Welcome to Art: Its History and Meaning!

Week 3 Announcements

 I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend. This is a friendly reminder to post and respond to a classmate’s post in the Week 3 Graded Discussion Forum on the group site by 9/9/20 at 11:59PM. Please email me if you have any questions about this.

Looking forward to week 4, your first quiz and optional extra credit are due on 9/16/20. These assignments are to be turned in through blackboard, and will be available one week in advance (on 9/9/20). The midterm review powerpoint is up under the slides for week 7; it’s up now so you can study at your own pace, but the midterm isn’t for quite a while. There is also a tutorial posted on how to navigate our course sites on our CUNY Academic Commons site.

A final note; unfortunately, my internet is down and won’t be fixed for about a week. I will be responding to email and checking the discussion forums from my phone when I can, but I apologize in advance if it takes me longer than usual to get back to you. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Please be in touch with any questions or issues.

Course Website Tutorial

Please watch the video below for an overview of the course websites and how to use them. Please be in touch with any questions.

Week 2 Announcements

Thanks to everyone who posted in the Week 1 Question and Answer forum; you all made great observations and asked good questions.

Looking forward to Week 2, there is no graded assignment due. You are responsible for reviewing the slides and readings. A few of you pointed out that in the Week 1 lecture I said there will be a quiz in Week 2. There is NO quiz due for week 2. I apologize for the confusion; I removed a few quizzes from the syllabus and neglected to update that in the week 1 lecture. Please follow the course schedule for all assignments.

Graded assignments will begin in week 3; going forward small graded assignments (quizzes and discussions) will be made available 1 week in advance.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Welcome Announcement

My name is Professor Carroll and I’m looking forward to working with you all this semester. I’m a student in the PhD program in art history at the CUNY Graduate Center, and I specialize in art of the Byzantine Empire, which is one of the types of art we’ll be looking at this semester.

The goal of this course is to familiarize you with works of art over a broad period of time and place to develop an understanding of what art from various cultures looks like and means. You will practice describing art and using historical context to construct arguments about the meanings of different works.

This is a primarily asynchronous class, which means that we will not be “meeting” via video software during class time. There will be 2 Zoom meetings scheduled during the semester, and these are OPTIONAL review sessions for the midterm and final. These are already noted on the course schedule at the end of the syllabus. I’ll be sending out information for those as they get closer. Office hours can take place over zoom or phone- that’s up to you. My office hours are by appointment; I’m always available during class time to meet, but ask that you email me in advance so I can set up the zoom meeting room.

So how is this class going to work? If you haven’t already, please read through the syllabus now. The syllabus has detailed descriptions of the course requirements and expectations. This class will through this CUNY Academic Commons Website (link: carrollart.1010.commons.gc.cuny.edu). This is where you’ll find the links to readings, lectures, the weekly question and answer forums, discussion forums, and learning tools such as vocabulary lists that I’ll be providing for you. Assignments are also outlined, as well as class policies. The course schedule indicates where each assignment is to be turned in/posted, either on the Academic Commons site or through Blackboard.

A quick note on the lectures; I’ll be providing you with PowerPoints with audio, a PDF version of the PowerPoint images, and a typed-up script. You can use any combination of these to learn the material based on your learning style and the technology you have.

Take some time to look at this site. Post any questions in the Week 1 question and answer forum (through our CUNY Academic Commons Group), or email me. Should you ever have an issue completing assignments because of technology issues or extenuating circumstances (family emergency, illness), please email me to let me know and appropriate accommodations can be made.

-Prof. Carroll


Header and Icon Image: “Portrait of Mona Lisa del Giocondo” by C2RMF is in the Public Domain, CC0