This class was tough.
My first semester of freshman year I signed up for Art History on a whim not knowing much about it. Immediately I found Professor Crockett to be incredibly smart and a very good teacher, and the material to be interesting, engaging, weird and surprising! If I had to pick a class from which I've retained the most information, the most eclectic group of facts and trivia, it would be this class, with Professor Crockett.
This course taught me so much, not just about Art History and visual culture, but about class participation, writing, and research as well. Every week, we would have to write 1 or 2 short essays on very specific topics in Art History, the style of painting of a certain artist in their early career, for example. I found these fast-paced mini research papers both challenging and fascinating. They allowed me to learn on my own via research, while also work on my analytical writing skills in short bursts, instead of long, daunting projects. Additionally, the exams were very challenging, which I'm very glad I experienced, because it meant I had to work hard to find out what type of studying functioned best for me, and commit to doing it regularly.
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Advice for students:
You should take this class if you're interested in learning about a wide range of topics surround art, history, communication, and culture, from the 1600's to today. This class will challenge and excite you! Professor Crockett likes students who are open, honest and ready to discuss class topics. The class environment is fairly informal (Professor Crockett makes jokes, goes on unplanned tangents etc.), so make sure you're comfortable with that as well.