of all basic expectations; average level of performance



Recognizes average level of performance; achieves all basic expectations



Recognizes acceptable fulfillment of basic expectations



Assigned for minimal adequacy; barely satisfactory effort toward achieving most expectations; below-average performance



Issued for egregious underperformance; inability or unwillingness to meet threshold requirements; unacceptable level of performance


The grading distribution is as follows:

Course totals: 540 points
Section Quizzes: 10 points each, 290 points total

Exam 1: 50 points
Exam 2: 50 points
Final project: 100 points

Exam 3: (final exam): 50 points


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