AR 115/Introduction to the
Visual Arts/ MGE/3
Spring I 2005
January 10 – March 6
– 9:50 p.m.
Leslie Buckingham, Adjunct
Office in Interior Design,
Office Hours after class,
or by appt.
(816) 678-1144 Phone and
Mailbox # 1141
The mission of Park
entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic
excellence, which 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
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
FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
The instructor’s educational
philosophy is one based on interactive learning based on lectures, readings,
examinations, videos, and gallery tours.
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.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES - On
completion of this course, student should be able to:
Use the specialized vocabulary of art and design
to describe, both orally and in writing, their responses to art they have
Recognize stylistic similarities and differences
in art from a wide variety of cultures and time periods.
Look at and critically respond to works of
art.They should be able to not only
know what they “like” but why!
Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the principal
stylistic divisions in western art and of many world cultures.
Visit many of the local museums, galleries and
architectural monuments in the area.
Explain a variety of two-dimensional and
three-dimensional studio techniques.
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
Suggested but not required…
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.
Instructors are required to
keep attendance records and report absences.
The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work
must be made up within the term of enrollment.
Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the
term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.In the event of two consecutive weeks of
unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively
withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.
An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or
excessive absences recorded for a course.
Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans
Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused
absences in the term of enrollment.
Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may
result in a monetary penalty to the student.
Reports of an F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive
absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned
above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
In my class, you are allowed a maximum of only 1 unexcused absence without penalty to your grade as long as you are
responsible for the work missed, etc.
Additional absences will hurt your grade dramatically. Two instances of the following will count as
one absence: coming to class late, leaving
early, or falling asleep. I DO NOT
recommend any absence from an accelerated course like this one. If you plan on missing any classes, seriously
consider dropping the course to take at another time. ATHLETES contact me after class and let me
know if away-games will take you out of class.
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS
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.
Student learning in this course will be assessed by means
Short writing assignments.
Gallery response papers.
Class discussions and presentations.
Attendance and participation.
CLASSROOM RULES OF
Please turn cell phones and
pagers off during class. Students who
disrupt class with these items will be asked to leave and could suffer
appropriate penalties for tardiness (see above attendance policy).
is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for
special assistance.T hese 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 Americans 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
web page: www.park.edu/disability .
Pay attention in
class. Dates for exams and assignments
are subject to revision!! 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. Each week you will be asked to turn in short
answers to questions about the previous week’s video segments .Exams are primarily multiple-choice (with some short answer) and will take place
at the end of the evening for which they are scheduled. Due to the length of my drive from home, if Park
classes are NOT cancelled and driving conditions are exceptionally poor, I may
still cancel class. Please call my cell
phone number on severe weather days.
Video #1 due
Video #2 due
Photography and Filmmaking
Video #3 due
Video #4 due
Video #5 due
Video #6 due
6:30 p.m. Mandatory field trip to the
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Leonardo’s Mona Lisa
Video #7 due
A field trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is also required. Please note an additional date of February 25,
a Friday evening, has been added to the above schedule. Class will be dismissed early one evening to
allow for this extra time.
Assignments 290 A = 90 – 100% (450
Field Trip 60 B
= 80 – 89% (400 – 449)
Video ?’s (8) 160 C =
70 – 79% (350 – 399)
Film ?’s (2) 30 D
= 60 – 69% (300 – 349)
Participation 40 F
= 59% and below (299 and below)
Exams (50 pts each) 150