All Ratings and Reviews for S Kennedy-Quigley
TLDR: Ancient Art is a fast-paced, theme-driven analysis of ancient Old World civilizations that is rewards memorization and persistence. Not too difficult, great for knocking out a GE.
The professor: Professor Kennedy-Quigley is a fantastic lecturer, and I would take another one of her classes in a heartbeat if I had the chance! She comes to class incredibly prepared and enthusiastic to present her material, no matter which region it takes place in. She speaks very quickly (online notes are a must) and conveys not only archaeological evidence, but her analysis of said evidence (great for exams). And yes, she does interpretive dance at one point.
The material: This class covers about 4000 years of ancient civilzation, from Ancient Mesopotamia to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. The class is split up by the midterm into two groupings of civilizations: the Ancient Near East, Egypt, and the Aegeans before the midterm, and the Greeks and Romans afterwards. The class centers around analyzing specific artifacts from each civilization through formal, social-historical, and iconographical lenses.
The work: Participation in discussion is mandatory for this class, and attendance is taken every time. Readings are assigned through CCLE each week, and the discussions are often led along a breakdown of these and the lecture of the week. The readings can be pretty dense and long, but ultimately become useful for the midterm and final. The textbook is not really necessary other than having a secondary study guide, and can be found on lib.gen. There is one multi-page paper in the Chicago style that requires a museum visit to the Getty Villa, which is free and beautiful to look at.
The exams: There is one midterm and one final, each identical in structure and non-cumulative. There are two parts: a few identifications of artifacts (title, artists, location of discovery, approx. date), and two long essays about a SINGLE artifact each. If you use flashcards and actually attend lecture, these should not be too difficult in the long run. Prof. Quigley provides a study guide slideshow before each exam that contains a photo and all the required identification info for every artifact that may be tested.
She is a funny and witty lecturer. There is a lot of memorization for the class, and in retrospect the readings weren't very necessary and her lecture content should be enough to get through the class.
Professor Kennedy is always prepared and is clearly fascinated by what she teaches. This class requires a fast typer and quick memorizer. So email me if you decide to take the class and need the required book at email@example.com
Professor Kennedy-Quigley is my favorite professor this quarter. I am only a freshman, and am not even done with the class yet, but I felt the need to give a great review. She engages the class really well with all of her lectures. Not only are the lectures the exact material you need, but also they are just really fun an interesting to go to regardless. There are no questions about what you need to know. She explains it really well in the beginning of the quarter, and there are reviews that list out the exact information you would need to know. There is one paper, but the paper is quite easy, and involves a fun trip, and helps your grade a ton if done well. I cannot express how good this class is, and how well professor Kennedy-Quigley teaches. I would recommend this class to anyone who needs a GE fulfilled. Regardless of your major, or what you're good at, this class and this professor are really for you.
If you take this class, make sure you're actually interested in the subject matter. I, personally, could barely recognize all the "patterns" that the professor referred to for the art of specific civilizations. I struggled just trying to remember them all because of how little interest I had in the class. Lectures are important! She shares a lot of information for the different pieces that will be on the exams. Your grade really depends on your TA, some are pickier with the details than others.
Art History 20 is not only easy, but incredibly interesting. The entire class in a nutshell is learning about the individual aspects of pieces of art in the given era. Professor KQ is incredibly fast with giving out information, so I highly recommend typing all notes. The midterm and final are unit based, so the final isn't cumulative. There is one essay for the class, but it's 3-5 pages and includes a museum trip. The midterm and final study guide is a powerpoint of 35-40 slides with art pieces that could be tested on. All you have to do is memorize the pieces and you basically have an A in the course. If memorization isn't your thing, don't take the class. If it is, it truly isn't a lot to memorize and is incredibly fun. KQ makes the class amazing! I would take it again if I could.
Professor KQ is extremely knowledgable. I took 118C w/ her. She talks really fast and sometimes really low so you'll def need to type notes and possibly also record. She's really funny and knows what she's talking about. Her midterm was pretty straight forward: memorizing slides and writing essays. But she is an extremely tough grader. She expects you to write a lot of clearly thought out information in a very little amount of time. Kind of seems unfair that she expects us to recite everything that she's said in class during the midterm, but she's constantly looking at notes when she lectures us.
Book hasn't been necessary. Doesn't ask to see if you've done the reading. One in class midterm, one research paper, and one take home final. You'll have to go to class and it won't be the easiest A, but you can definitely say you learned something when you leave her class.
DON'T TAKE THIS CLASS! Dr. Kennedy-Quigley cares about what she's teaching. But she talks fast and you'll have to write down all the information, so bring a laptop. Everything that comes out of her mouth will be on her tests. The first midterm we had to memorize 30 slides. You have to memorize the name,date, place, and information of each slide. She'll only test you on 7 though and you'll have to be super specific or you won't get a good grade.
There's a paper where you have to visit either the Getty museum or LACMA because she wants proof that you went.
Then the final you have to memorize 50 slides and she'll again only test you on 7 of them. Even if you memorize all of the slides you might memorize more information for one piece of art than another. And that'll will hurt your grade. I spend hours trying to memorize all of them and barely got a B for the class.
This is not an easy GE at all, especially when you have other more important classes to worry about.
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Professor K.Q. is very chill and knows her stuff! She cracks jokes and does interpretive dance every now and then which makes the class more fun and relatable. She explains the material clear enough, you make not need the textbook because her lectures are basically the textbook, just more detailed . Do take notes during lecture because her slides are just pictures with IDs. I really enjoyed the class overall, BUT there was one thing that annoyed me. She assigns weekly readings that are VERY BORING and LONG, it was always a pain to read them. Though you don't have to read every one she assigns, knowing what was said in the readings helps a lot during discussion and prepares you for the essays on the midterm, final, and museum paper. All in all, I would definitely recommend this GE to anyone, it's interesting and fun, but can be a occasionally bothersome.
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