Three Alternatives for the Final Exam

Art History taken by our majors and non-majors at introductory levels  are offered both online and face to face.  Our college serves students from ages 16 to 60, some dually enrolled in high school and in college, and from any one of the tri-county areas.  Their socioeconomic levels cover a wide range, as do their academic goals; they cary from university transfer to certificate or degree programs for the work-force.

Learning objectives in these courses have students demonstrate, discuss, write about, and apply knowledge of historical perspectives, form, style, and content of Western and non-Western works.  Institutional learning outcomes for communication and critical thinking include effective and appropriate demonstration of reflection, analysis, and synthesis.

The three alternate assignments that can be used in lieu of or in combination with final exams shown here are an exhibition catalog, a spoof or remake of an artwork, and a travel brochure.

History of Art II students curate a mock exhibit for a catalog, making related selections according to a theme such as Nature. This particular theme also allows students to address environmental issues, as per our college wide learning outcome of global socio-cultural responsibility.   These three pages from a student catalog demonstrate an historical perspective of major landscapes, with brief reflection and analysis of style, form, and content.

Notes: This piece by Seurat give a twist to the Impressionist style. Although not prevalent, the work does involve themes of nature as the citizens in the work are in a part to take break from city life.

Notes: Mountains at Collioure exhibits classic Fauvism by using juxtaposing colors to create a bight and untraditional depiction of a rather traditional nature subject of trees and mountains.

Notes: O’Keefe (sic) manages to utilize modernism while infusing feminism in Red Cana (sic). On surface only seeming to be the inner workings of a flower. Georgia O’Keefe (sic) illustrates the sides of nature that people don’t normally see while also squeeing in feminine qualities to the flower.

Students might also address themes of Symbolism, or the Nude in their catalogs.