Arts and Visual Design 261 - Understanding the Arts

 

Fall 2007 MWF 10:35 – 11:30 am                             Professor Kaoime E. Malloy

TH 316   3 Credit Hours                                           Office: TH171B  x2193

Office Hours: T 1–2 pm; W 12 – 1pm                     email: malloyk@uwgb.edu                                                                                                  Website: www.uwgb.edu/malloyk

 

TEXTBOOK

Artforms, ninth edition by Duane Preble, Sarah Preble and Patrick Frank

COURSE OBJECTIVES

To introduce the student to the world of visual and performing arts: language, content, forms, function, objectives, styles, types and critical evaluation.  To create a vocabulary that allows for the creation of connections with and an understanding of the arts, and facilitates the discussion of artistic expression, and to recognize and understand the meaningful role that it plays in society.

COURSE CONTENT 

Through the use of text and visual images, we will explore the world of artistic expression in its various forms.  What is art and why do artists create it?  How does one make a personal connection with art? Are artists different than other people?  The functions of art.  The elements and principles of design.  Criteria for critical evaluation.  The place of art in society.  Cultural aesthetics and how they shape artistic content and our response to it.  We will view, discuss and evaluate various types of visual and performing arts including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and craft mediums, theatre and film, music and dance. 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Weekly Assignments – Students will complete and turn in a short assignment each week. This assignment will consist of:

  1. Locating a work of visual or performing art. You will need to make a copy to turn in along with part 2 if it’s visual (unless the work can be found in Artforms, in which case you can simply list the page number.)  You should look at a variety of artwork over the course of the semester, both performing and visual, so consider looking at films, plays, music and music videos as well.
  2. Writing a brief, informal evaluation/reaction to the piece, which may include questions about the work itself. 
  3. A response to questions provided by the instructor and any comments or questions about the previous week’s lectures.  This is your opportunity to get clarification of topics covered in class.

On the week your group presentation is due, you will not be required to hand in a weekly assignment.

Projects – Students will be required to complete two main projects during the course of the semester.

  1. A theme oriented collage art project.  This project will be due at midterm and is graded on a pass/fail scale.
  2. A group project consisting of a class presentation and supporting materials on a topic relating to a style or genre of art, or about an individual artist.  Presentation date will be determined by an in class lottery.  This project will be discussed in greater detail at a later date.

Group projects will be discussed in greater detail at a later date.  For weekly assignments, please refer to the handout included with this syllabus.

Midterm Exam – This will be a multiple-choice test based on lecture material covered in class from 9/4 through 10/9 and relevant assigned readings in the textbook.

Final Exam – There will be a final exam based on lecture material covered in class from 10/14 throughout the remainder of the semester and the group presentations.

Class Participation – Students are expected to participate in class discussions. Sleeping, reading, talking or otherwise not being engaged in class also affects your participation score.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Because this is such a large class and our meeting times are brief, formally taking attendance is problematic.   I won't take roll every day, but all students are expected to attend class unless illness or emergency prevents it.  I would rather go by the honor system and use the weekly assignments to record class attendance.  However, let me be very clear what this means: YOU ALONE ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL MATERIAL COVERED IN CLASS.  IT WILL BE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO RETRIEVE THE MATERIAL FOR MISSED CLASSES.  While I may follow the organizational format of the textbook, in general I will not be lecturing directly from the text.  If you miss class, you will need to get that information from a classmate.  Missing class also reduces your 25-point participation score, as absences prevent you from participating in class.  If you are aware of potential absence dates, such as for participation in sports, please make me aware of these in advance.

 

GRADING

Weekly Assignments   65 points A = 93%
Midterm Project 25 points A/B - 89 %
Midterm Exam 50 points B = 83 %
Group Topic Statement 10 points B/C = 79%
Group Presentation   50 points C = 73 %
Group Materials   50 points D = 69 %
Group Questions 10 points F = 68 % and below
Final Exam 50 points
Class Participation 25 points
Total    335 points Percentages will be rounded up or down as appropriate

 

 

EXTRA CREDIT

There will be at least one opportunity for extra credit during the semester.  All students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity.

 
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
As required by federal law and UW-Green Bay policy, appropriate and reasonable accommodations can be made for students with a documented disability to fulfill essential course requirements.  All information will be kept strictly confidential.  Special arrangements such as tutoring, note taking and special arrangements for test taking are available through the Disability Services Office, 465-2841. These services must be arranged during the first two weeks of class. Contact the instructor and Disability Services Coordinator to formulate alternative arrangements.

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

Date

Day

Topic

Due/READING

9/4

F

Introduction

 

9/7

M

Labor Day – no class

 

9/9

W

What is art?  The Creative Impulse.

Weekly Assignment Artforms: Chapter 1

9/11

F

Purposes of Art.  Content and Context.

Artforms: Chapter 2

9/14

M

Making connections with Art.  The Museum System.

 

9/16

W

Art or Not?

Weekly Assignment

9/18

F

Visual Elements: Line/Shape/Form/Mass

Artforms: Chapter 3

9/21

M

In Class time for Group Projects

*Groups Selected*

9/23

W

Visual Elements: Value/Color/Texture

Weekly Assignment

9/25

F

Principles of Design: Balance/Unity/Variety/Emphasis

Artforms: Chapter 4

9/28

M

Principles of Design: Direction/Movement/ Scale/Proportion/Repetition

Group Topic Statement

9/30

W

Forms and Styles of Art

 

Weekly Assignment

10/2

F

The Artist and Society: perception of the role of the artist and how it has changed

Artforms: Chapters 14 – 16, 20 - 23 (the chapters are short)

10/5

M

Cultural Aesthetics - How to Approach Non Western Art

Artforms: Chapters 17, 18, 19 and 24

10/7

W

Censorship and Public Funding.

