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Dorothy Verkerk
Professor in the Fine Arts department
at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
are you Dorothy Verkerk?
Overall Quality
3.9
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.8
Clarity
4.1
Easiness
2.4
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
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0
23 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/19/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ARTH 151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: A-
"Tough Grader" "Papers? More like novels" "Skip class? You won't pass."

This class was hard as hell, but only during test time. You HAVE TO take good notes on the lectures and devote multiple (long, grueling) days to studying for 3 tests during the semester. LECTURE NOTES ARE EVERYTHING! She packs A TON OF MATERIAL INTO THE LECTURES, so the tests cover a lot. tests are very fast paced, so know your stuff. paper is 10pg

12/15/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ARTH 151H Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A-
"Amazing lectures" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Hilarious"

Prof. Verkerk is HILARIOUS and a super cool person! I was fortunate to have her for the lecture and the recitation section. She was very into the subject she taught and would relate almost all of the art pieces to random stories she had (good for ADHD-minded people like me to connect ideas to). She was very helpful and clear about what she wanted.

12/08/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ARTH 151 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B+
"Tough Grader" "Would take again" "Amazing lectures"

Verkerk is very passionate about art history, and this makes lectures interesting! There are 3 exams (2 midterms and a final) that involve a lot of memorization (the work's name, time period, bracket dates, etc.) and a 10-page paper. They're fast-paced. My TA was great; however, my only complaint is that grading among the TAs was inconsistent.

11/27/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ARTH 151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough"

Professor Verkerk is a kind professor. She is very passionate about her subject matter. The class itself is not hard. There are 2 tests and one 10 page paper. However, if you don't go to lecture and take notes, you will not do well on the tests. The tests are very straightforward, but tons of memorization about 50 pieces of art is required.

11/13/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ARTH 151 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tough Grader" "Tests are tough"

Interesting and funny professor, and the course material is surprisingly interesting. Unfortunately, the tests were rushed and difficult, the TA's grade inconsistently, and it is flat out a ton of memorization. Not the worst class to have, but there are probably easier VP's to take.

02/11/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ARTH 151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: A-

Hilarious professor, probably my favorite so far. Material was very boring but she cracked jokes and made it bearable. No work other than 3 tests and 10 page paper. A lot of memorization on the tests. Paper was not that bad. I found that my brain switches to artsy mode around 3 am. She is a great professor but there are probably easier VP credits.

01/02/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Arth 151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

She makes it way harder than it needs to be and the TA's are viciously cruel and grade tests and the ten page paper harshly. AVOID THIS CLASS AT ALL COSTS. NOT WORTH THE GEN ED FULFILLMENTS.

12/17/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ARTH 151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I really enjoyed her Art 151 class, and it was not too difficult. There is not much work throughout the semester, there is just a final paper and three exams.

07/31/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ARTH151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Tests do not accurately or appropriately evaluate the students on their understanding of the material. Instead, they ask you to memorize facts about art instead of evaluating the art or appreciating the art in historical context. The TAs are hit or miss. Lectures move slowly.

11/09/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ART151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Favorite class of the semester. Only took it as it covered a lot of Gen Ed requirements and has ended up being the most enjoyable of the semester. Verkerk is an engaging professor although the exams are hard. A series of definitions with 90 seconds for each, identification of sculptures/paintings-3 minutes each and then a 20 minute essay!

11/05/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ART151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Verkerk is a fun professor, but her tests are unreasonably difficult when they should be much easier. I knew all the information we needed to know but got poor grades on the exams because she intentionally rushes you (she told us we would probably not have enough time for the exam). Fun teacher, but bad class.

12/29/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
art151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Outstanding Professor.

07/08/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Art151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

My favorite professor of my freshman year. I took art history as a whim and now its my major! Her lectures are engaging however coursework and tests can be very difficult.

04/29/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ART152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Probably one of my favorite classes I have taken - and I'm an environmental science major. If you appreciate the material and are good at memorization this class easy. Pay attention during lectures, the book isn't entirely necessary. Verkerk is a really great professor, she really is passionate about the class and is kind of funny at times

04/20/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
ART151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Verkerk is really fun and tries her best to make the lecture as interesting as possible. Reading isn't really necessary for this course as most of the test information is from lecture. Grades really come down to the individual TAs and how harshly they grade so try to find a good one.

12/14/2006
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ART151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

slide shows are hard to pay attn to... really boring.

11/03/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Art151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Teacher is funny and informative, but terrible textbook. If you already know a bit of art history like I did, dont take this. if the word "contrapposto" means nothing to you, go ahead, its a pretty good intro class. The essay is easy and she give you all semester for it, the test isn't bad if you make flashcards and have a good memory for dates.

11/01/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ART151 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Decent class, the lectures are interesting. The recitations make me want to kill myself, though. They are about the longest fifty minutes of my life. She should try and make them more engaging. Maybe we could actually do art in the recitations.

09/07/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Art History Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

She's funny, explains the subject in good detail, and makes even the prehistoric art interesting.

09/01/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Art 31 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If you're an art history buff, you'll love this class. Dr. Verkerk really tries to make things interesting. Otherwise, those dark classrooms and slide shows will put you in a coma.

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