Required Workshops
(note due dates)

Still Life Composition
Week 3

Photography Before Color
Week 6

Still Life and Collage
Week 10

Optional Workshops (choose one for bonus credit)

Visual Translation

Matisse and gouaches

Surrealist Techniques

Optional workshops must be subitted by week 11. No extensions will be allowed.

Useful Information

Style Guide All style requirements for this class are listed here; the page includes links to sample cover sheets and a sample essay

Research Resources A guide to online resources in art history, including citation format, information fluency, and research in general.

Writing About Art Basic information on how to write an essay for this class.

Workshop Assessment sheetThis is the grading sheet used on the first two workshops; after that points are simply deducted for missing items or errors

Resource evaluation sheet If you're unsure about the quality of a source, use this to determine its appropriateness.

Sample Citations This page provides sample citations for frequently used sources in this class, including the Met timeline and the textbook.

Flintstone Bibliography (.pdf)
This is a full-length sample bibliography for an imaginary paper on the history of Paleolithic art.

Important Links

Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of
Art History

Art History Basics (Khan Academy)


Workshops for this class serve several purposes:

To test your understanding of art historical concepts

To allow for creative engagement with the material

To foster critical and analytical thinking skills

To enhance research and information fluency

There are six workshops available, of which three are required. Each is worth up to 10 points. Three optional workshops are available from which you may choose one to augment your grade for the class.

Do not dismiss these assignments as meaningless or superfluous. They actually provide some measure of creative outlet for my students, and provide me with a way to test your understanding of important principles without resorting to more quizzes and exams.

The formal requirements (cover sheet, essay, and annotated bibliography) allow me to assess your ability to think critically and follow instructions appropriately; they also provide evidence of information fluency and your ability to conduct college-appropriate research.

All workshops require these components:

Cover sheet containing your name, course number and section, title of workshop, title of your work, and date submitted

A one-page, three-paragraph concept/process statement (350-600 words), double spaced, 10-12 point font, one-inch margins (see the Style Guide for complete requirements). One and a half to three pages is the maximum lenght needed. If you go beyond that, you're not focusing closely enough on what I'm asking for.

An annotated bibliography formatted in MLA style that properly cites sources used for background research or for understanding basic principles. Any images used must also be cited appropriately, beginning with the name of the artist. These need not be annotated, but your reason for choosing a particular image as a resource must be explained in your essay.

Workshop results

The criteria used to asses these assignments will be discussed in class and described on the "Workshop Assessment sheet" linked at left. A sample annotated bibliography is available on the research resources page, and each assignment will include examples of how to cite and annotate sources. A sample citation page for commonly-used sources is also linked on the sidebar.

Each separate workshop description is linked on the side bar.

I cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of following instructions and submitting workshops on time. Many students have taken these assignments much too lightly and have been sadly disappointed in their final grades as a result.

Workshops will not be accepted more than two weeks after the due date; .5 point is deducted for one week late, and 1 point for two weeks.