LS212 Introduction to the Arts

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LS 212 Introduction to the Arts


F2Z 2010 ML


Fontana, Leslie J.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Elementary Education/K-12 Certification in Art Western Mont. College , 1976
Master of Interdisciplinary Studies Univ. of MT1997

Office Location


Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone


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Semester Dates

10/18/10 - 12/12/10

Class Days


Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM



Credit Hours



Art in the World; Fourth Edition; Stella Panell Russell;; Thomson Learning Inc.; 1993
ISBN 0-03-076543-9


The Annotated Mona Lisa; A crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern; Carol Strickland, Ph.D. and John Boswell; Andrews and McMeel;Publishing 2007; ISBN-10: 0-8362-8005-9

Additional Resources:

Video Series Art of the Western World; Anneberg Media.  Available at McCaffee Memorial Library.
The Power Of Myth Video Series; Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell

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Course Description:
LS212 Introduction to the Arts (MGE): A study of the common elements in the visual, verbal and performing arts and how they reflect values of different cultural periods. The course also includes a survey of themes, genres, and representative work in the classical, romantic, and modern art forms. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Educational Philosophy:

The Instructor's  educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, class discussions, videos, internet websites, and examples of visual art.  The instructor makes every attempt to keep the subject matter relevant to world history and current events.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the connections between art and other facets of society
  2. Develop an awareness of the impact of art on individuals and society
  3. Analyze elements of a variety of art genre
  4. Research an art subject and show evidence of collection, synthesis, and formulation of a thesis

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1. Demonstrate understanding of the connections between art and other facets of society
  2. 2. Develop an awareness of the impact of art on individuals and society
  3. 3.              Analyze elements of a variety of art genre
  4. 4. Research an art subject and show evidence of collection, synthesis, and formulation of a thesis
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Coverage of the course topic will be accomplished in a variety of ways: Reading assignments, lecture, discussion, slide shows and videos.  Assessment will be based on midterm and final examinations, and one page reflective essays which will be written at the conclusion of each class session.  If reflective essays as a means of review and assessing the material prove to be ineffective, a quiz of equal value will be substituted.  Additionally, participation points will be awarded for each class session.  A rubric identifying quality participation and guidelines for reflective writing are attached to this syllabus. 


Examinations: 2 exams @155 points each -  310 points

Reflective writing:12 essays @ 10 pts -120 pts (no writing on review nights or test nights)  

Participation points: 14 sessions @ 5 pts each    - 70 pts  


Total points available:               500 points 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

In the event of excused absence, the student is allowed to make up the fifteen points per session missed by reading and viewing the assigned material, summarizing the material in the form of an outline or written summary and writing a personal response in a reflective paper.  Make up writing is much more inclusive than evening essays, and includes a summary of text chapters and video material. Make up essay are due one week after the excused absence takes place.  In cases of longer, duty related assignments, deadlines will be determined by the instructor. Make up essays which are later than one week will have 10% of the points possible deducted for each session the assignment is late. 

   In the event of an unexcused absence, make up is at the discretion of the instructor.  The Instructor must be notified in advance of all absences, or they are considered unexcused.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Because this is a reading and discussion course, keeping up with the assigned reading and participating in class are critical to both the students understanding of the material and the grade.  Excused absences are only given in cases of duty assignments, verified  by the proper paperwork, or documented emergency. The instructor should be notified in advance of such absences.  In cases of unexcused absence, make up is at the discretion of the instructor.

   Arriving late to class is both disruptive and rude.  Participation points will be deducted for coming late to class. Leaving class early is treated similarly to tardies, with participation points being deducted.

   Students who are also parents often have babysitting problems.  While I sympathize with the parent, I do not allow children in the classroom, so parents should have a backup plan for babysitting.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date Text Assignment
T 10-19  Art in the World: Intro

pp1-14 & 21-39 vid clips 

Th 10-21 A in W Ch 1 and 2 (Exerpts pp 20-68
T 10-26 A in W Ch 10: Ancient Art      Video clip pp229-249 and video clips
Th 10-28

A in W Ch 11 Greece pp 251-264   Video clips

Mona Lisa 12-15
T 11-2  A in W Ch 11 Rome pp 264-270    Video clips Mona Lisa 16-19
 Th 11-4 A in W Ch 12 Middle Ages pp 277-302 (excerpts) Mona Lisa 24-29 (video)
T 11-9 A in W 299-302 Early Renn and Review for Miterm Mona Lisa 32-33
Th 11-11 Midterm Exam
T 11-16 A in W Ch 13 Renaissance 304-322  (video) Mona Lisa 30-44
Th 11-18 A in W Ch 13 Baroque pp 322-336 Mona Lisa 44-65
T 11-21 A in W Ch 14 Revolution & Modern   pp343-350 Mona Lisa  66-84
Th 11-25 Thanksgiving Break
T 11-30 A in W Ch 14 Impressionism & Post Imp pp352-364 Mona Lisa 96-122
Th 12-2 Review for Midterm
T 12-7 A in W. Ch 15 Innovation pp372-396 (exerpts) Mona Lisa pp 123; 129-145
Th 12-9 Final Examination

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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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