Picture of Mona Lisa20th Century Art
Kathleen Grisham, Instructor

Fall 2001, Section #2007

Monday and Wednesday, 3 Units - Lecture 10:30 - 12:00 PM - AAS 10


Course Syllabus

Course Description – 20th Century Art

This is an academic art history course designed to provide you with the opportunity to learn to recognize and understand the major styles (“isms”), trends, and concepts in 20th Century art. Stylistic origins, influences and social context will be analyzed. The primary focus is on painting.


Required Text

Art History , Second Edition -Volume II by Marilyn Stokstad - available in the West Valley College bookstore.

Please note and use the glossary and time tables.


Course Objectives and Major Topics:

Using critical thinking skills, you will learn how to identify contextual and stylistic differences among the artworks discussed within the following major topics and specific styles:

Detailed Course Content by Major Topic and Style

The origins of Modernism

Impressionism Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, Morisot

Divisionism Seurat, Signac

Post-Impressionism Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rodin

Proto-Expressionism Munch, Ensor

Art Nouveau Mucha

Fauvism Matisse

The Bridge Kirchner, Heckel, Nolde

The Blue Rider Kandinsky, Marc

Analytical Cubism Picasso, Braque

Synthetic Cubism Picasso, Braque

Futurism Boccioni, Balla

Neo-Plasticism Mondrian

Dadaism Duchamp

Metaphysical School de Chirico

Organic Surrealism Miro

Naturalistic Surrealism Magritte, Dali, Kahlo

Abstract Expressionism Gorky, Hoffman, Pollock, de Kooning, Rothko

Pop Art Warhol, Johns, Rauschenberg, Litchenstein

Happenings 1960's

Minimalism Judd, Shapiro

Op Art Vasarely

Photo Realism Close

Environmental Art Christo

Conceptualism Kosuth

Big Art

Performance Art Anderson, Burton

Targeted Exam Dates and Evaluation

Exam #1 - September 26, 2001= 100 points

Exam #2 - November 7, 2001 = 100 points

Final Exam - December 17, 2001 at 9:40 am = 120 points

Quizzes = 20 points

Total Available Points for this course = 340 points

340 - 306 = A

305 - 272 = B

371 - 238 = C

237 - 204 = D

203 - 0 = F

Each exam will follow a similar format. You will be asked to make stylistic identifications, answer objective questions and write short essays. Bring a pen with black ink, a Scantron #882-E (50 each side) and a #2 pencil for each exam.

***************** NO MAKE-UP ON EXAMS OR QUIZZES *******************

Extra Credit Assignment Due – Monday, December 10, in class only

You may earn a maximum of 20 extra points by completing the optional project which will be announced and explained following the first exam.
Due date - May 9, 2001. Guidelines will be provided after the first exam.


Attendance will be taken at each class period.

If you drop this class, follow the College Drop Policy that states as follows:

The last day to drop a class (this class) without a "W" is September 15, 2001

The last day to drop a class (this class) with a "W" is November 21, 2001

Prepare before coming to class :

• Read the text and review the Class Notes and the Web Resources.

• Look up words that you don't understand.

• Make note of questions you want to ask of me or the class.

An attentive, scholarly, adult attitude is expected:

• attend all class sessions unless unable to do so.

• come to class on time and do not leave early. Don't make conflicting appointments.

• make good use of class time by being engaged in what's going on.

• ask questions about anything you don't understand.

• be involved in your learning; participate in class discussions.

• contribute your thinking to the shared effort to develop understanding.

don't hold side conversations that distract your fellow students and me.

Office Hours and Location

Office: Fine Arts #1
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Phone: 408-741-2465 - 24 hour voice mail
Mailing Address: 14000 Fruitvale, Saratoga, Ca. 95070
e-mail: kathleen_grisham@westvalley.edu

How to Register

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Revised August 8, 2001
by Kathleen Grisham, e-mail address: kathleen_grisham@westvalley.edu
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