Faculty Expectations for INART001 Online Learning Success
You should read the entire syllabus in order to gain a clear understanding of the goals and objectives for the course and how to achieve them. Contact me with specific questions if you do not understand any part of the overall syllabus.
Next, I would suggest that you observe that the numbers for the various chapters and sections are listed on the left side of the first page or Home Page for Inart 001. These contain the links to the various artworks for each chapter or section. Under these numbers is the link to the definitions for the art terms of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Some students have printed these definitions and kept them nearby when they work because you will have to repeat the definition every time that you use that particular term.
I would suggest that you read the “Introduction” to the required textbook, THE WESTERN HUMANITIES by Matthews and Platt (to be purchased at the Mont Alto Bookstore or any PSU bookstore). For subsequent chapters, read only the material dedicated to painting, architecture and sculpture, as those are the artworks to be researched via the enclosed links for each chapter. As you become familiar with the early periods of art history, you may begin to select the three artworks required for each chapter or section.
I would suggest on an elementary basis you first look at the section entitled “Minority Artists.” In this section (click on the name found on the left side of the first page of the syllabus), you can select one artwork from each of the following: “Black Artists,” “Hispanic Artists” and “Female Artists.” Click on the links given for each genre. After the artworks have been selected, see if you can apply at least three terms for each artwork. The objective terms can be found also on the left under the names, “Art Terms.”
Be sure to include your affective or emotional reaction to each artwork, e.g., Did you like it or not and why? The affective sentence or two is not included in the points for each chapter. However, I appreciate learning whether you found the artwork worthy of your notice.
In the progress of this course, you will need to select the appropriate terms, define that term, and apply the chose term to the artwork. The correct handling of the latter will determine whether you have earned the required five (5) points for each chosen chapter or section. More will be explained about the grading later in the syllabus.
You may work at your own pace and convenience. I would suggest at least you read the textbook and corresponding chapter before you look at the chapter links for artwork. This way you will have an understanding of the period of art that is being researched and a knowledge of how the art terms (painting, architecture, sculpture) are being linked and progressed. Having taught this Web-based course for approximately ten years, I know that some students do not read the required textbook and hurriedly analyze the artworks. Obviously, their final grades have suffered. You must determine your own purpose for registering for Inart 001 on-line. Hopefully, your goal is not only to earn three elective credits in the arts, but also to gain an appreciative knowledge of how to look at paintings, sculpture, and architecture. Ultimately, this may lead to a lucrative financial investment
(See articles on the selling prices of paintings, sculpture, and architecture in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and THE NEW YORK TIMES).
You should set your own pace and determine the priority of this course, regarding the assignments. You may find that some chapters can be accomplished quicker than others because you are more interested in one particular genre of art than another. If you prefer, you may contact me on your particular accomplishment on a weekly basis. Then I am able to advise you on your progress in meeting the due date for that journal. The responsibility of accepting requirements of Inart 001 should aid you in developing a method of independent studying and accepting challenges of individual academic growth.
At approximately mid-way through the semester, i.e, course, I will expect to receive the first journal of the following: “Minority Artists,” plus chapters one through ten, omitting chapter six, with its inclusion only for extra credit. You may give me your first journal in person or mail it to me at the following address: 118 Myrtle Avenue, Waynesboro, PA 17268-1628. If you include a self-addressed, stamped envelope, I will return your journal and its evaluation and grade. Otherwise, I’ll e-mail you the evaluation and grade. You may pickup the journal(s) at your convenience at the Mont Alto Campus Please contact me before you attempt to do so.
The second journal is due five days before the end of the course, in order that I may have time to thoroughly correct all and assign grades in a timely manner.
If you feel the need to communicate with me, and I hope that you do at some time during this Web-based course, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the following: office, 717-749-6204; or home, 717-762-8536. I answer all E-mails and voice-messages within 24 hours. If you want to communicate with a fellow student, you may access all E-mail addresses in the first E-mail that I send to all that are fully registered for the course. Because past students have expressed a paranoia with personal questions on the course, I hesitate to publicly acknowledge individual questions. However, upon receipt of each question, I answer the sender. If I determine the question of sufficient interest to all, I’ll e-mail the question and answer to all students.
Inart 001 is based on objectiveness. Your opinion of the artworks is important, but included in the final grade. For this you must learn critical thinking and, somewhat, problem solving in how the artists applied the terms in order that the work can be considered a masterpiece. On various occasions you will not agree with the prior critics who determined the value of the art. That is why I like to read what students think of the particular artwork. Also, that is why I suggest that you read the textbook because some of the art included within the links are discussed in THE WESTERN HUMANITIES. It is fine to include the authors’ evaluation with your discussion. It means that you are increasing your viewpoints on appreciating art (include the objective mentioned on the original home page)
ASSESSMENT AND MEASUREMENT
For each section and/or chapter, you will find several examples of various paintings, sculpture and architecture for that particular period. You will notice that not all periods included all three genres of art. Also, you will notice not all artworks include the name of the artist(s), particularly in the Archaic period.
Print in color the chosen work, Internet address and name of the artist (if known). I need the address in case I want to check the site because I cannot sufficiently view the art. I would prefer that you give me a clear picture of the artwork because I need to see how you analyzed the used terms. On some occasions students have been in a hurry to print because they have allowed themselves to ignore the assignments until the due dates of the journals. Please do not allow this to happen to you, if you want to earn a “high” grade. I can easily deduce those students that sloppily constructed their journals.
You must select three (3) artworks from each chapter or section listed on the left side of the first page of the syllabus. You must choose three (3) terms for each genre (painting, sculpture or architecture), define each term—each time that it is used—and how to recognize this application by the artist within the artwork. You may earn a total of five (5) points for each chapter or fewer, depending on your accurate selection of the term, the definition, and appropriate usage. Remember to include your affective evaluation, although the sentence or two will not be included in the points. For extra credit you may evaluate four (4) artworks and/or apply four (4) terms per artwork. This will gain you an extra one (1) point for each. Extra consideration of points may be gained if you cite the address of an artwork that you found interesting in your research. You may include that printed artwork as one of the required three and why you “like” this work. However, you must honor the period of the artwork as discussed in the textbook. For example, do not include a modern piece if the chapter discusses the Baroque period.
Within your paragraph on the terms, definitions, and application, please use 10 to 12 font, with the terms and definitions in bold type. I speed read and thus can easily identify the requirements. Also, as a prior instructor of English, I tend to notice grammatical and punctuation mistakes and will mark these accordingly (however, I will not subtract points, unless they become too numerous).
The objective terms covers the factual emphasis and the affective the subjective. However, if your journal is particularly attractive in the lay-out, I tend to take this creativity into consideration within the point structure.
SUGGESTIONS FOR SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE
1. Read each assignment. Try to understand the general progress of each period in the history of the art form, and those persons responsible for the progress and their accomplishments.
2. Submit each journal on time.
3. Use correct APA format.