AR115 Introduction to the Visual Arts

for SP 2008

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AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts


SP 2008 HO


Eickhorst, William




BFA, BA, MA, Ed.D.


Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Credit Hours


No text required. Although not specific text is required, there are many general "Art Appreciation" texts available that students might find 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. General background in the history, philosophy, principles and techniques of the visual arts.. 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:
Students will be evaluated on the basis of their performance on a series of tests, quizzes, take-home assignments and a final exam. All tests and quizzes will be made up of objective type questions.  None of the tests, including the final, will be comprehensive.


Grading is criterion referenced - there is no "curve."
"A" - 90%+
"B" - 80-89%
"C" - 70-79%
"D" - 60-69%
"F" - 69%-

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Absolutely no late assignments will be accepted without prior approval of the instructor.  If you miss a test, you have untilk the next class period to make it up.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Being present, ON TIME, is expected. Please note that class begins on the hour - not 10 minutes after!  Chronic tardiness and absences will result in a grade reduction!  Disruptive and/or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated - students who do not adhere to this policy will be asked to leave the classroom. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
The first half of the course will deal with how to look at art and the techniques used by artists to create the illusion of space and depth on a 2-Dimensional surface, different genre in art, how artists use color, the nature of creativity and recent developments in sculpture. The second half of the semester will focus on the work of great artists from the Renaissance and Baroque periods in art history.

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

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

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
Each student is allowed 3 unexcused absences; for every three absences beyond he unexcused, a grade reduction will be incurred.

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: .

Additional Information:
This is not a typical "Book" course where you are assigned readings which are then discussed in class. The structure of the class is heavily dependent on viewing films, class presentations and slide lectures - you can't afford to miss class and stay home and read about what you missed!  "Extra Credit" opportunities will be available throughout the semester.


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