AR115 Introduction to the Visual Arts

for U1T 2007

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AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts


U1T 2007 DLA


Trevis Martin


Adjunct Instructor


Bachelor of Arts - Fine Art, Park University 1996
Master of Fine Arts - Painting/Drawing, University of Missouri-Columbia 2001

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816 695 2109


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Semester Dates

Monday, June 04, 2007 - Sunday, July 29, 2007

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



The Art of Seeing, 7/E 

Paul J. Zelanski, Professor Emeritus, University Connecticut 

Mary Pat Fisher 

ISBN: 0-13-158345-X

Publisher: Prentice Hall 

Copyright: 2007 

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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:
Critical thinking and open-minded engagement are the core of the educational process.  I work hard to engage students in an ongoing, challenging, critical and reflective conversation, using any and all possible media, that will help lead them to a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

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:

Students will be assessed through:

  1. Examinations
  2. Short Writing Assignments
  3. Response Papers
  4. Class Discussions
  5. Attendance and Participation


Assignment Points Total Points Total %
Introductions Post 6 6 1.2%
Discussion Questions (16) 8 128 25.6%
Exams (3) 49+52+65 166 33.2%
Response Papers (2) 50 100 20%
Proctored Final Exam 100 100 20%
Total 500 100%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late course material will not be accepted unless due to a verifiable excused absence as determined by the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Be respectful of each other.  Conversations about art can get emotional because art frequently deals with emotional and sometimes controversial content.  You can challenge each other's ideas, but don't attack or attempt to invalidate the person who those ideas belong to.

Read charitably.  Assume that your classmates and I have good reasons for thinking the way we do, and that however our virtual voices may sound in your head, we may not be saying what you think we are.

Participate fully.  This class is a conversation, even more than a normal class.  Put your stuff out there.  We call all learn from each other.

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: Federov
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


Week 8

Web Field Trip: Krzystof Wodiczko
Web Field Trip: Fred Wilson
Mona Lisa

DQ: Wodiczko
DQ: Wilson
Response Paper


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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 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 "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.
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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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