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Sharon Gerstel See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.7

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Medieval Art is great if art history is your forte, but if it's not, this is a subject that many would probably think is boring. However, Professor Gerstel is an outstanding speaker! She engages with her audience and incorporates the modern-day relevance of the art as much as possible. She essentially makes a boring subject into an interesting and entertaining topic. A great part about her is that she totally WANTS you to succeed. In multiple lectures, she explicitly stated that she would fight the department if she had to to give as many people A's as possible.

Now, just because she is an amazing person and the course is generally easy, don't assume you will be doing absolutely nothing. Honestly, don't try to sidestep the readings; just do them and write the (easy) papers in a way that makes sense and you will be just fine. For the written papers, the grading generally depends on your TA. Luckily, I had Cami (the deaf one) who was really sweet and graded really easily. Some of my other friends, on the other hand, got a TA whose average grade was a B. Overall, just make sure you go to a TA office hour to go over ideas and editing and you will be fine.

As for the identification and essay exams, they were very manageable. Definitely go to every lecture and review the main elements that show up in a lot of the art. Usually, Gerstel will point out which of the art motifs are important. Not as many people did too well on the first exam, so she made the second exam significantly easier. However, I will warn that she usually makes the last essay a little trickier (yet still manageable).

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this course! As a south campus major, I appreciated the manageable workload and the extremely different environment of a north campus class. I recommend this class, whether you're into art history or not.

Side note: Just remember to go to lecture. At one of the final review sessions, there was this frat guy who obviously never went to class who asked a really obscure, irrelevant question about sculptures and it was just embarrassing lol.

June 5, 2014
Hui-shu Lee See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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Professor Lee is a kind, small woman who needs to learn how to lecture properly. It was really hard to stay awake in this class. Some of the material was boring but others were interesting. The midterm and final consist of two short essays and slide identifications in which you must know:
-Name of the object
-Type of object
-Dynasty and the date it was created
-Location and Province
There were three papers (the second was a rewrite of the first). But the biggest piece of advice I can offer is DO NOT take Evan. Although he's very knowledgable of the subject, he is a harsh grader. On the positive side, though, there is no textbook for this class, just readings that are posted on the class website (She usually posts two per week and are about 20 or more pages). I took this as a GE and regret it.

Feb. 8, 2014
Lothar von Falkenhausen See Full Profile

Overall 2.2 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.8 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 3.1

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I took this class fall quarter of my freshman year and I almost never went to lecture, just discussion. I got a B+ with minimal effort. Maybe it was because I took AP Art History in high school or that my TA was awesome (Julia). Anyway, when I did go to lecture I almost always fell asleep or didn't pay attention- soooo boring and I'm an Art History major. If you want this for an interesting GE or requirement for your major you have to bank on getting a good TA or else it will be a really boring class.

March 14, 2009
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