Spring Semester 2014
Welcome to the Art Appreciation class. This document has essential information for you to be successful in this class. This class is designed to equip the non-art major with an understanding of, and an appreciation for, the world of visual art. Even though you may have some experience in art, the class is taught as if the students are hearing it for the very first time.
It is neither a particularly difficult class, nor a particularly easy class. You will have to work hard and study hard in order to make a good grade. I want every person in the class to make 100 on every graded work. Whether or not you do is up to you. In actuality, the grades in this class are average. Some people do very well, some people do okay, and some people do not do well. Those who do very well are those who follow my advice about study habits and attendance. Those who do not do well are usually those who have poor study habits and attendance. It’s all about maturity and self-discipline.
The text for this class is Mark Getlein’s Living With Art, 10th edition. If you have an older edition, it will do just fine. I will teach the class with the chapters as a guide. I do not, however, simply teach the book. Having been a professional artist and teacher for over 40 years, most of what I say is from memory and personal experience. It has been a long time since I used notes to teach an art class. You, however, will be wise to take good notes and pay close attention in class. You will also need to read the chapters we are going over before coming to class. If you follow this advice, you will be much more likely to make a good grade.
Attendance: It is essential that you be in attendance for every class meeting. A great deal of the material presented in class will not be found in the book. You will be responsible for both what is in the book, and what I say in class. If you must be absent, you will need to get notes from a classmate. I don’t have any. If I announce a change in a due date or a test date, you are expected to know it whether or not you were in class. Please don’t call or e-mail me for that information. Get it from another student. I turn in attendance reports periodically. If you are receiving financial assistance, you could find yourself in danger of losing it and repaying money received if your lack of attendance warrants it.
Cell phones: Cell phones or cameras may be used to take photos of slides or whatever is happening in class. You may not text or talk on a cell phone during class!!! If I see you texting (You know I can see you with your head down and your hands in your lap) I will stop the class and tell you to shut it down. I have zero tolerance for students playing with electronic devices during class.
Audio recording of the lecture: Yes! Feel free. This is a non-distracting method of being able to hear the material again. I encourage you to do it. I have noticed that the students who record the lectures do very well in the class.
Grades: Your grades are determined by how well you do on tests and projects. You receive exactly the grade you earn. Grades are as follows:
89.5 -100 – A
79.5 - 89.4 – B
69.5 – 79.4 – C
59.5 – 69.4 – D
59.4 and below – F
Your grades come from four chapter quizzes @100 points each, two hands-on projects @100 points each, a mid-term exam @200 points, and a final exam @200 points. Grades will be posted on your Canvas account on the school website.
Projects: You will have two projects requiring you to make something using art materials. These are easy and fun projects, not requiring great artistic skills. However, you will have to complete the assignment as directed in order to receive full credit. Failure to follow the directions given to you will result in a loss of points.
Students with special needs: If you require a seat close to the front, or if you need extra time on tests, or any other special accommodation, please let me know. I will make sure you have what you need.
Contact me: My e-mail address is email@example.com . My
telephone number is (Opelika) 334-749-5689.
My telephone number is (Opelika) 334-749-5689.
Make-up tests: Make-up tests will be allowed only for excused absences. Flat tires don't count. Be here.
Calendar: This is the schedule for now. Changes may be made as necessary. Be sure to read the chapters before coming to class.
JANUARY 7 Chapter one
9 Chapter two
14 Chapter three and an introduction to the first project.
16 Chapter four
21 Chapter five
23 Quiz on chapters 1-5. You will need a Scantron and #2 pencils. After the quiz, you may work on projects in class.
28 Class canceled due to weather
30 Class cancelled due to weather. We will have to compress chapters 6 and 7 into other
classes, beginning with February 4. Other adjustments will follow.
FEBRUARY 4 Chapter six
6 Chapter seven
11 Chapter eight
13 Chapter nine
18 Chapter ten
20 Quiz on chapters 6-10. After the quiz, chapter 11. Click HERE for a study guide for the exam.
25 Chapter 12, plus a review for the mid-term exam. PROJECTS ARE DUE TODAY!!
27 Mid-Term Exam on chapters 1-12. Due to the previous weather closings, we will omit the Wyeth video.
This will put us back on our original schedule.
MARCH 4 Introduction to the second project.
6 Chapter thirteen SPRING BREAK ALL NEXT WEEK.
18 Chapter fourteen
20 Chapter fifteen
25 Chapter sixteen
27 Quiz on chapters 13-16, Bring Scantron and #2 pencils. After the quiz, you may work on projects in class.
APRIL 1 Chapter seventeen
3 Chapter eighteen
8 Chapter nineteen
10 Chapter twenty
15 Quiz on chapters 17-20. Bring Scantron and #2 pencils. After the quiz, you may work on the project in class.
17 Chapter twenty-one
22 Chapter twenty-two PROJECTS DUE TODAY.
24 Review for final exam.
FINAL EXAM : Final exam is on chapters 13-22. Final exams are April 25-30. Exact times will be posted later.
Great Blue Herron
Gouache painting by
Girl in a Red Hat
Oil painting by
Portrait of Jan Six
Oil painting by
Rembrandt van Rijn
Chapter 1: Living With Art
Chapter 2: What is Art?
Chapter 3: Themes of Art
The Vocabulary of Art:
Chapter 4: The Visual Elements (Please check chapter 4 for details of project.)
Chapter 5: Principles of Design
Chapter 6: Drawing
Chapter 7: Painting
Chapter 8: Printmaking
Chapter 9: Photography
Chapter 10: Graphic Design and Illustration
Chapter 11: Sculpture
chapters 13-22 are the second half of the semester
Chapter 13: Architecture
The History of Art
Chapter 14: Pre-History and Ancient Mediterranean Worlds
Chapter 15: Christianity and the Formation of
Chapter 16: The Renaissance
Chapter 17: 17th and 18th Centuries
Chapter 18: Islam and
Chapter 21: The Modern World - 1800-1945