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ART 110 - Art History: Paleo to Renaissance - Carolyn Robertson

Course:Art History: Paleo to Renaissance
Professor:Carolyn Robertson
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Welcome to Art 110, an art history course that is the first in a series of survey courses offered at College of the Canyons! I am excited to work with you this intersession semester. I am your instructor, Carolyn Robertson.

Course Description

This is the first in a series of three art history surveys offered at College of the Canyons. Survey I offers a chronological study of the major developments in art and architecture from the Paleolithic era (around 25000-30000 years ago) to the end of the Medieval period (circa 1400 AD). The course charts the development of human consciousness with the first known works of art (cave paintings); development through the legendary civilizations of the ancient world (Egypt, Greece and Rome), and the eventual evolution into a primarily Christian form of expression with the Byzantine Empire and the great cathedrals of the European Middle Ages. We will learn about significant works of art and how they reflect the history, religious beliefs, political leanings, and social practices of each culture.

What to Expect in this Course

This is a SHORT TERM COURSE - 5 WEEK DURATION! 3 times the workload of a normal semester-length class is required!

Student Learning Outcome: “Analyze and distinguish the various forces that shape the development of artistic form from the Prehistoric era to the European Middle Ages”

The purpose of Art History is to provide you with a basic understanding of the historical, political, religious and social attitudes of the past and their influence on the art created by various world cultures. Key to this study is an ability to define the prevailing cultural conditions of a given time period under which the art was produced. With basic reading skills and solid participation in class you should be able to achieve the SLO standard for Art 110.

  • Class begins on Monday, June 7, 2021
  • You will not be able to access the class until that date
  • This class is held entirely online and will not meet face-to-face at any point
  • We will use remote platforms to conduct class: Canvas, Zoom, email, etc.
  • This class is asynchronous, meaning we will not be meeting together
  • I am available via email and can Zoom with students when necessary
  • If you have never done so, your default login is your my canyons user name and your default password is your 9 digit student ID #
  • Class content will be enriched with lectures, readings, videos, assignments, discussions, quizzes, and exams
  • If you need a laptop then contact the Admissions & Records Department who have a limited supply for student check-out
  • Check with your internet provider to see if they are giving discounts for educational use at home of internet-based learning

Types of Assessments

Quizzes, discussions, written assignments, midterm and final exam.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Textbook Title: Kleiner, Fred. Gardner's Art through the Ages. Vol. II. Cengage Learning. Boston, MA. 2017.
ISBN-13: 978-1305645059
ISBN-10: 9781305645059

NOTE: It is fine to get an older edition of this book. They really don't change much from one edition to the next. Just make sure it starts with Prehistoric Art and runs through the Gothic period or Middle Ages.

Other Relevant Course Information

I am a practicing artist and art historian so I have lots to share with you. I am really excited to teach this class. 

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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 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: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 970