AR115 Introduction to the Visual Arts

for U1T 2007

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AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts


U1T 2007 DL


Buckingham, Leslie Lynn


Senior Instructor, Art and Design


M.A. in Art History
B.A. in Art History


Semester Dates

June 4, 2007 - July 29, 2007

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



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The Art of Seeing, 7/E

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:
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 frame of reference for appreciation of art as well as a basis for further study. While slide lecture is the usual format, demonstrations, fieldtrips 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:

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 (16)




  Exams (3)




  Response Papers (2)




   Proctored Final Exam







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). Students may NOT make up quizzes or exams missed because of an unexcused absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Some helpful information about participation in an online classroom is found in the Netiquette section on the Help and Resources page.
  • Additionally, at times we will discuss controversial topics and have people who disagree with each other. You and I both must remember that while each of us has a right to our own opinion, we must respect the right of others to have differing opinions. Calling someone or some idea "stupid" creates a defensive communication climate and hampers the ability of all of us to learn. Think before you criticize.
  • If anyone in class makes a comment you are uncomfortable with, please contact me immediately and first. Apologies and policy changes are best handled in the classroom.
  • Finally, come talk to me when you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about the class. It is less frustrating for both of us if you ask questions before the assignment is due, rather than after it has affected your performance.


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).



Class Activities  






Week- 1  


Chapter 1
Web Field Trip: Bruce Nauman
Chapter 2
DQ: What is Art?
DQ: Nauman


Week- 2  


Web Field Trip: James Turrell
Chapter 3
Web Field Trip: Kerry James Marshall
DQ: Turrell
DQ: Marshall
Exam #1  


Week- 3  


Chapter 4
Web Field Trip: Cai Guo-Qiang
Chapter 5
Chapter 7
DQ: Painterly Technique
DQ: Cai Guo-Qiang


Week- 4  


Web Field Trip: Sally Mann
Chapter 8
Film Clips
Web Field Trip: Matthew Barney
DQ: Mann
DQ: Barney
Exam #2  


Week- 5  


Web Field Trip: John Feodorov
Web Field Trip: Pepon Osorio
Picasso's Guernica
Response Paper
DQ: Feodorov
DQ: Osorio


Week- 6  


Web Field Trip: Louise Bourgeois
Chapter 10
Web Field Trip: Richard Serra
Chapter 11
DQ: Bourgeois
DQ: Serra


Week- 7  


Web Field Trip: Andrea Zittel
Chapter 13
Web Field Trip: Maya Lin
DQ: Zittel
DQ: Lin
Exam #3  


Week- 8  


Web Field Trip: Krzystof Wodiczko
Web Field Trip: Fred Wilson
Mona Lisa
Response Paper
DQ: Wodiczko
DQ: What have you learned?



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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 "W".
  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.
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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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