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Art 111 - Art History: Renaissance to Modern - Elizabeth Mackey

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


Hello! I am Elizabeth Mackey, your instructor for Art 111. I look forward to learning together this semester!

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.

Our class is 100% online but we will have ample opportunity to communicate, discuss course content, and build community through our learning processes. 

The course that require approximately seven to ten hours per week of your time. This includes time working in our course shell as well as your independent research and study time. Course requirements will include reading course materials, participating in class discussions, researching and writing about works of art, and completing exams and projects.

Course Description

In this course, we will analyze major works of art, emphasizing leading creative movements of the Western World, from the Italian Renaissance through the contemporary period. 

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. 

Assignments, exams, projects, etc. will be accessed and submitted through Canvas. 

Types of Assessments

Discussions, Written Analysis, Journal Entries, Thematic Assignments

Textbook Information

Kleiner, Fred, S. Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: A Global Perspective, volume II. If you find the cost of the latest edition of Gardner too high, you may purchase an earlier edition (no earlier than the 10th edition). Digital e-books and textbook rental are affordable options as well.


Other Relevant Course Information

Please aim to obtain a copy of the textbook prior to the beginning of class. If you have questions about the required textbook, please wait to purchase or rent your copy until after the first day of class so your concerns can be addressed. 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

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.

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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

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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: 05/26/2021 Sub#: 48