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Art 110 - Art History: Paleo to Renaissance - Elizabeth Mackey

Course:Art History: Paleo to Renaissance
Professor:Elizabeth Mackey
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Hello! I am Elizabeth Mackey, your instructor for Art 110. I look forward to learning together this semester! This is a 100% Online course meaning that we will not meet for synchronous class sessions, all instruction will be asynchronous.  Assignments, discussions, projects, exams, etc. will be accessed and submitted through Canvas. 

If you need to get in touch with me this session, please email me at or through the Canvas inbox. I will aim to respond within 24 hours. 

Synchronous office hours will be offered and conducted via Zoom in Canvas.

Course Description

This is the first in a series of three art history surveys offered at College of the Canyons. Art 110 offers a chronological study of the major developments in art and architecture from the Paleolithic era (around 25,000-30,000 years ago) to the end of the Medieval period (circa 1400 AD). Over the course of the session, we will explore the development of the first known works of art such as cave paintings, the development of visual language and representation development in the civilizations of the ancient world including Egypt, Greece and Rome, and the evolution into a primarily Christian form of expression with the Byzantine Empire and the great cathedrals of the Romanesque and Gothic periods. We will examine significant works of art from each era, comparing their form, function, content, and context and consider how they reflect the history, religious beliefs, politics, and social practices of each culture.

What to Expect in this Course

You'll learn about many things in this class, not only art, but also introductory histories of various regions and time periods, their people and customs. Learning in this class is image oriented, expect to look closely at and think critically about works of art and architecture. As we move through the semester, you will develop and strengthen your visual analysis skills by interpreting artworks based on how they look, the time and place they were made, who made them, what materials and techniques were used, and how this informs their meaning.  Although our course is 100% Online, you will have opportunities to discuss and explore our course content together with myself and your classmates. 

Types of Assessments

Discussions, Written Analysis, Journal Entries, Thematic Assignments

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

OER materials will be posted to Canvas. 

Other Relevant Course Information

Assignments are due weekly. Please establish regular work habits to meet deadlines and remain current with course requirements. 

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:

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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

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Last updated: 04/04/2022 Sub#: 1310