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ART-110 - Art History: Paleolithic to Renaissance - Michael McCaffrey

Course:Art History: Paleolithic to Renaissance
Professor:Michael McCaffrey
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Welcome to the first in a series of Art History survey courses offered at College of the Canyons! I am excited to work with you this intersession semester.

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); it’s development through the legendary civilizations of the ancient world (Egypt, Greece and Italy), and its eventual evolution into a primarily Christian form of expression in the great cathedrals of the European Middle Ages.

Three key areas of study are: the Pharaohs of Egypt; the classical civilization of the ancient Greeks; and the most powerful of ancient people - the legendary Romans.

What to Expect in this Course

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 upon 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.

Types of Assessments

Learning modules consisting of:

  • Quizzes
  • Tests
  • Discussions
  • Essays

Midterm & Finale Exam.

Textbook Information

Gardner's Art Through the Ages, Volume 1, 14th, 15th or 16th Edition.

You can also use any textbook from edition #10 on. Just note that information may be organized differently in older editions and images may not be in color.

Other Relevant Course Information

You cannot access this class until the first day as published in the school calendar. It will not show up in your Canvas dashboard until that point.

If you are trying to add, contact me early in week 1 of the class

Anticipate spending a minimum of 27 hours per week in order to be successful in the class!

Additional Resources


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Online Education

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The Learning Center (TLC)

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

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Management of Stress and Mental Health

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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.

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Last updated: 02/20/2024 Sub#: 627