All Ratings and Reviews for Sharon Gerstel


Overall 4.7
Easiness of class 3.2
Workload 2.9
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.6
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.6
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ART HIS 21, taken Winter 2018 Submitted April 1, 2019 Grade Received: A

Sharon Gerstel is a passionate professor and she very much cares about her students and puffins. Her class is easier compared to others but at the same time requires a lot of work and effort. If you think this is an easy humanities GE where you can skip lecture, and view the slides online, think again. Her slides are often pictures with some descriptions, and the real information comes from what she says in lectures. Gerstel is known for changing the format of the class each time she teaches it. This is how my class broke down grade wise.

20% Section
20% Paper 1
20% Midterm
20% Paper 2
20% Final

(1) Section attendance is mandatory, as well as participating in the class discussion. At most you should contribute one thing each class, and make it look as if you care. Also the TAs give out short assignments that are easy and are graded if you completed the work fully. It should be noted that in section you focus more on certain pieces of art and themes compared to the large survey in lecture.

(2) The first paper is an analytical paper in which you read the Sacred and Profane by Eliade and connect it to works of art examined in the first half of the course. The professor's rubric stresses good use of grammar and structure so have you paper looked at either by the TA, writing center, or friend.

(3) The second paper is a thematic paper in which you connect art from the past, and how it being appropriated by groups today. In this case it was how iconography from the medieval period was being used by white supremacist groups. This paper was not that hard, and as log as you can show a logical connection you should do well.

(4) The exams are not a joke if you do not take them seriously and study beforehand. The exam entails looking at eight images in which you correctly identify them, name their style/art period, and then write five important things about them. Sounds easy right? Wrong! There are over fifty images that you need to study for each of the tests, and many of them look and sound alike. Also not all important things are equal as you will only get points for ideas that Gerstel thinks are important. You can be right about talking about Hagia Sophia, but since you left out the fact that the tiles symbolize the different regions of the Byzantine empire you only get partial credit. I was shocked when I got an 81 on my midterm after leaving the lecture hall thinking it was a joke. In fact the average for the midterm was in the high 70s- low 80s range. However this purposeful to get you to understand how to study, and the rest of the class basically prepares you for the final.
Overall, this class a great GE, but you should understand that you need to put in effort to get an A. To do well on the exams study throughout the quarter by making flash cards and studying in groups. Go to office hours, to get a sense of what your TAs think is important. If Rachel Weiss or Miranda Saylor are teaching take them because they are awesome TAs who are willing to help their students out. Lastly the class has a weird grading scale where your final grade is partly based on a trend line. If you go to office hours, show that you care, improve on the second paper, and final exam, you grade will be bumped up.

ART HIS C116A, taken Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 18, 2018 Grade Received: A-

I would definitely recommend taking this class with Professor Gerstel! I was actually pretty sad when it was over... I truly enjoyed going to her lectures as they were always very interesting! As long as you keep up with the online readings you will succeed in the class. She is very reasonable with her grading and wants all her students to succeed. Don't be afraid to ask questions about topics in class that are a little confusing. The midterm and final consist of a few short essays so the more you know, the better set you will be! Also, do NOT write your essays last minute. That is why I did not receive an A in the class, haha. Time management is key.

ART HIS 51 Submitted July 31, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Took art hist 51 Medieval art. Great class and the professor is really nice. you can learn everything you expect from the class and get any answers about your questions during office hour. Also, the grade is fair. Most people can get A in the class. Selling all the books needed for the class.

ART HIS 51 Submitted July 31, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Took art hist 51 Medieval art. Great class and the professor is really nice. you can learn everything you expect from the class and get any answers about your questions during office hour. Also, the grade is fair. Most people can get A in the class. Selling all the books needed for the class. Text me 3109624479

ART HIS 51 Submitted March 16, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Class: The class itself is pretty interesting (for me at least) and you NEED to attend EVERY lecture.

Professor: She is willing to listen to your advice about the class and tries her best to make it easier. She is truly amazing when you talk to her because she knows everything about her field. I suggested to change the final exam because the midterm was too hectic and it took her a second to change it.

TA: My TA was Carlos Rivas and he was understanding and I believe he is a fair grader.

Exams: Essay question and 10-12 Identification questions. Very easy if you attend lecture and study the images. She does not trick you!!!

Overall, It is an easy GE class and I recommend everyone to take it.

ART HIS 51 Submitted March 14, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

I really enjoy Prof Gerstel's lectures!! Her lectures are clearly organized. Many paintings or architectures she discusses are elaborate. It's a pity that I cannot take her classes any more (I need so many courses to fulfill my major requirement D:) Finals and midterms are fair. Be sure to write fast in exams. Jessa is my TA. She is very helpful, approachable and concerned with your study!! She'll help you review general ideas of required readings which are usually written in a professional, confusing way. Take this class if you want to enjoy yourself, learn something and get a fine grade.

Course not listed Submitted March 21, 2008 Grade Received: N/A

Like the other reviewers, I took this class as a GE and, despite initially low expectations, really enjoyed the material. Gerstel was also a great lecturer who put time into her powerpoints. The tests were straightforward and relied on your ability to memorize pieces of art (roughly 40 for the midterm and final, so not so bad). Take this class, it will surprise you.

Course not listed Submitted Jan. 29, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

I took Medieval Art with Professor Gerstel and initially thought it would be dull but she made the subject and the class a wonderful experience. I highly recommend her. Not only does she posess an astute expertise in the subject, she is very approachable and genuinely cares about her students. She does not obsess over slide identifications, but rather, focuses on major concepts. Professor Gerstel is great.

ART HIS 51 Submitted March 30, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Got an A+ in the class, but I DID work for it. If you can memorize pictures and write fast during a test, it'll be the easiest GE you will ever take.

Course not listed Submitted March 20, 2008 Grade Received: N/A

When I first started this class, I honestly thought I would not enjoy it...but I was wrong. This class is actually pretty enjoyable and very fair in terms of grading. Basically, there is absolutely no way you can't do well if you don't study and go to lecture. The readings for the week are a bit boring, but not that bad. There were two papers to write, and they were actually a lot of fun to write. The midterm and final were in the exact same format, and they were not tricky whatsoever...just slide identifications. I suggest making flashcards, even though it was a little time consuming. Professor Gerstel is very caring and willing to do almost anything to benefit the students in the class. With all that said, this class is a very enjoyable GE. Yes, it's somewhat a lot of work, but I felt that I got something out of it. The class is not an easy A, but it's also not impossible. I'm a south campus major and this was my first Art Hist class, and I enjoyed it. At first it was a little intimidating being with a bunch of Art History majors who just knew everything, but I go used to it. Oh yea, my TA was Melia and I have to say she was one of the best TA's I've had while at UCLA. By the way, I still have my course reader which is in almost perfect condition, and I'm trying to sell if anyone is interested, just let me know in a comment here and i'll give you my email address. I know this was long, but I hope it helped :)

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