AR316 Modern Art

for S2J 2005

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KC Accelerated - Parkville Spring II 2004





INSTRUCTOR: Jean Van Harlingen

PHONE: 816 361-1051

TERM DATES: March 15, to May 9, 2004

MEETING TIME: Saturdays, 1:00 - 5:20 pm

SITE: Park Accelerated Programs - Parkville, Missouri



The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, with will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.



Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The study of modern painting, sculptures, and new art forms, architecture from the late nineteenth century to the present. Gallery tours maybe combined with slide-lecture instruction.

COURSE GOALS: Modern Art in the galleries will expose students to the styles, trends and techniques while looking at the influences of society, politics, science and technology on Contemporary Art.


  • Have some insights into how to observe today's art in museums, galleries and artist studios.
  • Know how to choose which ones to visit and move freely among them
  • How to find, discusses art reviews and articles.
  • How to understand and write about contemporary art.

COURSE ARRANGEMENTS: Each Saturday we will meet at a new gallery some times visiting three or more in the same day.

Museums and Galleries: We will visit a number of exhibitions at the following (tentative list).

  • The Nelson -Atkins Museum of Art

  • Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

  • Dennis Morgan Gallery

  •  Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

  • Grand Arts

  • Dolphin Gallery

  • Belger Arts Center

  • Kansas City Artists Coalition Galleries

  • Hallmark Collection

  • Several college art galleries

  • And?


  • There is no finial exam, no textbook. Some art reviews in newspapers required.
  • Each class students assigned to see one or more exhibitions and write a short paper on their observation for the following week. The next week you will read each other's papers and then discourse the exhibitions. Therefore attending all class sessions, participating fully in the discussions on the papers and exhibitions is of maximum importance in determining your finial grade.
  • Understanding Modern Art is really an awareness of your observations and participation.

CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE: At the end of each Saturday gallery visit, you are given the next week's gallery location and directions.

DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:

CLASS POLICIES: The following class policies have been established by Park University, and are available to students to review in the Park University Undergraduate Catalog 2001-2002.

Academic Honesty: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park. Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

Attendance Policy: “Students are expected to attend each and every schedule meeting of all courses in which they are enrolled and to be present for the full class period. Absenteeism and tardiness, regardless of cause, are a threat to academic achievement. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (e.g., illness, death in the family, work assignments, temporary duty) may be excused at the determination of the instructor; however, “excused” students absent from classes are responsible for all materials covered during the class period. The student is also subject to appropriate consequences, as described by instructor in the syllabus. A student who has two consecutive “unexcused” absences will be withdrawn from class. To comply with Federal regulations, instructors must keep a written record of attendance for every student. An incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for the course.”

If you miss a class, call me at home for the location of the next week exhibitions. You can make up the missed class by visiting the gallery on your on time and turning in your paper on the exhibition.


8 week exhibitions and paper = A

7 week exhibitions and paper = B

6 week exhibitions and paper = C

5 week exhibitions and paper = D

4 week exhibitions and paper = F