AR115 Introduction to the Visual Arts

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AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts


F1T 2010 DLA


Ricci, Glenn A.


Adjunct Faculty


UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA – Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.  Dissertation on: System Infrastructure Needs for Web Course Delivery: A Survey of Online Courses in Florida Community Colleges.
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY – Master of Arts in Teaching.  Major in Computer Art.  Researched and wrote: Computer Art - The Artistic, Historic, and Technologic Development.  Curriculum development, Implementation of Computer Art Courses into Fine Art and Graphic Design Curriculums.
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING - M.F.A. Thesis: Idea as Reality: An Exhibition with Special Emphasis on the Canvas Surface as Vehicle for Reality Levels.

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Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2–5 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Semester Dates

08/16/10 - 10/10/10

Class Days


Class Time


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The Art of Seeing, 8th Edition

By Paul J. Zelanski, Mary Pat Fisher

Publisher: Prentice Hall, Inc.
Copyright: 2010
Format: Paper; 560 pp



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Additional Resources:

Art History websites and links:;jsessionid=2A9BC2E8E855C90AA090FF8A7FFD3FF7
The Oxford Art Online website is searchable for any work of art by artist, title, or period and returns information by subject entry, images of the actual works, and offers other tools and resources. So virtually any work of art is accessible to students to observe and become familiar with the stylistic characteristics.
This web-based reference is for the internet public library and is broadly searchable for most any artistic works from many various civilizations and cultures covered in the AR 216 course. The site also includes sub-headings for the following areas:
Arts & Humanities News, Classics, Culture, Fine Arts, History, History of Arts & Humanities, Museums, Philosophy, and Religion & Theology.
This is the Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus online of the Getty Research Institute for study. The Institute is dedicated to furthering knowledge and advancing understanding of the visual arts. The Research Library has special collections of rare materials and digital resources serving as an international community of scholars and the interested public.
This is a very easy to use glossary of art and architectural terms that is extremely comprehensive and includes specific glossary categories for painting, architecture, printmaking, color in art, and art movements.


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Course Description:
AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts LE (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:

I believe learning can occur when students allow themselves to be open to new content and actively engage with the subject matter.  When that is done students will find something unique and intriguing in art.  By investing energy toward learning in this class students may get information and knowledge that will enrich the rest of their lives and how they see the world.  The majority of this class is based on the book, but I am willing to consider for discussion any tangential topics that may help a student engage with the material.

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:

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 so that you can follow it even when away from a computer.

Weekly structure of the course:

This course is split into eight weekly units.
The unit starts and ends on Sunday at midnight CST (CST is the Central Standard Time zone, the time zone of the Parkville Campus.)
Course Attendance:  All students are required to log into the course at least once during each week.
Course Participation: All students are required to log in at least 3 times per week to participate in discussions (preferably every other day). Your initial postings in the discussions must occur before Thursday midnight CST of each week as part of the criteria to earn the full 10 points for postings.

Overview of Course Learning Activities

Each week, you will have regular learning activities:

Lecture - These will be in the form of multimedia presentations
Discussion - Respond at least once to each topic for that week with meaningful responses (i.e. NOT just Yes or No).  In addition, for each discussion question, you should respond to at least one other student post.
Response Paper Assignments (for Week 5 and 8) - Discuss various art subjects in a formal essay.
Refer to the Course Schedule in the Course Home menu for more detailed information on the learning assignments and assessments.

Overview of Course Assessments

Introductions Participation - 5 points 
Participation in Discussions - 110 points 
Special Film Assignment - 5 points
3 Exams - 180 total points
Response Papers - 2 papers @ 50 points each --100 points
Proctored Final Exam - 100 points
TOTAL : 500 points.

Refer to the Course Schedule in the Course Home menu for more detailed information on the learning assignments and assessments.


Course Assessments Rubric




Total %

   Introductions Post




   Discussion Questions (11)




   Film Assignment                  




  Exams (3)




  Response Papers (2)




   Proctored Final Exam






·         Refer to the Course Schedule in the Course Home menu for more detailed information on the learning assignments and assessments. 


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 up to one week after their due date, but will be penalized one letter grade or 10% for each day late, up to a maximum of 7 days late. So if you are 3 days late, you will be docked 30%, 8 days late and you get zero. No DQ (discussion question) posting assignments or DQ participation replies are accepted after the end of each week (Sunday) in which they are due. Students may NOT make up quizzes or exams missed because of an unexcused absence.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Communications modes

The Announcements tool in eCollege is an important way we communicate with you during the course. You are responsible for reading each of the Weekly Announcements, including the FAQ's and the Home Page for each week in the course. 

Follow the procedures for submission of electronic assignments.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

About the Discussions

At least one substantial response (i.e. NOT just -) to each discussion topic must be posted by midnight Thursday of each week. In addition, each student should respond to at least one other posting per topic.  You will get more out of the class in this way and I strongly suggest you log in 3 times per week (preferably every other day) to keep up with the discussions.  Discussion postings should reflect your "scholarly opinion" to the topics. Provide research and reference/citation for critical information that you obtained to back up and support your thoughts and to give substance to your contribution--show your mastery of the subject! 

In addition, each student should respond to at least one other student posting per discussion board offering substantial topic-related content, data, new research and/or ideas to the discussion. It is also helpful to add a critical question for the other student. Responding to more students and to the professor may increase your grade only if you add even more substantial content to the discussion. No points are earned by simply responding “Yes,” “Good work,” or “I agree,” etc. 

Participation in all Discussions = 110 pts for the entire course

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 service - 100 pts

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 "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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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