AVD 261: Understanding the Arts - Fall 2009

Weekly Questions

Please Note: The date of the question indicates the date it is assigned, and not the due date.  Answers to the questions are due a week after they are assigned. The current question is highlighted.  Please play attention to these dates, as they relate to the material currently being covered in class. 

Date Due Date


9/04  9/09 No question.
9/09 9/16 Do you think that artists have special gifts that other, "ordinary" people do not, or do you think they acquire their skills through practice and effort?  Please explain why.
9/16 9/23 How would you define good and bad art? 
9/23 9/30 Have you ever had a strong emotional reaction, good or bad, to a work of art?
9/30 10/07 Can a work of art be ugly and still be art?
10/07 10/14 Does art in public places have to appeal to everyone?
10/14 10/21 Have you ever been offended by a work of art?  Please explain.  If not, please explain what might offend you.
10/21 10/28 Should members of your community be able to restrict which images you can and cannot see?
10/28 11/04 Has controversy ever influenced which movies you would or would not attend?  Please explain.
11/04 11/11 Can movie violence make the audience indifferent to real violence?  Can it make an audience member more violent?
11/11 11/18 Can television, with its fast pace and immediacy, make people less appreciative of the other performing and visual arts, such as painting sculpture etc?
11/18 11/25 Should you pay taxes to support struggling artists?  In other words, is it important or valuable that the arts be supported by public funding?
11/25 12/02 Would you got see a film, or a play, or an art exhibit or buy a book and read it simply because one of your favorite artists/authors/actors was involved in it, without knowing anything else about the project. (So, we are talking about the pull/influence of the artist alone).
12/02 12/09 Do we (humans) need the arts?  Why or why not?

Remember, on the week you present your Group Project, you are NOT required to do the Weekly Assignment.


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