AR115 Introduction to the Visual Arts

for S1T 2010

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AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts


S1T 2010 DL


Buckingham, Leslie Lynn


Senior Instructor, Art and Design


MA in Art History
BA in Art History

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816-987-2654 (fax and answering machine)


Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours




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:
AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts (MGE) 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.

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:

Course Assessments Rubric




Total %

   Introductions Post




   Discussion Questions (11)




   Film Assignment                  




  Exams (3)




  Response Papers (2)




   Proctored Final Exam








Letter Grade Policy


Number of Points



450 - 500



400 - 449



350 - 399



300 - 349



299 or below

Below 59.9

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments will be accepted late but will be penalized one letter grade for each day.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

About the Discussions

At least one meaningful response (i.e. NOT Yes or No) to each topic must be posted by midnight Sunday.  In addition, each student should respond to at least one other posting per topic.  I strongly suggest you log in 3 times per week in order (preferably every other day), in order to keep up with the discussions.  You will get more out of the class in this way. Look for additional information regarding your instructor's rubric on the Discussion page.  Many instructors will request you post your initial response by Wednesday night or by Thursday night.  Participation in all Discussions - 110 pts

Week 1

Course Home

  • If you have not already done so, look over the Items within the Course Home page.
  • If you have not already done so, introduce yourself in the Virtual Cafe (under Course Home).


  • Discussion Question #1 (The title of these discussions may change from one semester to another.)
  • Discussion Question #2 

Multimedia Presentations

  • Chapter 1 - Understanding Art
  • Chapter 2 - Visual Elements


Week 2


  • Discussion Question #3

Multimedia Presentations

  • Chapter 3 - Organizing Principles of Design

Test - Completed by Midnight Sunday

  • Exam #1

Week 3


  • Discussion Question #4
  • Discussion Question #5 

Multimedia Presentations

  • Chapter 4 - Drawing
  • Chapter 5 - Painting
  • Chapter 7 - Graphic Design

Week 4


  • Discussion Question #6

Multimedia Presentations

  • Chapter 8 - Photography and Filmmaking
  • Film Assignment - clips to accompany Chapter 8 (Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Un Chien Andalou, Citizen Kane, Rashomon, Amelie)

Test - Completed by Midnight Sunday

  • Exam #2

Week 5


  • Discussion Question #7
  • Discussion Question #8 

Multimedia Presentation

  • Chapter 16 - Understanding Art on All Levels


Response Essay 1

  • 2 page paper plus suggested readings. Paper due midnight Sunday - 50 pts

Week 6


  • Discussion Question #9 


Multimedia Presentations

  • Chapter 10 - Sculpture
  • Chapter 11 - Crafts

Response Essay 2

  • 2 page paper plus selected readings. Paper due by midnight Sunday - 50 pts


Week 7


  • Discussion Question #10


Multimedia Presentations

  • Chapter 13 - Architecture


Test – Completed by Midnight Sunday

  • Exam #3

Week 8


  • Discussion Question #11

Proctored Exam

  • Arranged through proctoring sevice - 100 pts

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  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
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  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 "F".
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