COURSE SYLLABUS SPRING 2013
Course Number: ARTS 1301
Course Title: Art Appreciation
Course Description: Introduction to the visual arts, emphasizing the understanding and appreciation of art. Reviews two- and three-dimensional art forms, methods, and media; examines the visual elements and principles of design; and briefly surveys art styles from the prehistoric to the 21st century.
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Placement Assessment: Placement in READ 0310
Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:
Identify specific media and styles representative of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities
Evaluate and recognize these works as expressions of individual and human values corresponding to an historical and social context
Apply critical thinking skills by analyzing, evaluating, and forming critical responses to works in the arts and humanities
Analyze in the creative process of interpretive performance and recognize the physical and intellectual demands required of the literary, visual, or the performing artist
Demonstrate effective written, oral, and visual communication skills by articulating or identifying an informed personal reactions to works in the arts and humanities
Recognize or identify the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts
Analyze and demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and/or the arts on intercultural experiences
Withdrawal Policy: See the current Collin Registration Guide for last day to withdraw.
Collin College Academic Policies: See the current Collin Student Handbook
Americans with Disabilities Act Statement: Collin College will adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the ACCESS office, SCC-G200 or 972.881.5898 (V/TTD: 972.881.5950) to arrange for appropriate accommodations. See the current Collin Student Handbook for additional information.
Instructor’s Name: Rachel Schulze
Office Number: Associate Faculty Office, SCC, B-103,
I am available to meet by appointment only most M,W,F mornings, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, at another time by appointment, and to meet via telephone during other days/hours including evenings. Please contact me at least two days in advance of your desired appointment time. An evening or weekend appointment is possible if arranged in advance. Feel free to call me at 972-768-1201 for any questions about course content and grades. I will only be in the Associate Faculty Office by appointment.
Phone Number: 972-768-1201
Online students use Blackboard mail system.
Blackboard Mail is the most efficient way for us to contact each other. If unable to access the Blackboard system, use email@example.com. Include your name in front of your e-mail address and ART 1301 as “re.” I can be reached by telephone at 972-768-1201. You may leave messages on 972-768-1201. Do not leave messages in the Fine Arts Office or the Associate Faculty Office. I do not visit campus daily.
Section Number: BX2
Meeting Times: We do not meet as a class at any time.
This class is a blended online class. All class work will be submitted online and tests are taken in the Collin testing centers or in an off-campus online proctored environment coordinated through the Distance Learning Center. In addition, you will be required to visit an assigned major art museum in downtown Dallas once during the semester to complete an assignment.
Minimum Technology Requirement: Students will need access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection. This course includes the use of images that will load very slowly (or not at all) over a dial-up internet connection. If students are interested in the off-campus online proctored testing environment they must contact the Distance Learning Center for special technology requirements.
Minimum Student Skills: Students must know how to use Microsoft Word and how to upload and download documents. The orientation and all help for this class are provided online. IP and hardware problems are not excuses for missing submission of assignments. You can access your class at any Collin LRC.
Netiquette Expectations: Students should communicate with the same academic writing standards as expect in the classroom such as using proper grammar and MLA format for writing projects. Shortened communication such as that used for text messaging should not be used.
Textbook or e-book Living with Art 9th Edition by Mark Getlein, McGraw-Hill.
Connect Art Access Card for Living with Art 9th edition. Sold with new textbooks and e-
books. May be purchased separately also.
Attendance Policy: See the current Collin Registration Guide for the last day to withdraw.
This is an online class and you are responsible for keeping up with the reading and the assignments. It is imperative that you check the course at least once a day or you may miss out on important class information. Any changes to the syllabus will be posted on the Blackboard discussions or announcements board. Posting is your notification of any changes.
Online students should spend the equivalent amount of time working on course content as if they were seated in the classroom. For example, if you were taking this course in a traditional classroom you would be spending three hours of time each week in a lecture. Online students should be spending the equivalent amount of time studying course content and completing assignments. For example, three hours of time that substitutes the time in the classroom plus additional time for study and completing assignments. If your goal is to make an “A” in this course, then start spending at least three hours a week on course content from the beginning of the semester. Do not put off reading and assignments even though you are taking this course in the online format.
Additional Student Learning Outcomes:
Method of Evaluation: Student’s performance will be measured by tests which require the visual identification of artworks, artist, time periods, vocabulary words; assignments that include the identification of visual elements and principles of design, art techniques and forms, and historical styles; a written report analyzing works of art seen; participation in discussion of style characteristics and community art offerings; a museum visit and report.
Grades will be determined by the accumulation of points as described below, the total possible points being 1,000.
A = 900 – 1,000 3 Unit Tests @ 100 points each = 300
B = 800 – 899 1 Museum Report @ 100 points = 100
C = 700 – 799 15 Connect Art Assignments @ 30 points = 450
D = 600 – 699 1 Art Critique Assignment @ 50 points = 50
F = 0 – 599 2 Discussion Assignments @ 50 points = 100
Requirements For Participation In Online Discussion Or Collaborative Activities:
Students will be required to participate in two graded discussion activities with their peers. These activities may include posting student art critiques and responding to critiques posted by their peers.
Criteria Used To Evaluate Participation In Such Activities:
Students will be provided with detailed instructions including a grading rubric for any online discussion or collaborative activities. Students will be provided with the requirements and number of points possible for each step in the discussion activity.
Delivery Method of Feedback and/or Graded Material: The major of tests and assignments are graded automatically by Blackboard or Connect Art and grades are available immediately after submission. For written assignments and any discussions the instructor will respond directly to the student with written feedback over Blackboard Mail or the Assignments section.
