AR497 Senior Seminar: Fine Arts

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AR 497  Senior Seminar: Fine Arts


SP 2012 HOZ


Bachmann, Donna


Program Coordinator of Fine Art and  Professor of Art


B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute; M.A., Unversity of Missouri-Kansas City;
M.F.A., University of Missour-Columbia

Office Location

Alumni Hall, 3rd floor, Room 31

Office Hours

Mon. & Wed.  12:00-1:30 and 4:15-5:00.  Thursday: 11:30-1:00 and by appointment.

Daytime Phone

Office: 816-584-6457

Other Phone

Home phone 913-384-4419


Semester Dates

Jan.17 - May 11, 2012

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


There is no text book for this course.

However, please familiarize yourself with the websites of the Kansas City Artists Coalition,
<>  and Review <> for a plethera
of resources, exhibition opportunities and information relevant for all artists working in the area.

An important resource available via Park's library is ArtStor,  a comprehensive online digital library of art images.  Go to the library online and access their databases.

Additional Resources:

I highly recommend this short book, David Bayles and Ted Orland's, Art and Fear. They discuss the biggest difficulty young fine artists have, which is self-motivation and continuing to be productive after graduation. Please buy this book for yourself.

The following are some of the books available on the market that are good resources for developing artists:

Cay Lang,  Taking the Leap: Building a Career as a Visual Artist.

Caroll Michels, How to Survive and Prosper as a Artist.

Jonathan Talbot, The Artist's Marketing and Action Plan.

Molly Barnes, How to Get Hung: a Paractical Guide for Emerging Artists.

Kathy Gulrich, 187 Tips for Artists: How to Create a Successful Art Career.

Lee Caplin, The Business of Art.

Daniel Grant, The Business of Being an Artist.

Julius Vitali, The Fine Artists'  Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion: Innovative Techniques to Build Your Career as an Artist. 

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Course Description:
AR497 Senior Seminar: Fine Arts: The capstone course, focuses on the completion of the portfolio that documents the student's development throughout his or her time at Park (a copy to be retained in the Art Office) and preparation for the transition to professional practice in art, education or design. This can include research on careers, graduate schools, galleries, resume preparation, etc. Fine Art and Art Education students are required to plan, publicize and install an exhibition of their work in the Campanella Gallery.  1:2:2

Educational Philosophy:

I believe that it is through intensive studio practice that students learn to generate visual ideas, to express them skillfully and to critically evaluate their results.  The ideal environment for that studio practice is an energetic, competitive visual milieu that is intellectually as well as physically demanding.  Art and design are labor intensive and cumulative.   I engage each student in an ongoing discussion about their ideas and their work. Through each project, and through successive semesters, I try to provide the stimulus and support that will help build each individual student’s skill, confidence and portfolio. 

Class Assessment:

1.   Participation. This includes helping to set the agenda of the seminar, attendance at the class meetings set by the group, and contribution of critique, ideas and mutual assistance as agreed.

2.   Completion of three written assignments as detailed in the attachments.

3.   Fulfilling the portfolio and exhibition requirements.  See attachments.

4. Take the Art History Program Assessment Exam, which will be individually scheduled after midterm.  This exam attempts to determine how much of the basic content of AR115, AR215, AR216 & AR316 (vocabulary, concepts, major art works and artists) you as a graduating senior have learned.  It will not affect your academic standing in any way but will be used to help assess and improve the art history curriculum.  This “exam” is proctored but not timed.



  1. As in all art and design courses you will be evaluated on the quality of your work, most particularly the development and presentation of the your exhibition and portfolio.  This is the Core Assessment for AR497 and is worth approx. 80% of the course grade.
  1. The care and thoroughness  evidenced in the three written assignments will be worth approx. 10%.
  1. The collective aspect of the seminar is a third component in grading: to what extent have you individually contributed to the success of the seminar?  How have you helped your classmates?  Have you kept your commitments to the group?  Could you be relied upon?  Also worth about 10%.


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
_By Friday, Jan. 27  (end of the second week of the semester) the first meeting of the seminar should have                                         been held to set up our meeting times, calendar and make plans for the semester. 

_By  Friday, Feb. 10 (end of the fourth week of the semester)  first written assignment and presentation to
                                    the seminar.

_By Friday, Feb. 26  (end of the sixth week of the semester) second written assignment due. 

_By Friday,  March 23 (end of the ninth week of the semester) individual Art History Program Assessment
                                        Exams should be scheduled.

_By Monday,  April 23    (beginning of the fourteenth week of the semester),  third written assignment due.

_By the weekend of  April 28 & 29,   the first  Senior Art Exhibit will be installed.

_The installations, receptions,and beginning and ending dates of the exhibits: TBA.

_By Monday, May 7 (first day of Finals Week)  Comprehensive Digital portfolios due.

_Saturday May 12,  Graduation!

Fri., June 1,  last exhbition day of the last senior art exhibit.

_Weekend of Jan.  28 & 29, 2012,  fourth and last Senior Art Exhbit  taken down.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

Disability Guidelines:
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