01 Class Agenda, Monday, 6/21; Homework due 6/23

1. Round of Introductions. (1:00-1:15)

2. Whole-Activity: Create Timeline. (1:15-1:40)

You will receive three pieces of paper: 1) an art history image 2) a caption and 3) A place and time period. The caption, image, and will not match. Find the student who has the image that goes with your caption and give the caption to that person. Also try to find the student whose artwork matches the place and time you have been given. Give the date and time to that student. Hang on to your image and work to find the people who have the appropriate caption and date/place for you. Finally, work with other students to arrange yourself in chronological order according to your images.

3. Go over Course Expectations and Syllabus (1:40-2:10)

4. 5-minute Think-Write: Spend minutes writing ideas, knowledge, and questions about prehistoric art. Also, if you have any difficulties getting internet access, please describe them to me. Otherwise I will assume that you have access outside of class and can read articles that we post in or link to from the class weblog. (2:10-2:15)

5. 15-minute break (2:15-2:30)

6. Internet Exploration: Introduction to Course Website/Stone Age Art. (2:30-3:15)

7. 15-minute break (3:15-3:30)

8. Preliminary discussion: What is a civilization? (3:30-3:45)

9. Internet Exploration: Mespotamian Art and Architecture (3:45-4:15)

10. Follow-up discussion on Mesopotamian Civilization (4:15-4:30)

11. Hand in your two-pocket folder with the following contents:

• Homework parts A, B, and C

• Your 5-minute writing

Even though your work is in your folder, please be sure to put your name on everything, as papers sometimes get confused.

Homework Due Wednesday, June 23

Reading: Gombrich Chapters 1 & 2 ; Course reader: Curtis, excerpt from The Naked Caveman, and Malek, excerpt from Ancient Egyptian Art (both chapters). In the course reader, underline important ideas and write questions and notes in the margins.

Analytical Writing: On the first page of the chapter “Riches of the Black Land,” Jaromir Malek writes that the masterpieces of Egyptian art are “firmly rooted in the civilization’s belief system” and “inextricably part of the physical world to which they belong.” Take notes on the following: What does Malek tell you about the Egyptian’s belief system? What aspects of Egypt’s physical environment is her talking about. Then chose two works of art that do not appear in Malek’s article. (You can get them from Gombrich , from another book, or the from internet. Be sure to give me the name and approximate date of the art.) Write a 2-page (500 word) essay about how these artworks reflect the Egyptian belief system, as described by Malek. In what ways are they an “inextricable part of the physical world” of Ancient Egypt? (30 points)