Medieval Art

Sharon Gerstel

Medieval Art

Art History department

Sharon Gerstel

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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again

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Winter 2010
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Reviews

Quarter Taken: N/A 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.

Quarter Taken: N/A 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

Quarter Taken: N/A 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.

Quarter Taken: N/A 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.

Quarter Taken: N/A 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.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 17, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Gerstel is very reasonable, wacky, and nice. Lecture is about 90% of the exam. If you skip, I think you'll be screwed because none of the information is in the textbook. The textbook is just pointless, don't bother reading.

Section is a bigger component than in most classes--separate material/readings for section that are on the exam. That was kind of annoying.

A children's book that you make is a huge percentage of your grade. Kind of nice because you can do well on it, but also a pain in the ass in the long run.

The exams covered somewhat random stuff--not what she emphasized in the lecture. But she gives extra credit opportunities.

I got an A, it was pretty easy but not overly easy. She's really cool though.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 18, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

I'm a dumbass but I got an A. Hope that helps

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 15, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

I think the evaluation below me is definitely a more honest look into the class compared to all the other previous reviews; and I also had Jamin as my TA, and he's a really fair grader too.

Prof. Gerstel is overall a great professor (although I agree she goes over the stuff super fast) because she's willing to take student comments into consideration to improve the class. It's not often you see a professor so accommodating to students, and I commend her for that. After taking our midterm, she was willing to change the final slightly according to student suggestions to help us out. I felt I did much better on the final than the midterm because I had a much better idea of how the test was going to be, and changed the final so that the number of essay questions went from two to one and the ID's went from 10 to 12, which really helped me because I'm usually a mediocre essay writer during tests, but much better at memorizing. I also found the revised final to be much better for me because of the changed time limit, with 20 minutes for the essay, and 4 minutes for each ID. Plus, she provides a full list of every ID that will possibly be on the tests, so you can tell she's trying to help you.

It's not as easy of a class as the other reviewers make it seem like here, but it's doable. Throughout the quarter, I've heard some reasonable student complaints, but I thought others weren't. I knew there were a lot of first years in this class who seemed to struggle more than I did (I'm a second year), possibly because of the lack of experience with fast paced tests and with writing research papers. I personally didn't find much to complain about though because I've had more demanding classes before.

In summary, it's a super fair class. And she lets you know about your grades as soon as she can...I mean, it amazes me how she and the TA's grade the exams and gives us back our grades the next day. I just took the final yesterday (during 10th week) and got my grade this morning... an A-. I'm quite happy with my grade given the amount of work and time I've put into it.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 15, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Great and knowledgeable professor. Interesting subject matter. But she skims over it extremely quiclkly. None of her notes are recorded on the powerpoint, only mages are. So you truly have to be able to write very quickly. I was disappointed with the class based on these ratings. She skimmed each topic, so it wasn't wholesome in that respect. And the section was mostly concerned with the readings, which were so heavy that most people did not complete them. This led to a painstaking amount of nudging and nagging to get students to participate. I felt bad for my TA for having to force so much out of students. It would have made a lot more sense to expand on topics discussed in lecture rather than on things that were mentioned for a minute and the dense readings. Since the lectures are already extremely fast paced, I would have learned a lot more if section expanded on what we learned in class. For example, the research paper was completely disjointed from anything we learned for most of the class and it counted for 40% of the grade. I felt like I was going in completely blind into the paper although I only missed one lecture. The research scope was minimal but it counted for more than the final and midterm put together. The professor is knowledgeable too, but everything went by so quickly and her notes were only spoken so it was difficult to get everything on paper and learn the significance which she expected us to pick up on from minimal and speedy descriptions in class. And the midterm and final were totally memorization, which is usually doable for an art history course, but there is so much info and VERY LITTLE TIME during exams. She just tries to do way too much in too little time, her grade breakdown in completely out of balance, and the section is so disjointed from lecture. That was probably the biggest downfall, even though I had a really great TA. She definitely needs to restructure the course. But the research paper portion may only have been during my quarter because I've heard no mention of it before and the scrolls we did the paper on are no longer on display.

It's a shame, really, because the subject matter at hand is so interesting and section expanding on lecture would have made it much more wholesome.

Jamin An was a concerned and kind TA. I think he did well with what he was given, and I definitely recommend him. Fair grader.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 13, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

You will NEED to attend every lecture. Her lectures cover all art pieces: names, interesting facts, analysis, etc. These same art pieces will be the ones on your midterm and final. She'll never test on something you haven't covered, and she'll give you a list of art pieces that you need to study because a subset of them will be chosen for the exams. You don't need the book, but it helps to give more info on an art piece that you're studying. The book alone will not help you; going to lecture really gives you what you need. As for the exams, you WILL have a hand cramp, guaranteed. You are going to write so fast for a whole hour and fifteen minutes. It will also be the fastest hour and fifteen minutes of your life. The majority of your grade will be on the research paper. This is not an easy A class, but it's not hard either. I cannot not write papers to save my life, but I worked so hard on it I got an A. She is really cool, take her class!

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again

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