AR115 Introduction to the Visual Arts

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AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts


FA 2007 HO


Eickhorst, William


Professor of Art


Grad. Parsons School od Design
BA/MA Montclair State University
Ed.D Ball State Univrsity

Office Location


Office Hours

Immediately after class


Web Page

Semester Dates

August 20 - December 18

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 8:50 AM



Credit Hours



While no text is specifically required for this class, students may find the text ordered for AR115 in the campus bookstore to be helpful.

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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 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.
Class will cover a general introduction to the history, philosophy, principles and techniques of the visual arts.
Course Objectives:
1. To introduce the student to  a multiciplicity of art styles, techniques and media used by artists throughout history.
2. To examine the pervarsive modes of artistic expression which cut across chronological, geographical and national boundaries.
3.  To assist students in the formulation of value judgments related to works of art and to differentiate between aesthetic value and personal preference.
4. To refine the student's visual acuity through the critical examination of key monuments in the history of art with special emphasis on the necessity of evaluating art in its proper cultural and historical context.
5. To examine the various functions of art and how they relate both to the individual and society.
6. To examine how artists have visually addressed the human condition, using art as a visual language which is both universal and culturally defined as well as ymbolic in nature.

Educational Philosophy:
This is not a typical "book" type course where you are assigned readings and then discuss them in class. The structure of the course is heavily reliant on viewing films, class presentations and illustrated lectures - you can't afford to miss class and stay home and read about what you missed! "Extra Credit" opportunities will be available during the course of the semester.

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:
Students will be evaluated on the basis of their performance on a number of tests, quizzes, extra credit projects and a final exam. All tests and quizzes will be objective type tests (no essays). None of the tests or quizzes will be comprehensive.

Total points acquired + extra credits will be divided by total number of tests/quizzes given. A = 90%+, B = 80-89%, C=70-79%, D = 60-69%, F = 59% or less. Graqdes are criterion rather than norm referenced!

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students have ONE CLASS PERIOD to make up a missed test/quizz. No extra credit materials will be accepted after their due date!

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Being present on time is expected. Please note tht class begins on the hour NOT 10 minutes after. Cronic absences will result in a grade reduction. Each student is allowed 3 unexcused absences for the semester after which additional absences count toward a grade reduction.  Every three "lates" counts as one absence!
Disruptive and/or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated, especially talking during class lectures, videos and slide presentations. Stuidents who do not adhere to this policy will be asked to leave the classroom for the benefit of those students who want to learn!

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
Cheating, in any form, will not be tolerated and will be reported.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Plaigerism, or any other form of academic dishonesty, will not be tolrated and will be reported.

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
See class policy above

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 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case 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: .


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