Mesoamerican Art, ART 4170

This Mesoamerican Art class surveys the pre-Columbian art of Mesoamerica, an area extending from northern Mexico through northern El Salvador & Honduras. Architecture, sculpture, pottery, & painting are the focus since few textiles, baskets, or feather objects have been preserved. Slide lectures and videos are presented to place the art into historical and cultural context.

The textbooks are only available at the TTU bookstore during the semester that the class is taught.
*The Art and Architecture of Ancient America, by Kubler, 3rd edition
*The Maya by Michael Coe, 8th edition

Tests: Two tests will be given. Each test will count for 1/2 of the final grade. Each test will cover new material (from lectures and the required texts), but you are expected to remember pertinent information from previous sections. Tests will consist of slide identification, multiple choice, and comparative essays. Make-up tests will be given only for excused absences. You should notify the instructor before the test is given. A zero will be assigned for any test missed and not made up.

Tests: Two tests will be given. Each test will count for 1/2 of the final grade. Each test will cover new material (from lectures and the required text), but you are expected to remember pertinent information from previous sections. Tests will consist of slide identification, multiple choice, and comparative essays. Make-up tests will be given only for excused absences. You should notify the instructor before the test is given. A zero will be assigned for any test missed and not made up.

Optional Paper: A paper with a title page, 5 pages of text, and a bibliography about an approved topic will add up to 20 points to the final grade. 

Grades: A is 100-90; B is 89-80; C is 79-70; D is 69-60; and F is below 60.

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all classes. 

Accommodations for special needs for students with disabilities are coordinated through the Office of Disability Services. Please contact their office at 372-6119 if you need assistance.

THIS IS A BRIEF SUMMARY. SEE THE CLASS SYLLABUS ON ILEARN FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Mesoamerican link:

Good art history links:

Link to Dr. Carol Ventura's Home Page

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