Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: ARTS-1301- Section: 50
Art Appreciation
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Instructor Information
Instructor Maurice Abelman
Phone(409) 984-6424
Location:UITC - Room: 201 D
Hours:Monday 10:00am -5:00pm, Wednesday 10:00am- 1:00pm
Business and Technology
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description A general introduction to the visual arts designed to create an appreciation of the vocabulary, media, techniques, and purposes of the creative process. Students will critically interpret and evaluate works of art (painting, sculpture, architecture) within formal, cultural, and historical contexts.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes 1. Understand and value the importance of art in life (PSLO Alpha, 1, 2, 5, 6) Measured by pretest/post-test, embedded test and quiz questions, group discussions, and/or oral & visual presentation rubrics
2. Acquire a basic knowledge of works of aft (PSLO Alpha,5) Measured by pretest/post-test, embedded test or quiz questions
3. Respond critically to art (PSLO 1, 2) Measured by essay rubric, embedded test or quiz questions; group discussion
4. Understand the creative process (PSLO Alpha, 1) Measured by pretest/post-test, embedded test and quiz questions, group discussions, and/or oral & visual presentation rubrics
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes     PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills � Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills � Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO 4: Teamwork Skills- Shows the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
Helps the team move forward by discussing merits of alternative ideas; Treats team members respectfully; uses positive facial, vocal or written tone, or language to convey a positive attitude; Motivates teammates by expressing confidence about the importance of the task; Provides assistance/encouragement to team members; Completes all assigned tasks by deadline; Addresses conflict constructively; or helps the group avoid conflict completely.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one�s own culture in relation to others.
Textbooks Living with Art by Mark Getlein, 11th Edition, ISBN 978-0-07-337931-9
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Lecture: Course Intro. Syllabus review. Chapter 1 Living with Art. Chapter 2 What is Art?

Week 2: Lecture: Chapter 3 Themes of Art.Chapter 4 The Visual Elements. Chapter 5 Principles of Design.

Week 3: Lecture: Ch. 4-5 expanded, How to Critique Art and understand your ideas about art.

Week 4: Lecture: Two Dimensional Media Chapter 6 Drawing. Chapter 7 Painting. Chapter 8 Prints.
Field Trip: Museum of the Gulf Coast.

Week 5: Lecture: Chapter 9 Camera and Computer Arts.

Week 6: Chapter 10 Graphic Design.

Week 7: Lecture: Chapter 11 Sculpture and Installation. Chapter 12 Arts of Ritual and Daily Life. Chapter 13 Architecture. Artist Visit.

Week 8: Lecture: Chapter 14 Ancient Mediterranean Worlds. Chapter 15 Christianity and the Formation of Europe.

Week 9: Lecture: Chapter 16 The Renaissance. Chapter 17 The 17th and 18th Centuries,

Week 10: Lecture: Chapter 18 Arts of Islam and of Africa. Chapter 19 Arts of Asia: India, China, and Japan.

Week 11: Lecture: Chapter 20 Arts of the Pacific and of the Americas. Chapter 21 The Modern World: 1800-1945.

Week 12: Lecture: Chapter 22 From Modern to Postmodern. Chapter 23 Opening Up to the World.

Week 13: Study for Final

Week 14: Final Exam

Week 14: Final Exam
Major Assignments
Week 1:
Journal Entry: Personal reflection
Write about an artistic influence you had growing up that has come from your cultural heritage.
Be ready to share you experience in class.

Week 2:
Journal Entry: Experimentation
Create a piece of art using 3 or more of the visual elements or principles of design.
Be ready to present your work in class and give a 5-10 min presentation.

Week 3:
Presentations: Students will present their work and discuss how visual and design elements pertain to their work.
First test: Test covering chapters 1-5
Journal Entry: Evaluation
Write about your experience in class creating a piece of art and what it meant to you. Discuss how you think art should be evaluated, presented, and graded.

Week 4:
Journal Entry: Research and Inspiration
Research 3 different pieces of art, one drawing, one painting, and one print that inspires you somehow and either write a short paragraph of each discussing the artist use of process and materials and how you feel about the work.

