AR115 Introduction to the Visual Arts

for S1T 2009

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AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts


S1T 2009 DL


Buckingham, Leslie Lynn


Senior Instructor of Art and Design


B.A. in Art History, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A. in Art History, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Office Hours

I do not maintain regular office hours on campus, but can meet a student on the Parkville campus by appointment.

Daytime Phone

816-987-2654 (fax and answering machine)

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Semester Dates

S1T 2009

Class Days


Credit Hours




Paul J. Zelanski
Mary Pat Fisher

Publisher: Prentice Hall
Copyright: 2008
Format: Paper; 560 pp

ISBN-10: 013158345X
ISBN-13: 9780131583450

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Course Description:
AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts (MGE) A basic art appreciation course which introduces the formal language of painting, sculpture and architecture, relating them to the philosophical premises and historical events that they reflect. This course provides a framework of reference for appreciation of art as well as a basis for further study. While slide-lecture is the usual format, demonstrations, field trips and gallery tours augment classroom instruction. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:

The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Use the specialized vocabulary of art and design to describe, both orally and in writing, their responses to art they have directly experienced.
  2. Describe stylistic similarities and differences in art from a wide variety of cultures and time periods.
  3. Critically respond to works of art, e.g. (Students will be able to not only know what they “like” but why.)
  4. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the principal stylistic divisions in western art and of many world cultures.
  5. Experience art directly in available local museums, galleries and architectural sites as a basis for response and critique.
  6. Explain a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional studio techniques.

Core Assessment:


A comprehensive final exam of 100 multiple choice questions derived from the first three exams. The majority of the questions are vocabulary or concept based. The exam is worth 100 points out of 500 points in the course (20%).

Class Assessment:

Student learning in this course will be assessed by means of:


·        Examinations.

·        Short writing assignments.

·        Response papers.

·        Class discussions.

·        Attendance and participation.






Total %

   Introductions Post




   Discussion Questions  (11)




   Film Assignment (1)   




   Exams (3)

60 + 60 + 60



  Response Papers (2)




  Proctored Final Exam









Letter Grade Policy


Number of Points



450 - 500



400 - 449



350 - 399



300 - 349



299 or below

Below 59.9

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments will be accepted up to one week after their due date, but will be penalized one letter grade (10 percentage points).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Student opinions are necessary for any successful class discussions.  In this class, your instructor will encourage and even demand your opinions.  However, any discussion centered on the highly subjective world of art has the potential to incite heated debate.  Class discussions should rise to a passionate level, while remaining respectful to others.  Any abusive or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

You are asked to read the appropriate sections of your textbook for the subjects listed.  These readings should be completed prior to the class for which they are assigned.  Exams are primarily multiple-choice (with some short answer).

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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Additional Information:

The purpose of this course is to give students a greater appreciation of art and culture.  The book will focus much of its attention to art from the artist’s perspective, whereas many art history texts tend to focus on art’s historical or sociological context.  Studio artists will enjoy the variety of artists and their diverse methodology.  Students of art history will learn more about the technical aspects of producing art.  Those students who are merely taking this course as a general elective will not be left out.  This class is an ideal first exposure to art and will build confidence in their ability to form individual opinions about art.  In other words, this class will de-mystify much of that part of our society –the visual arts –that the student may never have completely understood. 


As with other humanities subjects, the study of art is the study of humanity…what it means to be human. These objectives are meant to be only a beginning.  Powers of observation and the intellectual search for meaning in art are skills that should be continuously exercised for the rest of our lives.  This is true whether the student plans a career in art or in accounting.  Art is not about this class (or any class, for that matter).  Art is about life.   


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