Weekly Assignment

10/9

F

Art Evaluation and Criticism. 

Artforms: Chapter 5

10/12

M

In Class time for Group Projects

*Midterm Project assigned*

 

10/14

W

The Visual Arts: Drawing and Painting

Weekly Assignment

Artforms: Chapters 6-7

10/16

F

MID TERM EXAM

 

10/19

M

The Visual Arts: Printmaking and Sculpture

Artforms: Chapter 8 and 11

10/21

W

The Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Media Manipulation/Advertising

Artforms: Chapter 10

Weekly Assignment

10/23

F

The Applied Arts: Craft or Art?

Artforms: Chapter 12

Mid Term Project

10/26

M

The Visual Arts: Camera and Film – Manipulation of Reality

Artforms: Chapter 9

Mid Term Project

10/28

W

The Performing Arts: Theatre and Film

Weekly Assignment

10/30

F

Design in Film

 

11/2

M

In Class time for Group Projects/TBA

 

11/4

W

Culture Shock: Censorship in Film

Weekly Assignment

11/6

F

Elements of Music

 

11/9

M

Music: What are our expectations?

 

11/11

W

Culture Shock: The Jazz Age

Weekly Assignment

11/13

F

TBA

 

11/16 M TBA  
11018 W TBA  
11020 F TBA  

11/23

M

TBA

 

11/25

W

TBA

Weekly Assignment

11/27

F

Thanksgiving Recess

 

11/30

M

Group Presentations

 

12/2

W

Group Presentations

Weekly Assignment

12/4

F

Group Presentations

 

12/7

M

Group Presentations

 

12/9

W

Group Presentations

Weekly Assignment

12/11

F

Group Presentations

 

12/14

M

Last day of class – Final Review

 

 

This schedule will be revised as needed throughout the semester

 

FINAL EXAM:  Friday, December 18th 10:30 - 12:30 pm

 

WEEKLY ASSIGNMENT

These assignments are designed to help expose you to various works of arts in a variety of styles and mediums. You will learn to use art resources in the library and on the web, as well as develop critical evaluation skills. These assignments consist of three parts:

1. Find a work of art that interests you. You may accomplish this task by searching books in the library, going through your textbook, by going to a gallery, or by researching art and artists on the World Wide Web. You could even comment on a film or theatre performance you have seen, or architecture you may have observed. You should pick a piece that intrigues you, or one for which you have a strong emotional response. This response can be positive or negative. It is far easier to evaluate and comment about a work of art when you have a strong response to it than when you are ambivalent. Once you have found your image, you will need to make a copy to hand in along with the other parts of the assignment. (Obviously, this won’t be possible if you saw a film or theatre performance, of if you went to an exhibit or viewed architecture). If your copy is in black and white, be sure to discuss color in you evaluation.

2. Write a brief (1) page, informal evaluation response to the work you have chosen. (Typing is preferred, but legible handwriting is ok). Some questions to ask yourself may include:

· Was there a reason you chose this piece? Do you like it? Why? Do you dislike it and why?

· How does the piece make you feel?

· Do you find the piece objectionable? If so, can you describe what makes you feel that way?

· What do you think the artist was trying to communicate? Are you absolutely lost as to what they were trying to communicate?

· Is there something about the artist’s technique that you like, or the way they use the elements and principles of design? Do you admire their control of the materials or their techniques more than you admire the subject matter?

· Would you hang this piece in your home? Why? Why not?

3. Each week, when appropriate, the instructor will provide a question for you to answer. Responses should be brief, 1-3 paragraphs. Additionally, you may make comments about materials presented in class if desired, including questions on the material or requests for clarification. Again, typing is preferred, but legible handwriting is acceptable.

Suggested web resources:

ARTStor is an online library/database of images, information and software tools designed to enhance teaching, learning and scholarship. UWGB maintains a subscription to the service.  Full access is housed within the Cofrin Library website under databases.  You can also gain minimal access to the library via the main website, www. artstor.org.  ARTstor allows you to search, view and save images, view them offline, build slide shows and folders and gives you access to the collections of several world renowned museums.

www.art.com - an online store where you can select a work of art to purchase.  Thousands of pieces are available here, and you can print a selected work by highlighting it and telling the printer to “print selection,” or by printing the whole page.  You can search by artist, by subject, by period, or by style.

Museum websites - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Vatican Library, The Van Gogh museum, The American Craft Museum, The Cleveland Museum of Art, etc.

www.barewalls.com - like art.com, an online store where you can select a work of art to purchase.  Thousands of pieces are available here, and you can print a selected work by highlighting it and telling the printer to “print selection,” or by printing the whole page.  You can search by artist, by subject, by period, or by style.

My Art Kit - If you purchased your textbook new, the purchase prices also included a subscription for the semester to My Art Kit, a digital textbook supplement.  In it you will find a host of tools to enhance your course experience, including interactive exercises, virtual tours, closer looks at individual artworks from the textbook, and a Student Toolbox that includes information on writing about art, a dictionary, thesaurus and style guidelines.  Once you visit the link, you need to create a login identity, and then select the Artforms textbook from the available options to activate your subscription.  If you did not by the textbook new, you can purchase a subscription to this product for $24.95.

 


Syllabus Course Outline Weekly Question Lecture Outlines Grading Group Projects
Midterm Project Midterm Exam Final Exam Study Guide Group Presentation Schedule