All Ratings and Reviews for John Pohl
**Review for Art His 27 with Pohl since it's not listed**
I don't have much of an interest in art history, but this was the only GE that fit in my schedule.
The class was pretty straightforward. I didn't feel like I learned anything in lecture since the lectures were very dry and seemed pretty disorganized. The slides only consisted of pictures with absolutely zero words or context. I get it, it's an Art History course, but the pictures literally had just slides on it. Reviewing them wasn't helpful at all.
I bought the required reading material but never read it; I only brought it to discussion when our TA asked us to. I didn't read any of the assigned reading all quarter and I managed just fine.
I learned the most in discussion. My TA Rachel was super nice and seemed like she really cared about how we learned and how we did. She gave us handouts, provided resources, and went over the material from lecture. She helped us get a headstart on our final paper and had a quarter plan to keep us on track with it, which I didn't like the idea of at first but knowing me and my tendency to procrastinate, I really needed it, and it proved to be super helpful!
The midterm was really manageable. He gave essay questions beforehand and picked from those which would be on the midterm. My TA helped us outline answers to some of the questions. You can prepare really well and get a good grade if you just outline the essay questions beforehand.
Final paper was manageable. We had to visit the Getty and take a picture with the piece we chose to write on. It was only 3-4 pages. I wrote it the night before and got an A on it so do with that what you will.
Overall, pretty easy GE. Probably would've liked it more if I liked art history, but I recommend taking it if you're just looking for something easy.
I would definitely recommend this class whether or not you are an art history major.
John Pohl is a great professor and you can tell he is passionate about what he teaches.
The class itself consists of a midterm and final term paper.
You will definitely do well on both if you go to class!
Professor John Pohl is simply amazing. If there is anyone out there that reminds us of Indiana Jones, it's Dr. Pohl. He is very intelligent and knowledgeable when it comes to Native American art history, anthropology, archaeology, and museum studies. So don't assume this class is centered around art history only. There is no homework aside from pages in the textbook, or research papers assigned to read on a weekly basis. The midterm consists of studying for three essay-based questions, and he chooses two on the mid-term exam day and you write as much as possible for these two questions. The final exam is a research paper that consists of the body of information, notes, bibliography, and illustrations. Start this final paper/exam as soon as you possibly can! This research paper requires time and effort. It was an honor being taught by such an intelligent and well known archaeologist. Do not be afraid to approach him regarding anything. He is very nice, funny, and understanding. I highly recommend taking any of his courses.
This is the worst class I've ever taken here at UCLA! Prof.Pohl cared very little about student learning and left everything up to the TAs. This would not be a problem if the TAs were helpful, but the TA I was unfortunate enough to get was horrible. When my concern was brought to Prof.Pohl, he did nothing. I would not recommend this class or this professor.
Pohl is an interesting guy. A little on the weird side, but still interesting. Anyway, the class was interesting, even though it moved really fast. If you have a good TA, you will be fine in the class. Discussions really do help narrow down what you are supposed to get out of the lecture. The exams were not fun. Both the midterm and the final were unusual formats for art history classes. I had difficulty with them because they were so broad. Some people did fine though. There was no slide ID, just general essay topics and you had to bring in info from lecture.
I never had a problem with his voice. It really isn't that bad. The lectures are clear and easy to follow without jumping around or going off on a tangent. The Andean section of 55B contains three readings that have no information that you will be tested on, so pay particular attention in lecture and get outside sources. He also works doing tv stuff so be prepared for campy drama. Miscommunication with the TAs was a major issue. During the final he turned his back away and slammed down his paper in frustration cuz two different finals were given out.
Excellent professor! His lectures on pre-Columbian art are fabulous. He is well-organized, interesting and always on schedule. He knows his field really well. TAs are wonderful and kind. His homework assignment is creative. It incorporates lectures with real art works. I learn a lot from his assignment. His exams are not so hard, either. If you prepare decent outlines for the essays, B is a guarantee. His readings are easy to understand--not to mention they are informative as well. He is nice--always saying "thanks for coming in, I appreciate that" after his lectures. I disagree with people saying he has a monotonous voice. Very nice lecturer, take his class and you will walk out with new perspective on art history. Too bad he is not a full-time faulty here. UCLA can really use some passionate professors like professor Pohl.
Professor Pohl is quite the interesting fellow. At every lecture he reviews the one before it. If you were there and you understood everything, it might be a little annoying, but otherwise this is very helpful. When I had him in Spring 2001 he would imitate the figures in the art by actually getting up on the stage and posing like them. His voice is a little monotone, but if you pay attention you'll find that he's quite funny, however little the rest of the students in my class understood (or cared about) his jokes. If you don't especially like Art History, however, you might not like Professor Pohl. The exams were easy, however, and I got my first solid A ever in this class.
Professor Pohl is a really nice man and one of the least annoyingly "academic" professors i've had. his lectures tend to get a little reiterative but i guess its helpful if you miss a few. midterms and final were more than fair and the paper assignment was creative. i liked his eagerness to perform demonstrations of the imagery for the class.
great professor. even though he does have a monotonous voice, he's quite funny. Midterms and Finals aren't that bad either.
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