Standards for Instructor Response and Availability: Instructor will respond to any question posted over Blackboard within 24 hours (48 hours if submitted over the weekend.) Instructor will post feedback and grades for any manually graded assignments with 3-5 weekdays.
A course calendar (available from the Blackboard course homepage) has been provided as part of this class. All date changes will be posted to the calendar, and will be noted in the Discussions section.
Unit I covers chapters 1-10 in Living with Art. The topics include themes in art, the visual elements and principles of design, critique skills, and two-dimensional media and artistic processes. At the end of the unit students should be able to describe and critique a work of art using the visual elements and principles of design. Students will also be able to identify two-dimensional media. There is one written Art Critique assignment, five Connect Art online quizzes, one Discussion assignment, and one test in Unit I. A study guide will be provided for the test listing content to be included. Not all content from each chapter is included.
Unit II covers chapters 11-15 in Living with Art. The topics include three-dimensional media and artistic processes, and students will begin reviewing art historical styles from ancient times up to the Italian Renaissance. Students should be able to identify three-dimensional art media and to recognize works of art from the ancient times up to the Italian Renaissance by the end of the unit. There five Connect Art online quizzes, one Discussion assignment, and one test in Unit II. A study guide will be provided for the test listing content to be included. Not all content from each chapter is included.
Unit III covers chapters 16-17, 21-22 in Living with Art. The topics include art historical styles from the Italian Renaissance, 17th-century France to contemporary art in the Western world. Students should be able to identify works of art from these art historical styles and be able to identify the impact of photography on the visual arts in the 19th-20th centuries. There are five Connect Art online quizzes, one Museum Report, and one test in Unit III. A study guide will be provided for the test listing content to be included. Not all content from each chapter is included.
Spring 2013 Calendar Dates
See Blackboard Announcements for any changes. Posting in Blackboard Announcements is your notification of any change.
January 22 (Tues): Official First Day of Class
February 8 (Fri): Draft Art Critique Due, 10:00 am (submitting draft is optional)
February 14 (Thu): Art Critique Due, 10:00 am
February 25 (Mon): Art Critique Discussion Posting #1 Due, 10:00 am
February 28 – March 5: Unit I Test Available at Collin Testing Centers (during regular hours)
March 4 (Mon): Unit I Connect Art Online Quizzes (5) Due, 10:00 am
March 7 (Thu): Art Critique Discussion Posting #2 Due, 10:00 am
March 11 – March 15: Spring Break
March 21 (Thu): Topics in Art Discussion Posting #1 Due, 10:00 am
April 1 (Mon): Topics in Art Discussion Posting #2 Due, 10:00 am
April 11 – April 16: Unit II Test Available at Collin Testing Centers (during regular hours)
April 15 (Mon): Unit II Connect Art Online Quizzes (5) Due, 10:00 am
April 29 (Mon): Museum Assignment Due, 10:00 am
May 9 – May 14: Unit III Test Available at Collin Testing Centers (during regular hours)
May 13 (Mon): Unit III Connect Art Online Quizzes (5) Due, 10:00 am
Course Project Descriptions
UNIT TESTS: (3 Unit Tests @ 100 points) Tests are taken in the proctored environment of one of the Collin testing centers. You are responsible for knowing the hours of the testing centers. Tests will be given over the text material and include images. Tests questions include visual identification, vocabulary, and critique in multiple choice, true/false and matching question formats. You will be allowed 60 minutes to take the test. The test is taken over a lockdown software in a proctored environment. Once you open the test you cannot exit the test and return. Please note that the Testing Centers require that you begin a test at least one hour before their closing time. If you wish to utilize the full 60 minutes to take the test, you must start your test in the Testing Center at least 60 minutes before closing time. Students must have a valid Collin student ID to access the Testing Centers.
Museum Visit Assignment: (100 points) Students will go to a major art museum in downtown Dallas one time during the semester. An assignment sheet reviewing specific art work and critiquing several pieces will be completed. You will be required to submit proof of attendance. If you do not provide adequate proof of attendance you will receive a zero for the assignment. Instructions will be posted on Blackboard in the Assignments section. The Museum Visit is intended to be the comprehensive final assessment for this course. The assignment will include content covered during the entire semester.
Connect Art Online Quizzes: (15 @ 30 points) These are short, open-book quizzes covering assigned chapters in the book. Students must obtain a Connect Art access card and may use a personal computer to complete these quizzes. The quizzes serve as review of textbook content and to prepare students for the unit tests.
Unit I Art Critique: (50 points) Students will prepare a short art critique using the vocabulary of the visual elements and principles of design and other terminology from the textbook. An example critique as well as detailed instructions with grading rubric will be provided.
Unit I Art Critique Discussion: (50 points) Students will post their art critique completed in “Unit I Art Critique” for their peers to review and respond. Students will also respond to critiques posted by their peers (up to five responses.) The discussion is in the spirit of academic discourse and is designed to share personal responses to works of art using the vocabulary for art critiques provided in the textbook. Instructions and grading rubric will be posted.
Unit II Topics in Art Discussion: (50 points) Students will post responses to questions on topics in art posted by the instructor. Students will be expected to respond to issues regarding artistic technique, individual styles and historical styles as outlined in the textbook. The discussion is in the spirit of academic discourse and is designed to share personal responses to works of art. Instructions and grading rubric will be posted in Discussions.
At the instructor’s discretion additional assignments may be added during the semester. Updates to assignments will be posted to Blackboard Announcements. This includes possible assignments for extra credit.
Detailed instructions for each assignment can be viewed using in the Course Content Folders in Blackboard once the assignment becomes available.