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Revision Date: 24-Apr-24

Fall 2024 | ARH-2050-VO01 - Women & Art

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 4 (as of 07-24-24 8:05 PM)
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Heath Fuller
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Arts & Aesthetics
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

Explores women working in the arts and looks at selected women artists through time and around the globe. Students will focus on ways women affect culture, both as creators and as subjects of art.

Essential Objectives

1. Identify themes in art that reflect the role of women in society and women's struggle for power and agency through creative expression.
2. Assess the relationships among women's art, art of the culture at large, and the conditions of women's lives and their ability to pursue artistic endeavors under various cultural and historical circumstances.
3. Evaluate women's art within its cultural context and consider how it integrates into, influences, or challenges the dominant artistic narrative.
4. Identify the issues related to women as subjects of art and explore how those depictions may be impacted by the gender of the artist.
5. Discover and reflect on how art history can work to re-center women's experiences, stories, and various means of creative expression.
6. Identify and discuss themes in contemporary feminist art criticism, and their effects on the art world, scholarship, and the women's movement.
7. Examine the ways in which the patriarchal nature of the art historical community has not only impacted women, but also marginalized and disenfranchised individuals and communities with gender identities beyond male or female.
8. Discover and examine the work of local women artists and the museums and galleries that exhibit their work.
9. Identify students' own means of creative expression and the role of art in their lives and the lives of those around them.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Fall 2024 textbook/book details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

ARH-2050-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

For Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


  • Readings
  • Lectures with images and video clips
  • Discussion Forums
  • Virtual Art Exhibition Project
  • Journals
  • Quizzes
  • Instructor support and guidance throughout

Evaluation Criteria

  • Discussion Forum Participation (40 points)
  • Art Exhibition Progress Assignments (20 points)
  • Completed Virtual Art Exhibition (20 points)
  • Review Quizzes (15 points)
  • Check-In Journals (5 points)

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Beginnings, Questions, & Expectations


“Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” by Linda Nochlin

A Short Guide to Writing About Art, Chapter 1


Discussion: Introductions and Questions

Due: Orientation Scavenger Hunt



Redefining the History of Art


“The Guerrilla Girls' fight against discrimination in the art world”

“Women Artists” by Colleen Carroll

“Reframing Art History: Introduction: Learning to look and think critically” (Smarthistory)

Lecture: Finding the Women


Discussion: Practicing Art Interpretation

Due: Journal 1



The Ancient World & Traditional Arts


A Short Guide to Writing About Art, Chapter 8

“Hearts of Our People” Online Exhibition

Lecture: Women, Heritage, and Culture


Discussion: Virtual Field Trip “Hearts of Our People” Exhibition

Due: Exhibition Project Step 1: Research Proposal & Request Help from Librarian



The Middle Ages: Europe, Byzantium, Islamic Spain, & Ethiopia


“Monastic Artists and Educators of the Middle Ages” by Thérèse B. McGuire

A Short Guide to Writing About Art, Chapter 2

Lecture: The Middle Ages


Discussion: Analyzing Old Art

Due: Exhibition Project Step 2: First 5 Art Images



Italian Renaissance and Baroque


“Artemisia Gentileschi and Elisabetta Sirani” by Ann Sutherland Harris

“The Lives of African Slaves and People of African Descent in Renaissance Europe” by Kate Lowe

A Short Guide to Writing About Art, Chapter 11

Lecture: The Renaissance and The Baroque


Discussion: Renaissance Women and Social Norms

Due: Exhibition Project Step 3: Works Cited Page in Progress



Reformation and Revolution


“Marie Denise Villers” by Bridget Quinn

A Short Guide to Writing About Art, Chapter 4

Lecture: Reformation & Revolution


Discussion: Share and Discuss Research Topics, Progress, and Questions

Due: Quiz/Review 1



A Place for Women?


“Kinship and Quilting: An Examination of an African-American Tradition” by Floris Barnett Cash

A Short Guide to Writing About Art, Chapter 10

Lecture: A Place for Women?


