AR115 Introduction to the Visual Arts

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AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts


U1T 2010 DLB


Nelson, Gayle


M.A. in Illustration, Syracuse University, NY, August 2004, 4.0.
Thesis: Printmaking--Contemporary American Printmakers and their Contributions to the Field of Illustration. Directed by John Thompson.
B.S. in Art, Graduated Summa cum Laude, Troy State University, AL, 2001.

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Semester Dates

Summer 2010 June 7 - August 1, 2010

Class Days

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Credit Hours


Art of Seeing
RequiredEdition: 7TH • Zelanski, Paul

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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.

Educational Philosophy:

It is my philosophy to give you a better understanding of basic art concepts from its vocabulary to the mediums of art, exploration of the principles and elements of art, and the history of art.  By using lectures and overviews of textbook readings, discussions, exams, projects, internet websites, videos and more, I hope to encourage learning and increase your passion for the Visual Arts. 

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:




Total %

Introductions Post




Discussion Questions (11)




Film Assignment                  




Exams (3)




Response Papers (2)




Proctored Final Exam










Number of Points



450 - 500



400 - 449



350 - 399



300 - 349



299 or below

Below 59.9

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Missing any part of this schedule may prevent completion of the course. If you foresee difficulty of any type (i.e., an illness, employment change, etc.) which may prevent completion of this course, notify the instructor as soon as possible. Failure to do so may result in failure for an assignment and/or failure of the course.

If I have not heard from you by the deadline dates for assignments, exams, or forums, no make-up work will be allowed (unless extraordinary circumstances existed, such as hospitalization). Requests for extensions must be made in advance and accompanied by appropriate written documentation. "Computer problems" are not an acceptable excuse.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This is an online class. It is not a “correspondence course” in which students may work at his or her own pace. Each week there will be assignments, on-line discussions, and/or exams with due dates. Refer to the schedule for more information. Hands-on is key to learning, jump-starting the creative, and true visual art excitement. Give me questions and look for answers – I would much rather answer than pose the questions. Discussion Questions are important. I want to hear from you-your thoughts and creative ideas.

Class Preparation: All reading assignments should be completed with thoroughness during the week assigned on the class schedule. All work will be YOUR OWN!
In order to be successful as an online learner, you should be organized and well motivated.  Make sure you log in to the course several times each week - preferably every other day. Check all announcements that have been posted. Start early in the week to complete the weekly assignment.  Also go to the Discussion area early in the week and view the topic and question/s for the group discussion exercise. Make your “initial” posting and participate in the discussion. Begin reviewing for the exams early in the term. Do not wait until the last minute and “cram” for these exams. You should review the material frequently, so you will be prepared to take the exams. 
KEEP UP...Internet Courses can get ahead of you very easily.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts(Gayle Nelson)
Weekly Schedule

Week 1

Week 5

Course Home
Virtual Café introduction
Question #1
Question #2
Chapter #1 – Understanding Art
Chapter #2 – Visual Elements

Question #7
Question #8
Chapter #16 – Understanding Art on All Levels
Response Essay #1 and readings

Week 2

Week 6

Question #3
Chapter #3 – Organizing Principles of Design
Exam #1

Question #9
Chapter #10 – Sculpture
Chapter #11 – Crafts
Response Essay #2 and readings

Week 3

Week 7

Question #4
Question #5
Chapter #4 – Drawing
Chapter #5 – Painting
Chapter #7 – Graphic Design

Question #10
Chapter #13 – Architecture
Exam #3

Week 4

Week 8

Question #6
Chapter #8 – Photography and Filmmaking
Film Assignment to accompany Chapter 8
Exam #2

Question #11
COMP Final Exam - proctored

Overview: Each week contains a Weekly Overview which contains the learning outcomes, activities, and assessments for that week. You should read and print out the Weekly Overview for each week.
Weekly structure of the course: This course is split into eight weekly units. The unit starts and ends on Sunday at midnight CST (Central Standard Time zone).
Course Attendance/Participation:  All students are required to log into the course at least once during each week. All students are required to log in at least 3 times per week to participate in discussions (preferably every other day). 
Discussion: Respond at least once to each topic for that week with meaningful responses (NOT just Yes or No).  In addition, you should respond to at least one other student post. See word count and directions on discussions.
Response Essay Paper: Discuss various art subjects in a formal essay.
Refer to the Course Home menu for more detailed information on the learning assignments and assessments.

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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 "F".
  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.

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