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  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hello, I’m Dr. Gelker and I think you will enjoy Art 110 (Art 115 is good too). In Art 110, we travel (visually) to Stonehenge (Great Britain) and witness the Greeks triumph over the Trojans. In Art 110, we will see the Egyptian pyramids across the Nile; learn the secrets of the Sumerians (Ancient Near East), and those of the Coliseum in Rome. Yes, you too can discover the connection between MacDonald’s and the Crusades (Middle Ages) and more when you enroll in this course. Here’s the good news it transfers. I hope to see you!

Course Description

(FYI this description is on the course syllabus.) Art 110 is an introductory course in art history. It presents works of art in both chronological and geographical sequence. We begin in 35,000 BC with the art of the Prehistoric era, and end in the thirteenth century with that of the Medieval era. While doing so, we will examine the social and cultural factors that influenced the creation of major works of art. Concurrently, we will analyze the formal and aesthetic elements of individual works of art. The course is intended to develop an appreciation of the international and varied language of artistic form, and an understanding of the many and varied forces that shaped its development from the Paleolithic era through the Middle Ages.

What to Expect in this Course

What to Expect: You will know exactly what is expected of you in this class. For example, you will receive a list of images and a study guide (AKA “lecture notes”) for each of the art historical periods covered in this course. In short, I have taken your notes for you. There is no guesswork. Your job is to read them and come to class.

Technology: This OnlineLive class. We use Zoom and mycanyons email. Zoom best resembles a f-2-f class. This is why we use it. Many of you are familiar with Zoom. A link comes to your mycanyons email account; you click on it and you are in class! You can attend class using a computer, laptop, tablet, pad, or phone. If a webcam is not available, don’t worry. Coming to class is the finest tool you have. I do not use Canvas.

Types of Assessments

Exams, Assignments, Grades: There are five grades each worth 100% points. The final is not cumulative. There is a review before every exam. An exam can be a combination of in-class and take-home (50% take-home, 50% in-class= 100%). One such take-home is a written assignment.  Grades: You will know your grade at all times. Here’s how: add exam scores together, and then divide the total sum by the number of exams, Viola! The grading scale is objective and the usual 100-90= A, 89-80= B, and so it goes.

Textbook Information

Textbook: You won’t need a textbook for the first three weeks of class. There are students who never buy a textbook for my classes. I don't require one, but new students often feel better buying a used copy of Gardner's Art Through the Ages, Vol I. (Choose an online site and it makes no difference if it’s a Global or Western edition.) I discuss this and more the first day of class when we go over the syllabus. My advice is to wait for class and don’t worry about the textbook now.

Other Relevant Course Information

Come to class and you will do well.

An artist is a human being. All people are a part of the time in which they live. With this in mind, you will learn many unexpected things that will make your world larger. The more you know, the larger your world becomes. No one wants to live his or her life like a canary in a coalmine.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 08/05/2023 Sub#: 1393