AR 115 /
Introduction to the Visual Arts / MGE / 3 Credit Hours
Fall 2004 August 23 – December 10
Monday 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Leslie Buckingham, Senior Instructor
Office in Interior Design, MA430C
Office Hours after class, or by appt.
(816) 678-1144 Phone and Voicemail
The mission of Park University, an 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 instruction.
FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
The instructor’s educational philosophy is one based on
interactive learning based on lectures, readings, examinations, videos, and
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 directly experienced.
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
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.
Suggested but not required…
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.
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. ATHLETES contact me
after class and let me know if away-games will take you out of class.
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.
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 CONDUCT
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).
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all
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 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:
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 University 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.
BOOK – Understanding Art
VIDEO – ART21 Place: Laurie Anderson,
Richard Serra, Sally Mann
BOOK – Visual Elements
VIDEO – ART21 Place: Margaret Kilgallen &
Barry McGee, Pepón Osorio
NO CLASS – Labor Day
BOOK – Organizing Principles
VIDEO – Masters of Illusion
VIDEO – ART21 Spirituality: Beryl Korot, Ann
Hamilton, John Feodorov
BOOK – Organizing Principles (cont.)
VIDEO – ART21 Spirituality: Shahzia Sikander,
EXAM – Part One (Chapters 1-3)
VIDEO – ART21 Identity: William Wegman,
Bruce Nauman, Kerry James Marshall
VIDEO – ART21 Identity: Louise Bourgeois,
Film #1 Assignment given
Photography and Filmmaking
VIDEO – various film clips
VIDEO – ART21 Consumption: Barbara Kruger,
Michael Ray Charles, Matthew Barney
Film #1 Assignment Due
Film #2 Assignment given
NO CLASS – Fall Recess
VIDEO – ART21 Consumption: Andrea Zittel,
Film #2 Assignment Due
EXAM – Part 2 (Chapters 4, 5, 7-9)
VIDEO – ART21 Stories: Trenton Doyle
Hancock, Kiki Smith
VIDEO – ART21 Stories: Do-Ho Suh, Kara
6:00 p.m. Mandatory field trip to the Nelson-Atkins
Museum of Art
VIDEO – ART21 Loss & Desire: Janine Antoni,
Gabriel Orozco, Collier Schorr
VIDEO – ART21 Time: Vija Celmins, Tim
Hawkinson, Paul Pfeiffer
supplemental readings given for FINAL
EXAM – Part 3 (Chapters 10-14)
VIDEO – ART21 Time: Martin Puryear
VIDEO – ART21 Humor: Eleanor Antin, Walton
FINAL assignment given...due semester’s end
Leonardo’s Mona Lisa
VIDEO – ART21 Humor: Elizabeth Murray,
No class meeting…FINAL DUE BY 12:00 NOON ON 12/14/04
A field trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is also
required. Please note an additional date of November 12, a Friday evening, has
been added to the above schedule. Class will be dismissed early one evening to
allow for this extra time. You are also required to attend 1 artist lecture at
the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. A calendar of these events is attached.
A sign-up sheet will be passed around the 2nd week of classes so that
I may reserve a spot for you at the event of your choice. Further information
on artists will be available on
Kemper Museum of Contemporart Art calendar (for outside
Day of Week
October7 & 8
Thursday & Friday
10am & 1pm
University student lectures
Public lecture and exhibition (opening reception
October 21 & 22
Ursula von Rydingsvard
10am & 6:30pm
University student lecture
(6:30 public lecture)
A = 90 – 100% (450 – 500)
50 B = 80 – 89% (400 – 449)
Video ?’s (13)
130 C = 70 – 79% (350 – 399)
Film ?’s (2)
30 D = 60 – 69% (300 – 349)
30 F = 59% and below (299 and below)
Outside Event 50
3 Exams (50 pts each)
TOTAL = 500