AR115 Introduction to the Visual Arts

for S2T 2012

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AR115 Introduction to the Visual Arts


S2T 2012 DLA


Caicco, Gregory P.


Online Instructor



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Thursdays 4-5 pm EST

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Semester Dates

03/19/12 - 05/13/12

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The Art of Seeing
Paul J. Zelanski, Mary Pat Fisher
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Eighth Edition, 2011
ISBN 10: 0-205-74834-1

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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. While slide-lecture is the usual format, demonstrations, field trips and gallery tours augment classroom instruction. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
I believe there is one thing that is absolutely essential for every functional, intelligent human being to know. They must know how to LEARN. Specifically, they must know: 1. How to acquire information from which to learn. 2. How to think critically to know what is worth learning. 3. How to organize their thoughts to make the best use of their learning. 4. How to communicate their learning to others in a clear, effective manner. So what does this mean in terms of a formal education? It means that when a student enters my classroom, I see them as a person who brings with them a lifetime of acquired knowledge. They are not an empty vessel waiting to be filled, in fact, they are more like a full keg of aged wine waiting to be tapped, savored and enjoyed. It means the learning experience goes both ways, and makes us both richer for the encounter. It means that the student and I have entered into a contract to share what we know. And finally, it means I expect them to work as hard as I do to make the most of the experience.

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.

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).

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 (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.



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. 

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:

Submission of Late Work

Assignments are graded late at 10% for each day late. So if you are 3 days late, you will be docked 30%, 4 days late, 40%. No DQ (discussion question) posting assignments or DQ participation replies are accepted after the end of the week (Sunday). Students may NOT make up quizzes or exams missed because of an unexcused absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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. If there are any changes required in assignments or due dates, they will be posted in the Weekly Announcements.

The Instructor’s Office Page contains a welcome message and information about your instructor. You will also find contact information on this page and the preferred mode of communication with the instructor.

  • If your question is related to the weekly course content, you should bring up the question in the weekly discussions, so that all students will benefit from the reply from the instructor.
  • If your question is personal, such as grades, or a personal problem, please contact your instructor through email. Send the email using the Email tool within eCollege, but only select the instructor from the list!

There is a Virtual Café provided for students to communicate with one another.

  • In the first week, you will post an introduction of yourself to the Introductions page. If you have general questions that are outside the scope of the weekly discussion topic, please post it here. You can also post other messages to your fellow students on this page. This is the preferred method for you to communicate with your fellow students.
  • Follow the procedures for submission of electronic assignments.
  • You will be required, on ocassion, to submit them to the instructor via the Drop Box in eCollege. This will allow the instructor the ability to download the files and view the code for the entire project. Detailed instructions are found on the assignment directions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

About the Discussions

At least one substantial response to each discussion topic must be posted by midnight Thursday of each week. Although the discussion question asks for your opinion on topics, your opinion needs to be a "scholarly opinion". That means I need to see new research and reference/citation lists for each and every posting to this class 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--and preferably always ending with 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 marks are given for simply saying "good work" to another student, etc.  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.
Note: Some assignments and/or their contents will be changed before that week begins.

Week 1

Discussion Question 1.1: What is Art?
Discussion Question 1.2: Analysis of Visual Elements
Multimedia Presentations
Chapter 1
Chapter 2

Week 2

Discussion Question 2.1: Organizing Principles
Multimedia Presentations
Chapter 3
Test - Completed by Midnight Sunday
Exam #1 – 46 pts

Week 3

Discussion Question 3.1: Organizing Principles (Drawing)
Discussion Question 3.2: Organizing Principles (Painting/Collage)
Multimedia Presentations
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 7

Week 4

Discussion Question 4.1: Photography 
Multimedia Presentations
Chapter 8
Film Assignment to accompany Chapter 8 (Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Un Chien Andalou, Citizen Kane, Rashomon, Amelie)
Test - Completed by Midnight Sunday
Exam #2 - 51 pts

Week 5

Discussion Question 5.1: Printmaking
Multimedia Presentation
Chapter 16
Final - Part 1
2 page paper plus suggested readings and a short PowerPoint presentation. Paper due midnight Sunday - 50 pts

Week 6

Web Field Trip: Alexander Calder
2 page paper plus readings. Paper due by midnight Sunday - 50 pts
Multimedia Presentations
Chapter 10
Chapter 11

Week 7

Web Field Trip: Le Corbusier
Multimedia Presentations
Chapter 13
Test – Completed by Midnight Sunday
Exam #3 – 65 pts

Week 8
Web Field Trip:  What is Art (discussion question)
Final Proctored Exam
Arranged through proctoring sevice - 100 pts


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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.
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