Discussion: Looking Back at Harriet Powers and Edmonia Lewis

Due: Exhibition Project Step 4: Group Texts (2-3)



Modernism and the Woman’s Body


“Paula Modersohn-Becker and the Body in Art” by Rainer Stamm

“New Attention for Figures in the Background” by Hilarie M. Sheets

Lecture: Modernism and the Woman’s Body


Discussion: Modernist Depictions of Women

Due: Journal 2



Gender and Race During Depression and Internment


“Spatial Construction of the "Enemy Race": Miné Okubo's Visual Strategies in Citizen 13660” by Xiaojing Zhou

One chapter from Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance

Lecture: Women Before and After the Great Depression


Discussion: Resilience in America: Harlem Renaissance and Art in Internment

Due: Exhibition Project Step 5: Big Idea Statement



Feminist Art and Activism


“Toward a Cultural History of The Dinner Party” by Jane F Gerhard

A Short Guide to Writing About Art, Chapter 12

Lecture: Feminist Art and Activism


Discussion: Share and Discuss Research Progress and Questions

Due: Exhibition Project Step 6: Introductory Text Panel



Anti-Racist Feminism & International Feminism


Solidarity is Still for White Women” by Mikki Kendall

“Shades of Discrimination: The Emergence of Feminist Art in Apartheid South Africa” by Brenda Schmahmann

Lecture: Intersectional Experience and Art


Discussion: Challenging and Changing the Status Quo

Due: Quiz/Review 2



Creative Expression and Empowerment


Film: Who Does She Think She Is?


Discussion: Personal Creativity

Due: Exhibition Project Step 7: Concluding Statement



Vermont Women in the Arts


VPR: VT Women in the Arts

Setting the Record Straight on Women in the Arts

A Short Guide to Writing About Art, Chapter 5

Lecture: Vermont Women


Discussion: The Local Art Scene

Due: Journal 3



Virtual Exhibitions!


Virtual Exhibitions of your classmates


Discussion: Present, Share, and Discuss Virtual Exhibitions!

Due: Exhibition Project Step 8 (Final Step!): Completed Virtual Exhibition



Global, Nomad, Contemporary Artists & Current Topics


When Does Political Art Cross the Line? by Shirin Neshat

Simone Leigh Is First Black Woman to Represent U.S. at Venice Biennale

Lecture: Global & Contemporary Women Artists & Topics

TED talks: Art in Exile with Shirin Neshat


Discussion: Global Women, Contemporary Issues, & Concluding Thoughts

Due: Quiz/Review 3

*Please also Complete Course Evaluations


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Discussions are the heart of the online class. That's why we have requirements for them. Please be sure to follow the posting requirements each week (they are included in every discussion forum prompt) in order to receive full points.

Each week, you will need to make one initial post responding to my discussion prompt/s. This first post should be thoughtful, substantial, and show good critical thinking. Your first post is due by 11:59pm Thursday each week. You will then need to respond to at least 2 of your classmates' posts. These 2 replies to classmates’ posts will be due by 11:59pm Saturday each week. Single-word or single-sentence replies that agree or disagree with a classmate’s post will not receive full credit. I want to see well-built, thoughtful, detailed original posts and replies.

To sum up, I will expect you to have at least one (1) original post in the Discussion and thoughtful replies to two (2) of your classmates each week. I also expect you to respond to any questions that I might ask. The discussion forum will remain open until Sunday evening. If you wish to continue the conversation with your classmates into Sunday, making additional comments and replies, you may earn a few points of extra credit!

Missing & Late Work Policy

All assignments are due by 11:59pm of the day that they are listed as due. Anything received after midnight will be considered one day late. Unless you have made a special arrangement with me, assignments that are turned in late will lose two (2) points per day and will not be accepted after they are one (1) week overdue. Assignments that are not submitted within one week of their due date will receive a zero.

Because time management is challenging, I understand that deadlines might not always be met. But, you’re in luck. We're on the same team. Late submissions will be accepted with a penalty for one week after the assignment is due. Don’t want the penalty? Here’s an incentive. If you recognize a due date might be a problem, advocate for your success by following these steps:

1. Identify the problem

2. Contact me to propose a solution

3. Let’s negotiate

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.