Week 5:
Journal Entry: The Digital Age
Research and select one form of digital advertisement that you have been exposed to that has caused you want to purchase a product or learn more about a subject. Explain why it caught your attention and how it relates to you as a consumer.

Week 6:
Journal Entry: Visual Persuasion
Research and select one form of digital advertisement that you have been exposed to that has caused you want to purchase a product or learn more about a subject. Explain why it caught your attention and how it relates to you as a consumer.

Week 7:
Test 2: Chapter 5-10
Journal Entry: The Third Dimension
Write about a local sculpture you have seen and how it is presented in the public space.

Week 8:
Journal Entry: The Ancient World
Research and draw one piece of religious iconography and one architectural structure from one of the periods discussed this week and write an entry about why you chose them.

Week 9:
Journal Entry: They are not just Ninja Turtles
Choose one of the following Renaissance artists Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, or Raphael and write an entry about their life and major achievements. Make sure to include one piece that you like the best from their work.

Week 10:
Journal Entry: The Eastern World
Research and draw one piece of religious iconography and one architectural structure from one of the periods discussed this week and write an entry about why you chose them.

Week 11:
Journal Entry: Modern Interpretation
Create one piece of art (painting, drawing, or sculpture) that expresses an artistic movement during the modern area between 1800-1945.
Be prepared to show and discuss in class.

Week 12:
Presentation: Journal 11
Journal Entry: When I grow up I want to be an artist.
If suddenly you had the desire to express yourself and become an artist what type of art would you make, what would you want to express, and who would you want to communicate to? Write an entry describing your journey as an artist and what you would want to achieve in your lifetime. Ex: Would you would succeed and die old surrounded by your family or if you would tragically die young forever immortalized by generations to come.

Week 13:
Journal Entry: Freebie
If you missed one journal entry in the semester you can use this journal entry as a makeup for it or you can do this entry for 5 bonus points on your final exam.
What is art to you? Write a 500 word entry discussing what you have learned from this class.

Week 14: Final Exam will be over the last 5 chapters that are lectured in class.
Final Exam Date December 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM
Grading Scale Passing grades: 100-90= A 89-80=B 79-70=C
Failing Grades: 69-60= D 59 or Below= F
Determination of
Final Grade
Tests- 20% Presentations- 20% Journals- 30% Attendance- 10% Final Exam- 20%

Tests- Tests will be over the lecture chapters we discuss in class.

Presentations- Presentations will be taken from a pre-selected journal entry which you will be required to discuss in class.

Journals: Every week there will be an assigned journal entry or task that the student will be required to complete, a total of 12 with 1 bonus entry. These entries are designed to motivate the student into thinking about the current subject that was discussed in class for the week and engage in a critical thinking exercise. These journal entries will be assigned every Monday via blackboard and are due the preceding Monday of the next new week. Students will be required to submit the journal entries via blackboard. If you miss the deadline you will receive a zero for the journal entry.

Attendance: Show up to class everyday and this could be an easy 10% toward your final grade.

Final Exam: Will be over the last 5 chapters that are lectured in class.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies This is a learning environment so work hard. Show your committed to the class and your journals and you will do great!! I believe in you. This class is about learning how to appreciate art. I promote learning, dedication, and fun. If you don't promote these objectives yourself, this class will be hard for you.

I practice the GOLDEN RULE "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." I reward good behavior in class. If you disrupt class and distract other students from learning or working on their projects, you will be asked to leave.

If you break any of the rules below you may be asked to leave or may result in other disciplinary actions:

NO FOOD IN CLASS! Sorry this is a campus rule. (If you have medical issues and require food let me know we can work something out.)
Turn off cell phones before entering class. Three Strikes and you are out. This applies to the whole semester.

* I hold the right to change these rules according to each situation.
Attendance Policy Come to class!

Late Policy
I will give students 2-3 minutes before I take role and consider you late be in your seats by then. If you are constantly late I will feel like your breaking the Golden Rule and that won't make me happy.

Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students that came to class more were more successful in their education than students that didn't come to class. Come to class! Be successful! My attendance policy is simple. After 3 unexcused absences your final grade will drop by one letter grade. After 8 unexcused absences you will receive a F for the course.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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Other * I hold the right to change these rules according to each situation.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.